Ohkay so, like all the previous episodes of Nazr e Bad, these two episodes were convincing & interesting too. It is commendable that even after so many weeks have passed, this drama still has something new to offer every time. I can’t emphasize enough on the fact that the amount of research that has gone into this project is praise worthy. Even though this story has all those ingredients which these days drama-makers resort to in order to grab the ratings but when it comes to Nazr e Bad, the team has used these things to serve a bigger purpose, which is to inform & educate people about the lengths people can go to in order to harm others.
So, just after Maham lost her baby, she wasn’t in her senses anymore. Aftab tried really hard to bring himself to start afresh but seems like Maham wasn’t in her right state of mind, obviously, losing baby was one reason but the main reason was Parvez’s continuous attempts of drifting Maham & Aftab apart. It was actually quite shocking to see Salma using this entire episode to torture Maham further but even though Maham would’ve never done anything of that sort in normal circumstances, she finally decided to stand up for herself. Even though what Maham did was so unlike her but at that moment I felt Salma deserved it, for all the things she has said to Maham all this while & for everything that she put Maham through.
I must say, the way they have shown that it only takes 1 envious soul or only 1 enemy to rip everything apart is eye-opening & shocking at the same thing. Even though Almas is responsible for how she has raised Parvez with so much of negativity & so many complexes but at this stage, Parvez is the real culprit, the actual enemy who has ruined so many lives & has broken a couple of marriages too. The way the drama-makers have covered the entire aspect of how it all started to where it has come to is mind-blowing because no one can deny this reality & I believe so many people can actually relate to the things that are being shown in Nazr e Bad.
So, Parvez knew that he had to give a final blow to Aftab & Maham’s marriage & he decided to turn Aftab into an addict because then Parvez knew that he wouldn’t even have to do anything as Aftab under the influence of intoxication will do the rest. Parvez hit the bulls-eye with this move because Aftab ended up divorcing Maham. It was actually sad to see Aftab turning into such a weak man who ended up succumbing to the pressures & decided to call everything quits. This is another brilliant aspect which has been covered that only a few people are able to take so much of pressure & emerge victorious out of it whereas the rest of them only end up following the lead & lose everything that they have!
Aneesa thinks she has hit the jackpot now that she has found a guy like Parvez who can help her with her business. It didn’t even take a second for Parvez to plant a seed of doubt in Aneesa’s mind against her husband. Even though Aneesa is the one who makes decisions independently but drifting her apart from her husband would benefit Parvez even more because in the future, Aneesa won’t have anyone who’d speak to her against Parvez, may be this was the main reason why he chose to confirm her doubts that she had regarding her husband.
So, now that Maham is divorced, Parvez thinks no one can stop him from getting married to her. I must say the scene in which Parvez goes to the Masjid was executed so well & was probably my favorite scene from the entire episode. It was so obvious that just because Parvez has gone way ahead in this dark path, he was unable to cope up with the energies present in the Masjid & because of that, his heart wasn’t at peace. Parvez was also left speechless when he was asked about his earnings, like even though Parvez has a conscience but just because he has blinded himself in the pursuit of achieving what he wants through black magic, he has no other choice than to just ignore the voice at the back of his head that is telling him that he is wrong.
Another thing that they revealed was about the magicians being unable to have an offspring of their own. This was the detail that they covered in the initial episodes where they showed that Shamsi Chacha didn’t have a child of his own & even his adoptive son wasn’t mentally & physically stable. Parvez actually thought that apart from Maham, he wouldn’t need anything but just the thought of not having a child did shake Parvez a bit. I think it is quite intelligent of the writer & the director where after showing series of mishaps that Parvez has instigated, they are now hinting on the fact that Parvez’s conscience isn’t allowing him to be completely peaceful or satisfied. Initially, Parvez was only focused on bringing Maham into his life that he didn’t really bother about the heavy price that he’d have to pay but every now & then all those thoughts are creeping into his mind where he is forced to think about the things Shamsi warned him about.
Overall, I had a great time watching these two episodes. Another scenario that made a lot of sense was that Nusrat finally got to be at her home because Shafeeq not only left but gave the ownership of the house to Nusrat too so that at least she can have a roof over her head. Now that Maham is divorced, I think it was quite intelligently shown that just in the nick of time, Nusrat got the ownership of the house so that at least she along with Maham & her son Baber can live in the home which belonged to her. At this stage I am not too sure about Aneesa’s track & I wish she doesn’t get a lot of coverage in the episodes to come. Also, I really think it’s about time for Nusrat & Maham to solve the puzzle & find out about the real culprit who is responsible of ruining their lives. I can’t wait for that to happen. I must say, so far each & every single actor has done a commendable job but this week, Sara Khan took the crown for portraying Maham’s anger to perfection, like Sara Khan made sure all the viewers understood what Maham was going through & how she was not herself anymore because of all the things that she endured, it was phenomenally done by Sara Khan. I can’t wait for the next set of episodes already. Please share your thoughts about these two episodes of Nazr e Bad.
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.