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Sang e Marmar Episode 22 Review – New Beginnings!

Sang e Marmar Episode 22 Review

Another beautiful episode of Sang e Marmar. While watching this episode tonight, I was thinking about how Sang e Marmar has unfolded to be a complete journey that we have covered. I was thinking about the the moment from where it all began. It’s like we have seen a growth in the characters, their lives, their understanding, sensibility & maturity, which makes it such a wholesome experience. What’s amazing about Sang e Marmar & its story is that the writer still has so much left to show to us, that is why every episode brings a lot of surprises & even at this stage, we’re left guessing about what is yet to come. I believe the unpredictability has been the X-factor of Sang e Marmar & for that, once again, the writer & the director deserve a standing ovation for bringing a story so unique, so convincingly to us!

This episode focused more on how everyone got back to their normal lives & decided to fend for themselves. It started from Pari, it is good to see that she is quite farsighted & even though she may be stronger, she knows her weaknesses too. Pari is well aware of the fact that where she can not trust everyone easily, she has to at least depend on a few people around her to take care of Saif ur Rehman’s business for her & her child that is yet to come. Pari is thinking way ahead of time & thinks she needs to establish a battlefield to hand over to her son when he will reach that age where he’ll be able to avenge his father’s death, that is why she has started making a move. Shareefullah & Baroo Kaka accepted Pari’s offer & decided to help her with the business. I know it is such a random thing but I loved seeing the warmth & sincerity that everyone has to offer at this stage. Baroo Kaka is still loyal to Saif ur Rehman & Shareefullah is being sincere with Pari for the sake of the job that has been offered to him.

I had a great time watching Shareefullah, Durkhane & their mother’s conversations too because for some reason their chemistry made them look so genuine & truthful, like families usually are. I love how their mother always has an opinion & how she never fails in guiding her children. Even though she has been a supporting character but like all the other characters, she has emerged to be a very strong character too with a lot of screen presence because every time she embraces the screen, she automatically grabs my attention & I actually look forward to what she has to say. The way she sympathizes with Shireen, the way she understands what Durkhane is going through & this time around, the way she understood what Shareefullah was trying to say – she is such a perfect depiction of what mothers are like; dynamic, kind, authoritative & well-wishers. Also, I know it is amusing but I always find myself laughing whenever she speaks about Durkhane’s mother in law’s death, that too with so much of certainty thinking that having no mother in law would guarantee her daughter a peaceful & happy life.

Finally, Shameem decided to voice her thoughts on the matter of Riba. Even Shameem knows that everything that has happened is because Baraan Khan passed on a curse to his son Gulistan & Gulistan ended up passing that on to his all his sons, even though this was the first time that he actually handed it over to Aurang, but that curse ended up taking the lives of two of her sons too. Shameem tried to put things into perspective because she knows that she can not afford to lose more, she can not afford to lose Aurang too. Shameem, like an obedient wife doesn’t blame Gulistan for anything, but does understand that following the footsteps of his father brought him & his entire family to this stage where they are now mourning the deaths of Gohar & Safiullah. It was totally expected that Aurang will take the charge of everything that Gulistan has handed over to him, but he will form new rules & he will do everything based on the principles totally different to what Baraan & Gulistan set for themselves. Aurang could see how afraid his mother was & not only that, he even understood that the root cause of all the problems that his family has faced was Riba that is why he decided to put a lid on it. The scene where Aurang takes all the documents & burns them ended up becoming my favorite scene of this episode because it marked the new beginning. Another thing worth mentioning is that Gulistan Khan, who always took pride in what he has established through his business, stood there like a spectator, seeing Aurang taking full control, which showed that when Gulistan requested his son to succeed him & when he requested Aurang to set him free, he meant it & that is why, now when Aurang finally decided to take an action, Gulistan didn’t stop him at all. The way Gulistan Khan hugged Aurang went to show that he was not only happy, he was satisfied with the decision that Aurang made & was completely confident that his son won’t put him down. The hug portrayed the respect Gulistan as a father had for Aurang, his son!

On & off I have felt some sympathy for Pari but the way she once again spewed venom against Shireen just because she found out that Saif ur Rehman made his sister entitled to some of his property made me loathe her character completely & convinced me that she is not someone to be sympathized with. The fact that she has been a negative character is not disturbing, but what’s disturbing is that she is well aware of the fact that it was Durkhane who had an affair with Gohar, but still she chooses to malign Shireen’s name. Pari has gotten rid of Shireen based on these lies, she kept her husband in the dark till he was alive & even now when that thing should be done & dusted, she doesn’t even bat an eyelid before bringing that lie up once again, it’s like she is going to benefit herself from that lie as much as she can without even thinking twice. To be honest, at this stage, I really want to see Pari losing everything that she is trying hard to hold onto because she actually deserves it.

Ah!!! I so fell for the trick thinking Durkhane will actually reveal the truth but it ended up being a thought that just crossed her mind. Durkhane knows that the consequences can be grave but she is slowly & steadily preparing herself for it & even though she hasn’t come to that point, just the fact that she is thinking on those lines is relieving because it shows that eventually she will bring herself to say the truth about how Shireen was & has been innocent right from the beginning. It was sad to see that Shareefullah chose to believe Pari, whereas just a few moments ago he told his mother how he was interested in getting married to Shireen. Even though I don’t want to see Shireen getting married to Shareefullah, but what I want to see is Durkhane taking complete responsibility of what she has done!

Accha jee, looks like Torah Khan is now interested in the property & the land that Gulistan Khan has because he believes his father earned it. I am sure there’s a lot to be revealed about that aspect too but at the moment, it was good to see Gulistan & Torah sharing a laugh & having a light hearted conversation where Torah was being teased by Gulistan. Aurang & Palwasha’s scene was sweet but hmmm, what seemed sweeter was the preview where Gulistan Khan asks Shireen if she’d get married to Aurang. 😀 I so hope the director doesn’t trick us again & it happens to be an actual scene, an actual conversation & a genuinely asked question!

I loved watching this episode like all the previous episodes of Sang e Marmar. It was light-hearted but it most certainly had the essence of what this story is about. Looks like we’re past the stage of depression & now everything is shaping itself up & for the better. I remember just a few episodes ago I had so many questions in my mind & now most of them have been answered so I am definitely looking forward to the remaining questions to be answered too which I am sure will be covered. It is absolutely amazing how the writer & the director turn everything into a riddle & then solve themselves up for the viewers. It is amazing how Aurang who was always in the background while still being an important part of the family has now come to the forefront & has actually emerged as a savior of his family. I am happy with the progress Aurang has made but I’ll become a lot happier when he will agree to get married to Shireen. Sherbano was missing from this episode but I am sure no one missed her. I actually miss Bulbul Khan, I am sure he still has something left to offer & just one confession of his might change the dynamics once again. At this stage, I don’t even want to predict or make speculations because the writer & the director have always been ahead of us & I am sure they have that settled as well, so yep, not thinking much, but just looking forward to what is yet to come. All the actors acted brilliantly in this episode & like always the dialogues, the direction & the way this episode was written, everything was on-fleek. Kaif Ghaznavi makes her scenes a treat to watch & the way she has convinced us all to loath Pari’s character is her success as an actor. I loved the acting of the actresses who are playing the characters of Durkhane & Durkhane’s mother too. Can’t wait for the next episode already. 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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