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Khudgarz Episode 5 & 6 Review – Very Interesting & Convincing!

Ohkay so, the first 4 episodes of Khudgarz were interesting because the subject & the characters were getting introduced but these two episodes were of some other level & it is safe to say that this drama has now kickstarted. From direction to acting to dialogues & the way the scenarios were unfolded, every single thing was spot on & very very convincing & now I can’t wait to see what the team of Khudgarz has in store for the viewers!

Aairah & Junaid had a similar approach towards their relationship & because they both knew that there was no way out, the best they could do to make things work was to become each other friends as they could see that it would make things less awkward for both of them. Aairah’s opinion about not opting for divorce was convincing, it was like she knew that both Aairah & Junaid got married to save the family from becoming a laughing stock & now if she would go for divorce, it would defy the purpose for which they got married in the first place.

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The way Aairah tried to bring Junaid out of depression & forced him to overcome his guilt was beautiful. She was trying to be his friend in true sense by understanding how hard things were on him, especially when she could see that Junaid kept his emotions & feelings bottled up & had no one to confide in. Junaid also opened up in front of Aairah as she gave him that comfort zone. At least after facing insults from Hassan, Aairah & Junaid knew that they both had each other by their side, as friends & as two people who were in the same boat!

After Aairah & Junaid’s bonding, the best thing that happened in this episode was Abeer’s desicion of seeking help from Aairah. The way Aairah instilled the confidence in her & the changes Abeer brought in herself & her approach were brilliant. I must say, I don’t remember any such drama in which depression was portrayed & dealt with so convincingly. It was absolutely perfect how it was shown that Abeer excelled at what she did in her professional life but when it came to her personal life, her past experiences shaped her character & those dark times had such a long lasting effect on her that she couldn’t deal with those emotions & ended up facing depression. Abeer’s track has to be the most interesting part of this drama because it touches such a sensitive subject in such a convincing manner. Abeer couldn’t be with her mother because her mom chose not to believe her & now when she once again she needed her support, she knew that her mother won’t be there for her.

Aairah tried to introduce Abeer to the idea of self-love, something that she had forgotten after being betrayed by her step father & by being mistreated by Hassan. Aairah was right in telling her that she needs to step back & take a good look at Hassan because at the moment she was unable to see his mistakes. Raheel’s supportive words also gave Abeer a chance to analyze that she was worth something as well & she was not supposed to act like Hassan’s doormat.

Aairah was deeply affected by Abeer’s story that is why she was introspecting but Junaid served as a good distraction. It was actually quite nice to see both Aairah & Junaid standing upto Hassan for each other & this is what touched Aairah the most because of which she for the first time felt the strength that this relationship carries & the special bond that a husband & wife share!

The emotional transition that Abeer had was so good to see. The way she distanced herself from Hassan actually showed that she was paying heed to whatever Aairah was telling her. A jog in the park & then watching TV peacefully showed that Abeer was now learning to live her life on her own & she was also learning that she didn’t need such a selfish man like Hassan to make her happy.

In the previous review I did say that I feel Hassan gets away with everything because of his parents & their leniency & what happened in this episode proved me right. Just because Hassan shed a few tears in front of his father, he started second guessing himself & felt that he must have wrong his biological son. Hassan has a victim mentality & he loves playing the victim that is why he makes sure to put this to his advantage & it works. It was so bizarre that Hassan’s father got Aairah & Junaid married to save family’s reputation & now he was thinking about their divorce only to please Hassan? He should’ve known better. After this, I totally believe that Hassan is not responsible for the way he is because it’s his parents & their failed parenting which led him to become someone who has anger issues & someone who wants things to go his way, always!

I must say, in the beginning I did think that the story of this drama will revolve around Hassan but seeing how every other character came to the forefront & has so much to offer definitely changed my mind. The focus on Abeer & her depression, Aairah & Junaid’s bonding & Aairah’s roleplay in helping emotionally weak people like Junaid & Abeer make this drama quite interesting & well thought out!

Hassan gets away with everything because the people he is related to, be it his parents or Abeer, allow him to do what he deems fit, that is why Aairah tried to make Abeer understand that no one will ever mistreat her if she wouldn’t allow that to happen. Just because no one has ever dared to confront Hassan, he feels he can treat people the way he likes & because he knows that there are certain people who love him & don’t want to hurt him, he exploits them to his advantage only to make himself feel better & make himself feel that he is worth something, because till date he hasn’t been able to cope up with the rejection he faced!

