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Sang e Marmar Episode 07 Review – A Rollercoaster Ride!

Sang e Marmar Episode 07 Review – A Rollercoaster Ride!

Ohkay so, in the (drama) world full of “becharas” & the writers being stuck on multiple marriages & extra marital affairs, despite being a drama with a very grave theme, Sang e Marmar is a breath of fresh air. Isn’t it amazing to see “strong” men & women fighting their battles as they deem fit? I am loving this drama for how they have shown the clash of egos, which usually happens when everyone is level-headed & wants to be victorious. Like all the previous episodes, this episode of Sang e Marmar was beautiful & every second of it was worth a watch. I must say, I am impressed how the director is taking the story forward because this drama keeps on getting better & better, so for that, I will thank the team of Sang e Marmar once again!

Within the clan of Gulistan Khan, there’s a difference of opinion, which made things a lot more intense. I loved how they showed Aurang, Sherbano & the mother on one side & Gulistan & Safiullah on the other. Where Sherbano & Aurang detested the idea of killing Saif ur Rehman, Gulistan Khan brain-fed Safiullah against Saif ur Rehman which will guarantee his death, in the life or after the death of Gulistan Khan. Gulistan Khan is someone who doesn’t understand a thing called forgiveness because he himself is delusional to believe that he has never committed any mistake & he won’t be held accountable for his wrongdoings ever. If Gulistan Khan, for a second had reflected on his deeds & if his conscience wouldn’t have been dead, he would’ve realized that everything that his family is facing now is a karma’s play.

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Honestly speaking, the scene where Gohar’s mother was looking at his photographs sent shivers down my spine because it was the scene that I could relate to the most. When you lose someone you love the most, you have no other choice but to pick up the pieces & gather yourself & while doing that, you only have photographs that make you feel connected to someone you won’t be able to see again & they make you smile & cry at the same time while remembering the one you just lost. That entire scene was done so so so beautifully that I don’t know how to describe my feelings about it. With each passing episode, my respect for the bond that Aurang & his mother share increases. It is only Aurang who knows how to console his mother. ‘Humne sari muskurahatain tumse hi li hain Ma’, sab tumhari tarhaan hi haste hain’‘Muskurao’ – that entire conversation was just so heartfelt & beautiful. There was a mother who was mourning the death of her son yet she had another beautiful soul who was doing everything that a good son would do for his mother. By the end of that scene, we got to see for the first time that even Aurang remembers Shireen clearly & even he holds his childhood friend close to his heart & he hasn’t forgotten about her. I hope when Aurang will meet Shireen, he wouldn’t take much time in recognizing her because I have a feeling that it will give Shireen a hope that she has lost.

‘Gulistan Khan se teri aik taang ka hisab, uska aik haath kaat ke barabar kar diya hai’, Torah Khan is on the road to revenge & there’s no turning back. Torah knows that this is his time of glory & he is having a sadistic pleasure in seeing the suffering of Gulistan Khan. Torah has spent all his life in gaining Gulistan’s trust, that is why now he has become a little too complacent & fearless so much so that even his sister is finding his reactions a little odd & she has got the hint that Torah says one thing but his actions tell the tale of something entirely different. It was actually quite surprising to see how Torah has lived in such an awkward relation with Sherbano, where even he knows that she doesn’t respect him & hasn’t accepted him as her husband, but just because he has now successfully weaved a trap, he knows that anything that he will say to Sherbano won’t get back at him as even if Sherbano will go & report it to Gulistan Khan, he will have a hard time accepting the fact that Torah could say such a thing. It was actually quite interesting to see how Torah was conducting a game play using everyone as a pawn. I loved seeing his enthusiasm in front of Gulistan Khan where he said all those things to assure him that he was hungry to avenge Gohar’s murder & then I had a good laugh seeing him as a very obedient husband who would stammer in front of his wife, won’t even have the courage to look into her eyes but will still say things that will pinch her quite a lot. Good job Torah!!!

