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Besharam Episode 23 Review – Putting Things Into Perspective!

Besharam Episode 23 Review – Putting Things Into Perspective!

Ohkay so, honestly speaking, I think it is quite interesting that Mishi & Haider as a couple have hit the rock bottom because it makes things real. As we know that every relationship goes through some sort of trials & turbulence in order to last longer & strengthen, that is why after watching tonight’s episode, despite feeling bad, I was kind of excited to see how Mishi & especially Haider will deal with this messy situation & come out of it. I think the entire responsibility now lies on Haider to make things right as he is solely responsible for causing heartache to his wife.

I think the writer or may be the director at this point have started to leave things on the viewer’s imagination a bit more because where there are a few things that need coverage, I feel the team doesn’t put much effort into conveying it. Even though it was a pleasant surprise to see Mishi talking to Hamna about Manan with an approval from her side, I think the director should have established the fact that what made Mishi change her mind? If they had shown that Mishi eavesdropped on the conversation that Manan & Hamna had, I guess that would have sufficed, or may be if they had omitted Mishi’s disapproval in the first place, things wouldn’t have seem so out of the blue at this stage. Similarly, in the very next scene, we got to know that it was Sara who initiated this proposal of Hamna for Manan, so I was once again left wondering as to what made Sara change her mind too? Throughout the journey of this drama, I have always appreciated the precise approach of the director but I feel few things were taken a bit too casually by him, which actually needed some coverage at least. Anyways, Hamna & Manan got engaged & things sailed smoothly for both of them. I don’t know why but I like watching both of them together, so I hope they do give us some nice moments of Manan & Hamna as well.

So, Haider ended up following the orders of Asfand & despite knowing that Mishi will not appreciate any of that, Haider ended up spilling the beans. Mishi definitely didn’t have any issues with what Haider told to the media about CM hitting on her, but what pinched her the most was the fact that Haider endorsed the notion that Mishi was an indecent model who was on a low level of morals, but it was only because of Haider’s perseverance that she changed. I think it was absolutely wrong of Haider to say that because it was like he was taking the entire credit for something that he was not responsible for in the first place. Mishi on her own, despite being a model was a very different person with very different agendas in life. Mishi was a part of the glamour world but she never gave it so much of importance because of which she left it the day Haider told her to & her morals & ethics didn’t allow her to fall into a deep pit of this glamour world too. Just one statement of Haider literally ruined all the efforts that Mishi had made till date to adjust in his lifestyle & he literally took everything away from Mishi citing politics as an excuse.

I think Haider needs to remind himself that the day he got married to Mishi was the day when Asfand fired him & told him that he won’t be needing him anymore, so now what has changed that Asfand is being a bit too generous when it comes to Haider? I think even though Haider feels it is because of his fearlessness & ruthless approach in politics that Asfand needs him, he is missing the point that he is getting all these favors by Asfand because of Mishi only. Asfand knew that CM’s proposal to Mishi was the best way to malign his image & probably defeat his party in the elections, that is why he started taking Haider in confidence, started giving him unnecessary favors & the moment he learned that he has Haider wrapped around his finger, he started coaxing his agenda to make Haider spill the beans & sadly, Haider obliged. I wish Haider does some reflection on himself & on Asfand too, that is when he will realize that it is only because of Mishi that Asfand has given him so much of power & money & without Mishi’s presence in his life, Haider would have never meant anything to a conniving politician like Asfand Sultan.

I am totally with Mishi on this, she has literally changed her entire life for Haider, she has given up on so much & has turned down so many opportunities, because she respected the promise she made to Haider & I think more than Haider she has fulfilled her duties & has put in more efforts to make this marriage work. Mishi had all the right to walk out on Haider because there was only one thing that Mishi demanded from Haider & it was respect but sadly, Haider went blind in his urge to become a politician that he literally destroyed their relationship & betrayed Mishi’s trust. What was even more sad was that Haider was not apologetic for his mistake & he was trying to cover it up & justify it by saying he had no other option & it didn’t mean anything. I think the choice that Mishi has put in front of Haider is completely justified. Haider needs to leave Asfand’s party because it isn’t bringing any good to him, in fact it is ruining the relationships that he has held closer to his heart all his life.

