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Ohkay so, the production of Momina Duraid, the writing of Mona Haseeb & the direction of Haseeb Hassan, Sanam hit our TV screens tonight. Honestly speaking, as much as I was looking forward to this drama when it got announced by the end of Diyar-e-Dil, I am not feeling it much now that it is on-air. I am sure the journey has just begun so it might give us something to look forward to or at times, it might also give us some good moments to be entertained with & I am definitely ready to give it a go, but as a whole, the first episode has got me thinking.

The story has started with the marriage of two polar opposite people; Harib (Osman Khalid Butt) & Aila Juhi Chawla (Hareem Farooq). It seems that Aila used to work in Harib’s office & that’s where they both got interested in each other & decided to get married. Harib is a calm & collected guy who is very much in touch with his emotional side. Harib believes in understanding people, he also believes in giving them the space & the edge they want that allows them to just be themselves but Aila is bipolar & not only that, she is someone who Harib is unable to connect with that too in the very initial stages of their relationship, like you can say within an hour of being married to her! I am sure or let’s say that I am hoping that in the future episodes, they will take us back to how Harib & Aila’s love story started because going by what they showed us in this episode, it looked like a match made in hell because Harib seems totally clueless about Aila’s personality whereas they suggested that they both were in love before they got married, so it definitely means that they must’ve spent a lot of time with each other before their marriage, so the way Harib seemed confused & shocked at Aila’s panic attack makes me question the bonding they both shared because it somehow doesn’t sit well with me & I am having a hard time believing that this was the first time Harib saw this side of Aila’s personality. I think the writer is trying to stir some sympathy for Harib by showing us that he had no idea what he was getting into, but I surely would’ve bought that if they had showed that Harib & Aila were complete strangers who were forced into a marriage.

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It looks like Aila’s anxiety & panic attacks get triggered by very nominal things, because what Harib said to her was just something that a newly married guy would say to tease his wife, so I definitely am not going to buy that Aila had full control over her anger & personality issues before she got married to him & she deceivingly succeeded in concealing that side of hers. If the writer is trying to show that Aila has some sort of personality disorder, than she should’ve showed that this was the pattern that Aila followed & this was something that Harib knew of & then he chose to be a bigger person by going ahead with his decision of marrying Aila out of his love for her because that would’ve made far more sense. I feel by showing us that Harib was oblivious of what he signed up for, the writer is trying to turn Harib into a mazloom shohar, whose life is about to get ruined because of a psychotic wife like Aila. I definitely don’t mind watching such characters on-screen that have anxiety or depression or have some personality disorders, provided the writers deal with their issues with maturity because people in real life do go through all these issues, but here I have a feeling that in stead of showing us how a person like Aila will be dealt with & what her real issues are, she will be used by the writer as a villain, to only make us feel for the struggles of the guy who will be victimized by her because all of a sudden, she has been shown in such a negative light that it makes me certain about the writer’s intentions regarding Aila’s character.

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Well, Harib had to attend an important meeting the day after he got married & seems like he is a self-made man who achieved everything on his own, but I find it hard to believe that his work ethics were so poor that he forgot to put his phone on a silent mode before attending such an ‘important meeting’ for which he had to leave his day-old wife at home. Well, in the initial part of the episode I felt that Harib was madly in love with Aila & he was ecstatic to have her in his life but all the things he said to his best friend Shehroz (Emaad Irfani) came as a shock to me because their conversation suggested that Harib just got married to Aila for the sake of a social experiment & he got married to her not because he was in love her with but because he was sympathetic towards her. Harib also said that he knows what Aila has been through & how her struggles have shaped up her character & personality, which again brings me to a point that when Harib had an in & out knowledge about Aila, how come it was the first time that he saw that ‘episode’ of her personality? Shehroz’s comments about Aila suggested that everyone in the office is unsure about Harib & Aila’s relationship & they are certain that it isn’t going to last for a long time. I must say, going by how Harib started discussing the nitty gritty of everything that Aila did on their wedding night was a little off-putting, like at one hand you claim that Aila has completed your life & on the other, you are literally backbiting about her & telling your friend that you dozed off in the middle of the conversation that your wife was having with you on your very first night together? So, I am sorry but I don’t see any “love” between Harib & Aila at all. It looks like Harib just decided to get married to Aila without thinking things through & now he has already started regretting his decision, which again brings me to my point that the writer is trying to turn Harib into a halaat ka maara, who will be saved by the daughter of his next door neighbor.