Overall, this episode was very engaging & very very interesting. The preview of the next episode already has me guessing because I so don’t want to see anything happening to Abeer. Raheel’s character is nice too because he empowers Abeer is subtle ways which she has now started noticing. Amina Sheikh takes the crown this week for such perfect acting. Mansha Pasha has outdone herself as well, she really has given Abeer’s character a perfect treatment. Sami Khan & Syed Jibran have nailed their characters as well. Yasir Nawaz surely knows how to get the best acting out of all these actors, that is why everyone seems to be doing such a perfect job. The direction of this drama is phenomenal too, it just keeps you engaged & doesn’t let your mind get distracted even for a second. Definitely looking forward to the next set of episodes. Please share your thoughts about these episodes of Khudgarz.

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Pukaar Last Episode Review – A Happy Ending!

Awww the last episode of Pukaar was sweet & I liked the way everything was addressed. I am glad that despite the extremely slow pace & the over dosage of flashbacks, Pukaar got a complete ending where all the things were given a proper closure without leaving a room for anything to be covered!

One of the best things of this episode was an end that Zamani met. She was made to pay for what she did – better late than never! Sultan & Tashfeen mourned the loss of their son Fahad & did realize that he never wanted to become a part of this political system that Sultan was running in his hometown. It did end up being the reason why Fahad died & both Sultan & Tashfeen knew that. It wasn’t surprising that Tashfeen showed up for a couple of seconds in this last episode because her role wasn’t important – just like her character. I also feel that Jia Ali was wasted in this drama & failed to leave a mark despite trying really hard.

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Sultan assured Samra that Qasim belonged to her. This was his way of apologizing to her for all that she went through in his house where he just couldn’t protect her from the atrocities thrown her way. Rehan Sheikh did the best he could with this one dimensional character of Sultan but then that’s expected from an actor of his calibre.

It turned out that Laali Ma was basically aik bezti ki maar but having said that, it is worth mentioning that in a very brief conversation it was nicely elaborated how young widows in feudel setting are usually treated, where their urge to get settled again is suppressed & they are expected to become the torch bearer of family’s dignity. I also liked how Laali Ma admitted that she could not tolerate a girl who questioned her every step of the way, who was basically a newly wed – something which does tend to make ladies like Laali Ma envy their newly married daughters in law. Everything that Laali did was basically a reflection of her jealousy against Samra & then a chain reaction of everything that she herself endured when she got widowed, but it was good that she admitted & apologized for everything but I wish Samra had insulted her earlier so that this drama could’ve ended earlier too!

Finally, Samra overcame the guilt that she felt right from the beginning of her relationship with Sarang. Samra continuously labelled it as a betrayal against Fahad but then, even though dramatic, the entire scene was nicely done where Fahad communicates with her & talks her out of getting divorced. Even though they made it dramatic but it still had a touch of reality to it that those departed do tend to guide their loved ones through dreams!

Finally, Samra said it. I liked that they just didn’t end the drama by showing that Samra chose not to get divorced, in fact she worded her feelings & was the first one to admit that she was in love with Sarang. Obviously, he gave her plenty of reasons to fall in love with him & I am glad she did. Their chemistry was amazing & it was nice to see how comfortable Yumna Zaidi & Zahid Ahmed looked with each other on-screen.

Even though the story of this drama was predictable right from the beginning, there was something that kept the viewers coming back to it. I honestly believe that 16-18 episodes were enough for a story like Pukaar because the content wasn’t new. The unnecessary usage of flashbacks & extremely slow pace did at times made this drama a task to tune to but I will let it slide considering all’s well when it ends well. For me, the best thing about this drama was Sarang’s character. It was nice to see a positive soul with a positive outlook on life in the middle of so much of negativity. Zahid Ahmed did the best he could but I so wish he hadn’t just sat on the makeup chair without an input allowing the so-called MUA’s do their own thing because they well & truly messed his look with unnecessary amount of makeup which did affect his character’s personality – thanks to a well-written, well-conceived character & even better acting that Zahid Ahmed was able to save himself as well as Sarang. Yumna Zaidi did really well in terms of acting but now when the drama has ended, I don’t feel any connection with Samra’s character & I am happy at the happy ending only for Sarang’s sake. Anyways, please share your thoughts!

