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Alif Allah Aur Insaan Last Episode Review – Finally!!!

Ohkay so, first off, I urge all the viewers of this drama to do a little happy dance, umm a little more happier than what Shahzeb did because we all survived this apocalypse (or else read Nimra Khan, it’s the same thing) & it feels like an accomplishment right? I can’t imagine it’s been almost 10 months that we started watching this drama & now that it has ended. In stead of feeling a void, I am feeling relieved that I don’t have to tune to this drama anymore! Phew! Usually when a drama ends, viewers feel a little sad that they won’t get to see their favorite characters but it’s a totally different story with Alif Allah Aur Insaan!

So, Rani’s mother got to know about her daughter’s death. Everything else is fine, we do feel for her since she will live her life in regret that when she had a chance, she didn’t forgive Rani but I would like to thank Fatima Awan especially for reminding me that Rani was a murderer & she didn’t pay the price for killing Nigar, which is so true. Yes, Rani didn’t get to live a peaceful life that she dreamt of but looking at the flashbacks that were shown in the previous episode, it was never suggested that Rani was ashamed for doing something so extreme. Yes, the writer must have suggested that whatever she faced was a consequence of what she did but when it came to Rani, she was turned into someone with whom the viewers should have sympathized & we actually did because we forgot that she was a murderer!!!

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To be honest, whatever Shahzeb said to Basit about forgiving & accepting mistakes & all that jazz, it was definitely nice but it would have made so much of sense & impact if Nazneen had received a proper punishment for what she had done, whereas in reality she was on a marital spree & had quite a good time with Taimur in her short lived marriage. I don’t think Nazneen received any punishment that she was being sympathized with. Also, I must say, Nazneen ke hoslay aur himmat, josh o kharosh ki daad deni paregi, because usually when someone fails at a relationship, getting hitched again is not on the cards but looks like Nazneen was on a Shohar Hunt as if she had no other motive in her life!

Malik Hashmat’s half hearted apology was just as cringe worthy as Nazneen’s white kurta that she sported for 10+ episodes. Everyone in this drama got away very easily, or may be since the drama was dragged so much, we couldn’t care less but yes, it is a fact, everyone got away with everything as if they were all saints!

Oh, yes, there was another story that was moving along in this episode & it was Shammo’s. To be honest, since he was treated as a filler throughout this drama, even after seeing so many of his scenes in this episode, he still came to my mind as the last thing because he was treated as an after-thought by the writer/director. Also, what took Shammo so long to bring his fellows to his place? He started earning good money way back, so why didn’t he bring them earlier. Also, where was Rani’s daughter Pakeeza? She vanished into thin air exactly like Basit’s sister. I don’t think it would have cost them anything if they had shown that Shammo along with his friends were now taking care of Pakeeza. Anyways, Shammo’s journey did impart a good message that no matter where you come from, if you work hard & believe in yourself, if you say no to something that your heart doesn’t allow you, then you can surely achieve your goals & materialize your dreams. The only message that was clear as well as good in this drama!

Oh, after suffering from a heart break, Roshni thought there was something else that she could do with her life, something like educating herself? Matlab this thought wouldn’t have come to her if Basit had said yes to her? LOL! How lame!

So, this journey had an excellent start but went downhill after 19-20 episode mark, that was the time when Zimmal & co. were introduced & ruined this amazing drama for all of us. Now when this drama has ended & I look back at Zimmal’s journey, I am feeling a strong urge to scratch my head because there’s absolutely nothing that I can deduce from her track? Shaheer proved that he was better off as a Gandasa movie hero, Arsalan died without getting a chance to experience what a magical thing a shampoo is, Zimmal turned into a gaon ki mutiyaaran, the vibe that she gave right from the beginning even when she was shown as a madrannn kewllll gal, with all that western clothing, but in actuality, there was nothing meaningful that could be taken out of her story. All those philosophical talks about love after Zimmal’s divorce did nothing! In this drama some got married & some didn’t, so I am wondering why wasn’t this drama named as Sheen Shaadi Aur Shikway!!!!

