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Teri Raza Episode 9 & 10 Review – Ridiculous!

Ohkay so, going by the previous 2 episodes, just when I was beginning to feel that the story & the characters of this drama were now starting to make some sense, this episode came as a ride that evokes motion sickness & makes you nauseous. The story & the characters were once again all over the place & the amount of screaming that happened in this particular episode has left me temporarily deafened. It is amusing to see the writer’s thought process where she is creating one unrealistic scenario after another to keep Suhana & Rameez linked with each other, so much so that almost the entire time I am left wondering where does this happen & on which planet?

I am not too sure what to make out of Suhana’s character, like in the previous episode, she was furious that her cousin Seema got a ride from Imtiyaz to the hospital when her mother was suddenly hospitalized, so much so that Suhana ended up misbehaving with her only to later apologize. It was quite considerate of Imtiyaz to bring Seema to his home & politely requesting her to clear off any misunderstanding that Suhana had. Even though it was Suhana who told Imtiyaz that he shouldn’t have put Seema in an awkward position but for Imtiyaz, Suhana’s peace of mind mattered the most & he made sure to do everything that would guarantee it. To me, Suhana is just like an immature, spoiled brat who wants things her way, even though she is not into this marriage but she didn’t appreciate Seema’s candidness with Imtiyaz? Why so? I am sure this was not because Suhana has become a bit possessive about her husband, it was more like Suhana didn’t have anything to create an issue over, so she grabbed this opportunity to keep her face forlorn for a couple of days more!

Even though Kiran’s character in Kankar had quite a substance but by the end of the drama even she started to irk me, for the reason that she was turning out to be someone who didn’t want anyone to say anything to her & for the exact same reason, Suhana reminded me of Kiran in these episodes as well. Yes, she is trying hard to fulfill her wifely duties but then she is still doing everything to let Imtiyaz know that she is not into this relationship emotionally & mentally & the moment someone says something to her, she goes into ‘mujhe kuch kyun kaha’ mode.

This episode was ridiculous if I have to describe it in one word. Apart from Imtiyaz, every single character was behaving ridiculously & for what reason, I am sure even the writer has no answer to that. It is so obvious that the writer wants to keep Suhana & Rameez linked to each other that is why such ridiculous situations keep on arising which make no sense whatsoever. As if Talat wasn’t enough that even Zafar decided to participate in the circus that his wife was a ring-master of. Just because Imtiyaz recommended Suhana’s friends in his firm for a job, both Talat & Zafar thought it was a good idea to tell Imtiyaz that his wife’s ex-boyfriend is one of the guys who has submitted his CV in his firm? Like seriously? Who would’ve thought of that & why? Why does Talat has these pangs every now & then that compel her to convey it to Imtiyaz that Suhana was dating someone before getting married to him? At one hand she wants Suhana to do everything to make this marriage work & on the other, she herself is doing everything to destroy it. Talat’s fixation with Rameez is beyond me. If Suhana & Imtiyaz have a spat, she calls up Rameez’s mother, now if he applied for a job in Imtiyaz’s firm (which he didn’t), she once again linked it to Suhana & called his mother? I wish Talat & Zafar had more kids because then they’d stop obsessing over Suhana’s ex boyfriend & do something productive.

The entire ex-boyfriend’s mother kidnapping Suhana was such a hilarious scenario & then to add more to the non-serious approach, Rameez’s father Sultan ended up faking a heart-attack to help Suhana run away from his wife’s house-arrest? Seriously? Suhana’s claim that wo Rameez ki aur Rameez uska kya lagta hai was so OTT, but then everyone in this mental family is OTT so no wonder why she was behaving this way. The amount of screaming & yelling that happened in this episode was sickening, like even after muting the TV I could still hear their howling. I must say, the award for coming up with the worst assumptions goes to Manzura, like no surprises why she behaves like a lunatic too, I am sure Suhana’s family has had quite an influence on her. I lol’ed when she told Talat that may be someone had shot Rameez & now Talat will be facing the brunt for it? Uf!

I am sure in the middle of all this, as per the preview, Seema will now try to call to dibs on Imtiyaz, since she is just as desperate as Suhana Desperatana & she has clearly seen that Suhana is still in love with Rameez & Imtiyaz holds no importance in her life, so she will try to make the most of the situation because even she has been behaving like a dog without the bone for quite sometime now, so yep, she will be doing everything to grab the bone this time around. But there’s one thing that I find actually quite amusing, if something happens in Suhana’s life, Rameez is immediately contacted & then blamed, similarly if something happens to Rameez, everyone calls Suhana up as if she is his mother & she has adopted him? Like don’t these guys have a basic common sense that Suhana is now married so why do they assume that she’d be in contact with Rameez, keeping a hawk-eye on his each & every move? This story is beyond ridiculous & I think it can be only watched as a serious-comedy but yes, I will warn all the readers to turn the volume down because these guys are out there with an agenda to deafen you & they can succeed in it considering the amount of screaming they did. I must say I am so disappointed in Sanam Baloch’s overall choice of character & even the portrayal, she has lost her charm, she has clearly forgotten how to act & I think she needs to sit back & revisit her choices if someone (after such a substandard performance) approaches her for another drama! Please share your thoughts about these two episodes 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.
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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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