Aan (Maya Ali) & her mother (Hina Bayat) have just moved into the neighborhood & Aan’s mother is trying hard to fit in. She has obviously moved to this neighborhood because she wanted to do something for her daughter. They come from a very conservative & humble background but it looks like Aan’s mother had a very different perspective & that is why she made sure to empower her daughter by educating her, which was something that even her husband Shaukat Qureshi (Abid Ali) didn’t approve of when he was alive. Aan’s mother doesn’t want Aan to get married to her paternal cousin because she knows that Aan will be made to live the life that she doesn’t deserve. I actually found the mother’s character quite interesting but I was a little disappointed to see Sir Abid Ali being shown as a spirit which was a result of Aan’s mothers’ hallucination or delusion. From our beloved & favorite Agha Jaan to Shaukat Qureshi, that too in such a setting,hmmmmmmm!!!!

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Well, Aan is your typical seedhi saadhi larki, who is very much in touch with her roots & has a high regard for the background that she comes from. Aan’s mother might not be a fan of the life that she has left behind but it is obvious that Aan finds it hard to let go of everything & anything that reminds her of her father. Aan wants to stay connected to her roots & she is not as ambitious as her mother is. I liked the detailing of the furniture in Aan’s house because it perfectly depicted the lifestyle that they actually had & were used to, which now Aan’s mother was trying hard to let go of. Well Harib & Aan had an interaction & Aan ended up giving him the energy he must’ve needed to conquer the world by offering him an Anda Paratha Roll. Hmmm, Harib is such a masoom sa larka, whose villainous wife doesn’t serve him breakfast but thankfully he has such caring neighbors who carry an extra roll for him in their lunch box to save the day. I guess the writer is trying to show that if a husband is not served a breakfast, it makes him an ultimate bechara who has to be sympathized with.

Overall, this episode didn’t make such an impact that I expected & thought it would. I found no chemistry between Osman Khalid Butt & Hareem Farooq, yes, on their own they both tried their best to give a good shot but together, they didn’t make a good couple. I so wish the casting director had hired Sajjal Ali to play the character of Aila because she not only had looked great with Osman Khalid Butt, she would’ve looked cute in the scenes where Harib must’ve pampered her & she would’ve made a perfect villain with some psychological issues because yes, I strongly believe that Hareem can look poised & elegant because of her strong personality, but she most certainly can’t look ‘cute’ which the the director was trying hard to convey. Hina Bayat’s character was the only thing that worked for me in this episode & I actually enjoyed watching her scenes, I was a little taken aback by the setting in which Sir Abid Ali made an appearance because I thought he would be shown in the flashback sequences but he happens to be a free spirit, hovering in Aan’s house!?!?! Maya Ali didn’t leave a strong impression but I am sure she will steal the show when her character will get enough coverage. Osman Khalid Butt’s acting was good & Hareem Farooq seemed to be trying too hard but she couldn’t do justice to Aila’s character. Direction of the episode was good, there’s no denying to the fact that Haseeb Hassan knows the art of direction & his attention to detail is commendable, but this time around, just like Mann Mayal, it is the writer who I feel hasn’t done that much of an impressive job. Let’s see how things will unfold. Please share your thoughts about the very first episode of Sanam.

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O Rangreza Episode 24 – Review!