Anyways, the only good thing about this drama, which actually I still remember even after sooooo many weeks was Sana Fakhar. She was marvellous as Nigaar Begum, the finesse & elegance with which she portrayed the character of a courtesan is commendable & worth appreciating. Everything about this drama, the story, the message, the tracks, the characters, writing & direction, everything was just wonderful before the 20th episode which means more than half of the drama was a waste. Nimra Khan was the worst thing that happened to this drama followed by psychotic fits that Kubra had after failing at marriage again & again & again & again & so on, so forth. Mikaal Zulfikar was also good & so was Shehzad Sheikh. Ushna Shah & Imran Ashraf were phenomenal as Rani & Shammo in the initial stages of the drama but for me Sana Fakhar takes the crown. I must say, the dance in the end was basically a depiction of something else but I’ll take it as a happy dance that Mikaal on behalf of the entire cast & crew must have done to celebrate the ending of this chewing gum! Hum TV should really stop testing the patience of the viewers & insulting their intelligence & while they are at it, they should learn a thing or two from ARY Digital who is excelling at drama these days. Hum has really lost the plot & they have forgotten that people fell in love with their dramas because of the quality in the first place! Please share your thoughts & I insist, please do a happy dance which I will be doing right now as well, after posting the review!

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Pukaar Last Episode Review – A Happy Ending!

Awww the last episode of Pukaar was sweet & I liked the way everything was addressed. I am glad that despite the extremely slow pace & the over dosage of flashbacks, Pukaar got a complete ending where all the things were given a proper closure without leaving a room for anything to be covered!

One of the best things of this episode was an end that Zamani met. She was made to pay for what she did – better late than never! Sultan & Tashfeen mourned the loss of their son Fahad & did realize that he never wanted to become a part of this political system that Sultan was running in his hometown. It did end up being the reason why Fahad died & both Sultan & Tashfeen knew that. It wasn’t surprising that Tashfeen showed up for a couple of seconds in this last episode because her role wasn’t important – just like her character. I also feel that Jia Ali was wasted in this drama & failed to leave a mark despite trying really hard.

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Sultan assured Samra that Qasim belonged to her. This was his way of apologizing to her for all that she went through in his house where he just couldn’t protect her from the atrocities thrown her way. Rehan Sheikh did the best he could with this one dimensional character of Sultan but then that’s expected from an actor of his calibre.

It turned out that Laali Ma was basically aik bezti ki maar but having said that, it is worth mentioning that in a very brief conversation it was nicely elaborated how young widows in feudel setting are usually treated, where their urge to get settled again is suppressed & they are expected to become the torch bearer of family’s dignity. I also liked how Laali Ma admitted that she could not tolerate a girl who questioned her every step of the way, who was basically a newly wed – something which does tend to make ladies like Laali Ma envy their newly married daughters in law. Everything that Laali did was basically a reflection of her jealousy against Samra & then a chain reaction of everything that she herself endured when she got widowed, but it was good that she admitted & apologized for everything but I wish Samra had insulted her earlier so that this drama could’ve ended earlier too!

Finally, Samra overcame the guilt that she felt right from the beginning of her relationship with Sarang. Samra continuously labelled it as a betrayal against Fahad but then, even though dramatic, the entire scene was nicely done where Fahad communicates with her & talks her out of getting divorced. Even though they made it dramatic but it still had a touch of reality to it that those departed do tend to guide their loved ones through dreams!

Finally, Samra said it. I liked that they just didn’t end the drama by showing that Samra chose not to get divorced, in fact she worded her feelings & was the first one to admit that she was in love with Sarang. Obviously, he gave her plenty of reasons to fall in love with him & I am glad she did. Their chemistry was amazing & it was nice to see how comfortable Yumna Zaidi & Zahid Ahmed looked with each other on-screen.

