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Review Sanam Episode 02 – Another Ordinary Episode!

Review Sanam Episode 02 – Another Ordinary Episode! 1

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Ohkay so, to be honest, after watching the first two episodes of this drama, I am more interested to see how far they will stretch & how they will unfold a very typical & predictable story, like I am interested to see what treatment will they give to such a story that has nothing new to offer! The cat’s out of the bag already that we have a hero who is a dream guy any girl would love to be with, sadly, he is married to a ‘psychopath’ (reference: precap of the next episode) & then we have an ideal ‘seedhi saadhi larki’ next door who our hero will fall for because for starters, he has become a fan of her mother’s anda paratha roll already, so I am sure he won’t be able to resist her charm in the future. I actually thought that in this episode, things will improve & they will establish the grounds for what is yet to come in a more engaging way but when the episode ended, I was left scratching my head at what I just saw & I’m still wondering if this drama will turn out to be a good watch in the episodes yet to come because so far, things are looking unattractive & dull already!

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Aila & Harib have been married for a few days & Harib has already started seeing that side of Aila’s personality that he was oblivious of, but I am not sure if the writer & the director have done their homework thoroughly when it comes to this track because all the things the characters say do not really go well with the flow of how things are being shown. Harib’s best friend Shehroz knows about Aila’s personality & he himself said that everyone in the office knows that Aila is ‘sar phiri’ & ‘batameez’, we got to know that Aila was working in Harib’s office for 2 years & just after dating for a few months, Harib decided that he couldn’t live without Aila & then time & again we get to hear that Harib’s decision of marrying Aila was a well-thought decision, but then why doesn’t it look like that? Why do I feel that Harib just decided to get married after Aila gave him the attention that he liked while believing that he thought things through? Also, I find it a little hard to believe that Aila succeeded in fooling Harib for months, whereas she just couldn’t control her anger in the first few days of being married to him!?!?!

In this episode, we got to know that Shehroz knows each & every single little detail about Harib’s life & he can even identify the cologne Harib wears just by sniffing it once & we also know that Harib relies on Shehroz a bit too much & tells him everything regarding his life, then I fail to understand that how come Shehroz didn’t prevent Harib from getting married to Aila? I wish that in stead of showing Aila as Harib’s wife, they had shown her to be Harib’s fiancée, because things would’ve made a lot more sense in such a scenario, where even we, as viewers would’ve learned things about Aila along with Harib. Seems like Harib is now exploring Aila’s personality & he is getting to know her & with each passing revelation, Harib is forced to regret his decision because she is someone he never thought she would be. Also, the entire conversation that Harib & Aila had about Harib’s ex-girlfriend seemed a little forced because such things are mostly discussed when a couple starts dating, where they are curious about each other & want to dig in the past of the one they’re interested in, so to see a newly married couple discussing the past didn’t seem justified because when you’re married for like 4 days, you’re more concerned about how you should color co-ordinate your outfits to look like a newly married couple & some cute stuff like that. Also, Harib told Shehroz that Aila over-reacts, so I am not sure if Harib suffers from a short-term memory loss where he completely forgot that Aila might react abrasively after hearing about how much he loved a girl before getting married to Aila.

The one thing that seemed like a right move was a consultation with the doctor, not sure if he was a GP or a psychiatrist, because if he would’ve been a psychiatrist, I am sure Aila would’ve made an even bigger issue by questioning Harib’s intention of proving that she is a psychopath, since she seems to be living on the edge every single second of her life. So, I assume that he was just a regular GP, that Harib took Aila over to. The doctor says that Harib needs to take care of Aila & shouldn’t do anything to tick her off. I actually thought that after doctor’s advice, we’ll see a change in Harib’s attitude but his one-liners didn’t stop & it seemed that he couldn’t care less, even after getting to know that Aila was just being over-protective & possessive about him because she fears losing him. All Harib did was put a band-aid on her forehead & he believed that he did everything but his indifferent attitude is something that I will blame here, before putting an entire blame on Aila, because if she is someone who has no control over her emotions, then it looks like Harib is also someone who despite having a control on himself, doesn’t do much to prevent the damage from happening!

