|Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu
|Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu
by Farhat Ishtiaq
Hina Khawaja Bayat
|Theme music composer
|Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu
written by Momina Duraid
performed by Bilal Khan
|Country of origin
|No. of episodes
|2 March –
22 June 2012
Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu (Urdu: متاع جَاں ہے تو) is a Pakistani drama serial directed by Mehreen Jabbar, based on a novel of the same name written by Farhat Ishtiaq. It was originally aired on Hum TV from 2 March 2012 to 22 June 2012. The drama follows the lives of two Columbia University students, Haniya Sajjad (Sarwat Gilani) and Ibad Uzair (Adeel Hussain).
Haniya Sajjad a.k.a. 'Hani' (Sarwat Gilani) and Ibad Uzair a.k.a. 'Aabi' (Adeel Hussain) meet as students at Columbia University, New York. Haniya has lost her parents and lives with her grandmother. Haniya and Ibad fall in love. Ibad, while on a trip back home, informs his parents about this relationship. His father, Uzair (Javed Sheikh), makes it clear that he will never accept it. As a dutiful son, Ibad decides to forget his love and marry the girl his father chose. He unwillingly gets engaged to his cousin following his father's insistence.
However, when Ibad returns to the US, Haniya is about to lose her grandmother and is left distraught. Haniya's grandmother asks him to marry her as her last wish, so she doesn't have to worry about Haniya. Haniya's grandmother dies a day after Ibad and Haniya's wedding. After spending some time with Haniya, Ibad visits Pakistan to break the news to his parents. Uzair explodes in anger and, ignoring his wife Hajra's (Hina Khawaja Bayat) pleas, announces that Ibad is no longer part of the family.
A saddened Ibad, on the way to the airport, rings up Haniya and tells her what has happened. To comfort him, Haniya promises that she will go to Pakistan and gain his father's forgiveness.
Deviations from the novel
Adapting her novel for the television screen, Farhat Ishtiaq has added a new sub-plot and fleshed out some of her original characters. In the TV series, Haniya and Ibad's love story is interwoven with a plot focusing on a married couple, Yamina (Sanam Saeed) and Adam (Junaid Khan). Ibad's best friend Adeel is a minor character in the novel but his role has been extended for the TV series. He is played onscreen by Ahsan Khan.
- Sarwat Gillani as Haniya Ibad Uzair
- Adeel Hussain as Ibad Uzair
- Javed Sheikh as Uzair Farooq
- Hina Khawaja Bayat as Hajra Uzair
- Sanam Saeed as Yamina
- Junaid Khan as Adam
- Ahsan Khan as Adeel
- Huma Akbar as Yasmeen
- Sajida Syed as Mama Jani, Haniya's paternal grandmother
- Humaira Zaheer as Haniya's mother
- Rajnish Jaiswal as Shoaib
- Raju Jamil as Haniya's uncle
- Shaz Khan as Vicky
The drama has received positive reviews from critics who have praised the story and its execution by director Mehreen Jabbar. TVKahani in its review gave it 3 out of 5 stars: "Over all, Mata-e-Jaan is a decent show, but falls thanks to the great expectations everyone had from it. The serial would’ve been much better, had they paid more attention to the principal cast, and twitched things a little. This isn’t a must watch, but it does have its own sweet moments." The cinematography has also been very well received: "The execution of the scenes is smooth, like the slides that effortlessly slip into place to form a beautiful portrait. That brings us to another reason why this drama is a must watch."
|Lux Style Awards
|Best TV Track
- Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu originally premiered on Hum TV from 2 March 2012 to 22 June 2012.
- Rebroadcast as Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu on Hum Sitaray in Pakistan.
- Broadcast as Tu Hai Meri Jaan on Rishtey in Europe.
- Broadcast as عشق حیاتی on MCB Bollywood in the Middle East.
- Broadcast as Meri Jaan Hai Tu on Zindagi TV in India.
- Broadcast as Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu on Hum TV Europe and Hum Masala Europe in U.K
- Since mid-2020, it is available for streaming on Hum TV's Official YouTube Channel.
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- "A poignant Portrayal of Relationships". rangmunch.tv. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
- "12th Lux Style Awards 2013 Pictures And Winner's List". Desi Free TV. 6 July 2013. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
- Hum TV's official website