It’s not often that you get to watch a TV drama set in Dubai about the ’90s UAE. But Hindi-language drama Parwaaz (which means ‘to take flight’), a 13-part series with one-hour episodes each, will remedy that.
On November 8, a drama about two men — Adarsh from India and Sikander from Pakistan whose lives intersect in Dubai as they hunt for their dream jobs here — will be played out in your living rooms.
Directed by Faheim Inamdar of Uttaran fame, the drama will showcase the ’90s UAE era and chronicle the struggles of two men who get duped by an employment agent back home, but who make it big in the next two decades.
“It’s a challenge to work on a period drama where most of the shoot depicts UAE in the early ’90s. Given the massive developments across the UAE year-on-year, it’s very difficult to showcase the past. Extensive research has gone into ensuring that every element in the frame — be it costumes, mobile phones, cars — are all true to the time and age we are trying to showcase. I am very excited about the end result,” said Inamdar in a statement.
The project by UAE-based company Magnum Opus Productions also revealed that a few local talent has also been included as part of the cast.
Meanwhile, its broadcaster Zee TV Middle East hopes to rope in their South Asian fan base with this serial.
“The concept of one hour drama series with a finite number of episodes will be new to South Asian television which is known for daily soaps that run for many years. The audience in this region is exposed to fiction series and soaps from the West with a finite storyline and we too have decided to do the same. We are eagerly waiting to see the results of this experiment,” said Manoj Mathew, chief content and creative officer of Zee TV. Watch this space for more.