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Woh Mera Dil Tha Episode 1 Review – Refreshing!

Written by: Faiza Iftikhar
Directed by: Mohsin Ali
Produced by: Wajahat Rauf & Shazia Wajahat
Schedule: Every Saturday 9pm

Let me start by saying the no one writes love stories better than Faiza Iftikhar because her characters always have depth and variations, they are easy to connect to and are most often either likeable or unforgettable, the story is always free of clichés and is gripping as well as unpredictable. My number one reason for tuning into this show was that it has been written by Faiza Iftikhar, number two was that Sami Khan is playing the lead and number three was the production house. Sami Khan has given the viewers some of the most outstanding performances this year, he has been constantly experimenting and has been making his presence felt in every project he has worked in. Even when some of the dramas he was a part of this year didn’t have much to offer, Sami Khan continued to impress. His portrayals are always faultless and completely different from one another. Madiha Imam and Sami Khan make the perfect on-screen couple as well therefore especially after watching this episode I have high hopes that this will turn out to be another unforgettable love story.

This first episode opened with Naina (Madiha Imam) rushing out of the house to meet her boyfriend. The first conversation between Naina and her mother revealed a great deal about the family dynamics in the house. While Naina’s mother doesn’t like controlling her, her father is completely opposite. The introduction to Zaid’s (Sami Khan) character couldn’t have been more interesting since the entire scene suggested that Naina was Zaid’s girlfriend but the fact that she was actually going to meet Arham (Furqan Qureshi) came as a pleasant surprise since otherwise this entire situation wouldn’t have been easy to relate to. The bus scene was brilliantly directed and was really amusing. Zaid and Naina are cousins but there are some serious differences between the two families because of which they have to keep their feelings for each other secret and there are little chances that their parents will ever give them their blessings.

Tonight’s episode also covered the family ties in Arham and Zaid’s house. The fathers in all the households are more strict than the mothers. Zaid has big dreams and was shown complaining about the state of affairs in his house. Zaid is outspoken and anything but perfect which makes his character even more interesting.

This episode was entertaining, the pace and editing was perfect and the performances of the leading cast gave it the edge it needed. Madiha Imam looked beautiful and she completely owned her character. Furqan Qureshi fit in perfectly in Arham’s role and Sami Khan made sure that he translated Zaid’s crude personality accurately on screen. Sami Khan was definitely the star of the show tonight. The situations and the dialogues were right on point and they were executed superbly too because of this, the episode overall had a good flow. This first episode was also lighthearted although it seems like things will get serious as the story progresses.

How many of you watched the first episode of Woh Mera Dil Tha? Do share your thoughts about it.

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Khamoshi Episode 24 Review-Low IQs Spotted!

Dragging it to hell beautifully explains the situation with Khamoshi. It is (maybe was) a good script which had the potential to hook people to the screens. But quantity is winning over quality lately and we saw another episode which is just not easy to understand. This episode has so many cringy scenes that the ones with Iqra Aziz crying over Atif seemed bearable. Arsala has proved to be a bad influence on Shahram as the boy has totally turned into a Khamosh Larka in every front of his life and has lost his backbone which he used to have in the initial episodes. The pretend and guess got too dragged today as now Arsala was getting an engagement ring over telling Bee Jaan the truth because apparently, Bee Jaan who puts up with all the tantrums of her own family is so faint of heart that she will not be able to tolerate little Arsala not getting married.

The sudden entry and reactions of Nasreen and company showed that either they have very very (very to the infinity) low IQs or they are suffering from some kind of obsessive disorder and need sudden treatment. She started yelling at Arsala, she insulted Shahram as well as Bee Jaan. She blamed Shahram to be a shallow person who has fallen for Arsala ka husn. Basit who seemed like a reasonable person in the start also played along and was stupidly rude towards a boy who had just paid for their luxury vacation. As for Zubiya she has the same Sara syndrome, Sara from Humsafar suffered from. Her bohat jald humara rishta hone wala tha was both absurd as well as surprising. Shahram’s reaction towards this crazy family was strange. He transformed into Arsala who just tolerates everything and doesn’t answer back.

