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Khuda Aur Mohabbat Episode 09 Review – The Journey of Self-Discovery Begins!

Khuda Aur Mohabbat Episode 09 Review – The Journey of Self-Discovery Begins!

Ohkay so, let me get straight to the point, I am in love. I am in love with this drama. I am so glad after Thursdays I now have a drama worth setting an alarm for at the weekend to watch, enjoy, experience & review. The team of Khuda Aur Mohabbat Season 02 has completely made me forget about the Season 01 because they are showing the story in such a detailed manner that each & every character, their thought process, their stance, everything is coming across with absolute clarity, which is amazing! The drama-makers have succeeded in making the viewers feel the pain that the characters are going through, which is actually a must in a love-story especially. Thank you so much Team Khuda Aur Mohabbat for giving us an absolute treat on the weekend, it is worth every single second of my time.

‘Mazhab us waqt tak ki rukawat lagta hai, jab tak insaan us se duur rehta hai’, so, the traveler who met Hammad for the first & probably the last time in his life got him introduced to the concept of religion. He opened a window for Hammad into a domain which Hammad thought wasn’t meant for him & with this, the journey of Hammad’s self-discovery & reflection began. It was only because of that man, that Hammad mustered up the courage to step a foot inside Masjid, without having any know-how up his sleeve, because that man told him that no matter how flawed you think you are, what matters the most is your intention. Somehow Hammad got fascinated by the honesty & truthfulness with which he got to know that the religion, which everyone around him makes it look so rigid & hard to follow was anything but that. Even though Hammad had a point to prove to Molvi Aleemuddin but he didn’t put all of his efforts into pleasing him to score a win in front of Imaan’s father & in fact he put his heart & soul into it because he wanted to get familiar with the idea of religion & how it will change his life. Hammad’s intention was pure, just like his love for Imaan is, that is why he chose to walk on the path that he has never walked on before & that too with so much of devotion that he ended up making Molvi Aleemuddin anxious.

I loved loved loved how they began Hammad’s journey on the right path & how they showed his transition from someone who didn’t even know the basics as he was never taught about all of that throughout his life, into someone who was now putting all his energies into perfecting himself in every aspect related to the religion. What I loved the most about Hammad’s journey was the it was Abdullah who unwillingly was getting to monitor Hammad & was getting familiar with Hammad as a person. Even though Molvi Aleemuddin pushed Hammad away from himself by telling Abdullah to take care of Hammad’s concerns, he didn’t know that by doing this, Molvi Aleemuddin himself was giving Abdullah a chance to become Hammad’s supporter as the more he was getting to interact with Hammad, the more he was growing sympathetic towards him. It was actually quite beautiful to see that Hammad not even for a second tried to think that by doing all of this, that too in front of Molvi Aleemuddin, he will be able to move or impress him. Yes, Hammad did choose Molvi Aleemuddin & Abdullah as his teachers, but that was only to prove a point that when he decided he had nothing to do with his family, it also included getting rid of all the habits that might remind Molvi Aleemuddin of the fact that Hammad belonged to Amjad Raza’s family!

Honestly speaking, in the first season, I never once got to know whether Imaan fell in love with Hammad or not but I am so glad, the clarity with which they showed everything in this season made it a bit too obvious that Imaan felt a little something in her heart for Hammad. The scene at the railway station, where Hammad was carrying Imaan’s luggage was absolutely beautiful yet overwhelming. To see a man suffer to such an extent of punishing himself is definitely something huge & that is the reason why Imaan became restless & she couldn’t keep her eyes off Hammad as she was trying to grasp the fact that Hammad was so in love with her that he left everything for her & was now doing something that he isn’t supposed to do. Even though Abdullah might not want to admit, but even he can not ignore the fact that Hammad’s love for Imaan is pure, that is why throughout this episode, it was evident that Abdullah was feeling bad for Hammad because even he couldn’t make himself understand that a guy like Hammad, who had everything in his life could go to such an extent for the sake of his love. Then came the interaction of Hammad & Imaan, no words, just pure feelings being conveyed through eyes & some tears, absolutely beautiful, magical & the best scene of the episode for me. That was the moment when Imaan also realized the purity & level of Hammad’s love for her, that is why she was touched & moved. Simply beautiful!

I love the fact that Hammad’s aura & persona is just so attractive that anyone who gets to interact with him can’t go without forming a connection with him, that is the reason we see Ghafoor, Siddique & Kheru, everyone supporting Hammad wholeheartedly. For the first time, Ghafoor got to know the reason why Hammad was punishing himself like this, but being someone who has experienced the pain that love causes you, Ghafoor could totally understand what Hammad was going through & why he was putting himself through all of this. It is actually quite nice to see that Hammad now has few well-wishers who root for him & support him.

