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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.

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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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Ishq Tamasha Episode 18 Review-Revenge Begins!

This episode has started Mehrab’s revenge spree against Rushna and one more thing it has established is YES! RUSHNA IS SUPER EVIL. Rushna got to know about Arham’s death in the very start and has no reaction to it. She was still indulged in her chocolate covered dreams. Mehrab has also become a constant confusion now. Not letting Rushna’s mother bring breakfast is his idea of taking revenge for his brother’ death? He didn’t even confide in his Phupho who has also suffered an immense loss. Her decision to leave Mehrab was the sanest scene in the whole episode.

Mirha bechari kya kare? Thanda paani pi maray! Yes, Mirha’s situation just reminded me of this nursery rhyme. She just started dreaming about her saviour (kidnapper) Mehrab and all her dreams were shattered in a second. Mehrab’s scheme of sending her back is also non-sensical. Pressurizing your wife to send Mirha back is not going to get Mirha her reputation. And Mirha was s settled in Mehrab’s house. Parr ye bhi Rushna le gayi!

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Rushna is a mature girl who knows how to scheme, trap boys and insult anyone. So, she must behave like that too. Her whole behaviour after reaching Mehrab’s house was like that of a child. She had no interest left in Mehrab who was her dream prince. All she wanted was to redecorate and wander around the house. Most annoyingly, she did not even ask Mehrab that why his family does not know about their marriage? And why there are no preparations for a Walima. Rushna is still not miserable. She is still scheming and being a jerk. Hopefully, in the next few episodes, we could see her regretting her attitude.

The whole Palwasha episode is super-weird. The girl is a very good actress indeed but she is too young to get scoldings for Gajras and have affairs with her cousin who is too grown up for her I must add. Aqeela really needs to take a hold of her daughters. They are literally messing up the balance everywhere. And it is high time that Wahaj starts taking practical decisions instead of lounging around and throwing unnecessary sarcasm!

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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 3 Review-Whateven!

This drama started like a high-speed roller coaster and deteriorated at the speed of the lightning. In just three episodes, the makers have forgotten what they were trying to go for. It started as a love triangle where two brothers fell for a single girl. Then we saw the scenario of adoption come into play. The adopted boy sacrificed his love for the sake of his mother’s satisfaction.

Dania is the worst I would say. First, you went blaming only Zaryab for the whole ordeal. She didn’t even try to take matters into her own hand. Then she is seen blaming Armaan. Armaan at least stuck with what he was going for. He divorced the girl and doesn’t want anything to do with her. But now the bechari Dania wants to keep living with a man who has divorced her. What kind of culture or mentality is being promoted here? Even if they wanted to show Dania as a bechari, they could have shown her ordeals after the divorce. But she is living with her ex-husband, making parathas for him. Like WHAT EVEN???

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Zaryab and Armaan’s encounters are too childish to bear too. When you have already openly said woh tumhari biwi hai, then at least complete the conversation. And Armaan, a guy who divorced a girl in a second and has no regards for the society is waiting to talk openly about it with his brother. Why is he not cleaning up the mess? He didn’t ask Dania when he was divorcing her. So, why is he waiting for her approval to announce it?

The mother’s character is also so poorly etched out. She is trying to make Dania behave as Armaan’s mother or nanny rather than a life partner. At the same time, she is concerned about Zaryab’s marriage. If you loved Armaan so much and you knew he is such a sensitive soul, why you married him off to his brother’s girlfriend in the first place?

Moreover, the performances are so bad throughout this episode. Alamdaar needs serious work on his dialogue delivery as well as his expressions. Even Hareem seemed lost in all her scenes. The lack of depth has literally destroyed this drama in only the third episode.

Yes, many would say I have come harsher on it but they are showing a girl who wants to live with her ex-husband which is ridiculous!

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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 2 Review-Surprising!

Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka started at a rapid pace but I must admit, I was not expecting these many surprises already. We all saw the sudden engagement of Daniya and Armaan while Zaryab was pining for his lost love. The second episode featured the marriage ceremony of the two while Zaryab was crying in different cornersZaryab actually is a coward. Yes, the concept is that he is Ahsanon Talay Daba Larka and for this very reason he did not respect his love enough. But he should have given a thought to Armaan’s feelings. How could he do this to Armaan whom he loves more than anyone? Since the whole Islamabad is familiar with Zaryab and Daniya’s affair, why he didn’t think of the fact that someone will tell Armaan eventually? Daniya was also a very unreasonable person. She was begging Zaryab to do something on her mehendi. She could have tried a bit earlier or the simple way out was to talk it out with Armaan. Armaan told her how much he loves Zaryab, so Daniya should have told him the truth. But well, then there would be no drama.

