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Udaari Last Episode – Bol Ke Lub Azad Hein Tere!!Review

Udaari Last Episode – Bol Ke Lub Azad Hein Tere!!Review 4

This was an amazing last episode, truly gratifying and filled with positivity. There is a quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing!”, tonight’s episode of Udaari showed how a few good people can bring about a major change! This episode was filled with positive messages and many questions that directly identified the reasons because of which a rape victim is unable to go to the authorities to get justice. So far all the stories involving the issue of sexual abuse in our dramas ended with the victim getting married in the end or reconciling with their spouse, Udaari for the first time showed an ending all the viewers were longing to see. Zebu’s future is bright like the shiniest star in the sky because she knows exactly what she wants from life; she has a big purpose in life now. Zebu’s story’s ending is the perfect example of the triumph of good over evil; she has been shown as an extraordinary girl who discovered a part of herself she did not know existed only because of everything she went through.

In the end Arsh did not only win the case but also Meeran’s heart, completely. And his dream of performing on the stage also came true! The trial was covered flawlessly with some very emotional moments but the highlight of this episode was the scene which showed that Zebu had a new mission in life and was not afraid of anything or anyone now. It was also great watching Sajida confess that she was wrong but she had learned a very important lesson from her fearless daughter. Sheedan’s minimal role in the past few episodes and absence from the trial altogether tonight clearly suggests that Bushra Ansari was not able to make it to the shootings, which is quite sad because the viewers loved her character, presence and acting in Udaari.
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Pakistani viewers get to watch dramas which are entertaining very often but most of them do not always have a real message. Udaari was one of those very few dramas which did not only focus on a very real, serious and tabooed issue but it also did so with precision. It did not only show women who were empowered completely but most importantly a victim who stayed firm against all odds. It will be remembered as a drama which instead of relying on clichés and stereotypes attempted to set new standards. The most important message which this drama put forth was that the victim gets to choose whether he or she wants to continue being a victim or would rather be a survivor. It also showed that no matter how invincible a rapist thinks he is, he will eventually be prosecuted and punished if the victim decides to take a stand for herself. In the last few episodes Imtiaz’s downfall was directly proportional to the amount of confidence Zebu gained.
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Another aspect of Udaari which is truly commendable is that it did not misguide people into believing that choosing to be survivor is easy. Also, Udaari showed that sometimes all a rape victim needs is support from people who love her and someone who can guide her in the right direction. Udaari was truly inspiring for all the viewers because of many characters which were strong and positive. Each one of these characters had a story to tell. The difference people like Arsh, Munira and even Milli made in the lives of individuals who were very different from them went to show that people who are affluent can change the lives of those who are less fortunate with some effort and a lot of dedication.

Farhat Ishtiaq deserves tons of credit for taking a road less travelled. Udaari wasn’t the kind of play which required imagination and creativity alone but it also required a lot of research. Farhat Ishtiaq definitely did her homework well and as a result of that the final product proved that the viewers do not always watch dramas with typical and done-to-death stories. The viewers gave their verdict by giving Udaari the ratings it deserved. The director Mohammad Ehteshammudin had a strong grip on the story and knew exactly what was expected from him. He dared to be different by casting an actor like Ahsan Khan in the kind of role which he has never played before. Ahsan Khan has played negative characters before but never one like that of Imtiaz. Ahsan Khan proved what a versatile actor he is by nailing his role and making it unforgettable. Also, with the exception of Ins-e-Yazdan the entire cast did their job well. Urwa Hocane was another actress who was seen in a very different avatar in Udaari. Farhan Saeed’s performance in Udaari has won him many new fans. Bushra Ansari’s character and acting both were on point. Sheedan’s character challenged stereotypes; a person can be strong and liberal even without getting any formal education. Sammiya Mumtaz is a natural actor who always gives every role she plays her very best and this time around too, although there were times when viewers expected slightly more from her character, her performance never faltered. The child star Areesha who played Zebu’s character when she was young has to be one of the most promising actors about the younger lot. Aqeel Abbas who played the role of Zebu’s mamu is another actor who is immensely talented and I am sure many viewers would want to see him on screen more often. Hina Altaf truly delivered when Zebu’s character took the turn the viewers were not even expecting it to take.
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Most of the dramas nowadays either show women as helpless creatures or as conniving characters who cannot see other women happy. Udaari showed a lot of women who supported each other and proved that a woman does not always need a man in her life to save her!

I would like to thank MD Productions and Kashf foundation for highlighting this issue and at the same time giving us a story and characters which entertained us for many weeks. Our producers are constantly complaining that viewers don’t want to see social issues being highlighted in dramas and would much rather watch the same old stories but Udaari’s viewership proved that viewers will watch and appreciate quality content if it is presented well on screen.

A big thanks to all those amazing readers who gave their feedback every week. Your comments made the discussions productive and lively.

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Khudgarz Episode 9 & 10 Review – Going Strong!