I must say, I loved Khadija’s stance in this episode. ‘Mwashray ko badalnay nikla tha, khud badalta ja raha hai’, how often do we see such mothers in our dramas who blame their sons for their mistakes? It would have been so easier for Khadija to put the entire blame on Mishi saying that she must have forced Haider to earn such a lifestyle but no, she has spent enough time with Mishi to know that she is not materialistic & her priorities in life are simple & different. Khadija earned my respect even more when she fought with Haider for the sake of Mishi, she surely is a one of a kind mother in law who knows her son better but also knows her daughter in law to be fighting for her right. Khadija knew that in this situation, Haider was at fault, so in stead of sugarcoating things, she set him straight. Haider has started to lose the plot I believe because he not only misunderstood Mishi, but he also misjudged Khadija saying that she must be taking sides with Mishi to save Hamna’s engagement with Manan. Oh dear, I feel Haider has to make a lot of amends & it would be interesting to see how he will do that.

Overall, this entire episode was done really really well & all the situations are so convincing. I have always said this & I will say it again that Besharam is an intelligent piece of writing & I thank Sarwat Nazeer for coming up with such a simple but unique plot. The director & the actors have literally added life to this screenplay & no wonder why it has become a favorite drama for all the right reasons. I think it is actually quite good that the writer added some problems in Mishi & Haider’s relationship because now Haider will realize his mistakes & it will put things in perspective where he will learn about what & who is more important in his life. All of a sudden, I feel things have become even more realistic because every relationship has its highs & lows & I am sure like how they have given so many good messages throughout this journey, they will end this with a positive message too. Please share your thoughts about this amazing episode of Besharam, even though I am a little sad that Wahab Sunyara didn’t have any dialogue in this episode, but chalo, koi nahi! :/

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Zun Mureed Episode 1 & 2 Review – Well-Executed

Writer: Amna Mufti
Director: Ahmed Kamran
Produced by: Moomal Entertainment
Schedule: Every Friday at 8pm on HUM

The first two episodes of Zun Mureed laid down solid foundations for whatever is going to happen in the upcoming weeks. The introduction to the characters was detailed as well as clear and both these episodes were fast paced. In both these episodes, the writer and the director’s approach was focused and all the scenes were well-put-together. Although I had my reservations about Nadia Khan since her performance in Aisi Hei Tanhai leaves a lot to be desired but so far her acting has been up to the mark. Omair Rana, Hina Bayat, Shamim Hilali, Aisha Gul, Kashif Mehmood and Khalid Anum always perform well therefore it didn’t come as a surprise at all that they fit perfectly in the roles assigned to them. The performances were natural, the direction was on point and the editing was perfect. I have to admit that the only reason I tuned into this show was because it promised to cover the issue of domestic abuse from a legal perspective and also because it has been written by Amna Mufti which guarantees that the script will be well-researched and meaningful.

The first scene of the opening episode was one of my favorite scenes from both these episodes since it covered a great deal. This scene showed how Tabbasum (Nadia Khan) was struggling alone while her husband Sajjad (Omair Rana) and Bi Jaan’s (Shamim Hilali) son focused entirely on the cricket match. This scene clearly suggested that Bi Jaan was Tabbasum’s responsibility alone although Mariam Apa (Hina Bayat), Bi Jaan’s daughter, claimed to love her mother more than anyone else but there were a lot of times when she wasn’t half as patient as Tabbasum with her mother. The thing I liked about the characters the most was that they were nuanced, while Tabbasum was shown as someone who had a good heart and was dedicated but there were plenty of times when she was shown struggling with her situation. The scenes covering her character were realistic and showed how difficult it was for her to cope with everything yet she didn’t complain because she felt it was her duty to work and to look after the house. Also, while there were times when it seemed like Sajjad couldn’t care less how Tabbasum was coping there were also plenty of scenes in which he acknowledged and appreciated her efforts. The reference to Tabbasum’s share in her late parents assets however suggested that Sajjad is the kind of man who wouldn’t mind living off his wife’s money.

Bi Jaan is an educated woman yet she has a typical mindset. Even after everything Tabbasum did for Bi Jaan, she didn’t get any acknowledgement, something which was shown creatively through the scene in which Bi Jaan writes Mariam and Sajjad’s name alone. Also, just like any other controlling mother in law, Bi Jaan cannot see her son spending quality time with his wife and terms him as zun mureed, even though her own son in law was shown doing exactly what his wife expected from him.