Even though the story of this drama was predictable right from the beginning, there was something that kept the viewers coming back to it. I honestly believe that 16-18 episodes were enough for a story like Pukaar because the content wasn’t new. The unnecessary usage of flashbacks & extremely slow pace did at times made this drama a task to tune to but I will let it slide considering all’s well when it ends well. For me, the best thing about this drama was Sarang’s character. It was nice to see a positive soul with a positive outlook on life in the middle of so much of negativity. Zahid Ahmed did the best he could but I so wish he hadn’t just sat on the makeup chair without an input allowing the so-called MUA’s do their own thing because they well & truly messed his look with unnecessary amount of makeup which did affect his character’s personality – thanks to a well-written, well-conceived character & even better acting that Zahid Ahmed was able to save himself as well as Sarang. Yumna Zaidi did really well in terms of acting but now when the drama has ended, I don’t feel any connection with Samra’s character & I am happy at the happy ending only for Sarang’s sake. Anyways, please share your thoughts!

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Meri Gurya Episodes 3 & 4 Review – Highs and Lows!

These two episodes gave further insight into the personalities of all the central characters and their relationships with each other. It was just as disturbing as the first two episodes because it was shown in detail how a paedophile’s mind works. Dabeer’s scenes were the most frightening element of these two episodes. Mohsin Abbas Haider has once again nailed a character which isn’t easy to translate on screen. However, I must say that because lately we have seen a few really good dramas which highlighted the mindset of such sick people you can’t help but compare this drama with Udaari in particular and Dabeer’s character with that of Imtiaz. While Imtiaz was a more clever person who knew how to manipulate others and his personality characteristics definitely fit in more with the general profile of such criminals, there are certain aspects of Dabeer’s personality which are difficult to understand. It was shown that Dabeer always liked playing with dolls and still owned dolls, I am wondering how does this aspect of his personality fit in the whole picture and why is it considered “not normal” for a little boy to play with dolls. I feel that it would have made more sense if he kept these dolls to allure little girls as opposed to showing that because he played with girls as a child there was something wrong with him since he was little. I could be wrong but that is the impression I got from this scene.

Overall however the writer has intelligently conveyed how such people get all the details they need and the fact that this is someone who is really close to the family also hits home. In these two episodes, Dabeer made up his mind that Abida was going to be his next victim and he did whatever he could to get all the information he needed to execute his evil plan. All his interactions with Abida were terribly frightening and when Abida went missing I found myself hoping that she was still alive. I am glad that the writer didn’t rush things and I also hope that Abida is somehow saved in the upcoming episodes too. In these four episodes, Abida has been introduced as a sweet girl who unlike her sisters goes to a madrassah because the education there is for free. Although, she is the third girl her grandmother never wanted and wished she was a boy but she is also the one who is relatively closer to her since she doesn’t go to school and isn’t “liberal” like her sisters. The child actress playing Abida’s role has played her part really well. Sania Saeed’s acting as usual has been effortless and effective. She is convincing and likeable as a mother who does whatever she can for her daughters under the given circumstances. Safeena’s character is likeable but Sonya Hussyn’s hairdo and overall outlook isn’t up to the mark. This character could have been far more impressive had it been translated on screen differently. Having said that, it isn’t difficult connecting to the kind of relationship Safeena and Abida share and the genuine concern Safeena has not just for Abida but for everyone else too. Big Bang should give up this hairstyle for good, it didn’t look good on Saboor in Meeras and it doesn’t suit Sonya either. The production house is coming up with better stories but the supporting actors and the overall feel of their plays needs a makeover.

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Although Safeena wanted Dabeer to divorce her whenever he could but now she has realized that she can fulfill her dream while being married to him therefore she has decided to make this relationship work. Dabeer’s withdrawn attitude around her made perfect sense. He was constantly planning his next step and thinking about all the information he had gathered so far. Safeena could tell that there was something wrong with him but she could never even imagine that the person who she thinks needs help, actually needs to be put behind bars. Dabeer mentioned that Jahan Ara’s father used to teach him Quran and he said so in a meaningful manner. I am wondering if he went through a traumatic experience in the past!

In this episode the viewers saw that Abida’s phupo Jahan Ara will ultimately end up “assisting” Dabeer without knowing it. Shehnaz’s close relationship with her daughters has been well established in these four episodes therefore it will be heart-wrenching watching her suffer in the upcoming episodes. The preview of the next two episodes was confusing and it was difficult to tell whether or not Dabeer will be able to execute his evil plan, which is definitely better than knowing exactly what will happen next! So far, Meri Gurya has been a decent watch and I am waiting to see how the story moves forward in the upcoming episodes. The way this drama shows that a murderer and rapist could be a seemingly harmless neighbor is yet another reminder that parents should not trust anyone with their children. Although, Udaari and Muqabil both gave the same message but I do feel that these things should be shown on television repeatedly since there are times when parents tend to overlook such aspects.