Ohkay so, I think it’s about time that this drama should end because it is becoming a task to sit through its episodes. The writer has conveyed what he wanted to & now its up to the viewers to interpret & decipher it however they deem fit & to be honest when it comes to me, I am still struggling to find out the purpose. Is this drama different? Yes! But is it going to stay with me after it ends? No!

For the last time Sonia tried to stop Sassi from falling into deep pit of fame & show business but Sassi chose to overlook her sincerity. Since Sonia has touched the fame & has also seen the emotional & mental destruction it causes up close, she wanted to save Sassi because she genuinely is concerned about her but Sassi is someone who would even get destroyed on her own terms & conditions!

The way Sassi got back at Sonia was sickening & at first it did seem that may be her rebelliousness & boistrous nature will win her something but seriously, after getting to know her more & more, I feel she will end up exactly like Sonia Jahan or may be worse. At least Sonia had a heart & despite touching the fame, she was still humane but Sassi leaves me speechless. I think the writer got confused & forgot that being strong doesn’t mean one is heartless or emotionless but sorry, Sassi might be strong but she is shallow, empty from within! Kya expect kiya tha aur ye kya nikli! I remember I was totally up for Sassi’s character when this drama began & even understood her but not anymore, I am unable to connect to her character seeing how cold & inhumane she is!

This Tipu being the owner of Haveli scenario is absolutely forced & serves so purpose whatsoever. First Tipu tells Meena that they’ll move back to London, then in order to convince her, he makes her the owner of the Haveli & proposes her? Matlab kuch bhi? To be honest, Meena’s cluelessness when Qasim told her about Tipu’s intention was cringe worthy. Meena has spent enough time with Tipu to know that he is nothing but a liar. Meena has spent enough time with Tipu to know that he doesn’t have a soft corner for his family members so how did she assume that Tipu was telling her the truth that he was going to take care of the family? Meena knew about the clause in the contract, yet she chose to believe Tipu? The way Meena behaves seriously makes me feel she comes from a small town or a remote village to not have a know how of how things roll or to see through someone’s clear yet evil intentions because if she was educated or as suggested that she comes from London, she would’ve known better considering the exposure she must’ve had. Meena lets Tipu fool her every single time & she acts like his puppet! Seriously!

So, Khayyam gave up in front of Sassi, he surrendered because he can see that she is a gone case & there’s no point in taming her. Khayyam has lost everything, he lost at being a good father, a good husband, he also almost has lost those reasons for which he fell in love with Sonia Jahan & he has also lost his respect. The only reason why he is still taking care of Sonia is because his courtesy has overtaken his love for her & that’s about it!

Even though they gave it away in the precap of the next episode, but seeing Qasim’s agitation, I actually thought to myself that he might get married to Meena to save the entire family from Tipu & his evil plans & that’s exactly what is going to happen. Now that I am thinking about Tipu’s character, I still stand by what I said earlier that this drama would’ve been excellent without his addition. What a waste of time & screen space!

This entire tossing & teasing equation that Wajih & Sassi share is boring. Sassi is out to prove something to Wajih which she time & again does, still he makes a point to let her know that she is falling short of one thing or the other. Boring!

Going by what Sassi said to Qasim in the preview of the next episode tells me that she will now find herself a new job of pestering & guilt-tripping Qasim because her ego won’t allow her to accept that he got married to Meena & that he chose Meena over her! Also, I won’t be surprised IF Qasim will leave Meena because he’ll be like Sassi said so! Whatever! Please share your thoughts about this episode of O Rangreza!

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Teri Raza Episode 27 Review – Cringe Worthy!

Ohkay so, to be honest, I enjoyed this episode for a weird reason & that was because Suhana was getting bashed from every side. I loved how Suhana was getting exposed & on top of that she was being mistreated by Rameez but then again, the writer has made her this royalty who can get away with everything that is why, the punishment that she was getting had less or no impact!