Naima is still consistent with her problems as well as her mother who just has forgotten that she has two other kids too. Forget about Arsala, she doesn’t even care about Guddu. Sabir is still whining over what he has done to Arsala’s life and is also asking for forgiveness.

This drama had a decent script, good lead couple, an excellent negative Naima, in short, it had the potential to stand out but the makers have made it another Alif Allah Aur Insaan where you start wishing it to end. Ending today’s review with the hope that the show will end before Arsala ki Khamoshi is transformed into Bee Jaan ki Khamoshi!

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Shayyad Episode 20 Review – Extremely Emotional

This was the kind of episode which keeps you glued to your television screen right from the get-go. There were some major character developments in this episode and a plot twist which changed everything. Tonight’s episode was full of emotional scenes and the kind of positivity which puts a smile on your face. The opening scene of this episode was powerful and after a long time the flashback scenes were used effectively. This scene was brilliantly written, acted out and directed. The change in Salar’s personality and his decision to set Hani free was convincing because in the previous episode he narrated the reasons for these shortcomings in his personality and for his violent nature in detail and ultimately he decided to set Hani free because he could see that she wasn’t scared of him any more.

It was however difficult to understand why he forgave his mother since she hadn’t changed in any way and the fact is that there wasn’t much she could do to change the way she reacted to different situations in the past. Nauman Ijaz’s performance tonight was exceptional and Sadia Khan also gave a steady performance. However, Sadia Khan’s failure to compromise on her styling and make-up definitely proves to be a distraction. The fact that Hani was wearing clothes different from the ones she was “rescued” in only three days after Salar left her couldn’t possibly go unnoticed. Such small distractions effect the continuity of the chain of events and make you wonder about aspects which are not even important!

I love the way the power of dua has been shown in this drama throughout. Salma’s entry in this episode came as a complete surprise. The way she helped Hani and the manner in which her husband supported her was really touching. No one can understand the plight of a person who is desperately in love more than Salma therefore she will eventually help Saad find Hani. Until last week, it was difficult to predict how these two will finally get their happy ending but after tonight’s episode there are absolutely no hurdles in Saad and Hani’s way. In the previous episode Tania wanted to leave because she felt she wasn’t needed any more but she also changed her decision tonight. Tania’s support for Saad didn’t come as a surprise since her character has always been positive.

The background score was also used effectively tonight, with the exception of the scene in which Salar was talking to his mother. In rest of the scenes it fit in perfectly and added to the overall impact these scenes had. Once again Saad is hopelessly wishing that he will get his Hani back and this time around Hani too has realized her true feelings for Saad therefore the situation is completely different. Uzair Jaswal and Sadia Khan look great together on-screen, the chemistry that these two share along with the way their story has been written makes their love story one of my favorites. Just like every other episode of this play, this one too had some of the most beautiful dialogues and even the poetry in the background was spell-binding.

I will be watching this episode a few times again before the next one airs. Looking forward to a fantastic ending to a beautiful love story which had my undivided attention throughout.

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Noor ul Ain Episode 6 – Review!

Ohkay so, this episode took the story forward but in all honesty, as the episodes are passing by, my interest in the show is deteriorating whereas it should be the opposite in any given case. I remember a few episodes in, quite a lot of people started pointing out that the story of Noor ul Ain was lifted from Bollywood movie Saathiya & seeing this episode & the preview of the next episode further proved that point. It surely is not a bad drama but somehow it isn’t sitting well with me that such a dream team came together for such a mediocre story? Even though the acting is spot on & the direction is perfect but the story lacks that charm & since it is so typical & predictable, it doesn’t excite my as a viewer to look forward to it every week!

Well, Ghazala continued to play her mind games. Noor’s mother actually tried to warn her but since she was being too nice, she couldn’t put her concerns through a bit more sternly. Noor’s mother while speaking to Qasim did say that Ghazala till date holds her responsible for whatever happened with Shumaila, which put things into perspective a bit more. Ghazala is taking so much of interest in Noor’s love life & is bent on bringing them together because she wants to somehow take revenge from Noor’s parents, especially her mother.

