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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.

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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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Ishq Tamasha Episode 18 Review-Revenge Begins!

This episode has started Mehrab’s revenge spree against Rushna and one more thing it has established is YES! RUSHNA IS SUPER EVIL. Rushna got to know about Arham’s death in the very start and has no reaction to it. She was still indulged in her chocolate covered dreams. Mehrab has also become a constant confusion now. Not letting Rushna’s mother bring breakfast is his idea of taking revenge for his brother’ death? He didn’t even confide in his Phupho who has also suffered an immense loss. Her decision to leave Mehrab was the sanest scene in the whole episode.

Mirha bechari kya kare? Thanda paani pi maray! Yes, Mirha’s situation just reminded me of this nursery rhyme. She just started dreaming about her saviour (kidnapper) Mehrab and all her dreams were shattered in a second. Mehrab’s scheme of sending her back is also non-sensical. Pressurizing your wife to send Mirha back is not going to get Mirha her reputation. And Mirha was s settled in Mehrab’s house. Parr ye bhi Rushna le gayi!

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Rushna is a mature girl who knows how to scheme, trap boys and insult anyone. So, she must behave like that too. Her whole behaviour after reaching Mehrab’s house was like that of a child. She had no interest left in Mehrab who was her dream prince. All she wanted was to redecorate and wander around the house. Most annoyingly, she did not even ask Mehrab that why his family does not know about their marriage? And why there are no preparations for a Walima. Rushna is still not miserable. She is still scheming and being a jerk. Hopefully, in the next few episodes, we could see her regretting her attitude.

The whole Palwasha episode is super-weird. The girl is a very good actress indeed but she is too young to get scoldings for Gajras and have affairs with her cousin who is too grown up for her I must add. Aqeela really needs to take a hold of her daughters. They are literally messing up the balance everywhere. And it is high time that Wahaj starts taking practical decisions instead of lounging around and throwing unnecessary sarcasm!

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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 3 Review-Whateven!

This drama started like a high-speed roller coaster and deteriorated at the speed of the lightning. In just three episodes, the makers have forgotten what they were trying to go for. It started as a love triangle where two brothers fell for a single girl. Then we saw the scenario of adoption come into play. The adopted boy sacrificed his love for the sake of his mother’s satisfaction.

Dania is the worst I would say. First, you went blaming only Zaryab for the whole ordeal. She didn’t even try to take matters into her own hand. Then she is seen blaming Armaan. Armaan at least stuck with what he was going for. He divorced the girl and doesn’t want anything to do with her. But now the bechari Dania wants to keep living with a man who has divorced her. What kind of culture or mentality is being promoted here? Even if they wanted to show Dania as a bechari, they could have shown her ordeals after the divorce. But she is living with her ex-husband, making parathas for him. Like WHAT EVEN???

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Zaryab and Armaan’s encounters are too childish to bear too. When you have already openly said woh tumhari biwi hai, then at least complete the conversation. And Armaan, a guy who divorced a girl in a second and has no regards for the society is waiting to talk openly about it with his brother. Why is he not cleaning up the mess? He didn’t ask Dania when he was divorcing her. So, why is he waiting for her approval to announce it?

The mother’s character is also so poorly etched out. She is trying to make Dania behave as Armaan’s mother or nanny rather than a life partner. At the same time, she is concerned about Zaryab’s marriage. If you loved Armaan so much and you knew he is such a sensitive soul, why you married him off to his brother’s girlfriend in the first place?

Moreover, the performances are so bad throughout this episode. Alamdaar needs serious work on his dialogue delivery as well as his expressions. Even Hareem seemed lost in all her scenes. The lack of depth has literally destroyed this drama in only the third episode.

Yes, many would say I have come harsher on it but they are showing a girl who wants to live with her ex-husband which is ridiculous!

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Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka Episode 2 Review-Surprising!

Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka started at a rapid pace but I must admit, I was not expecting these many surprises already. We all saw the sudden engagement of Daniya and Armaan while Zaryab was pining for his lost love. The second episode featured the marriage ceremony of the two while Zaryab was crying in different cornersZaryab actually is a coward. Yes, the concept is that he is Ahsanon Talay Daba Larka and for this very reason he did not respect his love enough. But he should have given a thought to Armaan’s feelings. How could he do this to Armaan whom he loves more than anyone? Since the whole Islamabad is familiar with Zaryab and Daniya’s affair, why he didn’t think of the fact that someone will tell Armaan eventually? Daniya was also a very unreasonable person. She was begging Zaryab to do something on her mehendi. She could have tried a bit earlier or the simple way out was to talk it out with Armaan. Armaan told her how much he loves Zaryab, so Daniya should have told him the truth. But well, then there would be no drama.

