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Sang e Marmar Episode 11 Review – A New Beginning!

Sang e Marmar Episode 11 Review – A New Beginning!

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!

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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.

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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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