Noor has fallen in love with Khizar madly & that is why, she is unable to focus on anything around her. This love is taking a toll on Noor & she is clueless as to what she should do. To be honest, even though at first it seemed a bit interesting that Noor just fell for Khizar but now when the story has progressed, it somehow doesn’t seem convincing considering the sort of nature Noor has. Yes, they have tried to show that even a serious, focused & practical girl like Noor can blindly fall in love but since they have so many episodes to cover the story, it wouldn’t have hurt if they had added a little more depth into showing how & why Noor fell in love with Khizar so much!

I thought a wise girl like Noor would deal with this entire matter on her own, but to literally see her following the lead of Ghazala & her friend has taken away the charm from her character. Noor just looks like a child who doesn’t know what to do, like if she decided to be in love with Khizar despite seeing how her parents are opposing it, she should’ve had some sensibility to approach it her way too.

Ghazala continued to play her games & Noor kept on allowing her to do that. I really think Noor should’ve been a little alert after she found out that Ghazala spoke to Khizar posing to be Noor’s mom but then again, she trusts her a bit too much. Ghazala not only contacted Khizar but also tried to talk him into getting married to Noor without his mother’s consent. At least Khizar tried to talk to his mother but she didn’t budge but it seems that Noor has gone into this shell & she is not even considering talking to her parents!

The preview of the next episode suggested that both Noor & Khizar will get married on their own, hmmm Saathiya alert. Let’s see if there’s something else other than Saathiya in store for us. The team however scores full points for perfect acting & direction though. Please share your thoughts.

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Zun Mureed Episode 3 Review – Highs and Lows!

Tonight’s episode of Zun Mureed focused a great deal on the issue of domestic violence from different perspectives; the role the society plays, the reason why men think they are entitled to do so and how such men react when they feel that the state’s intervention might stand in their way. This episode also gave further insight into all the main characters. Sajjad’s expectations from his wife and most importantly his failure to understand that none of this was Tabbsum’s responsibility yet she was bearing the burden because she wanted to help him in whatever way she could continues to be the main reason why Tabbasum is already being abused in a certain way. In the opening scene of tonight’s episode, Sajjad threatened to hit Tabbasum only because his sleep was disrupted. So far, he has been shown as someone who puts himself before everything else and although he claims that he doesn’t care what anyone says but he gets brainwashed too easily. Instead of understanding Tabbasum’s situation and helping her out, Sajjad blames her for everything that goes wrong. Omair Rana has been performing brilliantly, his acting is always effortless and right on point.

Tabbasum’s conversations tonight revolved around domestic violence in some way or the other. While she got really upset when a man at the butcher’s shop ignored the fact that she was first in line and the butcher too attended to him first, she fails to question how her own husband manipulates her on daily basis. Her conversations also showed once again just how sure she was that Sajjad would never hit her even after what he did primarily because he apologized. I liked the way the writer explained what kind of men hit women and termed them as individuals who were mentally sick. This was especially important because most often when a woman is domestically abused she is judged more than the person who her husband. Also, very often women stay silent because of this reason. This thinking is so rampant that there are also women who might feel that their husbands have the right to hit them because they provide for them and are superior to them.

This drama shows how a man who values his wife is called a zun mureed and one who dominates her is a real man! Tabbasum’s mother in law never had a happy marriage therefore she doesn’t want to see her daughter in law enjoying the comforts of a healthy relationship hence she takes pleasure in her pain. While no one in the family can see what problems this woman faces on daily basis, they are not happy with the fact that her husband bought a car for her. Ironically Tabbasum might end up paying for this car herself too. Nadia Khan’s performance tonight was strictly okay, there were times when her expressions were over the top but overall so far her performance is far more realistic that it is in Aisi Hei Tanhai. The character has been etched-out really well and I hope that Nadia Khan will be able to do justice to it in the upcoming episodes as well.

Overall, this episode raised some important points but there were some scenes which could have been even more impactful if they were translated on screen more convincingly. The preview of the next episode definitely gave me a reason to tune into this drama next week too since I am waiting to find out what turn the story takes once Sajjad hits Tabbasum and she decides to go to the police.

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