Kankar – A comparison with actual story

Kankar (Pebble in english), famous serial of HUM TV is based upon a short story (افسانہ) of Umera Ahmed “Wohi Dil ke thehr janay ka mausam

وہی دل کے ٹھہر جانے کا موسم”. It is a short story of few pages, not a lengthy novel which is dramatized into a 20+ episode drama.


The main idea of this short story is the essence of element of mutual respect in marital relationship and domestic violence and physical abuse against women in upper class or educated families, posh families whichever way one interprets it. Domestic violence is a known fact in lower and uneducated circles of our society, and it is considered a part of norm of life of women in these circles, but in educated and upper class, though such things do happens but they are normally pushed under the rug and not talked about.


While kankar is based on “Wohi dil ke thehr janay ka mausam”, a reading of actual short story makes it clear that only the main idea of the story is same, the rest has been modified as per drama and screening demands. There have been several additions to actual story for dramatizations purpose. Here is a comparison of drama and actual story. Since drama has not ended, so this comparison is also till the point story has progressed so far till recent Episode 16. Once the play is completed a full comparison can be published again.

  • Name of main characters in actual story are Haider and Sara, while in drama these are changed to Sikandar and Kiran.
  • In actual story, kiran is an orphan single child raised by her father’s family, tayas and chachas, in drama she has a family and parents.
  • Actual story, is a single track narrative of mainly two characters, kiran and sikandar, there are no side tracks. In drama additional two side tracks are shown, First one is Kiran’s own family, her sisters, brother and parents. Second one is Kiran’s phuphoo (Humera Abid Ali) family of Adnan (Hassan Niazi) and Rrukhsaar (Uroosa Sidiqi). So all the events covering these two tracks are not part of actual story.
  • In actual story, sikandar is son of sister of chachi of kiran, in drama he is son of sister of tayee of kiran.
  • Name of chachi of kiran in actual story is Nadeema, in drama name of tayee of kiran is Faiqa. Also in actual story chachi of kiran is not hostile towards her.
  • Name of sikandar’s mother is nighat in actual story, in drama its shaista.
  • Name of character of aarzoo in actual story is zareen, she is daughter of mamoon of sikandar and has no direct connection or relationship with kiran. In drama aarzoo is daughter of khala of sikandar and is also cousin of kiran.
  • In actual story, first meeting of kiran and sikandar occurs in a different way as shown in drama, kiran has routine visit to sikandar home with her chachi and then co-incidentally she comes in his room. In drama she visits sikandar’s home for wedding of her cousin.
  • In actual story sikandar has three sisters, in drama he is a single child.
  • In actual story, sikandar’s mother has been a fiercer saas (mother in law)  than in the drama. She has been critical of each activity of Kiran, in drama there are some scenes where both kiran and mother of sikandar had shared some pleasant moments.
  • In actual story, there is no incident of any physical abuse among parents of sikandar.
  • In actual story, there is no mention of any event of kiran conceiving, or miscarriage incident as they shown in episode 15 of drama.
  • In actual story, only one incident of domestic violence is mentioned and it is quite violent. In drama there are more than one scenes of physical abuse occurred at different occasions.
  • In actual story, kiran leaves the home and demands for divorce immediately after only occurrence of abuse whereas in dramas she gradually made up her mind after repeated incidents of physical abuse.

Have you got a chance to read this actual short story, do share your views for any other differences in drama and actual story. But please do not comment about end and future proceedings as they mentioned in the actual story. Let there be an element of suspense for those who have not read the story. But for those who have read the story like me, the play is still appealing as some things in drama are quite different and even better than actual story.

Rashid Nazir Ali

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  • Purple Gem

    A very nice comparison indeed…can u tell us where can we find the story to read???

    • Rashid Nazir Ali

      thanks, just search it on google you can find a downloadable link or go to umera ahmed’f official facebook page, it is also available there. search this on google “wohi dil k thehar janay ka mausam” it will give many links to pdf version of this short story too

      • random

        pls tell da end according to the story add *SPOILER ALERT for dose who dont wana know.. i cant read urdu very well

  • Amna Salam

    Read the story.. Good thing you decided to compare it..
    Liked the story the way it was. Simple and thought provoking. But as usual, it was not enough to fulfill the drama demands

    • Rashid Nazir Ali

      yes it is a simple and un-complicated story in actual, while making drama they have to consider commercial aspect so there has been many additions to the story.

      • Amna Salam

        Atleast it still holds the tru essence. Unlike ZGH which completely lost its track..

  • Mariam Shafiq

    This is great. Its good to see a article written by you Rashid. 🙂


    Aoa Rashid bhai first iof all i willl say that after readin tha title of this article i was like” ye tou zarooor Rashid bhai ny likha hoga” .. Well, I have read the afsana and reallly I was very excited that somebody has taken these things of respect nd alll that into account but. i feel like the drama would have been much better if there was no Rukhsar there but what i think is that in the actual story there was only one woman whose problem was highlighted but i guess in the drama they have tried to show the problems of more than onwoman like Kiran,Rukhsaar,AarzooFaiqa,Rukhsar’s mother,Shahista i mean k sab k apnay apnay maslay hain… And agree wid amna salam that it’s not like ZGH who completely lost its charm in my eyes bcz of the changes made in the drama and it deserves much ratings than ZGH did and it would have gained that if there would be Fawad in tha place of Fahad which is not fair…

  • Imran Goraya

    but i think actual story issue is clear cut then drama. dakhain us main mar k issue ko prominent kea hwa hai. jab k is main class difference b hai.us main larki ko pyar ksi rishty sy nhe mila hota or wo sochti hai k jis rishty sy pyar milta hai to izzat b sath milti hai wahan izat ki value ko dikhaia hai jo muhabbt ko brha dati hai.yahan is issue ko brhaia nhe gea.jazbat sy zeada social issues hain.derr e shehwar or ye drama ak he writer ka hai lkn change

  • maria ismail

    in my view its looks loke a real story.its no 1 pakistani drama right now.

  • ammara khalid

    nice drama ….but aaj kal ek he tarha ke stories ha dramas ke …acha time pass ho jata ha but sab channels mein aesa drama lagta ha…not very special drama kankar …

  • Zunera Sajid

    same kya reh gya ?????