Sang e Marmar Episode 10 Review
Ohkay so, another week & another great episode of Sang e Marmar. Isn’t is amazing that even before you tune to a drama, you know it already that the episode will be a treat a watch. Sang e Marmar is definitely not a light-hearted entertainment, in fact it has quite a dense theme based on reality which forces you to think & feel bad for the sufferings of your favorite characters every step of the way, but what its execution shows is that if a screenplay like this gets an appropriate treatment, it can definitely keep your interest alive in the show, to an extent that you actually look forward to it. The creative team of Sang e Marmar has definitely sent a very strong message to all the other drama makers, that you don’t need saas bahu sagas or bechari/bechara filled dramas or even weirdly shaped love triangles for people to tune to your work, you can definitely make the viewers fall in love with an issue & reality based drama if you yourself stay true to your job!
In this episode, we were given a glimpse of the past which actually showed the turn of events which shaped everything & brought everyone at this stage of their lives. That powerful scene showed how many sacrifices Gulistan Khan’s wife made for him & how many times he humiliated her by even depriving her of her right to visit her ailing parents. The reason why Gulistan Khan’s wife seems so indifferent & aloof to everything that her husband does was explained through one incident because it showed that all her life, she has always been at the giving end that she actually lost her will to live her life her way. This fact has been established again & again that Gulistan Khan is a very good father but sadly, we got to know that he wasn’t that ideal of a husband because he endorsed such a mentality which taught him to mistreat his spouse only so that he gets to showcase his power & authority to her.
That one incident also showed the reason why Gulistan Khan distanced himself from Aurang also because that day, he realized that out of all his children, he will be the one who will question Gulistan’s dictatorship. Gulistan Khan has made a name for himself by committing wrong deeds but the way he distanced himself from a very young child goes to show that he is someone who does not like getting hurt emotionally. Gulistan Khan knew that he will never be able to control Aurang & he will never be able to turn Aurang into his stooge, so in order to protect himself, to keep himself from getting emotionally hurt & from harboring expectations from him, Gulistan Khan decided to let Aurang be, that is the reason why Aurang turned out to be so different from his brothers because his father didn’t have any say in his upbringing. I loved the fact that Aurang has always been the kind of a person who stood up for the weak & fought for the rights of those whom he loved the most!
I loved how strategically the director took us into the past because the decision that Gulistan Khan made today reflected the hurt he felt because of Aurang that day. I am sure Gulistan was already trying to figure things out & his conversation with Saif ur Rehman convinced him that in order to get back at him & hurt him equally, he should get his sister married to Safiullah, but later when he confided in him, one of the reasons that Gulistan put forth was the fact that he knew Aurang a little too well. Gulistan knew that Aurang will never be able to mistreat Shireen despite his father’s orders. Gulistan knew that Aurang will always take a stand for Shireen if she will become his wife. Gulistan knew that if Shireen will get married to Aurang, he will lose a chance of hurting Saif ur Rehman as much as he hurt him by killing Gohar, that is why he chose Safiullah, because after Gohar, he is the one who will do anything & everything that his father will tell him to do.
May be Gulistan never wanted to turn things against Shireen, but the conversation that he had with Saif ur Rehman & also, the way he inquired about Gohar’s last moment compelled him to make such a decision that will haunt Saif ur Rehman till the day he’ll die. Sherbano also played a part in influencing her father because she wanted to score a win against Torah, so everything brought Gulistan to this point where he decided that Shireen will face the brunt of everything that was messed up in his own family & life.
My heart sank every single time I saw Shireen dreaming about her marital bliss with Aurang. Amidst the chaos, there Shireen was in her bubble, concerned only about her life with Aurang having no idea how the world around her was filled with vultures who were ready to tear her apart & sadly, it included her brother too. Saif ur Rehman is a coward because he had no ounce of sympathy for his sister & no ounce of courage to back his decision up & tell everyone that he had a reason due to which he killed Gohar. At that time, Saif ur Rehman was ready to kill & to be killed but it showed how he used his wife to convince him for something that even he wanted for himself, which was a hassle-free, peaceful ‘life’. Saif ur Rehman didn’t have the guts to die & just when he saw that he wife was ready to go to any extent to save him, he let her handle everything like a coward because things were becoming favorable for him.
I loved how this episode had some light-hearted moments because things won’t be the same anymore. The conversation Shireen & Durkhane had were actually so sweet but they had this very depressing undertone for the viewers because we as viewers could feel that things will not be the same for Shireen & Durkhane & while they were oblivious of the reality, they both looked so innocent & adorable while discussing Shireen’s marriage with Aurang without a worry in the world. Honestly speaking, I can’t wait to see the day when Saif ur Rehman’s wife will pay the price for everything that she has transpired against Shireen. At this moment, Saif’s wife might think that she has scored a win & her life will be peaceful with her husband & her baby, but I am sure there will come a time when she herself will have to confess about all the lies that she has told & she will have a taste of her own medicine!
Overall, this episode was brilliant too. It was actually quite nice to see an emotional side of Safiullah. Even though Gulistan doesn’t allow him to be weak emotionally, Safiullah falls weak in front of Gullalai because he loves her a lot. Sadly Safiullah knows that after Gohar, his father has a lot of expectations from him & he has to fulfill them, but even he is a victim in this entire situation. I can’t wait to see the next episode, especially Gullalai’s bits where she herself will go to receive her husband’s second wife – husband she loves the most. I hope Shireen leaves Saif ur Rehman’s house in such a way that it haunts him & his wife for the rest of their lives. I can’t wait to see how things will turn against them. This episode was as always filled with some brilliant performances. I must say, the credit goes to the director for helping all the actors pick the tone of their character so flawlessly. I am sure it is because of Saife Hassan that all the actors succeeded in delivering such phenomenal performances. Looking forward to the next episode already. Please share your say about this 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.