The two actors discuss their journey and what went behind making this larger-than-life play come to life. Aangan tells the story of a dysfunctional family, spanning across multiple decades before and after Partition.
Despite Amma jaan’s (Zaib Rehman) dictatorial control over the household, her daughter Salma falls in love with their domestic helper Subhan, and eventually elopes with him. The latest developments see Salma die of Tuberculosis after giving birth to their son, Safdar (also played by Ahsan).
The hype for Aangan wasn’t only because of the extensive budget and promotions, but also the ensemble cast it has gathered under one show. “All actors who are part of this play have their own strengths, be it Mawra Hocane, Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir, or anyone else. And each one has multiple projects to choose from but all of us came together for this one,” said the Udaari star. “Each of us have a prominent place in the show. It not only works for the play itself, but also our audience. This way, all our fans come together to watch this show and that puts more eyes on all of us collectively.”
Aangan’s grand scale, setting and story meant the cast felt the electric vibes during the making as well. “You walk onto the set one day and you realise what kind of a show it’s going to be,” said Sonya.
Ahsan, on the other hand, believed there’s bound to be some good and some bad days at work. He hoped Aangan would raise the bar in the local TV industry. But the best part for him was that the show was based on the novel which a lot of our new generation hasn’t read and therefore, the TV adaptation served to open new doors for them.
The Chupan Chupai star said he also found himself surprised that Aangan was written in 1962. “It was considered a very bold play and someone told me that was why nobody opted to make it back then.”