To be honest, I never developed a feeling of detest for Molvi Aleemuddin in the 1st season because I felt he was just a very humble & modest person who couldn’t bring himself to put up with the pressures of the society but in this season, I am not really a fan of Molvi Aleemuddin because his personality has been elaborated clearly & the viewers have gotten an insight of his thought process which reeks of ego & wrong blend of culture & religion as per his convenience. The note at which the episode ended was a decisive point for me & it sealed the deal that Molvi Aleemuddin, he might be really nice in all other aspects, but he was someone who would mix culture with the religion to find an escape for himself from awkward situations. Everything that Molvi Aleemuddin said to guy who posed the question about opting for love marriage went to show that he was just trying to prove his point to Hammad that no matter what happens, he can not get married to Imaan because he loves her. It is absolutely sad that despite seeing the dedication & honesty of Hammad, Molvi Aleemuddin is letting his ego get the better of him because he can not bring himself to admit that a young lad, who might not even have as much knowledge about religion as he does, is challenging his beliefs & is actually right in his own accord. Hammad has done enough to prove his love for Imaan & more than that, the purity of his intentions but Molvi Aleemuddin can not look past Hammad’s family background & he is a little shallow to be unable to forgive Hammad’s family for what they did & forget everything that happened in the past. It is sad that Molvi Aleemuddin is still being so judgmental when it comes to Hammad that he is unable to see how good of a human being Hammad is!

Overall, this episode was absolutely beautiful. I love the way the director has directed these past couple of episodes, where he shows on scenario but runs the story in the flashbacks, it makes everything seem quite engaging & the continuity seems perfect too. I actually really liked Humayun Ashraf’s performance in this episode, he surely has given Abdullah’s character a perfect treatment. Sadia Khan may not have many dialogues to deliver but she makes her presence felt in such limited scenes too. Firdous Jamal has acted brilliantly as Molvi Aleemuddin & he has maintained a thin line of not making his character seem totally negative. Now coming to the star of the episode & the star of the show & for me, that is Imran Abbas, oh well, I am sure no other actor would’ve played Hammad’s character the way Imran Abbas has & no other actor could’ve done justice to such a beautiful character. I’m certain of the fact that if it wasn’t for Imran Abbas, we would’ve never felt the emotions that Hammad goes through & the pain that he suffers, there is such honesty in Imran Abbas’s performance that just keeps your eyes glued to the screen & your mind searching for more. Hats off, that’s all that I can say! Thank you so much Team Khuda Aur Mohabbat & most importantly, Thank You So Much Imran Abbas! Please share your thoughts about this beautiful episode of Khuda Aur Mohabbat!

 

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O Rangreza Episode 24 – Review!

Ohkay so, I think it’s about time that this drama should end because it is becoming a task to sit through its episodes. The writer has conveyed what he wanted to & now its up to the viewers to interpret & decipher it however they deem fit & to be honest when it comes to me, I am still struggling to find out the purpose. Is this drama different? Yes! But is it going to stay with me after it ends? No!

For the last time Sonia tried to stop Sassi from falling into deep pit of fame & show business but Sassi chose to overlook her sincerity. Since Sonia has touched the fame & has also seen the emotional & mental destruction it causes up close, she wanted to save Sassi because she genuinely is concerned about her but Sassi is someone who would even get destroyed on her own terms & conditions!

The way Sassi got back at Sonia was sickening & at first it did seem that may be her rebelliousness & boistrous nature will win her something but seriously, after getting to know her more & more, I feel she will end up exactly like Sonia Jahan or may be worse. At least Sonia had a heart & despite touching the fame, she was still humane but Sassi leaves me speechless. I think the writer got confused & forgot that being strong doesn’t mean one is heartless or emotionless but sorry, Sassi might be strong but she is shallow, empty from within! Kya expect kiya tha aur ye kya nikli! I remember I was totally up for Sassi’s character when this drama began & even understood her but not anymore, I am unable to connect to her character seeing how cold & inhumane she is!

This Tipu being the owner of Haveli scenario is absolutely forced & serves so purpose whatsoever. First Tipu tells Meena that they’ll move back to London, then in order to convince her, he makes her the owner of the Haveli & proposes her? Matlab kuch bhi? To be honest, Meena’s cluelessness when Qasim told her about Tipu’s intention was cringe worthy. Meena has spent enough time with Tipu to know that he is nothing but a liar. Meena has spent enough time with Tipu to know that he doesn’t have a soft corner for his family members so how did she assume that Tipu was telling her the truth that he was going to take care of the family? Meena knew about the clause in the contract, yet she chose to believe Tipu? The way Meena behaves seriously makes me feel she comes from a small town or a remote village to not have a know how of how things roll or to see through someone’s clear yet evil intentions because if she was educated or as suggested that she comes from London, she would’ve known better considering the exposure she must’ve had. Meena lets Tipu fool her every single time & she acts like his puppet! Seriously!

