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Zun Mureed Episode 4 Review – Highlighting Double Standards

This episode highlighted the double standards which are so rampant in our society that most often even women accept them as a norm and women are considered rebellious if they question them. This drama has a solid script, the writer made sure that the viewers were well acquainted with the characters and their circumstances before introducing the most important development in the story.

Tabbasum’s character has been etched-out brilliantly and the situations which led to the phone call to the police were covered convincingly. Tabbasum was already shown struggling with daily routine because she was expected to carry more burden than she could handle therefore when she heard Sajjad crack a joke about wanting another wife like her, she wasn’t very “understanding” or amused!! It is common for men to joke this way, so common that many of the jokes about married life usually revolve around second marriages and girlfriends but the fact is that a woman gets just as offended by such jokes as a man would! The writer put forward this important message aptly.

When Tabbasum said exactly what her husband did, all of a sudden his “ghairat” was at stake and he felt that he needed to do something to feel like he had an upper hand in this relationship and ended up doing something which he never even imagined he would do. He also didn’t expect that Tabbasum will do something so extreme to punish him. Tabbasum’s bhabhi’s role in this entire situation and the reactions of the people witnessing everything played a major role in making things worse. Sajjad has been constantly pressurized in the past 3 episodes as well to do something extreme to set his wife straight and this time around because his ego was hurt he succumbed to the pressure. One thing which doesn’t make a lot of sense is that if Bi Jaan can write accurately with a pen then why can’t she dial a number on the telephone or type a message? It is ironic how Bi Jaan is using the marker and board brought by her bahu to harm her in whichever way she can. Tabbasum gave her this board so that she won’t feel so frustrated and would have a way to vent out but this new mode of communication has been constantly used by Bi Jaan to show hatred for her bahu who does whatever she can to take care of her. On the other hand, she feels unconditional love for her son who won’t even leave a game of cricket match or lose his sleep to attend to his mother. Tabbasum’s reaction made perfect sense, her dialogues about why she felt she needed protection from her own husband were also spot on but Nadia Khan’s performance wasn’t as powerful as it should have been. Had she given a more powerful performance, these scenes could have been even more impactful.

The reaction of the policeman who was incharge and the repercussions of this phone call were covered faultlessly. Since, this law is still new therefore every case is getting media attention, Tabbasum obviously didn’t see this coming, it remains to be seen what her course of action will be in the future. I think in the upcoming weeks we will see that passing a law in the parliament and making it work practically are two different things. Also, laws cannot change the way people think and at the end of the day any woman who goes to the police will eventually have to face a backlash from her family and the society. Omair Rana’s performance has been impressive throughout. Hina Bayat, Shamim Hilali, Aisha Gul and Khalid Anum’s realistic performances are the highlight of every episode. Nadia Khan however has failed to breathe life into her character. The only reason why Tabbasum’s character is easy to relate to is that it has been etched-out superbly and the director hasn’t over dramatized the important events.

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Bela Pur Ki Dayan Episode 6 Review – Skillful Direction & Exceptional Performances

Many important questions were answered tonight and although the story overall is interesting, there were some developments in this episode which are difficult to relate to. The person incharge of choosing the cast did a splendid job since all the actors are well-suited for their roles but there are times when you feel like some of the characters haven’t been explored properly. The director Saife Hassan has executed every single horror scene perfectly which is why the horror element of this play never disappoints.

Rameez’s friend doesn’t only have knowledge about supernatural beings but is also very determined to solve this mystery – more determined than the residents of the house! This aspect of the story and Rameez’s attitude in particular tonight was the most unconvincing element of this track. Even after witnessing the terrible way in which his son was tortured by the spirit which had taken over Tasha, he remained unconvinced and still believed that Tasha had a mental illness! The identities of the spirits were revealed tonight and their back story was also shown. Neelo is Aziz Sahib’s step-sister who he always called a dayan and never got along with. Her mother Salima even after her death is still playing the role she was playing when she was alive – protecting her children. Although Neelo was Salima’s step daughter but she always loved her like her own which is why even now she listens to her. The back story gave a logical reason why Neelo came back to disrupt the peace in Aziz’s life and why she wants him to leave the house. The actor who played young Aziz’s role had a striking resemblance with the present day character which was truly brilliant.

The dayan and everything she does is scary without a doubt but after watching her as a living, breathing human tonight, you can’t help feeling for her. Until now, I always thought that Aziz was the victim in the story but it turns out that was not the case. I must say that for now the story of the supernatural beings is more interesting than that of the actual family because there are plenty of times when it isn’t easy relating to their reactions. After Aziz’s encounter with Neelo’s spirit tonight, he should be able to make a decision based on facts. So far, the women in the house are the only ones who are convinced that Tasha needs help from someone who can get rid of this spirit but the men have always been shown trying to find a more “logical” reason for everything even after everything they have seen.

The best part of this drama so far is the way it has been directed and acted out; the horror scenes in particular are always right on point. If this drama aired twice a week, it would have been even more enticing. All the scenes which covered how Tasha behaved when she was possessed by Neelo’s spirit was the highlight of this episode. Neelo and Salima’s story is heart warming and I am certain that there is more to it! The script has a few loopholes but it holds your interest and keeps you coming back for more.

