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Zun Mureed Episode 7 Review – Bitter Realities

Tonight’s episode just like the previous one had many important developments to its credit. The writer showed the consequences of the step Tabbasum had taken from different angles and everything was shown realistically with the exception of the fact that Tabbasum didn’t mention her children even once. The most pleasant aspect of this drama is that even with all the opposition which Tabbasum is facing, she never questions what she has done. She is still very sure that she did nothing wrong and is not shown regretting her actions. Nadia Khan’s acting tonight was relatively better but her styling and make-up once again looked completely out of place. This drama has raised some important points and it has done so impressively. This episode opened with Sajjad struggling with only half of what Tabbasum was doing on regular basis. Bi Jaan continued to give everyone a tough time because she is convinced that it is her god-given right to dictate to everyone! Even though she can see that Sajjad cannot cope but she is still pressurizing him to divorce Tabbasum. Her expressions in the last scene however suggested that she had come up with a different plan!

Many of the scenes in this episode showed how “common” it was for men to hit their wives and how most people still failed to comprehend why was the state involved in this matter. Since this drama was written a few years back therefore it shows how difficult the execution of this law was in the early years of its implementation. The scene at the police station showed confusion and even though the officer incharge wanted to make a good example of this case but he wasn’t getting the support he needed and the law itself was not clear. This goes to show that the state has a huge responsibility when they make such laws public. Sajjad’s meeting with his lawyer was also important because he suggested that Sajjad should apologize since there was no other way out. Basically, both these scenes suggested that the only way out for Sajjad was to apologize and bring Tabbasum back home therefore even with the lack of clarity the FIR guaranteed that Tabbasum had some degree of protection. Omair Rana has translated different shades of Sajjad’s personality superbly on screen. So far Sajjad also doesn’t feel any regret, his ego won’t allow him to reflect upon his actions and he is also surrounded by people who give him wrong advice.

The scene in which Marium was wondering what happened to her brother’s perfect life was one of my favorite scenes from this episode! It was ironic how she contributed so much to this tragedy yet she blamed it all on someone’s buri nazar! Khalid Anum and Hina Bayat both are absolutely phenomenal in their respective roles. Their realistic and convincing performances makes it easier to understand their characters. The actress playing Fari’s role and the actor who is playing her class fellow’s role are standing out like a sore thumb. Their performances and their overall look is distracting to say the least! Tabbasum and Fari’s relationship however is heart-warming. The child stars have also done complete justice to their characters. You feel for the kids more than anyone else since they are the ones suffering the most. Shamim Hilali has played her role superbly too.

This episode brilliantly covered the role of the media during such personal upheavals. We see our channels making the most of tragedies worse than this one only to get viewership. This negative aspect of freedom of speech and independence of media needs to be highlighted and tonight all the scenes covering the role of media did so impressively. Even though these media personnel tell the public that they are helping the victim but that is not the case. It is all about ratings and personal gains.

Zun Mureed is turning out to be a game changer in many ways. This drama deals with domestic abuse in a brand new way. It sends out a clear message which is easy to understand – it is not okay for men to hit their wives, there is nothing ‘normal’ about it and a wife has the right to protect herself without being accused of being disloyal if something like this happens! Kankar was the only other drama which highlighted this issue in a similar manner but Amna Mufti’s take on the issue is different because it also involves the state and legislation apart from many other things. The miscasting has definitely affected the overall impact of different situations. The drama overall would have been perfect if some of the cast members gave a more solid performance.

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Haara Dil Episode 1 Review — A Beginning

So written by Rabia Razzaq directed by Furqan Adam and produced by Mastermind Production ‘Haara Dil’ is Danish Taimoor’s third production of a drama serial. The play is all star studded including names like Dainsh Taimoor, Hiba Bukhari, Mahmood Aslam, Shehryar Zaidi, Shaheen Khan, Rabya Kulsoom, Rameez Siddiqui and Seemi Pasha.

The first episode aired on Aplus yesterday and included it’s fair share of cliches and climaxes. Hiba Bukhari plays the role of a middle class, responsible and somewhat straightforward girl Momina who is of age and her mother Shagufta played by Shaheen Khan like every other Pakistani mother can think of nothing but finding her daughter a suitor. Mahmood Aslam who is playing Momina’s Dad’s role (Abraar) is very supportive of Momina’s decision to further study and even of her relationship with Arham which is played by Danish Taimoor who happens to be the son of her father’s best friend Afaan (Shehryar Zaidi).

