Ohkay so, even though I had mixed feelings while watching the episode but the first & the last scene of this episode saved this entire drama for me. The last scene of this episode, rather drama put the emphasis on the bigger purpose that the writer had in his mind while he was writing this story that the love of Creator is everything one can wish for & one should strive for. It won’t be a lie if I will say that I am a tad bit disappointed with Isaac’s supposed & quick redemption & Hammad’s final decision of not accepting Sarah in his life, but if I see things separately, then they sure make sense, however one thing, rather one character that still didn’t make any sense till date was of Isaac, like he is beyond my comprehension.
Now speaking of the overall season where the drama-makers promised to show us the complete story, I still am not entirely happy with the way things progressed after the 16th episode. 16 out of 23 episodes, which makes 70% of the drama were dedicated to the first half of the novel, which didn’t leave any room for complaints because it was executed so brilliantly. However, if I speak about the remaining 7 episodes, I am clear about it that I don’t feel the same way about the second half like I did about the first half. They put so much of effort & hard work in the first 16 episodes, so if we see it that way, they only had to work a little harder for only 7 episodes more but not sure what went wrong there because the drama completely lost its charm in these last 7 episodes. The way things were executed in the second half, it suggested as if an entirely different team took over because nothing absolutely nothing matched the level of the first half of the drama. Also, if we see it that way, the team of Khuda Aur Mohabbat should’ve worked extra hard to convey the remaining story because the viewers had already seen the first half in the season which aired in 2011 so this time around, everyone was actually far more interested to see the remaining story but when they came to this part, they treated it like an after-thought which I believe was a wrong approach!
I completely understand that the writer had a bigger picture in mind & he was emphasizing on the love of the Creator but then again, seeing how they made whopping changes in the second half of the story where they changed the characters & the essence, I am left with a feeling that they could have brought Hammad & Sarah together too. I say this not because I am someone who always wants a happy ending, but I am saying this because it would’ve made so much of sense seeing how Hammad & Sarah shared the same ideology & were now at the same page in their lives where they both understood what the love of Allah is, so I think this message would’ve also resonated with so many viewers that two people, who struggled so much because of their religion & their identity were now at a position where their perspectives changed in such a way that they both could complement each other. Imaan never wanted Hammad to sacrifice his entire life for the sake of her love. So, if not completely in love with Sarah, out of sheer respect & for the sake of companionship, Hammad could have accepted Sarah’s love because even she knew that she would never be able to overcome Imaan’s love that Hammad had, but at least, she was ready to accept Hammad with his past that too with a lot of respect. I totally feel if the drama-makers had stayed true to the novel a 100%, then I would have never ever expected them to make these changes too but since they look the second half of the novel so lightly & didn’t really do justice to it, I totally believe that these changes could’ve been made as well!
Coming to this episode, it was all that I dreaded it to be, yes, it was dedicated to Isaac mostly where he was in search of his daughter who left his home because she was tired of his tyranny. Sarah made up her mind & she knew that she had to take a stand for her rights because now she was at such a stage in her life that she knew what the truth was & she detested all the lies that her father fed to her. Isaac was forced to step into the Masjid because he was pushed to that limit, but still he didn’t choose to change. I thought may be this will serve as an eye-opener to him but nothing of that sort happened. I am not too sure why every single time Hammad compared Isaac to Molvi Aleemuddin, not in the beginning but at least in this episode since he made up his mind that he wasn’t going to accept Sarah’s feelings, so to see him use the word ‘Mohabbat’ for this aspect didn’t really seem convincing & necessary. Yes, Hammad did have a valid point that it is not The Creator but the fake standards set by the society that makes the entire ‘Mohabbat’ difficult but then, this wasn’t the case of love that he was dealing with in comparison to the one he dealt with in the past.
Molvi Aleemuddin at least accepted Hammad’s feelings & regretted being so staunch but Isaac on the other hand stood by his decision that he was never going to accept Hammad, without even giving Hammad a chance to explain that he in the first place had no intention of bringing Sarah into his life. I am not too sure if Isaac redeemed himself because he just cried a bucket for the sake of his daughter but now that his daughter was back, he’d get on with his life & will get back to being his old unreasonable self. I am not sure that his one-liner in the end in Hammad’s praise was enough after series of negativity, bag checking, FBI trolling or his constant attempts of throwing Hammad out of the university. I really think if this is the ending that they had to meet in regards to Isaac’s character, then I am not sure if he deserved the coverage that he got all this while.
So, Sarah grasped all that she learnt from Hammad in such a short span of time. It was good to see that she took Hammad & Imaan’s personalities & their journey as an inspiration to get closer to The Almighty, because even in real life, you never know what it might take for someone to come to the right path. The thing that I’d definitely appreciate would be how they showed that even in such tough circumstances, Hammad never succumbed to the pressures & compromised on his demeanor because this is exactly what attracted Sarah towards him & then the religion that she believed taught him all of that. Hammad & Sarah’s last meeting was so beautiful & heart-breaking at the same time. Sarah still had some hope despite knowing Hammad’s answer but she never once put pressure on him & in stead only grew more respectful towards him. I think for me the best thing in these last 7 episodes would be Hammad & Sarah’s relationship, it was brilliantly executed & was the saving grace of the second half of the drama.