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Meri Gurya Episodes 3 & 4 Review – Highs and Lows!

These two episodes gave further insight into the personalities of all the central characters and their relationships with each other. It was just as disturbing as the first two episodes because it was shown in detail how a paedophile’s mind works. Dabeer’s scenes were the most frightening element of these two episodes. Mohsin Abbas Haider has once again nailed a character which isn’t easy to translate on screen. However, I must say that because lately we have seen a few really good dramas which highlighted the mindset of such sick people you can’t help but compare this drama with Udaari in particular and Dabeer’s character with that of Imtiaz. While Imtiaz was a more clever person who knew how to manipulate others and his personality characteristics definitely fit in more with the general profile of such criminals, there are certain aspects of Dabeer’s personality which are difficult to understand. It was shown that Dabeer always liked playing with dolls and still owned dolls, I am wondering how does this aspect of his personality fit in the whole picture and why is it considered “not normal” for a little boy to play with dolls. I feel that it would have made more sense if he kept these dolls to allure little girls as opposed to showing that because he played with girls as a child there was something wrong with him since he was little. I could be wrong but that is the impression I got from this scene.

Overall however the writer has intelligently conveyed how such people get all the details they need and the fact that this is someone who is really close to the family also hits home. In these two episodes, Dabeer made up his mind that Abida was going to be his next victim and he did whatever he could to get all the information he needed to execute his evil plan. All his interactions with Abida were terribly frightening and when Abida went missing I found myself hoping that she was still alive. I am glad that the writer didn’t rush things and I also hope that Abida is somehow saved in the upcoming episodes too. In these four episodes, Abida has been introduced as a sweet girl who unlike her sisters goes to a madrassah because the education there is for free. Although, she is the third girl her grandmother never wanted and wished she was a boy but she is also the one who is relatively closer to her since she doesn’t go to school and isn’t “liberal” like her sisters. The child actress playing Abida’s role has played her part really well. Sania Saeed’s acting as usual has been effortless and effective. She is convincing and likeable as a mother who does whatever she can for her daughters under the given circumstances. Safeena’s character is likeable but Sonya Hussyn’s hairdo and overall outlook isn’t up to the mark. This character could have been far more impressive had it been translated on screen differently. Having said that, it isn’t difficult connecting to the kind of relationship Safeena and Abida share and the genuine concern Safeena has not just for Abida but for everyone else too. Big Bang should give up this hairstyle for good, it didn’t look good on Saboor in Meeras and it doesn’t suit Sonya either. The production house is coming up with better stories but the supporting actors and the overall feel of their plays needs a makeover.

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Although Safeena wanted Dabeer to divorce her whenever he could but now she has realized that she can fulfill her dream while being married to him therefore she has decided to make this relationship work. Dabeer’s withdrawn attitude around her made perfect sense. He was constantly planning his next step and thinking about all the information he had gathered so far. Safeena could tell that there was something wrong with him but she could never even imagine that the person who she thinks needs help, actually needs to be put behind bars. Dabeer mentioned that Jahan Ara’s father used to teach him Quran and he said so in a meaningful manner. I am wondering if he went through a traumatic experience in the past!

In this episode the viewers saw that Abida’s phupo Jahan Ara will ultimately end up “assisting” Dabeer without knowing it. Shehnaz’s close relationship with her daughters has been well established in these four episodes therefore it will be heart-wrenching watching her suffer in the upcoming episodes. The preview of the next two episodes was confusing and it was difficult to tell whether or not Dabeer will be able to execute his evil plan, which is definitely better than knowing exactly what will happen next! So far, Meri Gurya has been a decent watch and I am waiting to see how the story moves forward in the upcoming episodes. The way this drama shows that a murderer and rapist could be a seemingly harmless neighbor is yet another reminder that parents should not trust anyone with their children. Although, Udaari and Muqabil both gave the same message but I do feel that these things should be shown on television repeatedly since there are times when parents tend to overlook such aspects.

How many of you watched these latest episodes of Meri Gurya? Do share your thoughts about it.

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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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