So, Khayyam gave up in front of Sassi, he surrendered because he can see that she is a gone case & there’s no point in taming her. Khayyam has lost everything, he lost at being a good father, a good husband, he also almost has lost those reasons for which he fell in love with Sonia Jahan & he has also lost his respect. The only reason why he is still taking care of Sonia is because his courtesy has overtaken his love for her & that’s about it!

Even though they gave it away in the precap of the next episode, but seeing Qasim’s agitation, I actually thought to myself that he might get married to Meena to save the entire family from Tipu & his evil plans & that’s exactly what is going to happen. Now that I am thinking about Tipu’s character, I still stand by what I said earlier that this drama would’ve been excellent without his addition. What a waste of time & screen space!

This entire tossing & teasing equation that Wajih & Sassi share is boring. Sassi is out to prove something to Wajih which she time & again does, still he makes a point to let her know that she is falling short of one thing or the other. Boring!

Going by what Sassi said to Qasim in the preview of the next episode tells me that she will now find herself a new job of pestering & guilt-tripping Qasim because her ego won’t allow her to accept that he got married to Meena & that he chose Meena over her! Also, I won’t be surprised IF Qasim will leave Meena because he’ll be like Sassi said so! Whatever! Please share your thoughts about this episode of O Rangreza!

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Teri Raza Episode 27 Review – Cringe Worthy!

Ohkay so, to be honest, I enjoyed this episode for a weird reason & that was because Suhana was getting bashed from every side. I loved how Suhana was getting exposed & on top of that she was being mistreated by Rameez but then again, the writer has made her this royalty who can get away with everything that is why, the punishment that she was getting had less or no impact!

Suhana claimed that she was not in contact with Imtiyaz, but did she really think people are going to buy that since she runs a business owned & financed by him? I literally cringed so hard the moment Suhana called & cried in front of Imtiyaz? Why is it that the oh so Khud-dar Suhana only now cries in front of Imtiyaz because she knows that he will take care of her financial burdens? It was just so typical of her to call & shed a few tears saying Seema was insulting her? If Suhana had an ounce of dignity or respect, she would have kept things to herself & had tried taking care of the business on her own. Just because Suhana knows she has Imtiyaz’s support, she thinks no one is entitled to say anything to her, not even her father! It is amusing that Suhana didn’t mind estranging her father because she got another Godfather who now deems her as his responsibility!

The writer is now trying to present Suhana as a damsel in distress because Rameez is totally different to what she expected him to be but then again, that is her own fault isn’t it, because she very well knew what sort of an irresponsible person Rameez was, so why did she get married to him expecting him to change? It is funny, Suhana was unhappy with Imtiyaz even after he was taking care of everything that she ever wanted & now she is again unhappy with the man of her dreams because he is not what she expected him to be & he isn’t changing? To be honest, when I see her mother in law scheming with Rameez so that Suhana keeps on working makes me think it definitely serves her right!

Imtiyaz really should have known better. It was sad that Suhana ended up ruining Seema & Imtiyaz’s relationship once again & what’s bizarre was that she chose to play innocent saying she had no idea why Imtiyaz took such a decision, like really? Seema did the right thing by barging into her home & insulting her because this is exactly what she deserves but unfortunately, Suhana is beizzati proof! Talat leaves me speechless, she insults Suhana & then scurries back to pacify her, no wonder why Suhana is so messed up, because her parents failed at parenting!

The preview of the next episode was filled with cringe alerts too. Suhana will once again come face to face with her father, seriously? We are done with Suhana’s mohim of seeking izzat for her good-for-nothing spouse jiss ki wo khud izzat nahi karti. Also, in the preview Suhana was heard saying ‘Imtiyaz ne mujhe chora, tum to mujhe nahi choro ge na’, seriously? Is she really implying that Imtiyaz was disloyal & not sincere with her? Is she using that card to play the victim again? Has she actually forgotten that she created a havoc in Imtiyaz’s life & cheated on him because of which he set her free basically doing her a favor so that she can be with Rameez but oh well, what can be expected from such a conceited, arrogant & selfish character. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Teri Raza.

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Baaghi Episode 24 Review – Overload of Majbooris

Every week I tune into this drama hoping that it will give me something interesting to watch and talk about but Baaghi has turned out to be one of the most overrated dramas of this season. The script isn’t just dull and repetitive but also lacks depth altogether, the dialogues are too plain, the scenarios never have anything new to offer, the focus has been entirely on Kanwal’s character yet her character is one-dimensional just like all the other characters in the play and the fact that the writer has left no stone unturned to plead Kanwal’s case makes this drama even more unappealing. The cautious approach of the writer is the biggest reason for this lackluster script. Also, the pace of the drama is painfully slow and the scenes covering Kanwal’s videos are stretched for no reason. Kanwal’s character is more annoying than interesting and the screenplay does not have the kind of flow you would expect it to have since I expected better from a writer like Umera Ahmed. There are dramas in which every character has a story to tell and then there are dramas like Baaghi in which even the leading characters don’t have a definite story. Kanwal for instance has been tagged as “baaghi” for some reason yet her life is constantly being driven by the people around her, her strengths have been relegated to the background and her weaknesses have been accentuated to such an extent that her character has lost all its appeal.