Suhana claimed that she was not in contact with Imtiyaz, but did she really think people are going to buy that since she runs a business owned & financed by him? I literally cringed so hard the moment Suhana called & cried in front of Imtiyaz? Why is it that the oh so Khud-dar Suhana only now cries in front of Imtiyaz because she knows that he will take care of her financial burdens? It was just so typical of her to call & shed a few tears saying Seema was insulting her? If Suhana had an ounce of dignity or respect, she would have kept things to herself & had tried taking care of the business on her own. Just because Suhana knows she has Imtiyaz’s support, she thinks no one is entitled to say anything to her, not even her father! It is amusing that Suhana didn’t mind estranging her father because she got another Godfather who now deems her as his responsibility!

The writer is now trying to present Suhana as a damsel in distress because Rameez is totally different to what she expected him to be but then again, that is her own fault isn’t it, because she very well knew what sort of an irresponsible person Rameez was, so why did she get married to him expecting him to change? It is funny, Suhana was unhappy with Imtiyaz even after he was taking care of everything that she ever wanted & now she is again unhappy with the man of her dreams because he is not what she expected him to be & he isn’t changing? To be honest, when I see her mother in law scheming with Rameez so that Suhana keeps on working makes me think it definitely serves her right!

Imtiyaz really should have known better. It was sad that Suhana ended up ruining Seema & Imtiyaz’s relationship once again & what’s bizarre was that she chose to play innocent saying she had no idea why Imtiyaz took such a decision, like really? Seema did the right thing by barging into her home & insulting her because this is exactly what she deserves but unfortunately, Suhana is beizzati proof! Talat leaves me speechless, she insults Suhana & then scurries back to pacify her, no wonder why Suhana is so messed up, because her parents failed at parenting!

The preview of the next episode was filled with cringe alerts too. Suhana will once again come face to face with her father, seriously? We are done with Suhana’s mohim of seeking izzat for her good-for-nothing spouse jiss ki wo khud izzat nahi karti. Also, in the preview Suhana was heard saying ‘Imtiyaz ne mujhe chora, tum to mujhe nahi choro ge na’, seriously? Is she really implying that Imtiyaz was disloyal & not sincere with her? Is she using that card to play the victim again? Has she actually forgotten that she created a havoc in Imtiyaz’s life & cheated on him because of which he set her free basically doing her a favor so that she can be with Rameez but oh well, what can be expected from such a conceited, arrogant & selfish character. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Teri Raza.

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Baaghi Episode 24 Review – Overload of Majbooris

Every week I tune into this drama hoping that it will give me something interesting to watch and talk about but Baaghi has turned out to be one of the most overrated dramas of this season. The script isn’t just dull and repetitive but also lacks depth altogether, the dialogues are too plain, the scenarios never have anything new to offer, the focus has been entirely on Kanwal’s character yet her character is one-dimensional just like all the other characters in the play and the fact that the writer has left no stone unturned to plead Kanwal’s case makes this drama even more unappealing. The cautious approach of the writer is the biggest reason for this lackluster script. Also, the pace of the drama is painfully slow and the scenes covering Kanwal’s videos are stretched for no reason. Kanwal’s character is more annoying than interesting and the screenplay does not have the kind of flow you would expect it to have since I expected better from a writer like Umera Ahmed. There are dramas in which every character has a story to tell and then there are dramas like Baaghi in which even the leading characters don’t have a definite story. Kanwal for instance has been tagged as “baaghi” for some reason yet her life is constantly being driven by the people around her, her strengths have been relegated to the background and her weaknesses have been accentuated to such an extent that her character has lost all its appeal.

This episode showed how Kanwal’s younger brother had changed over the years and it is easy to tell where this track is leading. Kanwal and Shehryar have grown closer in all these years but their conversations still revolve around the same issues! Even after all this time Shehryar still asks Kanwal the same question he was asking few years back!! Kanwal’s pappi pait dialogues fell completely flat since the overload of majbooris in every episode doesn’t help her track in any way.

