Neeyat mentioned in the Wall Street Journal Online….

New York Story, Karachi Style

A brief write up about the director, Mehreen Jabbar, of the serial I wrote, Neeyat.

Some excerpts:

Pakistani director Mehreen Jabbar looks every inch the hip New Yorker as she munches on a hummus sandwich in a Manhattan café. She is cool and chic and talks animatedly—in rich, accented English.The Karachi-born television and film director has lived in New York for the past eight years, and it provides the backdrop for her latest project, a 20-part series for Pakistani television called “Neeyat,” which means “intention” in Urdu.

And a mention!

In the series, a visa-less New York-based Pakistani banker and his fiancée (played by one of Pakistan’s most popular male actors, Humayun Saeed, and former MTV Pakistan veejay Mahira Khan) offer to pay a Pakistani-American acquaintance for her hand in marriage in an effort to gain a green card.

The woman (played by Los Angeles-based actress Deepti Gupta, whose husband Larry Pontius wrote the story) initially declines. “I’m not for sale,” she protests. But the money is too good to pass up, and she relents. And that’s when things begin to fall apart

Woot! It airs tomorrow night, the 24th!

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  1. Erum
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Neeyat is an intelligent script. I really liked the drama neeyat and these emotions do exist. Why do humans behave the way they do is unknown. I was talking to my cousin who is a psychiatrist in Euston and he said we have very less information about the human mind and therefore we do not know much about what causes a person to behave in a particular way. Actually it would be interesting to know the why bit also.

    Hats off to you for beautifully writing it. As i could relate to the thoughts going on in each characters mind.

  2. Larry
    Posted November 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you liked the show. The way people behave is always interesting to me, and that’s what I like to explore as a writer. Often people are guided by their passions (love, jealous, joy, all of it) more than they realize, or want. And I think in Neeyat, that’s what was pushing these people to make the choices they were. Smart, intelligent people, guided by passion.

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