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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.

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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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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