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Sang e Marmar Episode 20 Review – Picking Up The Pieces!

Ohkay so, this was for the first time that I procrastinated in tuning to Sang e Marmar, not for any other reason but because I knew that this episode will be very intense & heart-wrenching too because we will see each & every single character going through the pain of losing their loved ones & they will still be mourning their deaths. I knew that in this episode, we will be shown how every single one of them would be picking up the pieces & trying to move on which would be a very sad situation & this is exactly what this episode was all about. I loved how the director created this feel of sadness & grief in this episode by taking away the vibrancy & making everything dim & dull, like right from the first frame till the very last moment, I could feel that this episode had a very sad feel to it & was dedicated to the storm that had taken over their lives. This aspect goes to show the attention to detail that has gone into making this drama & how the director took care of each & everything. Where the writer did his job in giving us a very strong & unique script, the director made sure to do full justice to it by even taking care of the mood of every single episode & that is why, where the director has made us laugh by adding a few comic situations, he is now helping us in experiencing the loss that everyone has suffered, which is absolutely incredible!

For the first time, I abhorred Torah Khan, only because I saw how heart-broken & emotionally shattered Shireen was. Only for the sake of avenging his mother’s death, Torah Khan transpired the entire situation where he gained some sort of satisfaction, but Shireen was the one at the losing end. Shireen lost her brother & her husband & I seriously think, Torah & Durkhane, both are equally responsible for Shireen’s ordeal. I loved how Gulistan Khan stepped ahead & gave Shireen a shoulder to cry on. Yes, he was being nice to her because he wanted a grandchild from her, but now that Safiullah’s gone, even Gulistan Khan is forced to do some thinking & he seemed so aloof to his needs & desires, that right now, all he could think of was to console a young girl, who probably lost everything.

I must say, I love the way Torah Khan’s character has been conceived by the writer, like where at one point, I was feeling a strong sense of detest for him, the very next moment when I saw him looking at his mother’s pictures, I felt sympathy for him as well & that is the beauty of this script & his character specifically. Torah is just blinded by revenge that is why he is unable to see that in the pursuit of achieving his goals, he has actually turned into a monster. But I won’t be lying if I say that Torah seems justified because his mother Rakshi didn’t deserve what she went through & also, Torah didn’t deserve the ill-treatment that he got at the hands of Gulistan & probably all of his children excluding Aurang, all his life, so yes, it is amazing how you just can not hate his character because you understand his thought process!

Shameem…it was the most powerful scene of tonight’s episode where Gulistan Khan called his wife by his name. That particular scene was a blend of so many emotions & experiences, because of which it became one of my favorite scenes from the entire drama. Gulistan referred to his wife as Safiullah Ki Ma, out of his habit but, he chose to call her by her name because he knew that calling her through Safiullah’s reference might only hurt her – this was actually something that Gulistan Khan did due to some consideration for his wife, but little did he know that even her name had so many hurtful memories attached to it that it’ll cause her more pain. They took us back to the moment when Gulsitan & Shameem started their life together & just in the first interaction with his wife, Gulistan showed Shameem her the place she had in his life. Gulistan believed in treating his wife like a nobody or probably a doormat & he wanted to show her that he will always boss around her. That was the first memory Shameem had of her marriage, of her name & also of an identity that she never really had. Despite having a name, Shameem never really had it, she didn’t have an identity & that is why, she realized that after giving up so much, she earned it, she earned a name & now at this stage, she earned an identity which she probably longed for all her life.

I loved how they showed Gulistan Khan in a very different light in this episode, he is not the same Gulistan Khan anymore that we were introduced to because at this stage, he has lost almost everything, he has lost his pride, his has lost his honor, he has lost his arrogance, his confidence, everything & that is why, we saw him doing a very sweet gesture for his wife because somehow where he wanted to give her a shoulder to cry on, he also felt like relying on her emotionally as well. It was beautiful!

So, Torah Khan succeeded in dodging the bullet. He never really imagined that Gulistan Khan will question him, even though he just did it out of speculation, completely based on ‘what if’, but the way Torah stuttered showed how he was still scared of Gulistan Khan. I somehow have a feeling that if Gulistan will get some sort of hint about the fact that Torah actually was with Safiullah, he will surely get to the crux of the matter by just having a conversation with Torah Khan. Right now, Torah might think that he succeeded in distracting Gulistan, but it is only because Gulistan himself is so mentally & emotionally scattered, that he couldn’t see through Torah’s discomfort with which he was replying to Gulistan. The way Gulistan started questioning Aurang & Torah both went to show that he was unable to comprehend why Safiullah went against Gulistan’s word because if there was one thing that Safiullah had done all his life, that was showing obedience to his father, no matter what he said. But there was another thing that made Gulistan doubt Safiullah was the fact when Aurang confirmed that it was Safiullah who told him to take Gullalai to the hospital in the city, like I loved how that little conversation was added which changed everything that Gulistan was thinking & trying to figure out because after getting to know about it, he realized that if Safiullah could go against his father’s wishes & send his wife to the city, he could also not care about the promise that his father made regarding Saif ur Rehman as well!

