The back and forth snappy dialogue between couples holds a wealth of implicit meaning that lays the foundation of their relationship.
Even in , which became a cult classic, it was the witty exchange between the four protagonists but especially the chemistry between Shamraiz (Mikaal Zulfikar) and Kiran (Sanam Baloch) that had the audiences guessing the outcome till the very end.
The beautiful play of light and shadow dancing across the actors faces and in the glow of the lanterns framed by the soft darkness of a moonlit night make this a classic.
, the hero Afzal accepts Farah’s rejection but her hold on him and his own dedication to that dream of love never ends.
Similarly in Humsafar, Asher's sitting alone reading a newspaper a few years after Khirad has left makes it clear that he has not conveniently married Sara.
“You have to be a romantic at heart, hopelessly romantic, have love for nature, be emotional, oversensitive ..least this is who I am.
I cry, I laugh with my characters and find romance in the most unusual situations even in everyday life” she muses.
The viewer becomes part of their journey and though we want them to find each other, we also see how they have changed.
Samira Fazal who wrote the screenplay for says that to write a romance, “a writer has to feel it, and write what comes from the heart.
However, the scope for romance has slowly become more and more limited as male protagonists have become villains rather than heroes and our heroines have lost agency and sit weeping in corners, waiting to be rescued.
In the past, marriage and a happy life were once the ending to a story of self-realisation, now the wedding vows mark the beginning of a torturous process of misunderstandings with betrayal lurking around every corner.
“There was a loss of beauty and pleasure embodied in courtesan culture.” he says.
However, it is not only veiled eroticism but the hidden subtext that builds the romantic tension as well.
She follows the Jane Austen school of thought encapsulated by Mr Knightley's famous declaration to Emma “If I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more.”When contemplating classic romance, no discussion could be complete without the queen of contemporary romantic writing, Farhat Ishtiaq.