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Yakeen Ka Safar Episode 23 Review – Brilliant!

Ohkay so, what a brilliant episode of Yakeen Ka Safar tonight. What I loved & enjoyed the most about this episode was how the emotions were portrayed, starting from emotions of a mother to emotions of a man who felt a bit jealous seeing the lady he likes, sharing a hearty laugh with a male colleague, like there were so many moments in this episode that were portrayed beautifully & made this entire episode a treat to watch. After a very long time I felt that the writer & the director had the grip on the story & most importantly the characters because now they were actually looking real & relate-able, it shows what emotions if portrayed rightly can do to the characters & impact the story!

Gaiti’s decision of joining the hospital came as a pleasant surprise to everyone because all those who love Gaiti always wanted her to move on & do something with her life. The entire credit definitely goes to Zubiya & it was good seeing Asfand’s mother acknowledging the fact that it was Zubiya who convinced Gaiti. I must say I loved the way Zubiya warmly welcomed Gaiti, their friendship is one of the best aspects of the story & that particular scene came as a reminder that Zubiya & Gaiti were true friends who emotionally supported each other & now one was empowering the other.

So, the moment Gaiti joined the hospital, we heard a conversation about Dr. Haroon & his future where he should get married again. I totally ship Gaiti & Haroon together because obviously they would make a great reel-life couple as well. So, finally Asfand’s liking for Zubiya went a notch higher, that is why his reaction after seeing Zubiya with Haroon along with the red flower evoked such a reaction from him. Even though Asfand tries to avoid Zubiya whenever he is around people but it was interesting to see how he casually shares a sentence or two when they are together in privacy. It was interesting to see that out of all the people, Dr. Shehroz could sense what Asfand was feeling & despite his harsh behavior towards Zubiya, he could still feel there was something going on especially from Asfand’s side. Dr. Shehroz’s smile said it all & it was beautiful.

Coming towards the best part of tonight’s episode, Asfand’s mother & her stance regarding Faryal’s arrival. Even before she had a heart-to-heart conversation with Asfand, I knew why she was reacting this way. It was quite obvious that Faryal’s mention reminded her of Daniyal, the son that she has lost & all the bitter memories of how his reputation was tarnished, how even his own relatives especially Faryal’s family believed that he was guilty of all the charges placed on him. Even though Usman tried to calm her down but like she said, being a mother of two sons who were hurt by Faryal & her family, it wasn’t easy for her to let go of the past. For the first time I loved how Usman with so much of surety shared his perspective about Asfand as if he really understood his son. All this while we saw that for Usman, Daniyal was everything & there was this distance between Usman & Asfand especially after Daniyal’s death, but for the first time I felt the void was filled & now Usman was just as proud of Asfand as he was proud of Daniyal. Usman’s claim that Asfand despite liking Zubiya will not easily accept it was spot on because this is exactly what Asfand was struggling with, he has started liking Zubiya but is finding it hard to come to terms with it & give it some meaning. Similarly, Usman’s claim that Asfand will welcome Faryal without any hesitation was spot on too but this time around, his wife also had a point as she knew that Asfand has gotten used to keeping his emotions bottled up, that is why she was feeling more distressed that Asfand won’t get a chance to share what he must be feeling upon hearing about Faryal. I absolutely loved the conversation that Asfand & his mother had, where she wanted him to give words to every single feeling that he had regarding Faryal but Asfand proved Usman right & let her know that he was unaffected. Obviously, it wasn’t completely true, Asfand is still hurt but yes, he has gracefully moved on & has learned a lot to now feel anything for her!

Faryal & her selfish reason! The way her eyes were stuck on Asfand when he showed up was enough to know that she came here with only one intention, which is to rekindle her relation with him because now she is divorced. It was interesting how in such a small scene they once again made it obvious that Faryal was only thinking about herself & no one else because she wanted Asfand to immediately know that she is a victim seeking for emotional support from him especially.

Now talking about all those beautiful scenes of Asfand & Zubiya, I loved how even Zubiya could feel some warmth in Asfand’s attitude despite all the scolding that he directs at her. Zubiya hardly reacts to Asfand’s harsh comments anymore because she knows he has his mood swings especially when it comes to work therefore she chooses to stay quiet but yes, when it comes to all the other things that he says, Zubiya does understand what he is trying to convey. Zubiya has also started reading between the lines like she does get affected when he ignores her & can also feel that he cares for her. Dr. Shehroz’s dialogue ‘handle it carefully’ said it all, he has understood that there’s a lot of liking from Asfand’s side for her & it was his subtle way of encouraging it, which I found quite sweet. Even after the shortest counselling session with Dr. Asfand, Zubiya thought about the ‘good memory’ that she shared with him but since her past has shaped her character & mindset in such a way, she fears slipping up once again & for the exact same reason, she immediately cleared her thoughts because she knows she has worked really really hard to garner all the respect that she gets, therefore she can not afford to do anything differently.

This episode was absolutely beautiful, I loved everyone’s input in this episode, be it Gaiti, Haroon, Dr. Shehroz or significant coverage that Usman & his wife got, everything was conveyed beautifully. One thing I noticed when Zubiya was introducing Gaiti to everyone was how she had this confidence in her body language now, it showed that she has become quite comfortable & feels empowered herself, like it was a very small scene but it showed that Zubiya is pretty settled in this phase of her life & she is having a great time.Sajal Ali’s acting was brilliant & I absolutely loved watching her. Ahad Raza Mir has made it obvious that he was a perfect choice for the character of Asfand Yar, he has absolutely nailed it, there are such intricate emotions that Asfand’s character experiences & to portray them flawlessly at that was not an easy feat & Ahad Raza Mir has achieved that, so big thumbs up! Also liking the coverage that all the supporting characters are getting, they are making this drama a wholesome package which is great. Definitely looking forward to the next episode & I am really glad that the story has finally picked up & now we can see where it is headed. Please share your thoughts about this brilliant episode of Yakeen Ka Safar!

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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.

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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