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Sang e Marmar Episode 21 Review – Respect For The Writer!

Sang e Marmar Episode 21

What a beautiful episode it was & such beautiful turn of events. I love how all of a sudden the colors became brighter & everything turned vibrant. It was a depiction of how everyone was ready to put the past to rest & was looking forward to move on, pretty much ready for the new beginnings & a fresh start. Even though it’s a known fact by now but after seeing this particular episode, I feel I have to say it again that I love love loveeeeeeeee this drama for so many reasons that I just can’t explain. Isn’t is amazing to see a drama where they touch on so many important aspects without making anything look boring or preachy. I am amazed to see that even at this stage, they have so many things, so many secrets to reveal, which just add more charm to the entire drama watching experience. Thank you Team Sang e Marmar once again for giving us yet another beautiful episode which was filled with so many beautiful moments, I just loved how positive the undertone of this episode was. ♥

So, finally the moment arrived when Gulistan Khan while looking back at his father’s journey could relate to everything that he went through. It was probably for the first time when Gulistan understood what his father used to say & most importantly why he’d say all those things because just when he was at the death bed, he had a very late realization of all the wrongdoings that he committed all his life. I want to personally thank the writer for touching the subject of ‘Riba’ in this drama & showing it with absolute accuracy. Respect, respect, respect! Gulistan for the first time was forced to that a step back & analyze everything that he has done all his life, which was following the footsteps of his father. Now when Gulistan himself has lost pretty much everything, he has realized that following his father was the worst thing he has done his entire life. From dealing in interest to abusing his wife, to mistreating everyone & to judging people on the basis of how much money they had, Gulistan’s upbringing wasn’t right & sadly after losing so much, he has come to the realization that he needs to make things right.

The scene which takes Gulistan Khan back to what happened between Gullalai & Baraan was so heart-wrenching, it was a very grave memory Gulistan had of Baraan’s last few days, like at this stage, Gulistan was seeing everything from a very different perspective & he was understanding how harsh the consequences were which his father had to face for all of the mistakes that he committed. It was good to see that after thinking things through, Gulistan started to make things right. I loved seeing how Gulistan began to take a few steps for his redemption, which started off by calling everyone to have a dinner together. It seems that after losing 3 family members, Gulistan is going to hold tightly onto his family & he will now do everything to protect them & will keep them closer to his heart.

To be honest, I was surprised with how Shireen reacted to Gulistan’s suggestion of going to Pari’s home for condolences on Saif ur Rehman’s death. Shireen actually got so much of love & respect from this family that she accepted Safiullah, despite his rude behavior. Even though Shireen was emotionally disturbed over what happened & how she was forced to get married to Safiullah, it looks like Gulistan & Shameem helped her in accepting this chapter of her life. Shireen has always been a very selfless person that is why we saw how she took everything on herself in order to protect Durkhane’s honor, similarly, even though she knew that Safiullah wasn’t going to treat her with respect, she only accepted him because she saw what she meant to Gulistan & Shameem as well. The way Shireen refused to meet Pari goes to show that she is well-aware of the game that Pari played & how she is responsible for maligning Shireen’s name, so Shireen didn’t find it necessary to rekindle a relationship that meant nothing to her at this stage.

I loved loved loveddd how they showed everything that Shameem was going through. The conversation she had with Aurang was absolutely beautiful. I must say the timing with which everything is revealed & how everything is linked with each other makes it a very unique experience. Like at first, where they clearly showed that even Gulistan came to realization that everything that his father faced or to an extent that he was facing was basically a punishment for dealing in Riba & then in the next scene we saw how Aurang was trying to console his mother by telling how Allah was testing her for her patience, like it wasn’t a punishment for her but a test which she had to take. I loved this bit the most where the writer elaborated that for Gulistan, it was a punishment but for Shameem, because she was innocent & had no say in what her husband or her father in law did, it was basically a test of her patience. Just when I saw Shameem crying in front of Aurang, this is exactly what I had in my mind, because I was wondering why Shameem was facing the brunt for what Baraan or even Gulistan have done all their lives & just the very next moment in that particular conversation, my doubts were cleared, this goes to show the amount of wisdom & intelligence that has gone into writing a script like this. Respect!

