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Teri Raza Episode 8 Review – Surprisingly Decent!

Ohkay so, I never really thought I would find myself saying this but I must confess, I found this episode of Teri Raza quite interesting, lol. I know this will come as a surprise but I have a good explanation for it. This happened because after weeks of torture, I found one decent character in this play who I found realistic & relate-able & yes, that is Imtiyaz. It doesn’t mean that I would stop calling him Paa Mmtyaz but at least he seems sane one out of the lot, for now. I am also going to say that the loopholes of the story are still there, there are still so many unreasonable things, conversations & dialogues in this drama that make me question its purpose but overall, this episode was surprisingly & fairly decent!

Well, just when Suhana found herself stuck in this marriage, Imtiyaz, like a doting husband started making amends only to make her feel comfortable & loved. Imtiyaz has started changing himself to fit the image that Suhana had in her mind of her life partner but looks like there’s nothing that is going to ever please Suhana in regards to this marriage because if Imtiyaz fixes one thing, she finds a reason to complain about the other, if he directs his energies on that matter, she opens a new case.

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It is not a mystery anymore & the answer is pretty simple, Suhana doesn’t love/like Imtiyaz so there’s nothing that he would do would make her or her feelings change but then, in the middle of this for the first time I felt Imtiyaz was the one who was suffering. Yes, at first I did find him selfish but then like he said he always wanted to know if she was happy, at least he tried finding out about it before marriage & continued to find answer to this concern of his after his marriage too but since Suhana is so difficult, his simplest of methods, simplest of questions are being dissed & his confusion makes sense because he on his own is doing everything for her but it’s just not enough!

The writer here is trying to show that if someone is not in love, they can not lead a happy married life but then, Suhana is completely unreasonable because no one, absolutely no one forced her into this marriage & she herself was the one who took one for the team to protect them from Istikhara’s Badshaghuni, so if there’s someone she should be angry at, it is Suhana herself. She should blame herself first before blaming anyone. To be honest, I don’t feel a thing for her character nor do I find her or her struggles relate-able because as clichéd as it may sound but Imtiyaz has turned out to be a loving husband whereas Rameez not only betrayed her but he ditched her too, called her a gold digger, created a scene at her home, misbehaved with her mother, but still if she sees ‘him’ as an ideal man than by all means she can just jump off the roof & the viewers would be rejoicing, cheering & hooting because she is coming across as a psychopath!

I must say, I am ready to forgive Shehroz’s choice of T-shirt in this episode because of his dialogue ‘mai sir tor doonga’ which he used for Suhana’s mother, hahah! I laughed out loud at that moment & completely agreed with him because that entire scenario was so bizarre. First off, Suhana stuffed things up, she herself clearly told Imtiyaz that she isn’t happy because this wasn’t a love marriage & then immediately started posing as a toddler in front of her mother saying that she had ‘no’ idea why Imtiyaz was behaving differently, like she covered herself up & put the entire blame on Imtiyaz saying that he has grown suspicious, without even holding herself accountable for the bizarre behavior that she has portrayed ever since she has gotten married. So, anyways, she stuffed things up, like Suhana knows how to create a scene but when she had to make amends & had to fix things, she started acting like a fish out of the water, totally clueless like a child about what she should do & spoke to her mother & that mother, as weird as her name is, took the entire matter in another direction. It is so amusing that where Talat has ZERO control over her own princess-like daughter, she thinks she can control someone like Rameez who misbehaved with her right on her face? That entire scenario was so bizarre but the only best thing about it were the reactions of Rameez & his mother where they literally insulted Talat & treated her with disrespect because that is what she deserves. Not that I am a fan of his character of I am advocating him, but Rameez has given a complete closure to Suhana’s chapter, so it was absolutely unreasonable of Talat to even assume that he can harm Suhana’s already damaged, broken & imperfect relationship! It would’ve been so much better if in stead of speaking to Rameez’s mother, Talat had spoken to Suhana & had told her about the consequences that she would face. It’s like Talat herself doesn’t want Suhana to come to a complete closure about Rameez’s chapter, that is why she rekindled this done & dusted affair so that Suhana doesn’t forget about him! I swear, Talat is turning out to be one of the worst mothers I have seen on-screen, like anything that this woman says or do makes me cringe!!!

Imtiyaz tried to reason with Suhana & found out that she doesn’t love him, even then he seemed justified because he nullified Suhana’s theory of love missing from this relationship because if not from her side, there’s love in this marriage from his side at least. Well, it is quite obvious that the salty cousin, whatever her name is, is going to replace Suhana in Imtiyaz’s life but it is funny how she looks like a dog stuck with a bone because every single conversation that has taken place between Imtiyaz & her, has only revolved around how Suhana snatched Imtiyaz; the bone away from her? Like seriously girl, wearing a coat doesn’t make you look professional, your attitude needs to be professional as well, like who discusses family matters & incomplete un-knotted ‘rishtas’ at workplace? That salty cousin legit seems unhappy that she couldn’t bag Imtiyaz’s proposal, like gurl, get a life!

