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Teri Raza Episode 01 Review – An Average Start!

Ohkay so, the production of Big Bang Productions, writing of Naila Ansari & the direction of Aabis Raza, Teri Raza, Sanam Baloch’s comeback drama commenced tonight. To be honest, the first episode was filled with clichés but I am definitely going to give this drama a chance considering Sanam Baloch has made a come back with this project & as she said she was waiting for a perfect script, so I am still assuming this drama will have something special to offer to its viewers in the future.

So, the main leads & their families got introduced in the first episode in great detail. Suhana ( Sanam Baloch) is the only child of Zafar (Tanveer Jamal) & Talat (Shaheen Khan) & comes from an affluent background. Suhana’s Dadi ( Ayesha Khan) is an orthodox woman who doesn’t allow anyone to take any major decisions unless she has conducted an Istikhara. Since there was a lot of focus on Istikhara & how everyone is obliged to follow it because of Daadi I am assuming it will play a major role in how the story especially Suhana’s life will pan out. Suhana is peppy, bright & carefree girl who can be classified as a hopeless romantic too.

Another main lead is Rameez (Shehroz Sabzwari), son of Sultan (Saife Hassan) & Sara (Tara Mehmood). Rameez is also the only child & since he also comes from an affluent background, he is immature & spoiled. Even though Rameez’s father is a heart patient, Rameez really hasn’t understood the responsibilities he might have as the only son of the family. Rameez is someone who believes in enjoying life because right now, life hasn’t thrown much trials & tribulations his way, that is why he has a non-serious attitude.

The third & the last lead is Imtiyaaz (Surmed Sultan Khoosat) who is also the only son of Sitara (Shamim Hilali). Imtiyaaz or rather to refer to his age & overall personality Paa Mmtyaaz (Imtiyaaz Bhai) is your typical seedha saada umar raseeda jawan who succeeded in making a career for himself & earned quite a lot of money out of it, but while he was at it, he forgot to keep a track of his age & couldn’t get married at the right age & the right time. Sitara is Zafar’s sister so it makes Imtiyaaz Zafar’s nephew & Suhana’s first cousin & now since he has come back from abroad, Imtiyaaz’s wedding is everyone’s main concern.

So, the drama had a very straight forward beginning where Suhana & Rameez are college mates & are in love but till date haven’t really confessed their feelings that they have for each other. Rameez’s boisterous & friendly personality makes Suhana a little uncomfortable because even though she likes him, she feels he isn’t serious about her. The fact that Rameez is a bit too friendly with every other girl in the college makes Suhana a little insecure & makes her question her value in his life. Rameez & Suhana share a very unique relationship where they keep on hinting about the feelings that they have but don’t really bother confessing openly. Suhana’s conversations with her maid Manzoora provided some light-hearted moments where Manzoora putting her experience to good use tried to guide Suhana in the matters concerning Rameez.

Imtiyaaz & Suhana come across each other too & just because Imtiyaaz’s marriage happens to be the subject of discussion, Suhana takes part in it as well, which gives Imtiyaaz a glimpse of her personality. Just because Rameez has his car stolen, his father has another heart attack & is hospitalized, that’s when Rameez is forced to do some thinking & analyzes the importance of certain people in his life. The fact that in this difficult time, Rameez thinks only & only about Suhana, it makes him realize that she is quite important to him & that’s when he decides to let her know clearly that she belongs to him & that he loves her.

So, this was what the first episode was all about. The characters were pretty one-dimensional & the story has had a very typical start too. I am afraid as excited as I was about Teri Raza considering it is Sanam Baloch’s drama, the first episode hardly gave me anything good to notice or talk about. There was zero chemistry between Suhana/Sanam & Rameez/Shehroz & I found their romance a bit too forced. At times I did feel that Sanam Baloch was still in her hosting element & was struggling a bit in finding her acting mojo back but again, being someone who has always enjoyed watching her performances on screen, I am pretty sure she will make Teri Raza worth watching so I am still hopeful.

I am afraid I don’t have much nice things to say about both Shehroz Sabzwari & Surmed Sultan Khoosat. To be honest, while watching Shehroz Sabzwari, I couldn’t take Chain Aye Na’s trailer out of my mind so it clouded my judgment so much that I was finding it hard to keep a straight face every-time he came on screen. I don’t know why but I feel Shehroz Sabzwari is a bit too inspired by Shahrukh Khan – giving out chocolates to his friends like SRK did in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & also wearing black leather jacket in Chain Aye Na’s trailer while getting beaten up by the villain exactly like SRK did in DDLJ’s climax makes my belief firm that he takes a lot of inspiration from SRK but it still doesn’t help him much. Since ‘tambaku noshi is sehat ke liye muzzar’, I don’t really get why they glorified it by showing that Rameez smokes because even in the scenes where they relied heavily on the cigarette to give Shehroz a cool hero wali vibe, it didn’t do anything. The fact that Shehroz mostly forgot to button up his shirts & wore a deep neck Tee made me queasy & not to forget the silver chain, like I feel Shehroz put a lot of effort in his overall get up to scream that he is the hero of the drama but it didn’t come through because the main factor which is the acting was weak! While Shehroz forgot to button up his shirts, I wish Surmed had at least unbuttoned 1 of the collar buttons of his dress shirt because he not only looked suffocated but it also made it seem that he was having a hard time delivering his dialogues since his vocal chords were brutally squeezed. Sumred Sultan Khoosat might be suitable for the role considering his age but was he in his acting element, I am afriad I’ll have to say no, because he clearly seemed uncomfortable.

The older male cousin & younger female cousin scenario gave me Malal vibes & the fact that Shamim Hilali is once again playing the role of an aged beta’s mother was also a perfect reminiscent of Malal, which happens to be my favorite drama by the way. To be honest, since Sanam Baloch’s name is associated with this project, I was expecting fireworks which I didn’t get but I will settle for the worn out crackers for now considering it is the first episode. Also, I must say that the lighting & the makeup couldn’t do justice to Sanam Baloch’s natural beauty, in some frames she looked beautiful like she usually is but in some frames just alright. I wish Sanam had chosen such a script where her character had some substance, like that sort of a character which would’ve forced the viewers to do some thinking like in Kankar, because I feel her fans are past that stage where they’d want to see her playing the role of a college student in love with the bad boy! As much as I am happy with Sanam Baloch being the cast member, I really believe any other actors apart from Shehroz Sabzwari & Surmed Sultan Khoosat would’ve been better options. Overall, this drama has had an average start but I am still giving it a chance because I am hoping it will improve, even though the promos have given out the entire theme of the drama but let’s see how it unfolds. Please share your thoughts about the first episode of Teri Raza.

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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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