How many of you watched these latest episodes of Meri Gurya? Do share your thoughts about it.

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Ishq Tamasha Episode 18 Review-Revenge Begins!

This episode has started Mehrab’s revenge spree against Rushna and one more thing it has established is YES! RUSHNA IS SUPER EVIL. Rushna got to know about Arham’s death in the very start and has no reaction to it. She was still indulged in her chocolate covered dreams. Mehrab has also become a constant confusion now. Not letting Rushna’s mother bring breakfast is his idea of taking revenge for his brother’ death? He didn’t even confide in his Phupho who has also suffered an immense loss. Her decision to leave Mehrab was the sanest scene in the whole episode.

Mirha bechari kya kare? Thanda paani pi maray! Yes, Mirha’s situation just reminded me of this nursery rhyme. She just started dreaming about her saviour (kidnapper) Mehrab and all her dreams were shattered in a second. Mehrab’s scheme of sending her back is also non-sensical. Pressurizing your wife to send Mirha back is not going to get Mirha her reputation. And Mirha was s settled in Mehrab’s house. Parr ye bhi Rushna le gayi!

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Rushna is a mature girl who knows how to scheme, trap boys and insult anyone. So, she must behave like that too. Her whole behaviour after reaching Mehrab’s house was like that of a child. She had no interest left in Mehrab who was her dream prince. All she wanted was to redecorate and wander around the house. Most annoyingly, she did not even ask Mehrab that why his family does not know about their marriage? And why there are no preparations for a Walima. Rushna is still not miserable. She is still scheming and being a jerk. Hopefully, in the next few episodes, we could see her regretting her attitude.

The whole Palwasha episode is super-weird. The girl is a very good actress indeed but she is too young to get scoldings for Gajras and have affairs with her cousin who is too grown up for her I must add. Aqeela really needs to take a hold of her daughters. They are literally messing up the balance everywhere. And it is high time that Wahaj starts taking practical decisions instead of lounging around and throwing unnecessary sarcasm!

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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 3 Review-Whateven!

This drama started like a high-speed roller coaster and deteriorated at the speed of the lightning. In just three episodes, the makers have forgotten what they were trying to go for. It started as a love triangle where two brothers fell for a single girl. Then we saw the scenario of adoption come into play. The adopted boy sacrificed his love for the sake of his mother’s satisfaction.

Dania is the worst I would say. First, you went blaming only Zaryab for the whole ordeal. She didn’t even try to take matters into her own hand. Then she is seen blaming Armaan. Armaan at least stuck with what he was going for. He divorced the girl and doesn’t want anything to do with her. But now the bechari Dania wants to keep living with a man who has divorced her. What kind of culture or mentality is being promoted here? Even if they wanted to show Dania as a bechari, they could have shown her ordeals after the divorce. But she is living with her ex-husband, making parathas for him. Like WHAT EVEN???

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Zaryab and Armaan’s encounters are too childish to bear too. When you have already openly said woh tumhari biwi hai, then at least complete the conversation. And Armaan, a guy who divorced a girl in a second and has no regards for the society is waiting to talk openly about it with his brother. Why is he not cleaning up the mess? He didn’t ask Dania when he was divorcing her. So, why is he waiting for her approval to announce it?

The mother’s character is also so poorly etched out. She is trying to make Dania behave as Armaan’s mother or nanny rather than a life partner. At the same time, she is concerned about Zaryab’s marriage. If you loved Armaan so much and you knew he is such a sensitive soul, why you married him off to his brother’s girlfriend in the first place?

Moreover, the performances are so bad throughout this episode. Alamdaar needs serious work on his dialogue delivery as well as his expressions. Even Hareem seemed lost in all her scenes. The lack of depth has literally destroyed this drama in only the third episode.

Yes, many would say I have come harsher on it but they are showing a girl who wants to live with her ex-husband which is ridiculous!

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