Along with Suhana, her atittude, everything about her, another thing that I found absolutely weird was her dialogue where she said ‘meri dost ne to khudh kushi bhi karne ki koshish ki thi’, like what sort of dialogues are these? In every other episode you find such dialogues that make you question writer’s mentality & sensibility. Seriously in this day & age are you promoting suicide as some kind of standard which people try to reach in order to prove their love? I wish the writer had understood that with the pen used for scripts, comes a greater responsibility too but oh well, chaat masala conversations leave quite an impression!

I must say this Jeena’s character is quite annoying, like seriously doesn’t she have anything better to do than to speak about Suhana in front of Rameez & vice versa? She seems obsessed & if she thinks she is coming across as a well-wisher then please someone borrow a pin & burst her bubble because she looks absolutely aimless & lifeless. It was so bizarre that she went through the pain of arranging a meeting with Suhana to inform her of what her mother did, like she could’ve just spoken to her over the phone. Then her claim that ‘Rameez aik bohat acha larka hai’, like excuse me? Appse kiss ne poocha? Weird!

Anyways, this episode had its weird moments because it wouldn’t be Teri Raza without such scenarios but other than that, I found Imtiyaz’s side of the story pretty decent & relate-able. Suhana’s character is a pain to watch & Sanam Baloch’s forlorn face is not helping either. Shehroz Sazbwari gets full points for that one dialogue that he said about another most annoying character Talat. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Teri Raza!

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Pukaar Last Episode Review – A Happy Ending!

Awww the last episode of Pukaar was sweet & I liked the way everything was addressed. I am glad that despite the extremely slow pace & the over dosage of flashbacks, Pukaar got a complete ending where all the things were given a proper closure without leaving a room for anything to be covered!

One of the best things of this episode was an end that Zamani met. She was made to pay for what she did – better late than never! Sultan & Tashfeen mourned the loss of their son Fahad & did realize that he never wanted to become a part of this political system that Sultan was running in his hometown. It did end up being the reason why Fahad died & both Sultan & Tashfeen knew that. It wasn’t surprising that Tashfeen showed up for a couple of seconds in this last episode because her role wasn’t important – just like her character. I also feel that Jia Ali was wasted in this drama & failed to leave a mark despite trying really hard.

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Sultan assured Samra that Qasim belonged to her. This was his way of apologizing to her for all that she went through in his house where he just couldn’t protect her from the atrocities thrown her way. Rehan Sheikh did the best he could with this one dimensional character of Sultan but then that’s expected from an actor of his calibre.

It turned out that Laali Ma was basically aik bezti ki maar but having said that, it is worth mentioning that in a very brief conversation it was nicely elaborated how young widows in feudel setting are usually treated, where their urge to get settled again is suppressed & they are expected to become the torch bearer of family’s dignity. I also liked how Laali Ma admitted that she could not tolerate a girl who questioned her every step of the way, who was basically a newly wed – something which does tend to make ladies like Laali Ma envy their newly married daughters in law. Everything that Laali did was basically a reflection of her jealousy against Samra & then a chain reaction of everything that she herself endured when she got widowed, but it was good that she admitted & apologized for everything but I wish Samra had insulted her earlier so that this drama could’ve ended earlier too!

Finally, Samra overcame the guilt that she felt right from the beginning of her relationship with Sarang. Samra continuously labelled it as a betrayal against Fahad but then, even though dramatic, the entire scene was nicely done where Fahad communicates with her & talks her out of getting divorced. Even though they made it dramatic but it still had a touch of reality to it that those departed do tend to guide their loved ones through dreams!

Finally, Samra said it. I liked that they just didn’t end the drama by showing that Samra chose not to get divorced, in fact she worded her feelings & was the first one to admit that she was in love with Sarang. Obviously, he gave her plenty of reasons to fall in love with him & I am glad she did. Their chemistry was amazing & it was nice to see how comfortable Yumna Zaidi & Zahid Ahmed looked with each other on-screen.