How many of you watched tonight’s episode? Do share your thoughts about it.

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Pukaar Episode 7 – Review!

Ohkay so, this episode of Pukaar was interesting in some parts & ridiculous in others. I am sure everyone will know which were the ridiculous bits. The story is getting interesting especially the note at which this episode ended left me wanting to see more of it but I so wish they had cut down on these clownish characters that are Laali Ma & Zamani!

Samra found out that she was expecting & because her friend Aimen had warned her what her life would be like, Samra seemed concerned & tensed when she got the answer that she was looking for. Even Samra’s mother knew that her daughter was in deep trouble now.

I must say I liked the way Tashfeen & Samra bonded. Everything that Tashfeen said to Samra was so touching & emotional, she was right, now that Fahad was no more, she had no reasons to hold onto any grudge that she had against Samra. I had this feeling that Samra & Tashfeen will bond really well & I totally see that happening now. It was also good to see that Tashfeen had some soft corner for Samra & on humanitarian grounds, she felt for her because she could see how ignorant & irrational Laali was being with Samra.

I don’t think there would be anyone who’d take Laali seriously. Even though they tried to showcase how cold-hearted she is, she ended up looking like a caricature & a clown who has nothing better to do in life therefore she has assigned herself a duty of torturing Samra because she is this psychotic woman who is finding solace in someone else’s grief. Zamani & Laali both are obnoxious in my opinion & I can’t emphasize how off-putting Zamani’s character & the actor playing that role is!

Well, Sultan was done mourning the loss of Fahad & moved on pretty quickly. Sultan is quite a practical politician therefore he knew he had a golden chance to use Fahad’s death to further his chances of winning elections. Samra’s confrontation was quite nicely done, she just gave Sultan a piece of her mind but then again Sultan decided to use her feelings to turn it into an emotional blackmailing as he knew that using Samra’s name would guarantee him sympathy votes.

Well, finally Zahid Ahmed’s character got introduced. Sarang Darwesh seemed to be unfamiliar of Sultan but then Sultan introduced himself as his father. The preview suggested that Sarang’s mother won’t be oblivious of Sultan Asfand Yar Khan. It will be interesting to see how Sultan will try to bring Sarang into his life. Please share your thoughts.

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Aangan Episode 20 Review – Super Sweet!

Ohkay so, now the story of Aangan is moving towards more serious issues that a family is faced with & how they all come together in order to find a solution to someone’s problem. I loved this episode again for the fact that while still giving us some light hearted moments, they conveyed other details & scenarios quite convincingly as well.

Afrah & Sadaan’s track has come to a standstill & there is nothing much in it apart from Afrah’s taunts directed towards Sadaan. I actually thought that may be in this episode Sadaan will once again speak to Hajra about Afrah but that didn’t happen. Shafiq decided to go back & it was interesting how he had this victim-mentality where he let everyone know how disappointed he was that no one bothered sending gifts for his children, while conveniently forgetting that he also came empty-handed. It is interesting to see how realistically they have painted a picture of how at times people turn cold towards their own family members after they make a life of their own in abroad. Shafiq is a clear cut example of how cold he has become because he has forgotten what it was like living with this big family where everyone came together for each other & got involved in everything to run the family smoothly. Since Shafiq has made a life of his own in Germany, for him only his wife & kids matter & that’s about it, that is why he clearly spoke about how he didn’t want to get involved in the family politics & didn’t want to do anything to improve the dynamics either. He just came as an outsider & wanted to stay that way, whereas on the other hand if we look at Asim, Sajjad & to some extent Zahid, they all are always mindful of each other & the entire family!

Even though the focus of this episode was on something entirely different, I liked that it was highlighted how a newly wedded couple is usually invited for dinners. First Hajra spoke about it then Anila & then Zoya & Aqdas were seen attending a dinner hosted by Aqdas’s relatives too. Even though it was a very small scene but it rightly pointed out the things married girls get to hear, about their dressing, about their age & so many other things as well. Even though Zoya is shown to be a bit older to Aqdas but in general, newly wedded girls in our society are put under a lot of scrutiny & are judged over minute details which was shown convincingly in such a small scene.

Well, everyone came together to finally address the void in Laila & Asim’s life. It was sweet that Abba Jee & Zaitoon Bano in stead of ordering Zahid & Rubina, put forth a request & tried to put things into perspective. Laila felt they were trying to get Asim remarried but she was pleasantly surprised when she got to know that whatever was being said was in her favor & not against her.

Laila agreed but Asim was hesitant. I liked how maturely Asim tried to show Laila the other side of the picture too where he dreaded Laila getting judged by Rubina but then seeing Laila’s confidence in herself forced him to just accept & respect her wishes. Despite Zahid not wanting to, Rubina went ahead & accepted Abba Jee’s request. Rubina has her reasons & even though she tried to tell Zahid what she feels, I felt it definitely had a lot more to do with Zahid’s nature & lack of responsibility to provide for his family. Rubina did say that she wanted to do something that would give her an upper-hand on Laila but I am sure in reality, she just didn’t want any more favors from Sajjad & Hajra because she has seen that Zahid is not in a mood to bring any change in himself!

