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Nazr e Bad Last Episode Review – Finally!

Ohkay so, these two were the most poorly directed episodes I have seen of any drama so far. Even though I know that I don’t have much know-how of the direction but just watching these episodes made me cringe because they were directed so poorly. I am not sure what the director was thinking while opting for shortcuts, it showed that he was told to push himself to the limit & then things completely went out of his control as even he couldn’t keep things ‘normal’. I think I have lost count of how many loopholes were there in these last two episodes, like it was so evident that the director himself lost the interest in this drama & just wanted to wrap it up halfheartedly. Considering these were the last episodes, the director should have put his heart & soul to end this drama properly but he just ended up cutting the corners in almost every single situation.

Even though I am glad that they didn’t opt for a different ending for Parvez but did everything make an impact? No! Nothing seemed to leave a mark or make an impact as it should have because they dragged the drama to such an extent that it completely lost the charm & also the purpose which the team had when they started off with this drama. There were so many situations which could’ve been avoided & the director could’ve added some coherence between the scenes to make things work but everything ended up looking like it was thrown together & was turned into an episode.

Parvez started facing the consequences, his mother was unwell, his sister got divorced & the youngest sister resorted to immorality. In the previous episode they showed that despite losing everything, everyone in Almas’s family didn’t change & were still being their nasty selves. Humera apologized to Nusrat but didn’t mean it. Parvez promised that he’d leave everything behind but still chose to listen to that psychotic 2 faced Baba & even brought his child for sacrificing, in order to please the other species. Even Almas didn’t reflect on the fact that everything her family was going through was a result of her own deeds. I think out of all the things they have shown, the sickest of them all was showing Humera conceiving a child with her ex-husband & then blaming it on her mother that she is responsible for what she was going through? Like seriously? This scenario could’ve been avoided & they could’ve just ended Humera’s track by showing that she got divorced & that’s it. To send her back & then to suggest that she fell pregnant after her divorce is sickening & disgusting to say the least!

Anyways, Maham was all over the place & to be honest, there was so much yelling in the last episode that I literally watched half of it on mute. I have seen worst dramas than Nazr e Bad but every time they ended, they didn’t disturb me but Nazr e Bad is an exception, not that it has anything to do with showing such a horrific ending of most of the characters but just the overall treatment that was given to all the situations, like it was so poorly directed that I actually felt I was wasting my time on it! Seeing Do Muh Wala Baba dancing on ‘Nainon Mai Sapna’ to smote himself during Parvez & Almas’s conversation was so amusing, like what changed in such a brief moment that he realized he was on a wrong path? It is amusing how he was sporting the ‘power of makeup’ trend throughout this drama, which Nikkitutorials started on YouTube, like now when I think of it, his entire presence in the drama didn’t contribute to the story in any way let alone his makeup!

So, I must say Almas’s paralysis was just as ‘convincing’ as the direction of this drama was, like I have never seen a patient suffering with paralysis being out & about like Almas. Almas not only visited Parvez in jail but hovered around Nusrat’s place & zuban to phir bhi ruki nahi! The funniest thing was using some other girl & putting a Naqaab/Veil on her to show her as Abeera? Like couldn’t they bring that actress in for that scene where she goes to meet her brother? Also, that scene didn’t seem necessary because Parvez wasn’t in contact with any of his family members & to see them visiting him one after another in jail was amusing, like how did they find out? Abeera was shown to be quite liberal with her dressing & styling to why would she resort to Naqaab in the first place?!?!?!

Shazia ended up rescuing Maham’s baby & in the next scene, Maham was seen hugging the wall in stead of her son? Anyways, the way Shazia howled over Parvez’s condition was disturbing, like in stead of worrying about Parvez’s life, she should be seeking forgiveness for driving her own sister to death! Anyways, Parvez died, Almas was left alone, Humera’s life was ruined & Abeera…whatever!

I just can not imagine that this turned out to be the fate of the drama that I couldn’t stop praising in the beginning. The director actually showed what he was capable of by directing the initial rather first half of the drama to perfection but not sure what went wrong in the end that everything ended up looking like a glitch & a work of a novice director. The writer had a complete grip on the story but even he lost the plot, I am sure this has everything to do with the producers because in this day & age, everyone is well aware of the fact how good dramas are dragged & stretched to make the most of the rating & the revenue it generates. I am sure the moment the producers meddled with the thought process of the writer & the director, that’s where the drama lost its charm & its purpose. I wish the producers had kept their greed aside & had allowed the creative people behind this drama to run its course because then it would’ve made such an impact & had conveyed the right message across. It was so evident that they even tried to make something out of Maham Parvez’s love story but after seeing the backlash, they decided to punish the culprit but when all of this was happening, the drama was losing its grip & no wonder why the direction went from being bad to worse! Even though they have ended the drama on a right note, the fact that they even considered showing someone like Parvez in a positive light goes to show what the producers these days can do for the sake of ratings, where they don’t care about what’s right or wrong & do not shy away from showing twisted things to sell their drama!!!

Sara Khan acted brilliantly throughout the drama, like she is an eye-candy so I am glad that she was a part of every other episode otherwise it would’ve become quite difficult to tune to Nazr e Bad. Fazila Qazi did a commendable job. Ali Abbas did well too. The supporting actors were good but that can’t be said about their characters. The only supporting character & actor that I enjoyed was of Aneesa/Hajra. Azfar Rehmanw was convincing as Parvez. Sakina Samo was good in the initial episodes but she became intolerable in the 2nd half. I remember when I used to watch this drama & everytime I would think about its ending, I always felt that I will end up praising it so much but now that it has ended, I am feeling meh, like I don’t think they delivered what they promised in the beginning, like by the end when Parvez was dying, I wasn’t even bothered to look at the TV screen as everything seemed annoying in stead of convincing or interesting but anyways, I am glad it is over & they did the right thing by showing Parvez & Co. reaching the end they actually deserved. Please share your thoughts about this journey called Nazr e Bad.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.


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