Those who know me know that I never watch the promos, I stay away from the OST’s & don’t read any such articles that are written about the drama that I am about to review, so I had no idea that Hareem Farooq will be playing the character of a girl with psychological issues but in the comments under the first episode’s review, I found out that the team of Sanam & Hareem Farooq promoted the character of Aila as someone who was bipolar & the team also used the ‘awareness’ card saying that they will be raising ‘awareness’ about this disorder but after seeing the first 2 episodes, I am sure that the word of ‘awareness’ was used just as a catch & the writer most certainly doesn’t intend to do anything of such sort, since the attitude of Harib & the scary background music in Aila’s scenes completely suggest that they are only going to show Aila in a negative light & as someone who made it hard for Harib to be faithful to her. I am sure that as the drama will progress, we will be shown that even though Harib didn’t want to, he was forced to cheat on Aila because of Aila herself!!!

Well, some new characters were introduced & I am sure they were also made a part of the story to add some comic relief but I didn’t enjoy watching their scenes & conversations one bit. They are Shaukat Qureshi’s family & they are definitely not happy with Aan’s mother’s decision of moving out from their ‘mohalla’. Aan & her mother’s scenes didn’t offer much too & nor did we get an insight into Aan’s character. All the things that Aan & her mother spoke about have already been spoken about in the first episode, so not much progress was made in their track & nothing much was revealed. I am a bit concerned if things will remain like that since I don’t feel their characters have much to offer. Well we know that Aan’s mother is already quite smitten by Harib & she is looking for a guy exactly like him for her daughter Aan. Yes, one thing that actually grabbed my attention was the change in background music when Aan & Harib interacted with each other, it was definitely used to make things look positive & promising between the two & it gave away what the writer & the director have in their minds regarding Harib & Aan!!!

Overall, this episode was average too & I am still going to give this drama a chance. I hope things will improve but the chances are slim. The precap of the next episode suggested that Harib will be forced to use the P (psychopath) word, well, so much of courtesy & compassion for a girl who is suffering from some psychological issues, right??? Well, now that I have seen Aila’s character, I am not sure if she is bipolar either, because it looks like that her personality is like that where she is stubborn & has no control over her anger. She was also shown as someone who is ‘shukki’ because just after spotting Harib & Aan together, she started accusing Harib of cheating on her!?!?! A person can be bipolar & what not, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that she has to have alllllllllllll the negativity in the world, to justify the actual two-timing that her husband will do on her in the future episodes.

I think the writer or the team of Sanam should’ve done a thorough research on the people with the ‘bipolar personality disorder’ before using this word as it looks like they just used this ‘word’ to make all the negative & ‘been there, seen that’ things look sophisticated & new. Well, even in this episode, it looked like a younger brother was taking care of his elder sister & there was no chemistry between Osman Khalid Butt & Hareem Farooq. When I found out that they will be paired together, I actually thought that chalo, may be we’ll get to see a new pairing & it will be different to what we all are used to, but I think the casting director should’ve reconsidered his decision because Osman Khalid Butt & Hareem Farooq don’t look good together at all & this is another reason why it is becoming hard for me to relate to their problems & issues, since they look like siblings with hero being Aila’s chota bhai! Also, I think Osman Khalid Butt should loosen up a bit, this is not about the character that he is playing since he mostly plays the characters that require him to look prim & proper & machine washed but this is about his acting, like it looked that he was trying too hard to emote & gesticulate, even in the scenes that didn’t require so much of effort & acting. I must also add that the people responsible for Hareem Farooq’s clothing & styling have done a very poor job or may be it is Hareem herself who hasn’t carried such dressing properly, she looks odd in those rag-like outfits to say the least! The rest of the cast was good & the episode was just alright. Let’s see what happens next week. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Sanam.

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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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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 2 Review-Surprising!

Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka started at a rapid pace but I must admit, I was not expecting these many surprises already. We all saw the sudden engagement of Daniya and Armaan while Zaryab was pining for his lost love. The second episode featured the marriage ceremony of the two while Zaryab was crying in different cornersZaryab actually is a coward. Yes, the concept is that he is Ahsanon Talay Daba Larka and for this very reason he did not respect his love enough. But he should have given a thought to Armaan’s feelings. How could he do this to Armaan whom he loves more than anyone? Since the whole Islamabad is familiar with Zaryab and Daniya’s affair, why he didn’t think of the fact that someone will tell Armaan eventually? Daniya was also a very unreasonable person. She was begging Zaryab to do something on her mehendi. She could have tried a bit earlier or the simple way out was to talk it out with Armaan. Armaan told her how much he loves Zaryab, so Daniya should have told him the truth. But well, then there would be no drama.

Armaan knew about the situation suddenly after bringing Daniya home. The funny thing is they got Nikkahfied in the morning but reached their home at night. He was as quick in taking decisions as his brother is slow. Instead of handling everything like a mature person, he divorced Daniya. He didn’t even discuss it with Zaryab before taking such a huge step.

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