At the end of the day we all watch dramas because we want to be entertained and there are a lot of dramas with serious storylines which keep the viewers engaged but for me Baaghi is definitely not such a drama. Saba Qamar has given better performances in her career and has definitely played more meaty roles as well. Watching her mimic Qandeel Baloch is just plain sad because she is capable of so much more. I feel that the producers completely failed to tell Qandeel’s story in an impactful manner because they were too busy “covering up” for some reason! This drama is definitely a winner in the ratings race but personally I have always found it really difficult to sit through almost all the episodes of Baaghi. It is getting more annoying with every passing episode and therefore this will be my last review of Baaghi. I would like to thank all those wonderful readers who read my reviews and gave me their feedback even when they were not following the drama.

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Dar Si Jati Hei Sila Episode 9 Review – Right On Point!

Dar Si Jati Hei Sila continues to be one of the most intelligently written plays on air at the moment. The variety of characters, impressive screenplay and realistic performances make this drama a must watch. The drama has also picked up pace and unlike before every episode offers something new. Tonight’s episode focused on Bari Aapa’s bizarre proposal which was readily accepted by those members of the family who thought that Sila and Joi’s marriage will help further their interests in some way. Everyone’s reaction was different and interesting in their own way. All these reactions were covered impressively as well.

I am glad that it wasn’t a Sila against the word kind of a situation but there were plenty of people who could see just how inappropriate and unfair this decision was. The fact that the writer has told this story without any reservations and has allowed the viewers to draw conclusions from different events makes it more attractive. Raheel and Zaini once again did whatever they could to help Sila, Sadia did whatever she thought would make Joi change his mind and Tullo and Noshi supported the decision because both of them want to see Raheel and Zaini getting married. Sikandar’s reaction did not come as a surprise as well since he trusts Joi and he would be happy to hand over his responsibilities to him.

Zaini’s father’s character is another one which is being revealed gradually and is fast becoming my favorite since he is the only one who can see that Joi isn’t as harmless as he appears to be and also someone who truly values his daughter although that is not the norm in Noor Manzil! His reaction when Noshi told him what was going on in the house was priceless. Also, when Bari Aapa told him all those lies, he chose to trust his own daughter. This went to show that how a father’s trust and faith in his daughter can shape up her personality in a good way. Although everyone blames Sila for the “flaws” in her personality but no one except Zaini can see that her father is the one who is actually responsible for them. This could be because Zaini knows what it’s like to have a father who loves and supports you. The only reason why Sadia and Sila are in this situation is that the man in their lives who is supposed to look after them hasn’t only abandoned them but also holds them responsible for whatever goes wrong in his life.

Like every other episode of this drama, this episode too had many meaningful conversations which revealed a little bit more about the characters. Zaini feels frustrated now because she thinks that Sila is not even trying to change the situation she is in and at the same time she also feels that Sila is stronger than Raheel since she had the guts to tell her father that she did not want to get married to Raheel. While Raheel has “forgiven” Sila, his mother has not been able to do so. It was ironic how Bari Aapa made up so many stories after seeing Raheel and Zaini together but she can never tell what kind of a person Joi is even when she watches him do something which is anything but normal! Bari Aapa’s “blind love” for Joi is the main reason why even those people in the house who can see that he is a twisted character decide to keep their opinion to themselves. Joi constantly devises plans to put Sadia in difficult situations and he always executes them confidently because he knows that he has the support of his Aapa!

Overall, this was another brilliant episode of Dar Si Jati Hei Sila with some exceptional performances to its credit. The director Kashif Nisar has done complete justice to Bee Gul’s script and the honesty with which all the actors have translated their characters on screen clearly shows in the final product. Noor-ul-Hassan’s solid performance as Saleem in this play and his brilliant performances in Aangan and Meeras have completely won me over. Nauman Ijaz, Sakina Samo, Saman Ansari, Aamna Malick, Munazzah Arif and Yumna Zaidi’s performances have been faultless throughout.

The preview of the next episode was powerful. Looking forward to how the story unfolds from here on.

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