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Khudgarz Episode 21 Review – Heart-breaking!

I am sure every single viewer must have watched this episode of Khudgarz with teary eyes because not only all the emotions were powerfully portrayed but also because everyone formed such a deep connection with Junaid’s character that his death left us all broken hearted!

Munawwar had a lot to say to Junaid but the sad part was, he was not going to listen to him the way he used to, all his life. Munawwar was left with nothing but regrets & that is what actually happens, when someone you love leaves & when you don’t get a chance to share what you have in your heart. Junaid also left in such circumstances that everyone is left with regrets for the rest of their lives as they know that they wronged him, except Aairah!

Hassan poured his heart out to Omar & even though Omar told him to, Hassan knew he had no courage to face his family, especially Junaid. All the things that Hassan said regarding everything that Junaid used to do for him was so realistic, this is how usually everyone remembers their dear ones when they pass away.

Unfortunately, because Hassan has left such a bad impression on everyone, both Raheel & Abeer were forced to misunderstand him because they felt he was being egoistic even after finding out about Junaid’s death. Abeer & Raheel have seen Hassan at his worst & because they have no idea that that he has changed, they both still believed that Hassan didn’t care much about Junaid or his parents to come see them in such a dark.time.

Abeer’s role during such a tough phase in Aairah’s life is praise worthy. It was also quite good to see Salma having Abeer by her side because she shared what was in her heart with Abeer, otherwise Salma didn’t have anyone who would listen to her. Abeer tried to give Aairah some courage & support but broke down because she couldn’t see her friend suffering. Abeer exactly knew that Aairah could harm herself & in order to fight her depression, she could once again resort to sleeping pills but sadly, Salma didn’t allow Abeer to take Aairah with her which would’ve been so much better for Aairah’s mental health. Rabeea’s reaction after seeing Junaid’s daughter was heart breaking too. So many people were affected by his death, which shows how well & truly loved he was but sadly, Munawwar & Hassan wronged him & before they could apologize, he left!

Well, the lawyer told Munawwar which left him embarrassed. Munawwar taunted Junaid for the money he spent on him but now he got to know that Junaid even after his death paid him back for all that he had done for him. Junaid gave Munawwar back everything that he spent on him & he left this world having a clean slate without owing anything to anyone!

This episode was so so so heart breaking & the spot on direction took every emotion a notch higher too. Amina Sheikh, Sami Khan, Ghulam Mohhiuddin & Mansha Pasha acted phenomenally in this episode. Uf it was so emotional, still can’t get over it. The discussion that the readers had under previous episode’s review showed how deeply this drama, its story & its characters has affected everyone. It is commendable that the team of this drama succeeded in portraying reality in such a convincing manner that we all were reminded of our loved ones who are no more with us! Please share your thoughts about this episode of Khudgarz.

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Khamoshi Episode 23 Review-Desi Friend-zoning?

So the episode opened with a similar sequence we saw in Humsafar. Our beautiful Arsala was enjoying the rain shower while the handsome Shahram was standing there and enjoying seeing Arsala have a good time. Then yes our girl asked him to sense the feels of Baarish which he did like a good boy. Here I want to write it in capital letters: ARSALA SMILED THE SHARMEELI WALI SMILE AT HIM! And I like many of the innocent viewers thought ke Hassi Toh Phassi (in this particular case of course). But no, she wants Shahram (and us) to suffer even more. Arsala is clearly giving out signals that she wants to be with Shahram and then she starts blaming him like he is trying to kill her or something. Her concern regarding her family is acceptable as per the story but a girl like Arsala who never even blamed Naima for what she did is blaming Shahram for no reason.

Bee Jaan is meddling again in both of the leads lives and wants to see them together. And to make her happy Arsala and Shahram are pretending to be hone wale dulha dulhan which is absurd. She is Bee Jaan and not a 3 year old whom they are trying to fool. Arsala at least should come up with her true feelings in front of Bee Jaan so she could help her with the whole situation. But no they will play make-believe for 3 or 4 episodes because why not?

Naima and Shehnaz’s situation is incomprehensible at this point. Arsala does not come home anymore. She sends money on time and still they keep blaming her for whatever turmoil Naima is facing in her marriage. Maybe the dialogue writer ran out of more lines and consequently Naima is stuck with Main tum se bohat mohabbat karti hoon and Maine humare liye bohat se khawab dekhay thay. 

With the last episode being a good progress, I was hoping to see the story move forward. They should have made Arsala come to terms with her feelings for Shahram so they could go for the whole family fiasco which would follow. Khamoshi has been a big victim of dragging storyline. Let’s hope the next episode will solve the Zubiya plot and Arsala will finally admit that she likes that bechara khawar hota hua larka too and maybe stop friend-zoning or Bee Jaan-zoning him!

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Shayyad Episode 19 Review – Important Developments!