The status difference between Momina and Arham’s families is as clear as morning sky but it doesn’t bother anyone much except Arham’s mother Amtul (Seemi Pasha) and his sister Areej. The episode basically revolves around Momina and Arham (of course the leads) who struggle to understand what the future holds for them. The play can be a bit Bollywood-ish at times with all the use of slow motion and urrti zulfain aur hawain.

Arham’s mother dearest is portrayed as a very authoritative figure who is very blunt almost callous at times. She wants Arham to marry Anoushay who is her friend’s daughter and of course complements their family status (cliched right?). Moving on Arham is adamant that Momina is the only woman who can actually make him happy and to him nothing else matters he finds a confidante in his father Afaan who understands and respects his sons decision but constantly reminds him of not making promises if he can’t keep them.

The first episode was quite on point we’re quickly brought to Areej’s Mehendi where the two families finally meet but I have no idea where both dads were probably hanging out someplace cool with no drama since they are the only ones who can see through the extra-ness of it all. Amtul is obviously very derogatory towards Momina’s family and Shagufta being the lady that she is says nothing in return but Abeer (Momina’s younger sister) who is another character as cool as the dads played by Rabya Kulsoom reminds Amtul Aunty that she can not treat people like that.

There’s a lot of drama on this mehendi when Momina arrives and her dubbata catches fire because of all the diyas at the entrance (that she conveniently fails to see) and Arham comes to her rescue tho the ost in the background really is beautiful but one can not help but notice the clicheness of this scene. Areej and Amtul obviously snap because of this incident and there’s another fiery exchange of words between Areej and Abeer and finally Momina speaks as well after which she walks out of there which upsets Arham meanwhile Amtul gets drowsy and almost falls and well drop scene.

Shagufta reaches home and talks to Abraar about how clear Amtul’s stance on Arham and Momina’s marriage is so it is about time that they start looking for some other rishta for Momina. Anyway if any of you haven’t seen it already I won’t spoil it for you because the episode ended with a twist and at least I could not see it coming.

Overall the play has a great ost, casting is good and I especially liked Rabya’s performance as Abeer. The dialogues are powerful at times like the time Afaan tells Arham “Jo rishtay khushi dete hain wohi dil ke sabse ziada nazdeeq hote hain” ahhh I felt that. The story comes of as predictable in the beginning but I am guessing there’s a lot to come. So fingers crossed.

Do share with me what you thought of the first episode.

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Visaal Episode 3 Review – A Misunderstanding!

Ohkay so, this episode of Visaal was not only interesting but entertaining as well. I am glad that in this drama the writer has refrained from adding some strict & stern characters as seen in his previous projects, it somehow makes all the situations very light hearted & appeasing.

This episode was all about a huge misunderstanding that Akram was a victim of. He obviously frequents Ghufran’s place because he has assumed that Pari is his daughter that is why when Ghufran’s friend started talking about the marriage that too in front of Ghufran, Akram didn’t hesitate one bit & immediately made it seem as if he was ready because he obviously has Pari on his mind.

Taimur ended up succumbing to Shabbir’s pressures & it was obviously because of Pari as he has fallen for her at first sight. Taimur couldn’t really stop thinking about her & he did what Shabbir demanded in order to leave an impression on Pari. Shabbir was obviously very touched & impressed by Taimur’s display of respect & generosity towards him & his colleagues but little did he know that it was only because Taimur had something rather someone else on his mind.

Ghufran’s friend spoke to him about the potential of Akram marrying Naheed. I loved loved loved when Ghufran said that he will speak to his wife first because he trusted her intuition. I must say Hashim Nadeem has written some very dominating & staunch male characters in his previous dramas like that of Molvi Aleemuddin in Khuda Aur Mohabbat & Dhaani’s father in Dhaani but I am so glad he decided to go easy this time & this different spin on male characters has changed the dynamics of the entire drama. Even though a lot of focus has been made on how protective Shabbir is, but despite being a single parent & father, he has never stopped Pari from being herself. Yes, the way he guides her & protects her, shows his concerns as a father but it is beautiful that they both share such a beautiful bond with each other where they joke about things & are more like friends. Also, even though Ghufran is a Molvi, he is easy going & not as strict as they are usually shown in our dramas. The way Naheed gets the edge to fulfill her wishes & the way Ghufran spoke about discussing Akram’s proposal with his wife went to show that he believes in giving the ladies of his family their rights & respects their status as women.

