The best thing about this first episode was that it did not belong to one character or actor alone but all the leading characters made their presence felt. Also, this was not a typical first episode although the opening scene wasn’t new; showing how the mornings started for both Sikandar (Adnan Malik) and Nida (Sanam Saeed), but the real difference was that their mornings weren’t too different and neither were they identical. The director simply introduced the main characters and the supporting ones which will be playing an important part in the story in a subtle way which is always a great way to start a show. There are many times when writers and directors think that the viewers are not intelligent enough to pick up the cues and very often they end up spoon-feeding every tiny detail to the viewers which kills the creative element in dramas. That was most definitely not the case with this first episode. Also, I remember two dramas in particular in which the characters were introduced in a similar manner, Durr-e-Shahwar and Zard Mausam, and I remember it only too well that the households which were covered in the opening scenes were complete opposites so although it has been done before but this time around it was done differently. When you are watching a play written by Faiza Iftikhar, you can be sure of two things; the characters will not be black and white and there will always be variation in the characters.
Most of the viewers might not know that Sikandar’s character is inspired from a real life photographer which makes it even more interesting. In this first episode the viewers were told that Sikandar was brought up by his mother’s friend (Ainy Zaidi) after his mother passed away, that is all we know about his background so far. Sikandar’s present personality however was revealed in different scenes in tonight’s episode. He is a passionate photographer who loves natural landscape but he also feels that this natural landscape can only come alive in photographs when there is some “life” in it – meaning human presence. This particular aspect of Sikandar’s personality showed that even though his camera was his best friend and he loved nature but this was in no way a replacement for humans in his life. Sikandar is carefree and he lives life to the fullest but he also values human aspect of life. Shama (Mira Sethi) is someone he grew up with and both of them are very close to one another, she is the human who adds life to his photographs therefore she is very special. By the end of the episode however Sikandar had a new definition of “zindagi” in his photography. It seemed like Shama does a lot of things so that she can be with Sikandar but she does not necessarily have similar interests. Shama’s mother is a single mother who runs a cafe, she understands that her daughter shares a special bond with Sikandar. The scene in which she talks to Sikandar about getting married seemed like the first big misunderstanding of this drama. The light manner in which Sikandar took that question and the reply he gave without giving it a second thought once again showed that he did not think things through before making a commitment. Shama’s mother and Shama thought he was committing to getting married to her but it didn’t look like he was doing that.
Nida wakes up early in the morning just like Sikandar and her interests are very similar to him as well. Although Nida has been raised in a very strict household but her father’s support has given her the confidence and freedom she needed to have a personality very different from that of other women in the house. She managed to go to college, something which is looked down upon by her taya (Munawwar Saeed) who has a stronghold in the house. The inclusion of Hina Bayat’s character in the show proves my point about the variation in characters. Hina Bayat is a versatile actress who impresses you with her performance every time therefore I am looking forward to watching more of her. Also, it seemed like her character will be a very interesting one. The “adha pait” scene in particular was hilarious. All of her scenes went to show that she wasn’t like most people her age. The relationship between Nida and her father was highlighted in this episode; their closeness and Nafees’ support and love for his daughter were the two major aspects of their relationship.
Nida and Sikandar’s first “meeting” was anything but run-of-the-mill although the outcome it seemed was love at first sight. Nida loves nature, she wants to explore the world some day and she loves poetry therefore she has more in common with Sikandar than with anyone else. Sakina Samo plays the role of the know-it-all phupo whose son is engaged to Nida.
This first episode was definitely up to the mark even with a few glitches here and there which could easily be ignored. In one of the opening scenes Nida’s father asks “Nashta lag gaya” she says, “jee bilkul aba.” But after that we saw the women in the house struggling to make nashta and they were clearly running late. Adnan Malik was cute and convincing as Sikandar, there were times when he seemed to be struggling with those long verbose dialogues but he managed to pull it off and introduced Sikandar’s character in a likeable manner. Mira Sethi performance in this first episode was right on point unlike her acting in Jhoot which recently ended. Sanam Saeed played her character well with the exception of one scene in which Nida was describing to her friend her love for nature and exploring. The director Siraj-ul-Haq managed to show a great deal in this first episode and did so with precision. There were quite a few scenes in this episode which were beautifully shot and there were plenty of different locations in the drama unlike some dramas in which you feel like the entire serial was shot in two houses. The number one reason for tuning into this show was that it has been written by Faiza Iftikhar and secondly the main protagonist of the show is not a female but a male.
Nida’s fiancé will be introduced in the next episode and it seemed like Shama will have an accident because of which she might not be able to go with Sikandar.
How many of you watched this first episode? Do share your thoughts about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.