Even though Zahid comes across as a bit aloof to everything else but it was sweet how he shared the dreams that he had for his child. Though Zahid might not be an ideal husband but when it comes to being a father, he surely cares. I loved the conversation where both Abba Jee & Zaitoon shared their perspectives regarding a child becoming Hafiz e Quran, even though they both had a different thought process but it was positive & was meant to guide as well as appreciate Zahid. I must say, the scene where Rubina packed baby’s belongings was very sweet, even though being a mother the thought of giving her child away was already quite hard for her to accept but still she knows that she took that decision for her child’s better future.

I really really hope that the secret that Asim & Zahid are hiding is not related to Zahid’s 2nd marriage, like there were a few talks about that happening in the preview of the next episode but I so wish that doesn’t turn out to be the case because Zahid’s character already gets a lot of hate, where people just see him as a hypocrite & irresponsible person so I really wish he doesn’t do anything of that sort which will turn him into a villain because for me he is not a negative character, he just lacks some sense of responsibility especially towards his wife. I really hope & I am sure that Zahid will change but I once again say that I hope he doesn’t have a 2nd wife because it will give everyone a reason to hate him. I must say I had a good laugh at the conversation that Hajra & Zaitoon had about Asim being scared of Laila. Also, the opinion Allauddin had about Rubina was so funny. The way Zaitoon reminded Abba Jee that he was feeling sad not because of Zoya but because of Bilqees was amusing too. It’s things like these that make this drama such a perfect & complete family entertainment package. Absolutely love it. Please share your thoughts.

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Dar Si Jati Hei Sila Episode 20 Review – Relevant!

This was another brilliant episode of Dar Si Jati Hei Sila. Nadia’s character is turning out to be one of the most significant characters in this drama for many reasons. Apart from giving a different perspective to everything, she also adds some lighthearted moment to a drama which is essentially dark. Nadia’s “billi se daro gay tu wo sher ban jaye gi.” dialogue aptly narrowed down the reason why Bari Apa controls everyone and everything Noor Manzil. This dialogue wasn’t only true for Bari Apa but also for Joi. The only reason why a man like Joi has been getting away with so much is that he has successfully managed to intimidate Sadia and Sila. Joi and Sadia’s conversation tonight also suggested that Sadia does whatever it takes to please Joi because that is the only way to save Sila. He often asks about Sila whenever she doesn’t do what he says – it seems like that is his way of threatening Sadia. Kiran Haq owns her role completely and never fails to impress. Nauman Ijaz has been beyond exceptional as Joi throughout and Saman Ansari is doing complete justice to a really difficult role. Every scene of this drama carries weight and is executed superbly.

In this episode Raheel was more eager than ever to find out what exactly was going on. He is an intelligent man who can tell that there is more to this especially because of the way Sadia is reacting to this entire situation. Sila’s dialogues in this episode when she told Raheel and Zaini what she went through and how she felt were brilliantly written. Yumna Zaidi’s remarkable performance and the way Zaini and Raheel’s reactions were covered made this scene impactful. Sila is a victim but like many other victims like her she feels that she is responsible for what happened to her because she couldn’t stop her abuser. She also feels this way because she constantly hears what a nice person Joi is and how flawed she is. This scene was extremely touching and it highlighted the plight of a victim perfectly.

Sadia conversation with Sila this time too revolved around convincing her to stay quiet since she really believes herself that it is the only way they will be “safe”. The biggest reason for this is that Hatim is Joi’s son therefore no matter what they tell anyone about Joi, ultimately she is the one who will be ridiculed and punished. The fact that Nadia isn’t expecting also raises a lot of questions about whether Hatim really is Joi’s son but somehow Sadia is convinced that he is. Although Joi has convinced Sadia that she is the only one who will have to bear the brunt if their secret ever comes out but his reaction every time he hears someone coming suggests something different. Joi is a completely different person with Nadia because he knows he cannot dominate her the way he does with Sadia and Sila. I have a feeling that Nadia will play a positive role in this entire situation because so far she has been shown as someone who is honest and fair.

Raheel is gradually getting closer to the truth and I am waiting to find out what he is going to do once he finds out what is happening. Tonight, he also made sure that Nadia knew Joi couldn’t be trusted. While Zaini’s mother is still planning her daughter’s wedding, the preview of the next episode suggested that Zaini might have other plans. Hatim and Sila’s scene together in this episode as well was short but really touching. Hatim’s love for Sila is unconditional and even though Sila is trying her best to change the way she feels about Hatim, the fact is that she loves him as well and nothing can change that.

The preview of the next episode showed Nadia confronting Bari Apa and saying exactly what needed to be said! Joi once again harassed Sila – will she be able to take a stand for herself this time? This drama shows how very often a little courage goes a long way.

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