After almost five years without Fawad Khan on Indian screens, the fan can rejoice in the Pakistani heartthrob’s popular romantic drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai. Fawad had to say a bitter goodbye to his Indian fans in 2016 as several film agencies demand that Pakistani artists be boycotted from working in the Indian film and music industry in the wake of the Uri attack.
Consequently, Fawad’s 2016 film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was embroiled in controversy, while Pakistani dramas were dropped from Zee’s Zindagi channel, which airs syndicated content from various countries. Ironically, Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which aired on Zindagi channel in 2014, is being aired on Zee TV in its return to Indian screens. The channel took to Twitter to share the news, claiming the show is airing “on demand”.
“Lekar apna dil jeetne waala andaaz, aa raha hai aapse milne Zaroon #OnDemand. Drop a heart, aur bataaiye kitne excited hain monkey? Dekhiye #ZindagiGulzarHai, starts June 5, Sat, 12pm – 2pm, sirf #ZeeTV par. #FawadKhan #SanamSaeed (sic),” read Zee TV’s tweet alongside a video showing different moods of Fawad Khan’s character, Zaroon Junaid, by Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
Lekar apna dil jeetne waala andaaz, aa raha hai aapse milne Zaroon #OnDemand. Drop a ❣️, aur bataaiye kitne excited hain monkey? Dekhiye #ZindagiGulzarHai, starts June 5, Sat, 12pm – 2pm, sirf #ZeeTV par. #FawadKhan #SanamSaeed pic.twitter.com/VbNcQVPedH
— ZeeTV (@ZeeTV) June 3, 2021
Fawad Khan achieved unprecedented fame in India after both Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Humsafar premiered on the Zindagi channel in 2014. In Zindagi Gulzar Hai, the actor played an upper-class chauvinist whose liberalism is more a matter of convenience than an ideology. Zaroon’s male rights are challenged by Kashaf Murtaza of Sanam Saeed, whose life was anything but easy as she grew up with both gender and class inequality.
The show, directed by Sultana Siddiqui and based on Umera Ahmed’s novel of the same name, was first broadcast on Pakistani television in 2012.