This episode showed how Kanwal’s younger brother had changed over the years and it is easy to tell where this track is leading. Kanwal and Shehryar have grown closer in all these years but their conversations still revolve around the same issues! Even after all this time Shehryar still asks Kanwal the same question he was asking few years back!! Kanwal’s pappi pait dialogues fell completely flat since the overload of majbooris in every episode doesn’t help her track in any way.

At the end of the day we all watch dramas because we want to be entertained and there are a lot of dramas with serious storylines which keep the viewers engaged but for me Baaghi is definitely not such a drama. Saba Qamar has given better performances in her career and has definitely played more meaty roles as well. Watching her mimic Qandeel Baloch is just plain sad because she is capable of so much more. I feel that the producers completely failed to tell Qandeel’s story in an impactful manner because they were too busy “covering up” for some reason! This drama is definitely a winner in the ratings race but personally I have always found it really difficult to sit through almost all the episodes of Baaghi. It is getting more annoying with every passing episode and therefore this will be my last review of Baaghi. I would like to thank all those wonderful readers who read my reviews and gave me their feedback even when they were not following the drama.

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Dar Si Jati Hei Sila Episode 9 Review – Right On Point!

Dar Si Jati Hei Sila continues to be one of the most intelligently written plays on air at the moment. The variety of characters, impressive screenplay and realistic performances make this drama a must watch. The drama has also picked up pace and unlike before every episode offers something new. Tonight’s episode focused on Bari Aapa’s bizarre proposal which was readily accepted by those members of the family who thought that Sila and Joi’s marriage will help further their interests in some way. Everyone’s reaction was different and interesting in their own way. All these reactions were covered impressively as well.

I am glad that it wasn’t a Sila against the word kind of a situation but there were plenty of people who could see just how inappropriate and unfair this decision was. The fact that the writer has told this story without any reservations and has allowed the viewers to draw conclusions from different events makes it more attractive. Raheel and Zaini once again did whatever they could to help Sila, Sadia did whatever she thought would make Joi change his mind and Tullo and Noshi supported the decision because both of them want to see Raheel and Zaini getting married. Sikandar’s reaction did not come as a surprise as well since he trusts Joi and he would be happy to hand over his responsibilities to him.

Zaini’s father’s character is another one which is being revealed gradually and is fast becoming my favorite since he is the only one who can see that Joi isn’t as harmless as he appears to be and also someone who truly values his daughter although that is not the norm in Noor Manzil! His reaction when Noshi told him what was going on in the house was priceless. Also, when Bari Aapa told him all those lies, he chose to trust his own daughter. This went to show that how a father’s trust and faith in his daughter can shape up her personality in a good way. Although everyone blames Sila for the “flaws” in her personality but no one except Zaini can see that her father is the one who is actually responsible for them. This could be because Zaini knows what it’s like to have a father who loves and supports you. The only reason why Sadia and Sila are in this situation is that the man in their lives who is supposed to look after them hasn’t only abandoned them but also holds them responsible for whatever goes wrong in his life.

Like every other episode of this drama, this episode too had many meaningful conversations which revealed a little bit more about the characters. Zaini feels frustrated now because she thinks that Sila is not even trying to change the situation she is in and at the same time she also feels that Sila is stronger than Raheel since she had the guts to tell her father that she did not want to get married to Raheel. While Raheel has “forgiven” Sila, his mother has not been able to do so. It was ironic how Bari Aapa made up so many stories after seeing Raheel and Zaini together but she can never tell what kind of a person Joi is even when she watches him do something which is anything but normal! Bari Aapa’s “blind love” for Joi is the main reason why even those people in the house who can see that he is a twisted character decide to keep their opinion to themselves. Joi constantly devises plans to put Sadia in difficult situations and he always executes them confidently because he knows that he has the support of his Aapa!

Overall, this was another brilliant episode of Dar Si Jati Hei Sila with some exceptional performances to its credit. The director Kashif Nisar has done complete justice to Bee Gul’s script and the honesty with which all the actors have translated their characters on screen clearly shows in the final product. Noor-ul-Hassan’s solid performance as Saleem in this play and his brilliant performances in Aangan and Meeras have completely won me over. Nauman Ijaz, Sakina Samo, Saman Ansari, Aamna Malick, Munazzah Arif and Yumna Zaidi’s performances have been faultless throughout.

The preview of the next episode was powerful. Looking forward to how the story unfolds from here on.

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