5 reasons why we love the iconic love story of Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena

The love story of Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena in “Kabli Pulao” is nothing short of iconic, weaving a tale that transcends cultural boundaries and societal norms. This captivating love narrative unfolds as an unlikely bond forms between an elderly Pakistani man, Haji Mushtaq, and a resilient Afghan refugee, Barbeena. As their worlds collide, the drama beautifully captures the essence of love, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit. From the charming backdrop of their shared journey to the heartbreaking moments that define their relationship. Here are 5 reasons why we love the iconic love story of Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena.

  1. Timeless Love in Unlikely Circumstances:

At the heart of “Kabuli Pulao” lies the tale of timeless love that blossoms in the most unexpected circumstances. The journey of Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena, from their initial meeting to the poignant farewell, transcends societal norms and age differences. Each episode unfolded a new layer of their love story, showcasing the enduring power of love even in the face of adversity. Haji Sahib’s heartfelt revelations about his past struggles and responsibilities create a profound backdrop for their connection. His admission that love seemed otherworldly takes the narrative beyond conventional tropes. The genuine bond that blossoms sees Barbeena becoming a soothing presence, alleviating Haji Sahib’s burdens.

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  1. An Endearing Tale of Love, Strength and Sacrifice

Muhammad Ehteshamuddin’s portrayal of Haji Mushtaq has been a tour de force, capturing the essence of a character filled with depth and resilience. His performance resonated with viewers, portraying Haji Sahab’s unwavering commitment to love and family. Sabeena Farooq, as Barbeena, delivered a performance filled with grace and authenticity, embodying the struggles and strength of a woman torn between love and societal expectations.  The story delicately portrays a relationship founded on mutual respect, highlighting the profound connection between characters of diverse backgrounds. Their genuine care and concern for each other paint a touching portrait, showcasing the transformative and resonant power of love.

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  1. Love Beyond Borders & Barbeena’s Cultural Triumph in Kabuli Pulao

“Kabuli Pulao” stands as a beacon of authenticity, beautifully incorporating the cultural richness of its characters. Barbeena, an Afghan refugee, brought to life the Pashto accent, traditions, and the challenges faced by refugees. The drama’s commitment to portraying cultural nuances added layers of authenticity, making it a culturally enriching experience for the audience.


A girl initially came to the house as a maid became an integral part of the family, endearing herself to everyone and earning their genuine affection. Barbeena’s character exemplifies resilience and determination, facing ridicule and mockery with unwavering perseverance. Despite facing laughter and even rocks thrown at her character, she remained steadfast and eventually won the hearts of those around her.

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  1. Barbeena’s pure Love for Haji Mushtaq

The drama kept viewers on the edge of their seats with its gripping plot twists and emotional turmoil. Barbeena’s mysterious past, the revelation of Baraan’s true identity, and the complexities of familial relationships created a narrative that resonated with viewers.  We saw how Barbeena kept fighting for her love above all she fought for their relationship and the truth that no one could see or believe. The emotional rollercoaster, especially in the second last episode, left fans eagerly anticipating how the final chapter would unfold.

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  1. A Respectful Confession of Love by Haji Mushtaq

“Kabuli Pulao” is a tapestry of unforgettable scenes and dialogues that have etched themselves into the memories of viewers. Whether it’s Haji Sahab’s heartfelt confessions on the terrace, Barbeena’s ultimatum with a sharp knife, or the emotional farewell scenes, each moment has been a masterclass in storytelling. We saw how Haji Sahab confessed his feeling to Shamim about his love for Barbeena when she ran away from the house just to save their relationship.

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As we prepare to bid adieu to “Kabuli Pulao,” the anticipation for the final episode is at an all-time high. The love story of Haji Mushtaq and Barbeena has been a journey of love, sacrifice, and resilience, and fans can’t wait to see how this remarkable saga concludes. Get ready for an emotional and unforgettable farewell to one of the most iconic love stories in Pakistani drama history. The “Kabuli Pulao” finale is set to leave hearts full and eyes teary, a testament to the enduring power of love against all odds.





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