The first episode in particular also showed how Fari, Tabbasum’s sister, was treated by her bhabhi and how things were in their brother’s (Khalid Mehmood) house. The news about Women Protection Bill got different kind of reactions from both these houses and Tabbasum in particular kept on asserting that such laws were made for violent men in low income households. She couldn’t imagine at this point that her husband would some day turn into such a man.

Overall, these two episodes were engaging and executed flawlessly. Although these episodes didn’t have anything brand new to offer but they weren’t clichéd either. I felt an instant connection with all the characters because of the way they were introduced. The script has the kind of clarity that doesn’t leave any questions in your mind and the director has given this script the right kind of treatment.

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Pukaar Episode 5 Review – Tragic!

Ohkay so, this episode of Pukaar was quite depressing which means the emotions were conveyed perfectly. This entire drama week for me was so heavy, first Aairah’s husband died in Khudgarz, then Tabeer’s husband died in Tabeer & now Samra’s husband died in Pukaar, tauba, talk about monotony, anyways!

Well, Fahad couldn’t win the battle for his life & passed away. The news of his death was obviously tragic & shook every single person associated with him. Samra lost the love of her life, Tashfeen & her husband lost their only son. Samra’s parents obviously couldn’t see their only child suffering that too when she deems herself guilty.

The moment Fahad’s father saw Samra, he made sure to remind her that it was because of her that Fahad didn’t go to the village & now he was fighting for his life. Well, he passed away & first half of the episode was covered in the flashbacks. Samra’s father did try to make a point that because Sultan got Fahad involved in the politics, he directed undue attention towards his son, but then again, why would Sultan pay heed to what Samra’s father said because he was too busy holding Samra responsible for everything!

Well, looks like Fahad’s Daadi is going to take revenge from Samra because Fahad’s family unanimously thinks that Samra is the reason why Fahad died, therefore they will make sure to torture her because other than that, they had no reason to keep Samra at their house as it was way too evident that they weren’t sympathizing with Samra to begin with!

Samra’s parents tried their best to take her with them but Samra wanted to be left alone in Fahad’s house. Poor thing doesn’t know what she will be faced with!

Well, honestly speaking, I wish everyone’s makeup apart from Yumna had been a bit realistic because all the characters; Daadi, Tashfeen & Zamani looked too glamorous to be mourning the death of a family member. I must say Zamani is quite annoying, obviously she is doing what usually servants do to stay in the good books of their masters but then again, the actress playing her role & her overall get up is such an eyesore. I wish we get to see less of her in the upcoming episodes which seems highly unlikely but still we can hope for the best. Yumna Zaidi was spot on with her acting & she succeeded in conveying Samra’s pain. I must say the OST is really nice & it helped in conveying the overall sadness that everyone was going through after losing Fahad. Anyways, please share your thoughts about this episode of Pukaar.

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Aangan Episode 18 Review – Hilarious!

Ohkay so, like I always say, what an amazing episode of Aangan. Seriously, Kudos to Faiza Iftikhar & the entire team for painting such a realistic & perfect picture of a typical desi wedding which is full of so many hiccups & people who come with their own agendas. I just don’t remember watching a Pakistani drama in such a long time which made me laugh so much & to be honest, Aangan happens to be one such drama that makes me happy. What a perfect entertainment!

So, Zoya Aqdas wedding was in full bloom with the Mehandi function. Shafiq actually came to attend the wedding & surprise everyone but then again, Abba Jee gave him a cold shoulder. Shafiq turned out to be a typical overseas returned desi who completely forgot growing up in this very environment because now he saw the entire wedding & the trouble of arranging it as a nuisance. Shafiq’s constant reminders of ‘mai isi liye Pakistan nahi ata’ were so funny. In stead of using this time to reconnect with his family & curbing his differences with Abba Jee’s, Shafiq continued to play the victim as if he didn’t hurt Abba Jee & he was being wrong in not treating Shafiq with the affection that he was entitled to!

So, Allaudin once again found a reason to be upset about, which was his matching Kurta with Abba Jee. Allaudin just can not come to terms with the fact that he is one of the elders of the family, that he is way too older than Aqdas, the chota damaad of the family & that is why he was keen on wearing that Green Kurta which the youngsters were wearing. I am sure if they had given him the Green Kurta, he would’ve complained that he was being put on the same pedestal as the bachas of the family, lol. Aalu & his issues!

Well, Faseeha came with her Jethani & Nand & they proved that they were those typical aunties who are avoided by every single person of the family because they find problem with every little thing & create issues over tissues. As if bickering with each other wasn’t enough that they started dragging the girls who were singing songs & also raised question over Zaitoon, Anila & Zoya’s age.