Ohkay so, this episode of Khudgarz was interesting & engaging. It surely kept me at the edge of my seat because I assumed something bad was going to happen to Aairah & it didn’t but then again that idea can’t be ruled out since Hassan’s calm is an indication of a storm that might be coming her way!

Finally, Abeer & Raheel were not only settling down with each other but they were developing understanding as well. Since Abeer has had such a bitter experience in the past, she didn’t take a second in misunderstanding Raheel whereas he was only trying to protect her. It is nice that Abeer acknowledges the fact that Aairah has brought such a nice change in her life & has guided her through. If it wasn’t for Aairah, Abeer would have never given it a thought that may be Raheel’s suggestion of looking for another job had some solid reason behind it!

Hassan obviously couldn’t cope up with the fact that everyone around him was happy & busy in their lives. Abeer not only left him but moved on too & right in front of him, Aairah & Junaid were falling in love with each other with each passing day, so obviously Hassan had to do something to wipe those smiles off their face. Sending old photographs to Raheel only showcased how sickly twisted Hassan is. Hassan literally devised a plan to send Junaid away so that he can work on getting Aairah comfortable with him. Hassan can clearly see that his father is not only sympathizing with him but is paying heed to everything that he says, that is why he is making sure to steer his thoughts against Junaid.

I have said it before & I will say that again, the main culprit behind Hassan’s unreasonability is Munawwar, his father. The way Munawwar spoke about Aairah & finding a girl for Hassan clearly showcased the sort of mentality he has. Also, the way he treated Inayat was enough to show how heartless he is. It is so obvious that Munawwar is regretting his decision of getting Aairah & Junaid married & I couldn’t believe when he judged Aairah for falling in love with her husband & also judged her father for getting her married to Junaid. Munawwar has shown how unreasonable he is & because he believes everything that Hassan says, I am sure he will be paying a huge price because of it. Even though Munawwar found out what Hassan did with Raheel & Abeer, he didn’t bother asking his son for an explanation as he was too busy blaming his wife & sympathizing with Hassan!

Aairah could already feel something. Her 6th sense was telling her that things might go wrong. Aairah was right in feeling that when everything was wrong, she would feel at ease but now when things were seemingly falling into their place, she could sense that something bad was coming her way. Aairah’s dependence on Junaid & her emotional attachment with him was super sweet. Just like Aairah, Junaid has also realized that he can’t be without her. It was for the first time that Junaid spoke against Hassan when he found out that Aairah took a ride to her office with Hassan, it goes to show that when it comes to Aairah, Junaid is wary of a lot of things & he doesn’t trust just anyone. I already feel bad knowing that both Munawwar & Hassan are against Aairah & Junaid, they so do not deserve this!!!

Overall it was a very interesting episode. I loved the way Abeer fell in love with Raheel all over again when she found out that he was trying to protect her from Hassan & all those office colleagues who badmouth her. I must say one of their colleagues is so annoying, I just wish he gets sacked ASAP. All those funny moments that Abeer & Raheel shared were really cute, it was nice seeing Abeer happy & Raheel going out of the way to make sure that she is happy. All the actors; Mansha Pasha, Amina Sheikh, Syed Jibran, Salman Saeed & Sami Khanare doing a wonderful job & the director has done justice to this script & the characters. Definitely looking forward to the next episode & yes, Tuesday seems way too far now. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Khudgarz!

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Alif Allah Aur Insaan Episode 39 – Review!

Ohkay so, finally this drama is headed towards an end & I can’t tell how relieved I am but it is sad to say that the direction of this drama has now become a joke. Everything is being tackled in such a sloppy fashion that you just can’t believe it is the same drama which started off on such an amazing note.

Well, Nazneen & Taimur got divorced & now I have lost count of how many divorcees are in this drama. Let’s count again, so, Shahzeb, Basit, Taimur, Nazneen, Zimmal & Ali (Zimmal’s first husband), whoa, that many! To be honest, Nazneen & her divorces have become a joke & looks like she will be losing her sanity as well! Haye koi isay new kurta khareed de!

Roshni has not only grown suspicious towards Shaheer, she even went on to do a little investigation herself, let’s see what she comes up with!

Reena finally came clean & revealed everything about her relationship with Nawazish. What Nawazish did was so bizarre but then he got what he asked for, but then no one really paid heed to what Reena was saying. Even though Reena’s parents make an appearance way too often but they are being treated as fillers & nothing else.

So, Shahzeb’s mother thinks that he should get married to the girl he refused to help. Zimmal came in search of peace & found Shahzeb & his mother. After Zimmal stumbled across Shahzeb, I already had a feeling that they both will end up together. Hmmm interesting!

Anyways, I can’t wait for this drama to be over now. Please share your thoughts about this episode.

