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Shayyad Episode 19 Review – Important Developments!

This episode had plenty of important developments to its credit and quite unexpectedly this time around Mahpara’s track was much more poignant than that of Hani or even Saad! While Hani and Saad’s love story was always the centre of attention but tonight everything that Saad did for his phupo, with the help of Tania, was the highlight of the show. This latest development once again highlighted the sensitive and caring nature of Saad’s character which is also the reason why he leaned towards Hani in the first place. While it was somewhat frustrating watching Hani suffer, Tania’s reaction to the whole situation and the turn phupo’s track took was extremely gratifying. The story continues to be convincing, engaging and unpredictable but even in this episode the flashback scenes were unnecessary and didn’t go well with the situations at all. Apart from that, Sadia Khan’s perfect eye make-up and hairdo stood out like a sore thumb.

For the first time tonight Salar opened up about his past and the viewers found out why it wasn’t just his father whom he hated but he despised his mother as well. He blamed his mother for not taking a stand and in a really subtle manner the writer aptly put forward a really important message without holding the wife/mother responsible entirely. The fact that Salar’s mother also told her side of the story and eventually decided to call Hani’s family was the most pleasant aspect of all these developments because in a neutral manner, the viewers were shown both sides of the story. Although Salar’s mother never had the courage or resources to walk out of the abusive relationship with her husband but she did whatever she could do to help Hani. Her helplessness made perfect sense as well since Salar is the kind of person who wouldn’t think twice before hitting his own mother. Nauman Ijaz’s performance was brilliant in this episode, he completely owns this role just like every other character he has played till date. Sadia Khan’s acting was right on point in this episode but her outlook didn’t go well with the situation Hani was in.

Tania’s decision to call off the marriage and that of proposing Mahpara on her dad’s behalf was completely in line with her character. She was always shown as a confident and practical woman therefore everything she did tonight was logical as well as convincing. She was heart broken and upset but instead of getting angry, she decided to go away quietly from Saad’s life. Her heart break however could have been covered in a much better manner if the timeline wasn’t so confusing in the past two episodes. Also, Kinza Razzaq’s heavy contouring and highlighting didn’t compliment her cute face and was distracting. If it wasn’t for all these glitches this entire development would have been far more impactful. Having said that the connection with all the characters is such that I always find myself feeling for them mainly because of the way they have been etched-out and the manner in which the story is being taken forward.

Mahpara’s conversation with Saad was one of the best scenes of this episode because it showed just how far these characters had come in all these years. Apart from this, some of the dialogues tonight covering Saad’s agony were beautiful and even Salar’s dialogues were written intelligently – the way his entire story was summed up in a couple of scenes was brilliant. The journeys of all the characters have been shown credibly throughout and it seems like their tracks will be winded up nicely too. Mahpara’s ending gave hope that Hani and Saad’s track might have a happy ending too. The preview of the next episode however suggested something entirely different. It is impossible to predict what turn the story will take from here and how it will conclude.

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Noor ul Ain Episode 5 Review – Manipulation!

Ohkay so, this episode covered the predicament of two people in love, who come from very different worlds. It was interesting to see how Noor was getting manipulated just so easily, that too by the person she trusts the most!

Noor might be mature for her age & pretty straight forward, but she doesn’t have the eye to see through someone’s intentions. Just because Noor is clean hearted & innocent, she thinks everyone around her has her best interest at their heart, which unfortunately is not true. Noor sees people how she wants to  that is why despite clear cut agitation & detest of both Sofie & her mother, Noor doesn’t even think for a second that there must be something wrong with Ghazala. It is sad that because Noor trusts Ghazala so much, she is easily getting manipulated & without even thinking for a second, she is following her lead!

Things could’ve been sorted out between Khizar & Noor in a very different manner if Noor hadn’t listened to Ghazala & had done what she asked her to. Noor’s demand of an apology from Khizar’s mother was basically what drifted them apart & this was something that Ghazala knew because after meeting Khizar’s mother, she understood that she was not someone who was going to budge that too after the way she was also insulted at Noor’s place!

Noor at least has found a friend in the form of her colleague who actually feels for her & that is why she speaks sensibly but because what she says contradicts the teachings of Ghazala, Noor finds it hard to go by what her friend tells her. It didn’t take a moment for Noor’s friend to realize that Ghazala was being unreasonable but since Noor is so used to believing Ghazala & trusting her, she didn’t see anything wrong with it even after her friend told her so!

Khizar’s mother obviously said no to meeting Noor’s family once again & it has taken a toll on Khizar because of which he is not in a clear head space. Khizar’s arguement with Mona basically depicted how bitter he was feeling after whatever happened. Noor obviously told Khizar that things couldn’t work out between them & Khizar respected her opinion because even he knows that Noor is not someone who would look for an easy way out & when she has said decided something, she will stick to it!

Ghazala obviously is making sure that Noor stays puzzled that is why she misquoted her in front of her mother & later painted a completely different picture in front of Noor as well. I am not sure if Noor will ever be able to take a decision with her own sensibility & if she will stop letting Ghazala control her.

Overall, this episode was decent but a bit on the slower side. For a change it was good to see Noor’s mother being considerate about Noor’s feelings. This drama doesn’t disappoint but it doesn’t offer something out of the box either. It is a fact that this drama is nothing extraordinary which the viewers expected from such a dream team, but it still is a good enough option to tune to. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Noor ul Ain.

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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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