Well, Abba Jee’s cousin & childhood friend Bilqees made an apperance too. It seems Abba Jee has a soft corner for Billo that is why he not only made sure to invite her but also went out of his way to make her feel at home by taking care of her comfort. I loved the late night session that Abba Jee & Bilqees had, it was like Billo was the part of Abba Jee’s childhood that wasn’t lost. The way they both recalled old days & all the activities that they used to do was so cute but something that was even better was Zaitoon’s restlessness because she was clearly & rationally jealous. Bilqees’s fight with Aqdas’s aunts was also so very funny, it was like she knew how they had to be responded whereas everyone else on Zoya’s side apart from Anila was being mindful of the fact that they were larki walay so they had to tolerate everything. ‘Kissay di assi Majj churai hai’ has to be my favorite dialogue of this drama so far, lol!!!!

I loved this episode just so much. It is so amazing how watching this wedding takes you down the memory lane & makes you think about the things you might have seen or heard while attending your family weddings too. The way Anila reminded Rubina that she was wearing an old dress was also something that often turns out to be a conversation starter at desi weddings where everyone keenly remembers everyone else’s formal dresses.

I think I now desperately want to see a change in the equation that Zahid & Rubina share, something more, something new, something different please. Oh well, who would’ve thought that Sajjad will tackle Allaudin so intelligently, he just knew that Allu was trying to get some scoop on personal family matter therefore he told him to arrange someone who could take care of dholki, something that would distract him at least for the moment. Asim & Sajjad’s reactions were priceless when they knew they had taken care of Allu the best way possible, lol. I must say, I felt some sort of pity when Anila kept on lying to Allaudin to boost his ego & he immediately agreed to be at the wedding on time because Anila said what he wanted to hear. Allaudin is someone who just wants to be the center of attention, he likes to be praised even for the things he doesn’t do & since this is what Anila did, he seemed happy to be taking a part in Zoya’s wedding.

I must say, the way Faiza Iftikhar has etched out all these characters is amazing. Everyone has a unique but relatable personality & to keep them true to themselves till this stage of the drama is commendable. From Abba Jee to Shaina, every single one of them contributes & makes this drama complete. The way all these actors deliver the dialogues with so much of ease & effortlessness goes to show how they have owned these characters & are literally living them. I must say all the ladies looked so lovely with those beautiful dresses & heavy jewellery. Can’t wait to see more. Please share your thoughts about this hilarious episode of Aangan.

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Tabeer Episode 3 – Review!

Ohkay so, this episode of Tabeer, though dramatic was really nice. Even though the story has been quite simple & predictable but it does look like the side characters are going to add that much needed flavour in this drama.

So, Tabeer found out about Yasir & her life turned upside down. Tabeer was someone who couldn’t even see Yasir down with a mere fever so for her to endure the painful news of Yasir’s passing was beyond imagination.

Fawad’s mother continued to spew venom against Yasir because she is so self-centered to think beyond herself & even for once show consideration about someone else. Fawad was also deeply affected by Yasir’s demise that is why he not only went to attend the funeral, but also tried to help his family financially.

Yasir’s first cousin Ajju happens to be quite a manipulative person that is why he lied to Fawad & also kept half of the amount he gave for the rituals. I actually thought Ajju’s brother would be a decebt person but even he kept half of the remaining amount as well. I don’t know why but I found that scene emotionally very disturbing when Yasir’s grandmother accepted that measly amount with so much of gratitude, my heart broke for her because while she was mourning the death of her grandson, she had no idea that there were vultures around her who were literally taking advantage of Yasir even after his death!

Ajju & his brother are obviously irresponsible beings who don’t really know how to fend for themselves, therefore they came up with a plan that they’d start living at Yasir’s house, which means they will create more issues for Tabeer & Daadi.

On the other hand, Zarnish contacted Sana, a heart-broken depressed soul who obviously has been rejected by Fawad that is why I think Zarnish contacted her to speak to her. I think Zarnish will request Sana to take care of Fawad after she is no more but then that place will be taken by Tabeer & Sana will be left heart broken once again.

This episode of Tabeer was definitely good. The preview suggested that the trials in the life of Tabeer are far from being over. With Daadi’s demise, Tabeer will be left all alone & not sure how she will be able to deal with Ajju & his family. Looking forward to the next episode. Please share your thoughts.


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