Awwww, I can’t help feel sad at the recent turn of events but somehow there are few characters who made the entire situation better. I loved how the writer has balanced out every single thing, like for one negative character, there are two positive characters who steer the entire situation in some other direction. Even though this episode focused on only one chapter, which was Safiullah’s marriage with Shireen, I totally loved the way the director took his time in conveying & covering each & everyone’s feeling about the whole situation. Props to the entire team of Sang e Marmar who even made the ‘dusri biwi’ scenario seem so meaningful & different. I think all those drama-makers who’re fixated with the ‘dusri biwi’ scenario should watch Sang e Marmar & learn a few lessons from it. Thank you Team Sang e Marmar once again, for giving us a beautiful beautiful drama which is filled with such beautiful characters.
No one can imagine what Shireen must’ve been through when just a few seconds before her Nikkah, she found out that the one she was dreaming of wasn’t going to become her husband. Obviously she had no other choice than to agree with what her brother & her sister in law chose for her but the note at which she left Saif ur Rehman’s house was enough to haunt him for the rest of his life. I actually laughed when I heard Saif ur Rehman talking about his ‘izzat’, delusion & denial is amusing at times. Even though Saif ur Rehman felt burdened & guilty, he should know that nothing can be undone, even if he wants to. I so wish, I really wish Baroo Kaka & Saif ur Rehman had that conversation before Shireen’s marriage because at least, that way it would’ve put things into perspective for the blind Saif ur Rehman as he obviously grew a little curious about the version his wife presented in front of him & the one he was getting to hear from Baroo Kaka. The timing wasn’t right & so was Shireen’s luck. ‘Yaad rakhna Lala, mai nahi, meri kismat kharab hai’, Shireen said it all, but if only Saif ur Rehman will understand that!
Gullalai conveyed the jealousy & feelings of such a woman perfectly whose husband was getting married again & she couldn’t do anything. Gullalai tried to be strong but she couldn’t keep up when she saw Shireen. The thought that she had about losing Safiullah to his young & beautiful bride Shireen was enough for her to feel bitter & that is why, all her reactions that followed after that particular the thought showcased her jealousy because at least this was something that was in her control & she was entitled to!
Honestly speaking, even though as much as I feel bad for Shireen, Gulistan’s wife & Safiullah’s mother changed the entire situation completely & didn’t make it seem so grim than it actually was. It was so good to see that at least there was someone who had a sense of justice in her, there was someone who knew what was right & wrong & there was someone who knew that Shireen was innocent & had nothing to do with what transpired in the past & that was Shireen’s mother in law. It was for the first time when Safiullah’s mother taunted Gullalai for not having a child because she knew that Gullalai was going off-track & she had to be reminded of how unfair she was in dealing with Shireen. Even though Gulistan’s wife hasn’t recovered from the loss of Gohar, it was so amazing to see her not going against her character by not displaying humanity in such a situation. It was like being a woman, Gulistan’s wife could relate to what Shireen must be going through, especially when she was not at fault, that is why she took the matters in her own hands & tried to normalize the situation by being nice to Shireen, by not letting Gohar’s murder clouding her judgment, by reminding Gullalai about how wrong she was & by also telling Safiullah to accept Shireen as his wife. It must’ve taken a lot for a woman like her who lost her son to be fair & just in this situation & Gulistan’s wife proved how emotionally, morally & ethically strong she was. Respect!
Everyone got a fair share to display their anger & frustration at Safiullah’s marriage with Shireen but the one who wanted to make the most of the situation was Sherbano but all her attempts fell flat because no one was buying what she was trying to instigate. Sherbano actually thought that she now got two preys who she could victimize but very nicely, she was shown her right place, first by Gullalai & then by her own mother. In a heat of the moment, Gullalai only judged Shireen on the basis of a the new found relation with her but Sherbano came as a reminder of how she can form a team against her, like she actually had to, in order to defeat Sherbano time & again because if she wouldn’t do that, Sherbano will not only walk over Shireen but on her too. How often do we get to see such women who support their daughters in law in stead of supporting their own daughters? It is actually quite amazing that Gulistan’s wife knows all her children so well, she knows that Gulistan has instilled this unfair sense of superiority in them because of which even Sherbano has turned out to be so irrational & bitter. Sherbano actually thought that she’d be able to run things in her father’s home just because on her demand, Gulistan got Shireen married to Safiullah but it was absolutely appeasing to see Gullalai & her own mother proving her wrong. ‘Aggar sab apne apne ghar mai rahain to In Sha Allah hamare ghar mai koi larai nahi hogi’, hah, I love how subtly Gullalai reminded Sherbano that she wasn’t a part of this home anymore but if only she’d understand!
Like always, this episode was beautiful & I had a great time watching it. I will once again thank the dialogue writer for adding those one-liners that change the mood of the entire scene. ‘Danton ka deedaar’ was another gem that got added in the book of amazing dialogues of Sang e Marmar. Even though in my entire review, I haven’t spoken about Shireen but I will say, that in my opinion, after Sania Saeed, this episode belonged to Kubra Khan. Kubra Khan actually portrayed the feelings of Shireen beautifully, even though it is because of the director & his impeccable work that we have formed a connection with all these characters, but Kubra Khan on her own made us feel the pain of Shireen at some other level. Starting from being shocked to get a news of who she was going to get married to at the time of her Nikkah, to entering a completely new place like a stranger, more like an invited guest who no one was happy to see, to someone who was blank at what her life had in store for her, Kubra Khan conveyed it all & nailed it. I loved the flashback that Shireen had about her childhood interaction with Gulistan Khan. Shireen never would’ve imagined that the times will change in such a way that the man she saw as an embodiment of kindness in her childhood will turn out to be the man who’d ruin her entire life. Uzma Hassan has done a wonderful job as hateful & bitter Sherbano, I love how she always has something to say to Torah, even when he is being normal with her, supposedly at least! I’m really happy with the progress of the the story & appreciate the fact that the drama is still interesting & still going strong!!! Please share your thoughts about this amazing amazing 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.