Ohkay so, isn’t it amazing that even before tuning to an episode, you know it is going to be intense & interesting? This is what I love about Sang e Marmar the most, that even before the episode begins, I know I am going to have a great time watching it. This drama is getting better & better & what makes me look forward to it the most is the fact that I know they have a lot left in store for us. In comparison to the previous episodes, this one was on a slower side but the precap has got me prepared for a happening episode next week, so I am at a happy place.
Torah finally convinced his sister Palwasha that he didn’t kill Gohar. Palwasha’s intuition wasn’t wrong & she did sense some sort of happiness that was surrounding Torah ever since Gohar died, but being a smooth talker that he is, Torah twisted the truth & presented it in front of Palwasha knowing that she won’t be able to doubt him ever again if he will bring his mother’s name in between. Yes, Torah on his own is right in saying that he did not kill Gohar, but in his heart, he knows he is the reason why Gohar is not alive anymore. At this point, Torah does feel content & happy but I have a feeling that this satisfaction will be short-lived & Torah will fall into deep pit, I am not too sure how Torah will dodge that bullet, but I am sure it will be an interesting journey.
Gulistan Khan is picking up the pieces after Gohar’s death & another thing that surfaced in this episode was his worry about Safiullah’s progeny. It actually makes me detest Gulistan a tad bit more because in stead of showing a little consideration towards Gullalai’s well being, just because he spotted Gullalai & Palwasha together, he assumed that they both will not have a problem sharing a husband. Gulistan Khan thinks the entire world revolves around him & everyone around him is his slave bound to follow his orders, that is why he didn’t even think for a second about what Torah or Palwasha might feel. Just because Torah has till date followed all his orders, Gulistan thinks he will sacrifice his sister’s happiness too. Gulistan’s insensitivity & inconsideration towards Gullalai reinforced the fact that he only thinks about himself & his sons; Gohar & Safiullah in particular & now when Gohar is no more, he has attached a bit more hope with Safiullah. Torah got to eavesdrop on that entire conversation & Gulistan has no idea what Torah can transpire & instigate. I actually find it amusing that Torah is present at all times & he is literally everywhere, it actually is in sync with his character since he is on a mission, it shows how he keeps his eyes & ears open at all times in order to prepare himself for the curveballs that might come his way.
It seemed like it was the first time Gulistan ever consulted with his wife, that is why she was taken aback by the fact that her husband was involving her in the matters concerning his favorite child Safiullah. In one of the previous reviews, I did mention that it seemed like Gulistan never allowed his wife to have a say in the upbringing of their sons, especially the elder ones so, in this episode it was validated by that single conversation. Gulistan Khan is so used to the idea of being the only decision maker that he never really felt the need to rely on his wife for a suggestion or an advice. I really like how every single time, they slightly touch on the fact that Gulistan Khan is well aware of his children’ nature & personalities, like he knew about Gohar & his activities, & this time around he clearly spoke about how Sherbano instigates negativity. Gulistan might be the worst human being alive for all the sins that he has committed & all of his wrongdoings, but I must say, he is a very good father because he supports & loves his children unconditionally. Gulistan might not be on good terms with Aurang but the way he told Gohar to see him off was his way of showing his love for Aurang. I respect the writer for balancing the bads with the goods in all the characters, it somehow makes them all look human & not just black & white fictional characters. It is commendable that where the writer has introduced us to the darkest of their secrets, he has given us an insight into some good qualities that they endorse as well.
After a lot of thinking, Shireen realized that she went a little overboard & said things that might have hurt Durkhane & she also realized that the plan that Durkhane devised was only to rectify the situation. It is actually quite heart warming to see a display of such a unique friendship, where both Shireen & Durkhane are always ready to walk an extra mile for each other. Durkhane thinks by speaking to Aurang, she will be able to save Shireen & this is something that even Shireen agreed upon as well. Aurang on his own went to seek the truth from Saif ur Rehman, however he couldn’t meet him but he did get to meet Shireen & what’s even more special about that meeting was that he immediately recognized Shireen & displayed the level of respect he has for her & females in general by telling her to step behind the door. It was actually quite admirable. The way Shireen cried for Aurang was really beautiful, it’s like she got a validation that he remembers her too. After long years of waiting, she got her moment of glory, probably & sadly, for the first & the last time.
I feel at this stage, everyone’s timing was off, but the only one who turned things into her favor was Saif ur Rehman’s wife. Gullalai’s timing was off where she didn’t speak about Palwasha & Aurang. Durkhane’s timing was off where she didn’t go to meet Aurang. Aurang’s timing was off where he didn’t get a chance to speak to Shireen, but the only one who executed her plan well was Saif’s wife. She convinced Gulistan that Saif was apologetic & wanted to amend things by sacrificing his sister. I am sure, Gulistan will put this opportunity to good use & he sill make Safiullah get married to Shireen.
As usual, this episode was amazing too. I enjoyed the conversation that Torah & his friend were having about Torah’s complexion, lol. I actually think the dialogue writer has a great sense of humor & so does the director where he uses these bits to add some comic relief in an otherwise serious & gloomy episode. I can’t wait for the next episode. Saif ur Rehman has proved that he is a ‘beghairat’ because he not only put his wife in the forefront but will now use his sister to save his sorry being. If Saif ur Rehman was such a man that he mistook himself to be, he would’ve tackled everything on his own without involving the females of his house. Anyways, let’s see what they have in store for us. Thank you Team Sang e Marmar for giving us another brilliant episode with so many heartwarming moments to its credit. Please share your thoughts about this beautiful 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.