Even though the story of this drama was predictable right from the beginning, there was something that kept the viewers coming back to it. I honestly believe that 16-18 episodes were enough for a story like Pukaar because the content wasn’t new. The unnecessary usage of flashbacks & extremely slow pace did at times made this drama a task to tune to but I will let it slide considering all’s well when it ends well. For me, the best thing about this drama was Sarang’s character. It was nice to see a positive soul with a positive outlook on life in the middle of so much of negativity. Zahid Ahmed did the best he could but I so wish he hadn’t just sat on the makeup chair without an input allowing the so-called MUA’s do their own thing because they well & truly messed his look with unnecessary amount of makeup which did affect his character’s personality – thanks to a well-written, well-conceived character & even better acting that Zahid Ahmed was able to save himself as well as Sarang. Yumna Zaidi did really well in terms of acting but now when the drama has ended, I don’t feel any connection with Samra’s character & I am happy at the happy ending only for Sarang’s sake. Anyways, please share your thoughts!

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Meri Gurya Episodes 3 & 4 Review – Highs and Lows!

These two episodes gave further insight into the personalities of all the central characters and their relationships with each other. It was just as disturbing as the first two episodes because it was shown in detail how a paedophile’s mind works. Dabeer’s scenes were the most frightening element of these two episodes. Mohsin Abbas Haider has once again nailed a character which isn’t easy to translate on screen. However, I must say that because lately we have seen a few really good dramas which highlighted the mindset of such sick people you can’t help but compare this drama with Udaari in particular and Dabeer’s character with that of Imtiaz. While Imtiaz was a more clever person who knew how to manipulate others and his personality characteristics definitely fit in more with the general profile of such criminals, there are certain aspects of Dabeer’s personality which are difficult to understand. It was shown that Dabeer always liked playing with dolls and still owned dolls, I am wondering how does this aspect of his personality fit in the whole picture and why is it considered “not normal” for a little boy to play with dolls. I feel that it would have made more sense if he kept these dolls to allure little girls as opposed to showing that because he played with girls as a child there was something wrong with him since he was little. I could be wrong but that is the impression I got from this scene.

Overall however the writer has intelligently conveyed how such people get all the details they need and the fact that this is someone who is really close to the family also hits home. In these two episodes, Dabeer made up his mind that Abida was going to be his next victim and he did whatever he could to get all the information he needed to execute his evil plan. All his interactions with Abida were terribly frightening and when Abida went missing I found myself hoping that she was still alive. I am glad that the writer didn’t rush things and I also hope that Abida is somehow saved in the upcoming episodes too. In these four episodes, Abida has been introduced as a sweet girl who unlike her sisters goes to a madrassah because the education there is for free. Although, she is the third girl her grandmother never wanted and wished she was a boy but she is also the one who is relatively closer to her since she doesn’t go to school and isn’t “liberal” like her sisters. The child actress playing Abida’s role has played her part really well. Sania Saeed’s acting as usual has been effortless and effective. She is convincing and likeable as a mother who does whatever she can for her daughters under the given circumstances. Safeena’s character is likeable but Sonya Hussyn’s hairdo and overall outlook isn’t up to the mark. This character could have been far more impressive had it been translated on screen differently. Having said that, it isn’t difficult connecting to the kind of relationship Safeena and Abida share and the genuine concern Safeena has not just for Abida but for everyone else too. Big Bang should give up this hairstyle for good, it didn’t look good on Saboor in Meeras and it doesn’t suit Sonya either. The production house is coming up with better stories but the supporting actors and the overall feel of their plays needs a makeover.

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Although Safeena wanted Dabeer to divorce her whenever he could but now she has realized that she can fulfill her dream while being married to him therefore she has decided to make this relationship work. Dabeer’s withdrawn attitude around her made perfect sense. He was constantly planning his next step and thinking about all the information he had gathered so far. Safeena could tell that there was something wrong with him but she could never even imagine that the person who she thinks needs help, actually needs to be put behind bars. Dabeer mentioned that Jahan Ara’s father used to teach him Quran and he said so in a meaningful manner. I am wondering if he went through a traumatic experience in the past!

In this episode the viewers saw that Abida’s phupo Jahan Ara will ultimately end up “assisting” Dabeer without knowing it. Shehnaz’s close relationship with her daughters has been well established in these four episodes therefore it will be heart-wrenching watching her suffer in the upcoming episodes. The preview of the next two episodes was confusing and it was difficult to tell whether or not Dabeer will be able to execute his evil plan, which is definitely better than knowing exactly what will happen next! So far, Meri Gurya has been a decent watch and I am waiting to see how the story moves forward in the upcoming episodes. The way this drama shows that a murderer and rapist could be a seemingly harmless neighbor is yet another reminder that parents should not trust anyone with their children. Although, Udaari and Muqabil both gave the same message but I do feel that these things should be shown on television repeatedly since there are times when parents tend to overlook such aspects.

How many of you watched these latest episodes of Meri Gurya? Do share your thoughts about it.

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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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