Armaan knew about the situation suddenly after bringing Daniya home. The funny thing is they got Nikkahfied in the morning but reached their home at night. He was as quick in taking decisions as his brother is slow. Instead of handling everything like a mature person, he divorced Daniya. He didn’t even discuss it with Zaryab before taking such a huge step.

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Meri Guriya Episodes 1 & 2 – Disturbing But Not Original Enough

Written By: Radain Shah
Directed By: Ali Hassan
Produced By: Big Bang Entertainment
Schedule: Every Wednesday 8pm

I have to admit that the only reason I tuned into this show was the writer, I absolutely loved drama serial Nibah and was waiting for another drama written by Radain Shah. Also, right now, those dramas which highlight either social issues or revolve around family ties interest me more than those which focus on love triangles. Dar Si Jati Hei Sila set the bar really high therefore I couldn’t help but compare the two after watching the first episode of Meri Guriya. While Dar Si Jati Hei Sila dealt with abuse alone, this one showed the aftermath of a child’s brutal rape and murder and will also be focusing on the person responsible for this horrific act. Unfortunately, since we have all heard the gruesome details of how the beautiful and innocent Zainab was subjected to torture and rape therefore connecting the dots immediately was easy. The fact that the policeman pointed out that this was the 12th case of its kind showed that this particular incident wasn’t just fictional but was taken from Zainab’s tragedy. While this has unfortunately become a “trend” nowadays, I wish the makers of the drama didn’t add these details which showed the link of this story with that of Zainab. It is painful for the parents to watch such dramatized events on screen specifically when they know that this is their child’s story. Even if the intention of the makers is honest, this is unethical since Zainab’s parents made it quite clear that they do not want to see their child’s murder be dramatized. The details under the YouTube videos also mentioned that the drama makers have taken “inspiration from a real-life incident”. Having said that, I have faith in the writer and few of the actors involved therefore I am definitely going to follow this play and hope that the makers will be able to do justice to the story.

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The first episode of Meri Guriya gave me goose bumps, it was a little too disturbing because it covered how Arfa, a nine year old girl, was dumped in the forest after being brutally raped and murdered. While these events were covered with utmost honesty and realistically, I did feel that Big Bang Entertainment yet again used the shock factor as an attention-grabbing tactic. Shehnaz (Sania Saeed) and Shahmeer’s (Sajjid Hassan) track had Mubarak Ho Beti Hui Hei written all over it therefore it won’t be wrong to say that this particular track isn’t too original either. The fact that Sajjid Hassan is playing the role of a man who cannot take a stand for his wife and doesn’t love his daughters enough and Ayesha Khan yet again is playing the daddi who hates her granddaughters, is constantly mocking them and her daughter in law doesn’t help either! Also, Shehnaz just like Naheed is a strong woman who loves her daughters and is completely focused on their well-being. One of Shehnaz’s 3 daughters Abida was really close to Arfa therefore she finds it really hard to cope with the loss. At the same time she is also fascinated by the dulhan next door since there is a wedding taking place in the neighborhood. She insists she wants to see the bride even though everyone is feeling terrified and insecure after Arfa’s murder. In these two episodes Abida and the new bride Safeena (Sonya Hussyn) develop a special bond with each other. Abida looks up to and adores the new bride and Safeena also likes her.

Safeena’s character reminded me of Farwa in the first episode but in the second episode the viewers were shown a different side of her as well. Safeena is outspoken, she plays badminton professionally and expects her husband Dabeer (Mohsin Abbas Haider) to divorce her soon so that she can pursue her career. Dabeer too isn’t interested in this marriage, he got married only to please his mother. ARY pretty much gave away the basic storyline and the reality behind the characters therefore even right now when the viewers should be wondering why Dabeer was crying in front of his wife and later on laughing when he heard that the rapist committed suicide, we know exactly why! Abida’s fate has also been mentioned in the summary given by ARY on YouTube! Sania Saeed. Mohsin Abbas Haider and Sajjid Hassan are my favorite actors, they are constantly experimenting and never fail to impress. These two episodes however could have been far more powerful had they not been inspired from Zainab’s tragedy and Mubarak Ho Beti Hui Hei. The story obviously will be completely different from that of MHBHH but these similarities should have been avoided.

After watching these two episodes I am still on the fence because of the lack of originality but curious to find out how the makers treat this incredibly difficult subject since they are not only going to focus on the victims but also the perpetrator. Also, I would like to request ARY to keep the summaries of their plays short and to the point because they give away a little too much!

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