Now that the drama has ended, I think I will only take the first 16 episodes & then Hammad & Sarah’s friendship with me. I still feel the team lost the drive & the motivation they had when they were shooting the entire phase of the story which was set in Pakistan because when they came to the USA, it looked like they all turned their vacation mode on & didn’t really bother about the quality of the drama. I seriously feel if they had to give this treatment to the ending bits of the novel, they shouldn’t have promised the ‘complete story’ or they shouldn’t have made the first half just so perfect because they skyrocketed our hopes & when we entered the second phase of Hammad’s life, it just didn’t live up to the expectations because neither the situations, nor the characters were convincing. Honestly speaking, I feel quite cheated that they chose to tweak with the actual story because I feel it would’ve made so much more impact if they hadn’t made those changes because no matter what one says, I am not ever going to accept a Muslim Islamophobe that they showed in the form Isaac. Yes, I do accept the fact that Muslims can be judgmental & quite a a lot at that but to show a Muslim man just so petty that he would check the bag of a Muslim student just doesn’t make sense at all.
I wish in the second half of the drama, they had shown Hammad’s personality in a more detailed manner because one thing that I heard him say time & again was that it was because of him that people around him like Kamran, Behzaad & now Sarah were facing difficulties. They did show that Hammad was closer to The Almighty but then it would’ve made more sense if they hadn’t shown Hammad complaining about these trials because those who are firm on their faith accept everything as a test from Allah & never blame their luck for what people associated with them must be going through. Even in this episode, Hammad repeated the same thing when he was discussing about Sarah leaving her home. I think if he had only this much of confidence in himself, then Hammad shouldn’t have ever taken the responsibility of getting Sarah familiar with the actual message of Islam.
Anyways, now that the drama is over, I am reminded of the beauty that the first half offered, all the actors, characters & all the beautiful situations that made us connect to this drama on a whole new level. The actors who portrayed the characters of Imaan, Ghafoor, Shakir, Nighat, Haya, Najma, Siddique, Traveler, Abdullah & Kheru really elevated the level of the drama & each one of them contributed in the success of the drama. Rambo was phenomenal as Ghafoor. The actor who played the role of Shakir & Najma brought a lot of warmth in their scenes. The actor who played the role of a Traveler was another beautiful addition to the drama because even though his contribution was limited to a couple of conversations but those conversations changed the course of Hammad’s life. In the second half, the only characters that worked were of Behzaad Lucknowi & Sarah. Humayun Ashraf as Abdullah was quite convincing. The actor playing the role of Kamran did a decent job as Hammad’s best friend, who uplifted his mood when he was down & traveled all the way to Pakistan to bring his friend out of his misery. Hammad’s younger brother Ebaad had a little but decent contribution in the story as well. Firdous Jamal as Molvi Aleemuddin was so convincing that he actually made us detest that character. The eyesores in this drama were Isaac, Rebecca & Zeeshan & unfortunately, not only the characters but the actors were absolutely annoying.
Now coming to the stars of the show, Sadia Khan, Imran Abbas, Kubra Khan & Rambo, what phenomenal performances. Even though I have spoken about Rambo’s performance already but if I speak about the actors & the characters that are my favorites in this drama, Rambo/Ghafoor’s name definitely is in that list. Now coming to the rest of them, Sadia Khan surely improved & brought more charm in Imaan’s character this time around, she had so much of grace & elegance with which she portrayed Imaan’s character & that is why she made us fall in love with Imaan. Kubra Khan was phenomenal as Sarah, because she did the best she could in the circumstances where the rest of the scenarios were faltering. Kubra Khan is a find of our industry & that is why in such a short span of time, she has garnered so much of popularity. Imran Abbas; the man of the show definitely! It is because of Imran Abbas that I am sure a lot of people continued to watch this drama right till the last episode because other than that, after the 16th episode, this drama didn’t have much to offer. Imran Abbas was the perfect choice as Hammad in the previous version of Khuda Aur Mohabbat & in this one too because I firmly believe that there was no other actor who could’ve done justice to Hammad’s character the way Imran Abbas has done, where he made us cry & made our hearts ache with the pain that Hammad went through. My overall mixed feelings apart but yes, the team members deserve a lot of praises & appreciation for the hard work that they put in, especially in the making of the first half of the drama.
I want to thank all those awesome readers who stayed with me throughout this journey, appreciated the reviews & shared their agreements & disagreements in the most civilized manner. Thank you guys once again. Also, special thanks to Imran Abbas who in the initial stages of the drama personally responded to the feedback & the concerns that I would mention in my reviews. Thank you once again. Please share your thoughts about the last episode & the entire journey of Khuda Aur Mohabbat.
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.