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Yakeen Ka Safar Episode 26 Review – Intense!

Ohkay so, what an intense episode of Yakeen Ka Safar where everything fell into its right place & the most important character & track got the closure that we all were waiting for. Even though I am glad that they gave a closure to Daniyal’s track in a very concise manner however I found a little flaw in the information that was handed out which I will discuss later but let me just say, whatever I will speak about won’t take away the fact that this episode was phenomenal & all the emotions attached to Daniyal & his death were conveyed beautifully yet again. Daniyal is going to be one such character that is always going to hold a special place in the viewer’s hearts that is why it feels good to know that his name got cleared & his family got the answer that they were looking for.

When this episode began, I thought I will title this review as ‘love is in the air’ because Zubiya pushed her agenda of telling Haroon to consider Gaiti as his life partner. Even though Dr. Haroon at first seemed hesitant but before approaching Gaiti, he decided to spend some time with her son, only to understand him better & to see if Gaiti as a mother will be comfortable with the idea of Dr. Haroon being around her only child, which I found quite gentlemanly of him. To be honest, for the first time I enjoyed watching Hira & Mani in one frame together. Even though they both are playing such beautiful characters but to know that they are a real life couple made things quite sweet which I definitely liked & the cherry on top was their amazing yet subtle chemistry.

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Another reason for which I was convinced to title this review as ‘love is in the air’ was Dr. Asfand’s present to Dr. Zubiya. Asfand can’t stop thinking about her & this was his way of letting her know that she was on his mind but then again even though Zubiya likes Asfand herself, she always finds herself stuck in the past due to which she hesitates in reciprocating the feelings by honestly & openly letting him know what she feels for him. I think now Zubiya will make sure to tell Asfand about her past only to put her heart to ease & to come to conclusion whether she should allow herself to get involved in this relationship or not because everything would now depend on Asfand’s reaction & his opinion regarding Zubiya’s past. Since Zubiya believes in transparency, I am sure this is exactly what she will do where she will tell Asfand everything about her past.

Now coming to the major twist that this episode brought with it, which was Asfand’s encounter with Urooj. Asfand immediately recognized Urooj & it took him back to his brother’s death. I loved loved loved the way they showcased Asfand’s emotional state where he couldn’t take his mind off his brother as he knew Urooj was the one who trapped him but then, he had to compose as well as remind himself that as a doctor, he couldn’t let his personal feelings cloud his judgment, that no matter what, he couldn’t let anything get in the way of treating his patient no matter who he was. Asfand without saying anything gave Urooj a reality check which she needed to let go of the secrets that were buried in her heart. I liked how this entire scenario was short & to the point & without wasting anytime they showed how Urooj confessed everything which then cleared off Daniyal’s name.

To see Usman & his entire family shed tears over the reminder of Daniyal’s painful death was quite heart-wrenching. This was the pain that they were dealing with for so many years but they learnt to live with it & then one fine day, someone came back & resurfaced the pain but the good thing was, everything that happened put their hearts to ease. Usman finally confessed that he was proud of both his sons for different reasons. This scene was quite emotional & touching, more like bittersweet because where I was happy that all the allegations were lifted off Daniyal, I was feeling sad that he died & that his family was deep down still mourning his loss.

Well, before saying anything, I know after such a perfect & emotional episode, no one would want to talk about the ‘glitches’ but honestly speaking, this was one such thing that didn’t let me absorb everything as much as I wanted to as I couldn’t comprehend why the writer & the director didn’t pay attention to detail. In episode 10 (time mark: 23:44) Daniyal’s police officer friend tells him that Urooj doesn’t have a child, she has no parents, she lives in an apartment which she doesn’t own & yes, that she is Dilawar’s girlfriend. Urooj lands herself a job by sharing her sob story that she being a single mother was trying to make a living for her child but then Daniyal’s friend clearly tells him that Urooj was lying, so not sure why they showed that Urooj now had a son who was 15-16 years old? If that was the case, like if Urooj had a son, there was no way that he’d be a teenager because they showed that after Daniyal’s death, only 5 – 6 years have passed, prove of which is Saim & his stagnant age. Also, with this I could be wrong but I am not sure when & where did Asfand see Urooj that he immediately recognized her? Because yes I do understand that he was trying to find her out before leaving for abroad but as far as I remember, he never really saw her & he never knew who she was? With Asfand’s bit I might but wrong but I am not convinced that Urooj had a son who he was a teenager because even if we assume that Urooj had a baby boy after Daniyal’s death, there was no way that he’d be mature enough to be drink driving. Even though I loved this episode, I am saying that again & again but I really wish before changing this track to fit the dramatization, the writer & the director had thought a bit about this aspect because even if we give them a benefit of doubt that may be Urooj wasn’t lying & she actually had a child & Daniyal’s friend’s was wrong but at that time she fled with Dilawar, probably not something that a single mother would do.

Anyways, props to all the actors for portraying each & every emotion to perfection. I just love the feel of this drama & I love how every single actor has done such a commendable job in conveying the emotions of their respective characters, like where they can make us smile, they make us shed a tear or two with them too. If the viewers get so emotionally involved in a story or its characters, it shows that the drama is successful because it speaks to the viewers on a very different level as it strikes the chord & for that I thank the team of Yakeen Ka Safar & all the actors especially. Please share your thoughts about this intense episode of Yakeen Ka Safar.

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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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