I must say, I loved the optimism of Durkhane that too in such a grave situation. Where Shireen has lost all the hope & she has halfheartedly accepted her defeat, she has Durkhane by her side who won’t let her down, especially for a mistake that she is not responsible for. Durkhane thinks that just by speaking directly to Gulistan or even Aurang, she will be able to save the day & will persuade them into believing that everything was Gohar’s fault, but she is underestimating Gulistan Khan. Gulistan Khan knew what sort of a person Gohar was & with a lot of honestly, he told Safiullah to brush the truth under the carpet as he knows that if people will get the idea that Saif ur Rehman was justified in killing Gohar, Gulistan will not only lose his dignity, but he will also end up losing his authority & power. Like Aurang said, it is just an intoxication of power due to which no one is ready to understand the entire situation & no one is keen on knowing the reason which forced Saif ur Rehman to take such a step. I loved how they showed a difference between a logical & an irrational person, where Aurang was keen on understanding everything. there was Safiullah who was bent on following the orders of his father without even bothering to find out the truth. That was the moment where Torah Khan realized that he has a competitor in the form of Aurang because of whom he will now have to be very very careful as he is someone who questions, reasons & tries to rationalize the situation, while the lack of all these things were benefiting Torah the most because if there’s one thing he knows how to play with, it is an emotion & Aurang is anything but emotional!

Honestly speaking, I so wish Torah’s sister, due to her affection for Aurang, doesn’t end up telling on her brother because Torah has worked all his life, he has literally spent his days & nights preparing for his mother’s revenge, so now when things are shaping up in his favor, I hope along with Aurang, she doesn’t ruin Torah’s plans because I also feel that Gulistan Khan should be punished for what he did. I have a feeling that Torah’s sister will end up getting involved because she would want to save her brother & stop him from ruining more lives & I hope that doesn’t spoil the beautiful relation both Torah & his sister share. I must say, the scene where Torah & his sister reminisce about their mother’s death was heart-wrenching. A boy of that age, experiencing his mother’s death that came after a long period of suffering & also has a sister to take care of, imagine how his mind & heart must’ve shaped up. Everything that Torah says in front of Sherbano & Gulistan sounds like a properly thought out lie but the things he said to his sister genuinely & honestly described his feelings.

This entire episode was beautiful, filled with riveting performances once again. You just can’t take your eyes off the screen, can you? I must say I love the sense of humor of the dialogue writer because in such serious discussions & conversations, he adds a little touch of sarcasm which is actually quite amusing.‘Biscuit bhi mangwao, duur se aye hain pait khali hoga’, like seriously, Gulistan Khan is arrogant & he does favors on people by making sure that those who’re receiving his favors actually ‘notice’ his generosity. In this episode in particular, there were so many beautiful dialogues that struck a chord, so I thank the dialogue writer especially for doing such a wonderful job with the dialogues. I must say, there’s absolutely nothing that I can fault with this drama. The screenplay is amazing, the direction is on-fleek, the acting is phenomenal & last but not the least, we have such beautifully written; strong & amazing characters who actually make their presence worthwhile. Whether it is Saif’s wife who plans & plots, or it is Saif who is emotional but not too smart, or even Torah’s sister who had a very limited screen-time, each & every single character makes an impact & creates a difference in the story. I love the fact that all the characters in this drama have a purpose & there’s not even a single character that feels like it should’ve been omitted. This episode, after Noman Ejaz, without a doubt belonged to Masroor Paras, he has actually owned the character of Torah & has given it such a treatment that actually makes me feel that no other actor would’ve been able to achieve. Torah Khan has so many shades, so many emotions, so many regrets, which are flawlessly portrayed by Masroor Paras & I thank him for that. The preview of the next episode has already got me excited, seems like Saif’s wife is going to put up a great show in front of Gulistan Khan & I can’t wait to see that. This drama is roller-coaster ride of emotions & is unfolding like a beautiful journey that you just can’t have enough of. Please share your thoughts about this amazing episode of Sang e Marmar.

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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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