‘College Gate’(Review): Here’s Why Gen-Z Finds This Coming-Of-Age Show Refreshing & Authentic!

Green Entertainment’s ‘College Gate’ explores the life of a bunch of students who embark on their exhilarating journey of college life. They defy family pressures, redefine social norms, and take the road less traveled to discover themselves. Six episodes down, College Gate has become a super hit, especially amongst the Gen-Z. The show is directed by Fahim Burney and written by Ali Sikander. The cast features Khaqan Shahnawaz, Hina Chaudhry, Maham Shahid, and Zarrar Khan in key roles.

College Gate: The Premise

We are introduced to Wahaj Qureshi (Zarrar Khan) who aims to become a singer one day. Unfortunately, his father played by Javed Sheikh isn’t happy about his passion. He wants Wahaj to focus on his studies. Usman Jutt (Khaqan Shahnawaz wants to revamp his family business of dairy farming. Sam (Hina Chaudhry) is a middle-class girl who along with her studies goes all out to support her father’s catering business. Annie (Maham Shahid) is a rich girl with a heart of gold. Bilal (Shuja Asad) is a drug addict and struggles to find the right path in life.

They all are classmates at RTS College. Zara (Mashal Khan) is one of their teachers who goes beyond the conventional methods of teaching. She’s friends with them alland personally helps them to let go of their fears to become better person. Jahangir (Arsalan Khan) is a college bully who doesn’t let go of any opportunity to rag his juniors. Qamar Zaman (Usman Peerzada) is the college dean who never compromises on discipline.

What’s Good?

The USP of College Gate is its refreshing genre that is rarely seen on television these days. The fresh faces add value to the enterprise. Faheem Burney intricately executes the layered narrative. Nothing is complicated. We get to know each individual’s strengths, struggles, and emotions perfectly. Writer Ali Sikander’s dialogues are witty and funny at the same time.

Promising Performances

College Gate is embellished with some decent and promising performances by the young cast. Khaqan Shahnawaz tickles your funny bone every time he appears on screen. Maham Shahid plays the perfect rich girl. Her accent, postures, and gestures are on point. Hina Chaudhry plays the bubbly yet responsible girl to perfection. Zarrar Khan emotes well in his scenes with his uncle and father. Mashal Khan is a breath of fresh air. She is wonderful. Shuja Asad gets his act right.

So Far So Good

College Gate is a testimony of Faheem Burney’s exceptional directions. The unique genre, fresh cast, and brilliant execution makes College Gate a must-watch.

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