Ohkay so, another week, another amazing episode of Sang e Marmar . I know for some viewers, the pace of the drama must’ve slowed down a little, but honestly speaking, I don’t mind that because I always have a good time watching Sang e Marmar as it is one such drama that I look forward to the entire week. For me, the best part about Sang e Marmar is not just the fact that it is an amazing drama that is on-air these days, what appeals to me the most is that while watching Sang e Marmar, I experience so many emotions, like they make me laugh, they make me smile, they make me a little sad & most importantly, they keep me engaged & this is exactly what I look for in a drama, so yes, like always, this episode of Sang e Marmar worked for me completely & I had a great time watching it.
To be honest, for the first time I felt bad for Saif ur Rehman, especially after the way his wife Pari treated him. Somehow, I felt bad for him because of being slow, he allowed his wife to take advantage of the situation & use him as a puppet. Yes, what Saif ur Rehman himself did was absolutely wrong, but now when he is trying hard to get to know the truth, he is being distracted by his wife who is a bit too sharp & intelligent for a man like him. I am sure it will be a miracle if Saif ur Rehman, being a slow-wit will find out the truth about his sister Shireen!
Aurang tried to have a conversation with Shireen but she cut him short because she knows that even he can not do anything plus she wouldn’t want to depend on him as she is well aware of how it will create more problems for not only Aurang but for her too. What I love about all the female characters in this drama is that they all are fighting battles, their own way, without allowing themselves to rely on anybody. Considering the circumstances Shireen is facing, it would’ve looked justified if she had depended on Aurang for some emotional support but she chose not to, which makes her look like a very strong woman who knows how to deal with her own baggage. Ah! Such a breath of fresh air in the era where all our dramas are flooded with becharis & becharas! Thank you so much Mustafa Afridi for showing us an extinct trait!
I loved loved loved everything that Gullalai did, even though for a second I didn’t like when I saw how she twisted the truth in front of Saifullah, but after seeing her justification & thought process, I somehow understood her & felt that she was justified in trying to save her husband & her marriage. If we look at it from Gullalai’s perspective, yes, it might look like she schemed & plotted a little in order to make Shireen look bad in front of Safiullah & to show him how much she cares but honestly, I don’t mind it if by doing this, she will keep Safiullah & Shireen distant, because I really think the distance between Safiullah & Shireen should remain & should be maintained as Shireen doesn’t deserve an emotionally absent man like Safiullah who has nothing to give to her. Gullalai knew that she was losing the battle against Shireen as Shameem was on her side too, so she convinced herself a little to do something which she otherwise would’ve never done, like apologize to Shireen on Safiullah’s behalf, & it was something that actually made Gullalai look quite wise. For a woman like Gullalai who only has her husband as her ride or die, it seems justified that she is creating certain situations which make her feel secure about the fact that her husband still belongs to her. Also, what Gullalai did didn’t harm Shireen in any way, in fact it earned both Shireen & Gullalai, Shameem’s support & respect, so it was actually a win-win situation!
I will thank Mustafa Afridi once again for showing us a mother & a mother-in-law like Shameem, who knows how to do justice between her daughters in law & also who knows how to rebuke her son for his nasty behavior. If Shameem had wanted, she would’ve easily ignored what Safiullah did with Shireen, citing it as a personal matter between the couple, but she took the matter in her hands & tried to rectify the situation. It made me respect her character a lot more. I felt bad for her when she used Gulistan Khan’s name as a reference saying that one Gulistan Khan is enough & there was no need for another, it somehow showed that Shameem learned a good lesson from her bad experiences & shaped her character & mentality in such a way that she would never let any girl go through this, as she herself knows how it feels. Even though Shireen is Saif ur Rehman’s sister, a sister of Gohar’s murderer, but that still hasn’t stopped Shameem from being kind & considerate towards Shireen as she knows that everything that happened wasn’t Shireen’s fault, so she shouldn’t face the brunt for it as well.
Finally, Sherbano got some importance by her mother & I had such a good laugh seeing how she displayed her annoyance. I just love how sarcasm comes naturally to all of them, like just because it seems so extemporaneous it looks like this is how they all actually converse with each other & that made me laugh a lot. It was once again actually quite sweet how Shameem tried to assure Sherbano that Aurang wasn’t going to get married to Palwasha because she knew that Sherbano would otherwise make Palwasha’s life miserable till the day she will get married, because right now everything that Aurang said was just in theory & he didn’t approach Gulistan Khan to get the approval for his & Palwasha’s marriage. Shameem’s excitement was absolutely adorable & the way she said being a ‘mother’ she couldn’t contain her happiness, it was just so sweet.
Now, coming to the only intense scene of the episode, where Gulistan Khan unconsciously says ‘Gohar ko kaho isay sarak tak chorh aye’ & later goes to his room immediately to hide his tears & conceal his emotions. That scene somehow reminded him of someone who died in front of him, probably his father & somehow it looked like may be because of the pain that Gohar’s death caused him, Gulistan as a father could relate to the pain that own father must’ve experienced, may be on his death bed or something. It was an intense yet powerful scene & was done so beautifully that it stirred the curiosity & I just can not wait for that secret to unravel!
Overall, it was a beautiful episode & I had such a great time watching it. I will thank the writer once again for writing such dynamic characters & I will thank the director for showing their journey in such a way that we actually get to understand what they are going through & what they are feeling. This episode was filled with such beautiful moments like those that Safiullah & Gullalai shared, they both share such a strong bond & it is actually very sweet to see, also I must say, I actually really liked their chemistry in this episode. Palwasha got some coverage too & I liked that even though she was feeling insecure & confused about what she saw between Shireen & Aurang, she chose to keep it to herself & didn’t give words to those feelings especially in front of Aurang. I must say, even though when this drama began, I thought that it will focus more on the male characters & their side of the story but it is actually quite a pleasant surprise to see how the writer & the director have balanced the coverage & have given an importance of both the male & the female characters, it makes the story quite diverse & complete. The best thing about Sang e Marmar is that we are getting to ‘experience’ different characters & their journey in general, it makes it more than just a drama for me. This episode once again belonged to Sania Saeed, however Najiba Faiz, Uzma Hassan, Kaif Ghaznavi, Sharmeen Ali & Omair Rana played their part really well too. Thank you so much once again Team Sang e Marmar, your hard-work & efforts are much appreciated. Please share your thoughts 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.