Khuda Ki Basti (TV series)

Khuda Ki Basti (transl.God's Colony) is a serial produced by Pakistan Television first in 1969 and then again in 1974 based on the novel Khuda Ki Basti by Shaukat Siddiqui.[1]

Khuda Ki Basti
Based onKhuda Ki Basti by Shaukat Siddiqui
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
Producer(s)Ishrat Ansari, Rasheed Umar Thanvi
Production company(s)PTV
Original networkPTV
Original release1969 
re-telecast in 1974 and 1990

It broke records of popularity in Pakistan. One TV critic in a major English-language newspaper in Pakistan says, "This is one of the oldest and greatest dramas in the history of Pakistani television".[2]

First production in 1969

Initially, Khuda Ki Basti was produced in November 1969 by Pakistan Television 26 episodes of 25 minutes each, by producer Ishrat Ansari. Some episodes were produced by Rasheed Umar Thanvi at Karachi TV that small and historic studio "A" which still stands galore at the center. There was an advisory committee of Pakistan Television comprising a panel of famous intellectuals: Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Jamiluddin Aali besides Shaukat Siddiqui to ensure the perfection of the adaptation of the novel into drama.

Second production in 1974

In 1974, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had directed re-telecast of Khuda Ki Basti as it was Bhutto’s favorite serial with mass appeal and message. But the Pakistan Television had some problems as the video tape recordings of the drama on spool in 1969 had long been erased due to new videotape scarcity and the need to re-record some other new programs on those spools. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto insisted that the serial must be re-telecast even if fresh recording is essential.[2]

The 1974 version of re-recorded Khuda Ki Basti was 50-minute episodes which lasted 13 weeks and created the same impact that the 1969 version did. It was Khuda Ki Basti and nothing else for the viewers. TV directors Bakhtiyar Ahmed and Qasim Jalali did a fine job.[3] This time around, the entire serial has been well maintained by Pakistan Television with a repeat telecast in 1990 which termed the adaptation of Shaukat Siddiqui’s novel Khuda Ki Basti as "Mother of All Serials" at Pakistan Television Corporation.[1]


See also


  1. "Urdu's greatest novels: From Khuda Ki Basti to Chaar Deewari". The Nation (newspaper). 29 February 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. Old but not forgotten: Top 10 Pakistani dramas to re-watch now Dawn (newspaper), Published 13 March 2015, Retrieved 27 July 2018
  3. Primetime: When drama was king Dawn (newspaper), Published 5 April 2009, Retrieved 27 July 2018
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