It’s a done deal by now that every episode of Sang e Marmar will bring a few moments which will force me to shed a tear or two & this time around, that was the moment that Gulistan & Shameem shared, where Gulistan offered Shameem to hold his hand after getting to know how distanced he was from his wife all his life & how she longed for him. That was yet another reality check that Gulistan got that in the pursuit of attaining power & authority, he forgot to treat Shameem as a wife. Even though Shameem is dealing with the pain her way, the sudden change in Gulistan’s behavior always comes as a reminder to her of all the things that she has gained now after losing all that she had. The way Gulistan tells Shameem to sit with him for dinner, the expressions of disbelief on her face was another very sweet moment, Gulistan has started making things right because he is tired & he has been defeated & this is how Shameem has never seen her husband before, that is why Shameem couldn’t believe what she was experiencing & it was very very sweet. I loved how Palwasha gave them all a space to have some family-time & it was good to see Gulistan having a conversation with his family. I know it’s a very random thing but seeing them all having green tea after dinner brought a smile to my face, like it’s a very small thing that sheds a light on the Pukhtoon food culture, but goes to show the attention to detail with which the director has directed this drama!

The scene where Pari is singing to her child was actually quite depressing but it had a very clear message. Pari is now going to prepare her child to avenge his father’s death. It was basically shedding a light on the loop that begins, the circle which everyone is forced to complete when a murder takes place. Saif ur Rehman killed without thinking things through, Saif ur Rehman also got killed & now his child will pretty much have the same fate because sadly, his mother has developed the hunger for revenge too. Sad but true!

The scene between Shameem & Shireen was another best moment of this episode, like it had no dialogues, just some very powerful expressions that told us all a tale of what was going through Shameem’s mind. Shameem looked at the tree & the birds which she took care of, which she nurtured all her life but now she handed over the responsibility to Shireen because she was tired & she wanted to give up. I loved how it showed that Shameem has given it all to this home, how she has literally dedicated her entire life to nurture each & everything related to it but now she wanted the time off because she has no courage & probably no motivation left to do it anymore. It was absolutely beautiful!

Malang Jaan & his story was something that Gulistan was now able to relate to as well. After Baraan Khan & his suffering, Malang Jaan’s story is another thing which Gulistan has gotten a clear perspective of. The way Gulistan Khan painted the picture of Malang Jaan’s suffering & his peaceful ending in front of Aurang to make him understand how even he wanted some rest now was deep, meaningful & very heart-touching. Gulistan Khan has realized that he has failed, he has understood that he has been defeated & now he has given up the urge to hold onto the things he kept closer to his heart all his life. Gulistan knows that Aurang has all the qualities of becoming his successor & he’d probably do a better job at everything in comparison to Gulistan, that is why has has decided to rely on Aurang & take a back seat from everything. I loved where at one hand Shameem gave the responsibility to Shireen, on the other, Gulistan Khan gave the responsibility to Aurang too! What a perfect closure & what a perfect way to start a new journey!

Overall, this episode was beautiful. I must say I am impressed how even after 21 episodes, the drama-makers have kept our interest alive in the show. This drama has turned out to be like one of those mystery case files where one mystery unravels & another awaits for the viewers, also what makes it absolutely amazing is that everything has been done so tastefully & perfectly that you just can’t find faults or loopholes. Sania Saeed & Noman Ejaz surely took the crown in this episode, followed by the writer who came up with such a brilliant script & embedded so many beautiful lessons in it. I must say, it takes a lot of courage to show something so controversial with so much of accuracy & for that, the team of Sang e Marmar deserves all the accolades. The preview of the next episode got me excited already, looks like Durkhane will finally unveil the truth, which is good because she should take the responsibility for her mistakes. I can’t wait to see the next episode alreadyyy!!! 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.

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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