A poster of actor-director Ehteshamuddin’s “Me & My Stories” leaves us curious!

A few days ago, popular actor and director Muhammad Ehteshamuddin shared a poster on social media, asking fans to stay tuned for a project that will be out anytime soon. The black and white poster carried the title “Me & My Stories”, below which was written “Dhaka – 1971” as the subtitle. 

Muhammad Ehteshamuddin’s inclination towards Partition narratives is something that we all know of from his adaptation of Khadija Mastoor’s Partition novel, “Aangan” into a drama serial for HUM TV. Now, the ace drama and film director seems to have taken up the Partition of 1971, that of Bengal, also referred to as Dhaka Fall. 

The genre and medium of “Me & My Stories”, however, is still unknown, for Ehteshamuddin hasn’t disclosed any such news regarding the project. Since Partition stories, both of 1947 and 1971 are often deemed controversial, especially if looked at from an unbiased perspective, it is quite probable that the director might choose a web channel as its medium to avoid any kind of controversy on national television.

Whatever the platform is going to be, the viewers are sure that Ehteshamuddin will never lay his hands on a low-quality production, for he has always given us blockbusters in the form of serials like “Udaari”, “Aseer-zaadi”, “Sadqe Tumhare” and films like “Superstar” and the “Dum Mustam” (unreleased but promising). 

Moreover, since “Me & My Stories” is going to be based on a historical event in time, we are all the more hopeful that we’ll get to see something well-executed, for Ehteshamuddin is one of those very few modern directors of Pakistan who don’t shy away from tackling period dramatic projects and acing them every time, be it PTV’s “Partition Stories” or HUM TV’s “Aangan”.

Muhammad Ali has an M.Phil in classic and contemporary Pakistani television drama, Partition Novel and Literary Environmental Literature. He has written extensively on these topics for various local newspapers between 2015-2020. His research on Sahira Kazmi's classical drama serial "Zaib un Nisa" has been presented on various platforms such as Olomopolo Media and ICDELL, 2019. He can be reached on Twitter @MuhammadAli_DT, and through email at m.ali_aquarius85@yahoo.com