Armaan knew about the situation suddenly after bringing Daniya home. The funny thing is they got Nikkahfied in the morning but reached their home at night. He was as quick in taking decisions as his brother is slow. Instead of handling everything like a mature person, he divorced Daniya. He didn’t even discuss it with Zaryab before taking such a huge step.

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Meri Guriya Episodes 1 & 2 – Disturbing But Not Original Enough

Written By: Radain Shah
Directed By: Ali Hassan
Produced By: Big Bang Entertainment
Schedule: Every Wednesday 8pm

I have to admit that the only reason I tuned into this show was the writer, I absolutely loved drama serial Nibah and was waiting for another drama written by Radain Shah. Also, right now, those dramas which highlight either social issues or revolve around family ties interest me more than those which focus on love triangles. Dar Si Jati Hei Sila set the bar really high therefore I couldn’t help but compare the two after watching the first episode of Meri Guriya. While Dar Si Jati Hei Sila dealt with abuse alone, this one showed the aftermath of a child’s brutal rape and murder and will also be focusing on the person responsible for this horrific act. Unfortunately, since we have all heard the gruesome details of how the beautiful and innocent Zainab was subjected to torture and rape therefore connecting the dots immediately was easy. The fact that the policeman pointed out that this was the 12th case of its kind showed that this particular incident wasn’t just fictional but was taken from Zainab’s tragedy. While this has unfortunately become a “trend” nowadays, I wish the makers of the drama didn’t add these details which showed the link of this story with that of Zainab. It is painful for the parents to watch such dramatized events on screen specifically when they know that this is their child’s story. Even if the intention of the makers is honest, this is unethical since Zainab’s parents made it quite clear that they do not want to see their child’s murder be dramatized. The details under the YouTube videos also mentioned that the drama makers have taken “inspiration from a real-life incident”. Having said that, I have faith in the writer and few of the actors involved therefore I am definitely going to follow this play and hope that the makers will be able to do justice to the story.

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The first episode of Meri Guriya gave me goose bumps, it was a little too disturbing because it covered how Arfa, a nine year old girl, was dumped in the forest after being brutally raped and murdered. While these events were covered with utmost honesty and realistically, I did feel that Big Bang Entertainment yet again used the shock factor as an attention-grabbing tactic. Shehnaz (Sania Saeed) and Shahmeer’s (Sajjid Hassan) track had Mubarak Ho Beti Hui Hei written all over it therefore it won’t be wrong to say that this particular track isn’t too original either. The fact that Sajjid Hassan is playing the role of a man who cannot take a stand for his wife and doesn’t love his daughters enough and Ayesha Khan yet again is playing the daddi who hates her granddaughters, is constantly mocking them and her daughter in law doesn’t help either! Also, Shehnaz just like Naheed is a strong woman who loves her daughters and is completely focused on their well-being. One of Shehnaz’s 3 daughters Abida was really close to Arfa therefore she finds it really hard to cope with the loss. At the same time she is also fascinated by the dulhan next door since there is a wedding taking place in the neighborhood. She insists she wants to see the bride even though everyone is feeling terrified and insecure after Arfa’s murder. In these two episodes Abida and the new bride Safeena (Sonya Hussyn) develop a special bond with each other. Abida looks up to and adores the new bride and Safeena also likes her.

Safeena’s character reminded me of Farwa in the first episode but in the second episode the viewers were shown a different side of her as well. Safeena is outspoken, she plays badminton professionally and expects her husband Dabeer (Mohsin Abbas Haider) to divorce her soon so that she can pursue her career. Dabeer too isn’t interested in this marriage, he got married only to please his mother. ARY pretty much gave away the basic storyline and the reality behind the characters therefore even right now when the viewers should be wondering why Dabeer was crying in front of his wife and later on laughing when he heard that the rapist committed suicide, we know exactly why! Abida’s fate has also been mentioned in the summary given by ARY on YouTube! Sania Saeed. Mohsin Abbas Haider and Sajjid Hassan are my favorite actors, they are constantly experimenting and never fail to impress. These two episodes however could have been far more powerful had they not been inspired from Zainab’s tragedy and Mubarak Ho Beti Hui Hei. The story obviously will be completely different from that of MHBHH but these similarities should have been avoided.

After watching these two episodes I am still on the fence because of the lack of originality but curious to find out how the makers treat this incredibly difficult subject since they are not only going to focus on the victims but also the perpetrator. Also, I would like to request ARY to keep the summaries of their plays short and to the point because they give away a little too much!

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