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.
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.
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.