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Moray Saiyaan Episode 01 Review – A Promising Start!

Moray Saiyaan Episode 01 Review – A Promising Start! 4

Ohkay so, written by Rabia Razzaque, directed by Nadeem Siddique & produced by Abdullah Seja; Moray Saiyaan commenced on ARY Digital at the prime time slot on Tuesday. I just watched the very first episode & I can I say that I am quite impressed. This drama not only brings a change in terms of the scenery but in terms of the cast too. To be honest, all throughout the episode, I was actually quite happy to see some new faces & I commend the casting director for choosing newcomers. I know it must’ve taken a lot of brainstorming on the drama-makers part to come to a decision whether they should give a break to the new faces or not but I’d be happy to let them know that they definitely made the right decision. I am not sure how the drama is going to unfold but it surely has began at a very promising note.

We were introduced to a single family which was pretty scattered & divided but there was one such person who believed in binding them & I am sure he will make that happen. Zakia (Irsa Ghazal) is a single mother of two Nimra (Kinza Hashmi) & Anas. She has a support of her brother Waris Afridi (Firdous Jamal) who has a son Ghaziyan (Uzair Jaswal). Ghaziyan has just returned from the US after completing his education as a petroleum engineer. Ghaziyan & Nimra are engaged to be married & it seems that Zakia is quite possessive about Ghaziyan, so much so that she keeps on telling her daughter to take care of herself because she feels that way Nimra will be able to keep Ghaziyan’s attention intact. Not sure if it is because of a failed marriage or due to her own personality, Zakia seems to be quite an egoist & to some extent paranoid, that is why the mention of her ex-husband Kabeer upsets her, she has estranged her sister, she controls her daughter & wants to control her nephew & Nimra’s fiancé Ghaziyan too.

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We then got to see that Zakia & Waris also have a sister Gul Zeb/Gul Bibi who came into their lives after their father’s second marriage. This is the reason why Gul Zeb has been estranged by Zakia as she thinks her father made a mistake by going for a second marriage, so now when he is not alive, there’s no reason for her to hold onto the relations that according to her were merely a mistake. Waris seems to be quite normal when it comes to Gul Zeb but Zakia on the other hand don’t want to associate with her sister, so much so that she doesn’t appreciate the fact that Ghaziyan spends time with her.

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Gul Bibi has a niece Zubaria (Neha Rajpoot), who often visits her & is a medical student. Zubaria lives in a hostel & keeps on visiting her father, brother Jamshed & sister in law Afshan. Even though Zubaria is young, she is quite responsible & mature, that is why she makes sure to give her family & her aunt some time out of her busy schedule. Ghaziyan & Zubaria meet at Gul Bibi’s place & that’s when Ghaziyan feels that he needs to cheer Zubaria up as he thinks she is missing a lot on her life by keeping herself engrossed in her worries. For Ghaziyan, Zubaria is like a very fascinating mystery & he wants to get to know her, to actually understand her better. It looked like more than the need for Zubaira to be cheered up, Ghaziyan just wants to get close to her to overcome the curiosity in his mind & heart about Zubaira. Even though Ghaziyan is engaged to Nimra, he doesn’t hold back in expressing his feelings about Zubaria in front of Gul Bibi. Gul Zeb knows that if anyone in Zakia’s family will find out about what Ghaziyan intends to do, as in how he intends to befriend Zubaria, no one will be happy but Ghaziyan is someone who believes in doing what his hearts tells him to.

Ghaziyan knows what sort of a person Zakia is & how she believes in controlling those who are close to her, but he is quite independent emotionally that is why without worrying about Zakia, he not only meets Gul Bibi but also intends to spend more time with her niece Zubaria from now on. I liked the accidental interactions between Zubaria & Ghaziyan. As much as Zubaria didn’t want to be associated with him, Ghaziyan made sure to have a conversation with her because he knows she needs someone to teach her how to be happy & just not be always worried about smallest of things in life. Ghaziyan comes from a completely different background & even though he has lived quite a nice life, it was actually good to see him being in touch with his emotional side where he felt bad seeing how his family was broken into pieces.

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We also got to see a conversation between Dr. Farah (Ayesha Toor) & Dr. Altamash Kabeer (Ali Kazmi). I believe Altamash will be Kabeer’s son, the same Kabeer who also happens to be Zakia’s husband or ex-husband. I think Zakia must be the reason why her marriage failed because going by the things Nimra said, looks like Waris being a rational person told everyone the truth that Kabeer never faltered when it came to his responsibilities but Zakia on the other hand painted a completely different picture in front of her children, that is why Nimra seemed a little confused but I am sure it will be interesting to see that track unfolding too. I liked how Nimra even after living with a rigid mother like Zakia, had the sense of differentiating between right & wrong. Nimra seemed a lot more optimistic & positive in comparison to Zakia but Zakia on the other hand kept on instilling all those fears & complexes in her daughter that she herself has!

Overall, the first episode was done beautifully. Starting from direction to locations to dialogues to situations each & everything was spot on. Even though it happens to be the very first drama of Uzair Jaswal, he seemed pretty comfortable when it came to acting. Neha Rajpoot seemed a little stiff & hesitant in terms of acting as these must’ve been the very initial days of shoot so that is why her lack of confidence was evident from her body language but I am sure we will get to see an improvement in her performance as the episodes will progress. Kinza Hashmi on the other hand seemed quite confident & acted brilliantly too. I must say, I can’t thank the casting director enough for choosing some new, fresh & young & beautiful faces for this drama & for not relying on those actors who are always pasted on our screens, what a relief! The way they established a relation between Zubaria & Ghaziyan was actually quite cute, you could actually feel a connection between the two, which is great!!!

I must say the locations they chose had a great impact on the overall feel of the drama & made things seem quite appeasing. The note at which the drama has begun seems quite promising, even though it has the entire love triangle happening but the supporting characters are so strong that things are definitely going to be interesting. I think they introduced the characters & their back stories in a very apt manner, like it seemed quite detailed for the very first episode. Also, I liked the fact that after letting us know about the relations that these guys shared, the writer also showed us that all these characters had something going for them in their lives, like Zubaria was studying to become a doctor, Ghaziyan became a petroleum engineer & Nimra was a badminton player, like it was good to see that these young characters weren’t only fixated with the idea of marriage & had nothing else in their lives! The dialogues were nice too & I liked the interactions between Ghaziyan & Khalil as well. I must say, for the very first episode, I am impressed & I an’t wait for the next episode already. Please share your thoughts about the very first episode of Moray Saiyaan.

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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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