This episode had plenty of important developments to its credit and quite unexpectedly this time around Mahpara’s track was much more poignant than that of Hani or even Saad! While Hani and Saad’s love story was always the centre of attention but tonight everything that Saad did for his phupo, with the help of Tania, was the highlight of the show. This latest development once again highlighted the sensitive and caring nature of Saad’s character which is also the reason why he leaned towards Hani in the first place. While it was somewhat frustrating watching Hani suffer, Tania’s reaction to the whole situation and the turn phupo’s track took was extremely gratifying. The story continues to be convincing, engaging and unpredictable but even in this episode the flashback scenes were unnecessary and didn’t go well with the situations at all. Apart from that, Sadia Khan’s perfect eye make-up and hairdo stood out like a sore thumb.

For the first time tonight Salar opened up about his past and the viewers found out why it wasn’t just his father whom he hated but he despised his mother as well. He blamed his mother for not taking a stand and in a really subtle manner the writer aptly put forward a really important message without holding the wife/mother responsible entirely. The fact that Salar’s mother also told her side of the story and eventually decided to call Hani’s family was the most pleasant aspect of all these developments because in a neutral manner, the viewers were shown both sides of the story. Although Salar’s mother never had the courage or resources to walk out of the abusive relationship with her husband but she did whatever she could do to help Hani. Her helplessness made perfect sense as well since Salar is the kind of person who wouldn’t think twice before hitting his own mother. Nauman Ijaz’s performance was brilliant in this episode, he completely owns this role just like every other character he has played till date. Sadia Khan’s acting was right on point in this episode but her outlook didn’t go well with the situation Hani was in.

Tania’s decision to call off the marriage and that of proposing Mahpara on her dad’s behalf was completely in line with her character. She was always shown as a confident and practical woman therefore everything she did tonight was logical as well as convincing. She was heart broken and upset but instead of getting angry, she decided to go away quietly from Saad’s life. Her heart break however could have been covered in a much better manner if the timeline wasn’t so confusing in the past two episodes. Also, Kinza Razzaq’s heavy contouring and highlighting didn’t compliment her cute face and was distracting. If it wasn’t for all these glitches this entire development would have been far more impactful. Having said that the connection with all the characters is such that I always find myself feeling for them mainly because of the way they have been etched-out and the manner in which the story is being taken forward.

Mahpara’s conversation with Saad was one of the best scenes of this episode because it showed just how far these characters had come in all these years. Apart from this, some of the dialogues tonight covering Saad’s agony were beautiful and even Salar’s dialogues were written intelligently – the way his entire story was summed up in a couple of scenes was brilliant. The journeys of all the characters have been shown credibly throughout and it seems like their tracks will be winded up nicely too. Mahpara’s ending gave hope that Hani and Saad’s track might have a happy ending too. The preview of the next episode however suggested something entirely different. It is impossible to predict what turn the story will take from here and how it will conclude.

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Noor ul Ain Episode 5 Review – Manipulation!

Ohkay so, this episode covered the predicament of two people in love, who come from very different worlds. It was interesting to see how Noor was getting manipulated just so easily, that too by the person she trusts the most!

Noor might be mature for her age & pretty straight forward, but she doesn’t have the eye to see through someone’s intentions. Just because Noor is clean hearted & innocent, she thinks everyone around her has her best interest at their heart, which unfortunately is not true. Noor sees people how she wants to  that is why despite clear cut agitation & detest of both Sofie & her mother, Noor doesn’t even think for a second that there must be something wrong with Ghazala. It is sad that because Noor trusts Ghazala so much, she is easily getting manipulated & without even thinking for a second, she is following her lead!

Things could’ve been sorted out between Khizar & Noor in a very different manner if Noor hadn’t listened to Ghazala & had done what she asked her to. Noor’s demand of an apology from Khizar’s mother was basically what drifted them apart & this was something that Ghazala knew because after meeting Khizar’s mother, she understood that she was not someone who was going to budge that too after the way she was also insulted at Noor’s place!

Noor at least has found a friend in the form of her colleague who actually feels for her & that is why she speaks sensibly but because what she says contradicts the teachings of Ghazala, Noor finds it hard to go by what her friend tells her. It didn’t take a moment for Noor’s friend to realize that Ghazala was being unreasonable but since Noor is so used to believing Ghazala & trusting her, she didn’t see anything wrong with it even after her friend told her so!

Khizar’s mother obviously said no to meeting Noor’s family once again & it has taken a toll on Khizar because of which he is not in a clear head space. Khizar’s arguement with Mona basically depicted how bitter he was feeling after whatever happened. Noor obviously told Khizar that things couldn’t work out between them & Khizar respected her opinion because even he knows that Noor is not someone who would look for an easy way out & when she has said decided something, she will stick to it!

Ghazala obviously is making sure that Noor stays puzzled that is why she misquoted her in front of her mother & later painted a completely different picture in front of Noor as well. I am not sure if Noor will ever be able to take a decision with her own sensibility & if she will stop letting Ghazala control her.

Overall, this episode was decent but a bit on the slower side. For a change it was good to see Noor’s mother being considerate about Noor’s feelings. This drama doesn’t disappoint but it doesn’t offer something out of the box either. It is a fact that this drama is nothing extraordinary which the viewers expected from such a dream team, but it still is a good enough option to tune to. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Noor ul Ain.

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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.
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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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