Sadly after Gullalai, Sherbano has Shireen on her hit-list & she wants Shireen out from her parent’s house because she says Shireen reminds her of her brothers. Sherbano girl, you seriously need something in your life, some sort of activity, some hobby, try painting or book reading may be, because the way you only devise plans to insult & ruin people’s lives, it makes you look like you have nothing to do & you’re absolutely jobless. Yes, I do understand that Sherbano has lost her brothers, but how can she evaluate that her pain is bigger than Shireen or Shameem even? Sherbano seriously has gotten used to the idea of negativity & bitterness that she lives off of it. I loved the conversation Shameem had with Sherbano where she snubbed her & told her to leave her place. Seriously, I am wondering is there ‘anything/anyone’ that makes Sherbano happy? Is there ‘anything/anyone’ that Sherbano’s content with? Sherbano has a problem with each & every single thing & person in her life & seriously, it makes me feel sad for her because she has no idea how bitter she has become & how it is taking a toll on her!

Oh dear, the way Pari reacted was something that I surely wasn’t expecting. I love love loveeeeee how unpredictable everything in this drama is, right till this stage, like we’re done with 20 episodes & you just can not predict how a certain character will react. Where like all the usual dramas, I thought Saif ur Rehman’s death will force Pari to do some thinking, where her husband’s death will force her to reflect on all of her wrongdoings, there she was appreciating her beauty, blaming her husband for being a coward & for choosing to die? I thought may be Pari will try to get in contact with Shireen & she might be sorry for what she did but this lady took my by surprise, haha. I love how excruciatingly thick-skinned she is, like where I was thinking she will be feeling guilty for what she did with her dead husband’s ikloti sister, there she was, not even scared to admit that she wasn’t sad at her husband’s death. What a unique & beautifully twisted character, haha! Saif ur Rehman’s relatives actually underestimated Pari & her intelligence, she knew why they came to meet her & I loved the way she shooed them away, she sure is a one-woman-army & I am sure she won’t let anyone have things their way!

Another beautiful scene from tonight’s episode was the conversation that Gulistan & Aurang had. Gulistan & Aurang opened up to each other & just when Aurang was feeling that he should give up & that he should let everyone stay where they are because he felt they were happy with how miserable their life was, just a single conversation with Gulistan changed the way he was thinking & put things into perspective. Gulistan Khan did admit that Aurang hurt his ego & out of all his children, he knew that Aurang would be the one who could threaten his power, his authority, his position because he was different & he was rebellious. This is exactly what I said weeks ago in one of my reviews that the way Aurang took a stand for his mother, it made Gulistan realize that he had to draw a line because like Gohar & Safiullah, Aurang might not do what Gulistan would want him to do. I loved how like a defeated father who lost pretty much everything, Gulistan ended up admitting that he never physically abused Shameem after that day because his youngest son taught him something completely different to what he learned from his father. I loved how both Aurang & Gulistan came clean but where Gulistan’s confession was completely unexpected, it told Aurang that he could actually bring some changes because he brought a change in his father when he himself was very young & somehow this is what his father would allow him to do now. I think after this conversation, Aurang will get the confidence to take matters in his hands & somehow I feel Gulistan will start relying on him & he will begin to trust Aurang & his intelligence too as he already knows how Aurang has a control over his emotions & how he is different from Gohar & Safiullah. I think we will get to see a fresh & a very strong bond between Gulistan & Aurang which will actually be quite beautiful!

Oh well, seems like everything is done & is over from Torah Khan’s side, but I have a feeling things are about to begin. Torah has successfully avenged his mother’s death & he seems to be at a happy place, but I am sure things are far from being over. Torah even prayed that he never gets to use his mind to play games ever again but I am sure he’s in for a ride, but now that I am saying this, I am not too sure because things have been so so so unpredictable in this drama that where you expect one thing, something entirely different happens, so let’s see!

Overall, this episode was intense & powerful. Each & every single scene of this episode was perfectly done, was absolutely important & was just so intense. Be it Gulistan trying to pick up the pieces, be it Shameem crying at her loss, be it Shireen mourning the death of her husband & her brother, be it Pari assuring herself, be it Sherbano spewing venom against Shireen, be it Aurang trying to figure out what he should do or be it Torah trying to dodge the bullet, each & every single situation was spot on & all of them were in sync with their characters. It is actually quite amazing that you know how a certain character will react yet you are not sure of what they’re going to do next. The script of this drama is absolutely incredible & it has been directed beautifully & perfectly by the director. I loved the dialogues in this episode as well, like each & every single conversation is meaningful & has so much of depth in it. The star of tonight’s episode for sure was Sania Saeed, for that one powerful & intense scene. Noman Ejaz, Mikaal Zulfikar, Masroor Paras, Uzma Hassan, Kaif Ghaznavi, Kubra Khan & Sharmeen Ali did a wonderful wonderful wonderful job too. Hmmmmm, now that I have written all the names, it makes me sad how few of them are left & so many of them have died. 🙁 Anyways, please share your thoughts about this beautiful episode of Sang e Marmar.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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