Yessss! Finally, an episode which was cute through and through and things all the viewers wanted to see have initiated. Episode 22 is a good day in our Khamosh boy’s life. After doing a lot of good for our Khamosh larki and getting his feelings snubbed by her every time, finally, she is falling. We saw you falling for Shahram today Arsala and we are happy that you are using your brain to feel for your own self. The relationship between these two has been portrayed very beautifully and it was a much-needed progression after Naima’s Atif kaho main lakhon main aik hoon stuff. Pakistanis love food and our food always pay a greater role in our lives than just being a daily necessity. After Kashaf falling for Zaroon on getting burned by the iconic chai ka cup, here is our Arsala falling for Shahram overkhaney ka bartan. So food did for him what Shahram was not really being able to do for himself, after all his endeavours for Arsala. She REALLY noticed his care and love!
Since Khamoshi has started we see Mirza Sahab wandering here and there for no big reasons. But today, Mirza Sahab rocked. He served as an eye-opener for Atif and the way he showed Naima her place was love. Atif is somewhat back in senses after being confused for so long. He is regretting and since there is nothing left he can do, he is subtly trying to save his ego by chanting Main Arsala se nafrat karta hoon over and over.
Naima is finally starting to face karma. She does not have the money anymore. Atif hates her and loved how her mother in law clarified the whole situation for her. Her situation can also be explained as episode 22 was a bad day for our Naima. It is always good to see annoying and evil characters tasting the piece of their own cake. Shahnaz is still very annoying though. She is constantly blaming Arsala for everything and wants her to loot a bank maybe for her committees.
It was the best episode so far. Zara Noor Abbas and Bilal Khan were too good in all their scenes. They looked natural and were successful in bringing an air of innocence with their chemistry. Shahram’s flower scene with Bee Jaan was also super cute. Looks like Bee Jaan will end up at Shahram’s house.
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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.