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Lal Ishq Episodes 12,13,14 Review – Awesome

As always, these episodes of Lal Ishq were absolutely flawless. The characters are eccentric, difficult, confused and yet so relatable, so endearing. To be honest, for quite a long time, this is the only drama that keeps you occupied in a trance for its full duration. There is a genius at work behind it and thus all the actors are absolutely perfect in their characterization. I wonder why is it not getting more appreciation than all the silly ones out there who have no substance to offer.

So Ansa Mehrunnisa is still herself and both her brother and son are hurt but she is stuck in time where Bali’s death to avenge Hukum’s murder is the only thing that will make her happy. Her ego is sky high and she is more patriarchal than any male landlord could ever be. In her eyes, revenge is above all other relations, even those who who are her own flesh and blood.

The way all characters are entwined is just amazing. They all shot at eachother when none of them really wanted to. Yawar Kamal was pained to hurt Punar and vice versa but the grip of Hukum’s murder is so strong that it has overtaken all the good feelings of today.

Punar and Rameen have both felt attraction for eachother but the “mard ka bacha” is just so shy and humble when it comes to expressing her feelings whereas Rameen is the strong one who is enjoying the attention and also seeing Punar uncomfortable. Aabi Khan is just amazing as the loving, shy, obedient Mehr Punar who is pretending to be aggressive and revengeful to make his controlling mother happy. Every expression and dialogue he delivers is just flawless.

Bali and Jajji have finally reached truce. Till they had not met, they were both suspicious of eachother but when they met, had a vent out of pent up emotions by hitting eachother, they could connect on a very sentimental level. They saw that both of them felt immense love and care for Farhad and Rameen and understood eachother much better. Bali has agreed to let his kids keep on thinking of Jajji as Iqbal, their father. He felt it was a small price to pay for the sacrifices Jajji has done for his children and he is filled with gratitude. In his eyes, Zohra’s death has settled his score with the Mehrs and they have nothing more to do with him. Little does he know that they are still blood thirsty for him.

Mahi wants to delay her marriage because she thinks she can stop Punar from killing Bali and getting murdered by him or his men or get punished by the state for murder. Even though Mehrunnisa does not pay any heed to what Mahi or anyone in the household thinks for that matter, Mahi still wants to do everything she can to put an end to this saga of bloodshed and let her brother lead a normal life. She has convinced Rameen of her cause and we will see in the next episode if she can get her proper message across to Farhad well and whether he would support her in this decision or not.

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Aangan Episode 10 Review – Thoroughly Enjoyable!

Ohkay so, it was yet another fun episode of Aangan with the focus on one issue – Aqdas’s proposal for Shaina. I think now that the introductory part is over & every character has gotten enough coverage to show their nature, everyone has settled down emotionally & things are pretty calm in Zaitoon Manzil these days!

Before anything else, I have to discuss the assumption that Zaitoon made about Hajra. The dual meaning conversation that they both had where Zaitoon was talking about a baby & Hajra was discussing about Aqdas’s proposal was so hilarious. Zaitoon’s naievty is super sweet, it just makes it so obvious that she is very simple minded but still she tries really hard to portray that she knows everyyyything. But I must say the mention of ’24 hours mai khushkhabri’ got Zaitoon confused too because no matter how simple she is, even she knew things aren’t this quick when it comes to this matter!!

Sadly Abba Jee was heart broken today. What he said about Shafiq complaining about him to Asim was sad to hear. He only wanted to guide his grandson but he got a reality check that no one is under his control anymore. The way the generation gap has been shown is brilliant. Abba Jee only wanted to convey what he felt but had no idea that he will get blocked because no one had the patience to listen to & understand his concerns!

Hajra got a bit too excited, therefore she told everyone everything based on her own assumptions. Even Shaina seemed a little excited because she knew that Aqdas is a nice guy. I loved the way Rubina & Laila were teasing Shaina. It was so good to see all of them coming together & looking forward to Faseeha’s arrival because they all wanted to be a part of Hajra’s happiness.

Even though Faseeha did put forth Aqdas’s proposal for Zoya but it was too obvious that she wasn’t too keen on it as she was judging Zoya for her one & only son & she didn’t really meet her standards. Everyone was not only taken aback but were shocked to hear what Faseeha had to say as no one saw that coming!

I once again loved how Shaina reasoned with Hajra & tried to put things into perspective. It was so beautiful that Shaina curbed her feelings & told Hajra to be happy for Zoya. I am sure things won’t be too smooth & there will be a lot of obstacles in the way & oh yes, the biggest obstacle would be getting Aalu & Anila’s permission.

I loved this episode & had a great time watching it. Even though every episode might focus on a thing or two but there are so many moments which make every episode wholesome & complete, like I loved the bonding of Hajra, Rubina & Laila over the kitchen table where they discussed how Zaitoon should be approached & informed about Aqdas’s proposal. Rubina’s neverending taunts directed at Zahid are amusing too, but sadly he doesn’t pay heed to what his wife is trying to convey. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable episode but I am looking forward to the next one as I want to see Zoya’s reaction. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Aangan.

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