The year is 1979 PTV publishing the first part of Amjad Islam Amjad’s popular 13-part drama series, Waris. The show revolves around feudalism, highlighting the story of the Chaudhrys, a feudal family that is struggling to maintain its influence in the village of Sikandarpur. What many did not know was that Waris would go on to become one of the most recognizable works of Amjad’s glittering career.
While his extensive work in Urdu literature and pop culture is memorable, Waris has always been a project close to his heart. In an interview with The T Express Tribune Magazine last year, Amjad spoke about his special show.
“It’s my first story on television Aakhri Khawba television a PTV Rawalpindi Center in 1973. After that, I wrote two articles titled Mother of Guria and Pares for the series Havva Key Naamdirected by Sahira Kazmi, in 1974. Rahat Kazmi worked on that,” he said.
Amjad further added, “My first performance for PTV Lahore Center was Khawb Jagtey Hain and it was issued on March 23, 1975, the day I got married. That game earned me my first Graduate Award. Since then, I have achieved 18 Graduate Awards and six PTV awards for best writer.”
Talk about Waristhe famous poet shared, “My first TV show Waris, which was broadcast from October 1979 to February 1980, by PTV Lahore Centre. That story alone brought me great fame and popularity. Not only has it been broadcast twice on national television, but it has also been translated into Chinese.”
Amjad revealed whether Waris took inspiration from his own life. He said, “People often discuss this issue with me and most of them do not believe the fact that in my life I have never been to a village.” u have been a resident all my life. This topic is proof that the author has at least 20 years of experience living in a feudal society.”
He continued, “I was born in the city of Lahore and never had a personal or family relationship with the feudal system or culture. But, from my early life, I was very aware and concerned that about social injustice and discrimination. events and real life stories in the society, around me, reflected our culture and these facts paved the way for Warisand many accepted this with appreciation.”
Waris – a relevant part of art
While her fans were shocked by the demise of the literary icon, many took to social media to reminisce about the power of Amjad. “I wish Waris it has been republished so that younger generations have the opportunity to see his writing talent. It’s a story of culture, social change and quixotic regressive behavior – watch it today and it’s still relevant,” shared a user.
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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un
I wish Waris would be published again so that the younger generation would have a chance to see his writing talent. It’s a story of culture, social change and prejudice – watch it today and it’s still relevant. RIP pic.twitter.com/h7YV8UXhrf
— Fasi Zaka (Alabi Newsfasi_zaka) February 10, 2023
One more shared, “Waris this is one of the greatest dramas of all time. It is a fascinating story of feudalism and nepotism trying to fight against urbanization and modernization. It still resonates today. Rest in peace, Amjad Sahab and thank you for trying to make Pakistan a better place.”
Waris is one of the all time horror stories. It is a fascinating story of feudalism and nepotism trying to resist urbanization and modernization. It still resonates today. Rest in peace, Amjad Sahab and thank you for trying to make Pakistan a better place. https://t.co/UimABuc4N7
— Murtaza Syed (Alabi Newsmurtazahsyed) February 10, 2023
Another tweep said, “Just found out that the poet and storyteller Amjad Islam Amjad passed away. I haven’t read his poetry but I remember his play Waris very well, especially the character of Chaudhary Hashmat, the was the inspiration for Genghis Khan in my story. Four Dervishes. Kudos to Amjad for creating such memorable characters as Hashmat.”
It was just learned that the poet and dramatist Amjad Islam Amjad passed away. I have not read his poetry but I remember well his play Waris, especially the character of Chaudhary Hashmat, who was the inspiration for Genghis Khan in my novel Four Dervishes. Thanks to Amjad for pic.twitter.com/6x9nvUCsWi
— Hammad H Rind حماد حسن رند (Alabi NewsHammadHRind) February 10, 2023
One shared, “Saddened to learn of the death of Amjad Islam Amjad. He will be remembered as a gentleman, a poet and a writer of great TV dramas. When the streets used to be empty when watching ‘Waris’ on TV. May the soul rest in peace”.
Saddened to learn of the destruction of Amjad Islam Amjad. He will be remembered as a gentleman, a poet and a TV dramatist. The streets used to be empty when ‘Waris’ was shown on TV. May the soul rest in peace amen
— Ijaz Awan (Alabi Newsijazawan56) February 10, 2023
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