Sang e Marmar Episode 17
Ohkay so, like all the previous episodes of Sang e Marmar, this one was absolutely amazing too. I think I need to look for a new intro when it comes to Sang e Marmar because just the way the makers of this drama give us beautiful episodes week after week, I keep on praising them the same way week after week too. I love how this drama has so much of balance, it’s like the director knew that the story could become a bit too heavy & dense for the viewers, so he made sure to turn one page of the past at a time for the viewers to grasp everything that happened & also to understand the reasons that lead the story to a certain event. If we take a closer look at the pattern of each episode, each & every single week, the drama-makers made us familiar with one grave situation from the past because they knew that the viewers won’t be able to handle more than once such incident per episode.
Well, what Gulistan Khan did with Baraan Khan is most certainly open to different interpretations but yes, keeping the judgments aside, I will say that I felt bad when Gulistan broke down. Imagine the pain he must have been through & imagine the pain his father must’ve been feeling, that he chose to put an end to his life himself. I am sure it wasn’t easy for Gulistan to see his father in that condition in the first place, it never is easy for any child to see their parents suffer, but it must’ve taken Gulistan a lot to do what his father told him to because even he must’ve had enough of seeing his father in pain. So, this revelation put an end to all the speculations that the viewers made about the fact that may be Gulistan himself killed his father for power, authority or money but no, all he did was fulfill his father’s wishes. Even though, for that particular moment, I did feel bad for what Gulistan had to do, but the very next moment, I was also reminded of what Gulistan Khan did to Torah’s mother too. May be this was karma’s spin on Gulistan Khan that where he took life of someone’e else’s parent, he himself faced such a situation in life where he had to take his own father’s life with his own hands too. Honestly speaking, when the episode began & we saw Torah reminiscing about his mother & seeing a few of those flashbacks of Rakshi having a good time with her kids, I didn’t really understand the reason why all of a sudden the director was showing us Rakshi & her kids, but the moment we made it to the scene of Baraan & Gulistan Khan, I then knew how & why the director established the connection between Rakshi, Baraan & Gulistan Khan. I always say that I don’t really like when the drama-makers leave so much for the viewers’ imagination, but this is most certainly not the case with Sang e Marmar, it is because in the initial episodes, the director has made us familiar with all the necessary situations & scenarios, that now when he only shows us some snippets from the past, the viewers immediately find out the connection between different events, which is absolutely amazing. In my opinion, it is like the director Saife Hassan, even by showing us everything, still keeps us engaged in such a way that he gives us some points to ponder while we’re watching the episode, to make the entire experience a bit more engrossing & enjoyable & for that I thank him once again. Thank you so much Mr. Director for giving us this beautiful beautiful beautiful drama!!!
I loved the transition that Shireen showed in this episode, where from being jealous of Palwasha, Shireen then came to a closure by handing over the peacock feather; the most prized possession of hers to Palwasha to finally convince herself that a few things weren’t meant to be & she had to move on. I loved how the director in the beginning of the episode very subtly showed that Shireen grew envious because of which she literally rubbed the temple of her forehead in hatred because Palwasha tended to the bruise that Shireen got, but later on she understood that Aurang didn’t belong to her & Palwasha most certainly wasn’t responsible for what Shireen went through, so she made herself understand that it was better for her to accept the reality & not think about something that wasn’t possible anymore. I think because of the way Gulistan & Shameem take care of Shireen & how they treat her with so much of love & respect, despite not wanting to, Shireen would convince herself to accept Safiullah so that she can give birth to the grandchild that Gulistan is waiting for. Shireen has always been quite selfless where when she becomes affectionate towards someone, she goes out of the way to do everything in her might to please them, so this time around, I believe she will mentally prepare herself for this journey too, because she has developed a lot of respect & love for Gulistan & Shameem.
Aurang finally took Gullalai to the doctor & I liked their little interactions. Gullalai actually sounded like someone who for the first time in her life stepped outside of her village & outside of her comfort zone, because of which she was anxious & curious to see how things were going to work out in her favor. I am not sure why & even though I feel I might be wrong because this drama has always been quite unpredictable, but I have a feeling may be something huge is going to happen & may be this time around, Safiullah will pay the price, due to which Gullalai might not be able to see him again, because Torah & Safiullah are planning something against Saif ur Rehman, so this is just a thought that crossed my mind because the way they both parted at a sweet little note, I felt may be they might not see each other again, but let’s see!!!
Surprisingly, Torah wasn’t unhappy when Palwasha informed him about what Shameem did & how she gave her approval for Palwasha & Aurang’s marriage. May be because Torah knows that out of all the family members, Aurang is the sanest & most decent person & most importantly, Palwasha likes him, otherwise I actually thought that may be Torah will once again start thinking about the ways to manipulate his sister but he has always done everything to please Palwasha so for her sake, he would happily agree to her & Aurang’s marriage. The way Torah complimented Sherbano, for the first time I felt that may be he loves her a lot because going by the flashback of their wedding scene, Torah seemed pretty happy, it looked like he wholeheartedly accepted this marriage but it was Sherbano who drew the line so Torah chose to abide by it, but seeing how he looked at her, I felt he actually loves her a lot, because of which he puts up with everything that Sherbano throws his way. I don’t know why but for the first time I feel I’d like to see Torah & Sherbano together, finding happiness in their marriage because they both deserve their fair share of happiness too & it will be quite interesting I believe!
Finally, Durkhane found a way to Shireen’s home & with a lot of determination, she made sure she gets to meet her best friend before her brother arrives. It was actually heart-touching to see Shireen happy & Durkhane walking an extra mile for her friend. Even though Sherbano didn’t leave a good impression on Durkhane, it was good to see that the rest of the family members treated Shireen’s friend with a lot of respect, because this way, Durkhane will return with her heart at ease & her mind at peace & more than that, she will be able to tell everyone that Shireen’s condition is not as dire as people think it is. Finally, Shireen got a breather & she got to share everything that she had in her heart. It was actually sweet of Durkhane to inform Shrieen that Saif ur Rehman already started regretting his decision & more than that, she intends to tell him the truth if he will inquire about it one more time. Palwasha eavesdropped on their conversation, but it was actually good that she got an insight into Shireen’s heart that she no longer has anything to do with Aurang & she wishes well for Palwasha & Aurang. I don’t know why, I still feel may be Palwasha will play the cupid seeing how nice & selfless Shireen is, or if not, this is what I would love to see honestly.
Overall, this episode was perfect like all the previous episodes of Sang e Marmar. I had such a good laugh seeing Bulbul having the time of his life even in such a dire situation, he most certainly gave Baroo Kaka a hard time & sadly got a beating for it. The preview of the next episode seemed quite promising & got me excited already. Torah is not going to sit still now as he will try to get Safiullah enraged by using Shireen’s name, but he won’t be lying because this is what he thinks is the truth that the girl Gohar was involved with was Shireen. I loved the conversation Shameem had with Durkhane & Shireen, she always brings a smile to my face. It is actually quite nice to see that Shireen has such a loving mother in law who actually treats her like her own daughter. Even though at the moment Gulistan is also being considerate towards Shireen because of his own ulterior motives, still it feels good to know that at least Shireen is not being mistreated & at least Sherbano can’t target her because her father doesn’t allow that to happen. This episode once again belonged to all the actors but the star of this episode for me was the director Saife Hassan because of the way he directed this episode so intelligently & with so much of control over all the situations. Even by leaving a lot of things at the viewer’s imagination, Saife Hassan didn’t falter & did justice to his position as a director & I thank him once again for that. Please share your thoughts about this beautiful beautiful 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.