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Khuda Aur Mohabbat Episode 14 Review – Fairly Decent!

Ohkay so, this episode of Khuda Aur Mohabbat was interesting but honestly speaking, I wouldn’t say it was as impressive as the last few episodes were because for the first time, I found the flashbacks & the repetition of previously spoken dialogues a bit overbearing. Even though this episode had a lot of development to its credit & we got to see some anxiousness & nervousness in the actions of some characters, which surely was a good addition, but somehow for me, I am not sure why this episode on the whole didn’t leave an impact. For the first time I found the direction to be all over the place, like in the beginning there were three scenarios that were being shown simultaneously, which wasn’t necessary I believe. I think the director should have kept this sort of coverage limited to some very very important scenarios because to see it being overused & overdone is sort of killing the charm of it, which actually at first used to look like a very strong & impactful way of narrating a story. Also, I really think that they should’ve wrapped the events of the first season by this episode because as we all have seen it previously, we know that 14 episodes were enough to cover the first half of the novel. There’s definitely no doubt about the fact that the acting was top-notch like always & there was not even a single actor that didn’t perform well but its just that the overall editing, direction & the overpowering background music didn’t let me enjoy this episode as much as I wanted to.

So, Abdullah eventually learned the truth that Imaan went to Purani Haveli & grew curious because he actually assumed that Imaan & Haya, along with their mother must’ve went to do some last minute shopping. Abdullah’s reaction was believable because he couldn’t even imagine that Imaan would step outside the vicinity of her home & go to some place which actually might be associated with Hammad. Abdullah’s curiosity got the better of him & that is why upon probing he got to know that even Hammad visited Purani Haveli yesterday. All of a sudden, the entire puzzle got solved itself & Abdullah realized that Imaan & Hammad met each other. To be honest, I always felt that Abdullah felt guilty for coming in Hammad’s way but the way he decided to speak to Hammad & warn him elaborated the jealousy that he was harboring in his heart. Abdullah has loved Imaan all his life, but for Abdullah, the thought that his love couldn’t touch Imaan, couldn’t affect Imaan the way Hammad’s love did was intolerable. Abdullah’s warning was basically a depiction of how helpless he was feeling at that time that he decided to tell Hammad that he should leave him & his family alone. This was probably the first time when Abdullah became agitated seeing the power of Hammad’s love & his emotions for Imaan because despite loving Imaan all his life, Abdullah was unable to win her heart over. Even though Hammad put Abdullah’s speculations to rest that Imaan only came to request him to return to where he belongs & to not expect anything because for her, her father’s dignity & pride meant everything, but still just the thought that Imaan went to meet Hammad was enough for Abdullah to know that she must’ve some feelings for Hammad as well that she grew so concerned for him.

So, it looks like Amjad Raza is getting affected by what Hammad has done & what he is trying to achieve. The way he tried to look at the guy crossing the road in curiosity showed what he as a father of Hammad must’ve been going through. Yes, for Amjad Raza it might be difficult to admit but it still remains a fact that Hammad is his son & he loves him a lot, that is why hearing such harsh words from Abrina’s father about Hammad shook Amjad Raza & he definitely felt hurt that Hammad was being insulted like that. To be honest, even though I want the story to move forward & I want to see the events that took place in the second half of the novel, I so am not in a mood to see Abrina & her antics. I think Abrina has played her part & she has already destroyed Hammad’s relationship with his parents, so she should put a lid on everything because her announcement of not forgiving Hammad was distasteful & disturbing. No more negative character please!

Kamran & Ebaad want Najma to put things in perspective for Hammad because they know that out of all the people, Hammad actually listens to her & can’t say no to her. Najma has already been thinking about Hammad’s future because she knows that his love for Imaan has no future, so she most certainly doesn’t want Hammad to waste his life by thinking about what didn’t happen & what wasn’t meant to be, that is why, Najma immediately understood what Kamran & Ebaad were trying to say. It was good to see Hammad’s family getting involved & coming back into the picture because eventually Hammad will return to his home & his family.

Imaan is feeling guilty for going out of the way to see Hammad because she knows that this is something that wouldn’t sit well with her father. Imaan is under depression & it’s like she is now punishing herself but even though she loves Hammad, her reasons of punishing herself are different. Imaan knows that her father will never ever forgive her if he’ll find out that she met Hammad & had a conversation with him & that guilt is huge in itself for Imaan. Haya’s letter to Hammad, informing him about what Imaan was going through was heart-touching. It is good to see that there’s at least someone who understands Imaan & feels for her. The scene where both Abdullah & Hammad pray for Imaan was meaningful, beautiful & probably my favorite scene of this episode. They both feel for Imaan, they both love Imaan but they aren’t competing with each other because their main concern is Imaan & her safety. I felt nothing when I saw Molvi Aleemuddin crying out loud for his daughter, sorry, I just didn’t.

It is hard to see Hammad in pain. It is sad to see that even though Hammad has promised Molvi Aleemuddin that he wouldn’t do anything that might put a dent on his family or his image, Hammad is questioned time & again, he is doubted repeatedly & is told to not do anything that might hurt Imaan. Hammad has proved his love for Imaan & he has done more than anyone would ever do in order to prove the purity of his intentions, but it is heart-breaking that Hammad is misunderstood every single time. They all have conveniently held Hammad responsible for all the mishaps but none of them, apart from Haya, feels that they might have played a part in this destruction too. Even though Abdullah did feel guilty & told Haya that he is afraid to even confess that they all might be wronging Imaan, but then again, it’s of no use because Abdullah is not doing anything to help the situation either!

Overall, this episode was decent but it definitely could’ve been better. To be honest, even though I never had any issues with the flashbacks, I have now started dreading the thought of when the story will progress & Hammad will try to move on, how many flashbacks will we have to see then. At this stage, I don’t even feel the need to listen to those repeated dialogues because the drama-makers have helped me in memorizing them. Rambo, Imran Abbas, Humayun Ashraf, the actors playing the roles of Najma, Shakir & Haya, they all performed beautifully. Once again, in quite a few scenes, Imran Abbas’s perfect & realistic portrayal made me emotional. This journey has been special because of Imran Abbas for sure. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Khuda Aur Mohabbat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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