Ankahi was an Urdu drama serial broadcast by Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) in 1982. The drama was written by Haseena Moin and directed by Shoaib Mansoor and Mohsin Ali. The drama serial featured an ensemble star cast including Shehnaz Sheikh, Shakeel, Javed Sheikh, Saleem Nasir, Jamshed Ansari, Behroze Sabzwari, Badar Khalil, Qazi Wajid, Azra Mansoor, Khalid Nizami, Arshad Mehmood, Tabassum Farooqui and Faisal Bilal. Ankahi was one of the most popular drama serial in the early 1980s in Pakistan.
The story revolves around a young ambitious girl Sana Murad (Shehnaz Sheikh). Due to her father’s early death, her family is not so well-off and she dreams of being rich and prosperous like her friend Sara (Misbah Khalid). Her younger brother Jibran has a hole in his heart and they need money for his operation or surgery as well. Hence she applies for a job at an office. Due to major blunders by her and her irresponsible manner, she fails the job interview, but on her way back, meets the chairman Mr. Siddiqui (Qazi Wajid) who offers her the job anyway. She begins working for the Managing Director of the company Taimur (ShakeelÞ). Sana is clumsy, irresponsible and does not even know how to type and that causes Taimur great problems and some hilarious situations for the viewers. At her friend Sara’s wedding, her groom Sajjad (Arshad Mehmood)’s best friend Faraz (Javed Sheikh) falls for Sana and starts following her everywhere. He even goes to her office and ends up getting a job there, only to be closer to Sana.
Meanwhile her aunt Zakia (Badar Khalil) arrives from America with her son Moby (Behroze Sabzwari) for a visit. Since her mamun (Saleem Nasir) had written to her that they have become rich, they pretend to be rich even to the extent of convincing their neighbor Timmy (Jamshed Ansari) to act as their butler. After many hilarious antics, the truth is finally revealed and the auntie decides to buy a big house for all to move in. Meanwhile Moby falls in love with Marium (daughter of their tenant). After Moby’s insistence, Zakia accepts his marriage with Marium. Jibran becomes friends with Faraz as he frequently comes to their house to see Sana. Sana’s family start liking Faraz and Sajjad talks with them for the arrangement of Faraz’s marriage with Sana. Jibran goes to the U.S. with his mother for a successful heart operation and returns.
Meanwhile Sana gets close to Taimur whose wife Abeer is in a coma and he is looking for happiness with Sana. Taimur, however, accepts his own mistakes and Sana, feeling guilty, resigns from the job. Taimur goes to her home to tell her that she should move on and comes to realize Faraz’s love for Sana and tells her that there are ‘unsaid’ (Ankahi) things that he couldn’t say to her and departs. Abeer dies during a surgery, Sana & Faraz go to Taimur’s home for condolences. Faraz leaves Taimur’s home expecting Sana to go for Taimur but she unexpectedly wants to leave with him reassuring him of her consent for him.
Drama : Ankahi
Writer : Haseena Moin
Director : Shoaib Mansoor and Mohsin Ali
Shehnaz Sheikh (Sana Murad)
Faisal Bilal (Jibran)
Javed Sheikh (Faraz)
Badar Khalil (Sana’s Aunt)
Saleem Nasir (Sana’s maamun (uncle))
Jamshed Ansari (Timmy, Sana’s neighbour)
Qazi Wajid (Siddiqui, Taimoor’s uncle)
Behroze Sabzwari (Moby, Sana’s cousin)
Khalid Nizami (Classical singer)
Arshad Mehmood (Theme musician)
Tabassum Farooqi (Maryam)
Azra Mansoor (Sana’s mom)