Take 1: Maya Ali stands on the balcony, with frizzy hair sticking out of her braid. She giggles and anxiously awaits her beloved.
Take 2: Annie Jaffrey stands tall despite her petite self against the tyrannies of the men of the mansion.
Take 3: Osman Khalid Butt plays the role of a foolish, lovelorn dude who is too adorable to ignore. Within minutes, he shapeshifts into the sober and obedient son of a respectable man.
When the name Maya Ali comes to the fore, the first thing that pops into our minds is the poignant role she played in Mann Mayal; the drama serial that took the entire Pakistan in its fold.
Then when we hear the name Osman Khalid Butt, images of him in his many different roles break through.
We picture a modern and intelligent woman when the name Annie Jaffrey is called out. That’s the thing about the roles these actors play and the way they go with their partners; they make a mark on their audiences.
One month has passed by since the release of the much-awaited “Balu Mahi.” This movie managed to seize the reins of many hearts and made them whoop with delight. The leading duo painted smiles on the faces of several people and stretched those smiles into grins.
It’s no secret that Osman and his Aunn Zara co-star, Maya Ali have remained an on-screen hit; people couldn’t get enough of their chemistry. Until now, because now, that limelight has been shifted from Maya to Annie. However, one legit question stands; ‘Can Annie replace Maya when it comes to starring against Osman?’
Let’s make one thing clear; both the actresses are equally talented. Also, they both stand in equal waters when it comes to beauty.
Yet, there’s no denying that Annie looks much better with Osman than Maya does. Perhaps, it’s just because it’s a new pair and their sizzling chemistry in Balu Mahi was a breath of fresh air to the drama-deprived people of Pakistan because of the Bollywood ban. Or maybe it’s because after the crowd-puller drama serial Man Mayal, people want to see more of Maya Ali with Hamza Ali rather than Osman.
So, we can present the same question in another way, ‘Has Hamza Ali replaced Osman Khalid when it comes to starring against Maya Ali?’
In the latest episode of Tonite with HSY in which we saw Annie and Osman, the host said to Osman “He (Hamza Ali) can take Maya away from you.” Osman replied with a succinct “le jaye bhai.” This more or less sums up how things might go forward.
But, all this is not set in stone. There are many people who’d still like to stick to Osman and Maya. After all, Osman compliments both Maya and Annie and takes out the best in them. It’s like he is the rhythm that goes with both the melodies.