Ohkay so, the last three episodes of Kathputli were interesting but I am not sure if that can be said about the twists & turns that they have brought in. I know in dramas like these, they do need some sort of chaos to extend the story further but yes, if after this scenario, the characters will emerge out to be stronger & better then I most certainly have no issues but if this is only being done to drag the drama then I am not sure what to feel about it. Now I am looking forward to see how each & everyone will bounce back from the tough times & pick up the pieces.
Mehru & Shiraz came across each other & that’s when Mehru’s life took a turn. Mehru & Ahad pretty much got comfortable with each other & they both actually started developing feelings for each other because Mehru saw how in the darkest of times, it was Ahad who without even knowing her, but only because she was his wife, took care of her. Similarly, Ahad saw that without expecting anything in return, Mehru not only ended up supporting him emotionally but she treated his father like hers & it is only because of her continuous efforts that his father came out of depression & is very much at a happy place with Ahad & Mehru around. Ahad fell in love because he got a closer look into Mehru’s personality & nature & he saw that she is a gem of a person, that is why he finally confessed his feelings & it was quite sweet. Even though this is exactly what Mehru wanted to hear & this is exactly what she feels about him too, she just missed an opportunity to confess her love for her husband Ahad & that was the first mistake that Mehru made.
Finally, Merhu came across Shiraz because Amna invited them for dinner & that’s when Shiraz became curious to find out the truth about everything related to Mehru & that’s when he started pestering her to meet him. I think that was another mistake that Mehru made because in stead of going out of the way to meet him, she could’ve just spoken to him on the phone & had explained everything to him. Even though I was dreading that now Shiraz will play the villain, I was pleasantly surprised to see him being understanding & respectful towards Mehru enough that he decided to not do anything that could cause a dent in her relationship with her husband.
Then came the time when Shiraz had to inform to Mehru that her mother had a heart attack. Yes, I do understand his concerns but I am not sure if I can say that Shiraz is a mature guy because he tackled the entire situation poorly. Also, Shiraz kept on implying that Mehru’s mother was about to die so she should meet her, like seriously? People have heart attacks & after a few months of recovery & by being cautious about their health, they pretty much lead a normal life! Anyways, Shiraz decided that he will play the hero & will reunite Mehru with her mother which once again was another mistake that he committed.
If Shiraz really really wanted to help Mehru, he could’ve spoken to Ahad first because now when Shiraz has met him & his father, he knows that they take care of Mehru & hold her close to their hearts. If Shiraz had introduced himself to Ahad as Mehru’s cousin & had told him in person that Mehru’s mother wasn’t doing well, I am sure even before Shiraz, it would’ve been Ahad who would’ve taken her to Lahore to see her mother. The third & the biggest mistake that Mehru committed was that she ended up lying to Ahad & not just any lie, she literally fabricated an entire story that too using Amna’s name, who’s not only her neighbor but is someone who has no hesitation in showing up at Mehru’s doorstep at any time of the day, so I am not sure what made Mehru think that like all the other days, Amna won’t go to Mehru’s house oblivious of her absence to meet her & might as well bump into Ahad only to find out that that Shiraz & Mehru were lying?
It did seem that Mehru learned her lesson a hard way but after everything that she has done, I am not sure if that can be said about her anymore because after sharing a space with Ahad, getting to know him personally & even knowing that he loves her, what made Mehru think that he won’t understand her feelings & wouldn’t allow her to meet her mother? Ahad’s father had a close call & that’s when Mehru did everything to help him recover properly, so why would’ve Ahad stopped her from meeting her mother? I can understand that Mehru was eager to meet her mother & she couldn’t think straight but at least Shiraz should’ve tackled the entire situation properly & ohkay, let’s say that they didn’t want to get Ahad involved, then at least Shiraz could’ve taken Amna into confidence because if he has promised that he will now respect Mehru’s decision, then what was there to hide? Another mistake that Shiraz made was leaving his mobile phone behind, which is like a Pandora box of Shiraz’s secrets & that’s when Amna found out everything about it. I know even though Mehru is not guilty of anything, but I see Amna & Ahad’s reactions justified because they are oblivious of everything & when someone is kept in the dark, that’s exactly how one reacts!
I feel all these twists & turns were only added to give Mr. & Mrs. Gohar Mumtaz some coverage in the drama because honestly speaking, without them, the entire drama was doing just so so so well. They could’ve just sticked to Mehru & Ahad’s relationship & some severe punishments for Ehtasham to realize that he committed a mistake, then he could’ve apologized to both Ahad & Mehru & they all would’ve lived a very happy life & that’s about it. I feel they not only added these twists & turns forcefully but didn’t do justice to them as well because another loophole in the direction that I feel was Sahir’s call to Ahad after spotting Mehru in Lahore with someone. Sahir said he ‘assumed’ that Mehru was with Ahad so why didn’t he approach them immediately? Like if anyone will see his best friend’s wife & assume that his best friend was there with his wife, then in stead of calling him to confirm, he will immediately walk up to them to meet them, isn’t it?
Anyways, on Ehtashaam’s front, with each passing episode, my detest for him gets a notch higher. It is so obvious that it isn’t Saira who is problematic, but he chose to put the blame on her to rub his bruised ego. Ehtashaam did everything in the name of religion but sadly, he doesn’t know that he has misinterpreted the religion to suit his needs, only so that the power & the authority that he has garnered over the period of time doesn’t slip out of his hands. I am sure Saira is the kind of a person who would’ve stood by his side but he chose to hurt her even more by lying to her about something she most certainly is not responsible for. I so hope Ehtashaam faces the severe consequences for all the lies that he has told till date & not only that, I would want everyone to never forgive him for playing with their lives & literally ruining them!
Overall, these episodes were really good but it’s just that the mistakes that Mehru made & the preview of the next episode that ticked me off. I so wish Mehru explains everything to Ahad before drifting apart even more. Also, they showed that Shiraz will be threatening Amna with divorce which I don’t see a reason for, like seriously, at one hand you’ve promised Mehru that you will not do anything to cause her distress & on the other, in stead of explaining things to your wife, you’e threatening her with divorce, so it is imperative that Amna will develop a strong sense of hatred for Mehru because she will blame her for the fact that it is because of Mehru that Shiraz is doing everything! I feel that the entire coverage that Shiraz & Amna are getting is unjustified. Anyways, the scene between Zeenat & Mehru was done nicely & it was quite emotional. I loved that Zeenat advised Mehru to never lie again but sadly, this is what Mehru has done & not sure how many lies she will keep on fabricating in order to hide the fact that she went to meet her mother that too with Shiraz. I hope she comes clean before it is too late. Let’s see what they have in store for us. The direction, the pace & the production value of this project is really really good. I also like the way all the actors have acted their characters out, they have kept things minimal & simple, but they strike a chord. Even though I have said it before, I will say it again that Sanam Chaudhry is one fine actress. She can literally carry an entire drama on her shoulders because of her phenomenal acting. I hope to see her in some super-hit drama serial because she is capable of pulling it off as a protagonist. Anyways, please share your thoughts about these last 3 episode of Kathputli.
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.