So, Akram got to know that Pari’s name is Naheed. Pari on the other hand also convinced Naheed to say yes to Akram’s proposal so that she could save herself from her cousin who was known for eating Paan. Akram will definitely go ahead with this marriage because he thinks Pari is Ghufran’s daughter, quite an interesting twist!

Overall, this episode was quite interesting & the story is moving forward in a very nice manner. However, I will say that for me it is unconvincing & more like a glitch that Akram runs a shop in Ghufran’s area & everyone knows him but no one has told on Akram that he sports a very different look when he is not with those Masjid people like his leather jacket & stuff? Not sure when this aspect will be covered & when this image of Akram will be exposed, let’s see. All the actors are doing a wonderful job & both Hania Amir & Zahid Ahmed are in their element. Please share your thoughts.

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Tabeer Episode 8 – Review!

Ohkay so, things have been moving forward in Tabeer at a decent pace & the overall story, though not something unique, has been written nicely. It can definitely pass as a decent drama to tune to.

Daadi left but Tabeer had to stay back because of Fawad’s son & she definitely felt lonely because after Yasir, the only family she has is Daadi & with her being gone, Tabeer really had no one to go to. Tabeer asked for Yasir’s bedding & felt peace because there was at least something in this strange new place that reminded her of her husband, that made her feel that it was hers.

Saniya mustered up the courage to see Fawad, it took a lot for her to come out of her shell & see Fawad but just a very brief encounter with Fawad & Tabeer made her realize that there was no place in Fawad’s life which she could fill with her presence as it was already filled in by Tabeer.

I must say Fawad’s nameless mother is really something. I mean Fawad has lost his wife & now because he feels indebted to Tabeer for what she is doing for his son, he wanted to speak to her but her son’s courtesy towards Tabeer made her uncomfortable? She also had this bizarre look on her face when Saniya came to see Fawad. She is one of those mothers who really shouldn’t get their sons married because they are so jealous & insecure. Fawad has lost his wife, the mother of his son & there she is, looking all comfortable & happy that she has her son all to herself now!

This episode was decent but yes, the overall mellow & grim feel of this drama might be a reason why not many people are tuning to it. Waiting to see some spark between Tabeer & Fawad but yes, totally liking that they are taking their time before showing that. Please share your thoughts.

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Lashkara Episode 2 Review – Thoroughly Enjoyable!

Ohkay so, this episode of Lashkara was humorous as well as entertaining. Even though nothing happened much in this episode therefore it can be said that it was an extended version of the previous episode with a few more situations thrown in. The feel & the overall execution of this drama is refreshing & it just draws your attention to it perfectly.

So, subtly & slowly it was highlighted how Bubbly’s family also had their fair share of politics happening between them & the triggering factor which blew things out of proportion was Saima’s proposal which got forwarded to Bubbly. Even though Muneer was ashamed, Kulsoom didn’t seem concerned because for her, it was a validation that she invested her time & energies in the right thing as she got the answer that Bubbly’s future is secured because she is pretty & has a charming personality.

Saima’s parents were clearly upset & her mother especially blamed both Kulsoom & then Bubbly for snatching this opportunity away from Saima. It was nice to see Saima being the voice of reason & trying to advodate Bubbly’s position in front of her mother because yes, Saima was right, whatever happened wasn’t Bubbly’s fault & she didn’t deliberately leave such an impression on the suitor’s family which drew their attention towards her.

Kulsoom on the other hand found solace in Tayi’s suffering because she saw it as karma’s spin on her for looking down on Bubbly & seeing her as a nobody due to her lack of education. Muneer was genuinely sorry but unfortunately, his family is totally opposite to him in everything starting from perspectives to mentality.

Bubbly continued being herself & her attempt of making Saima happy was cute. Though Bubbly manipulates things to her advantage but she still is a sweet person from the inside. It is interesting to see how even though she doesn’t say anything to Sunny on those lines that she is interested in him but also doesn’t burst the bubble by stating the otherwise. It is like Bubbly likes to give Sunny this impression that she likes him but in reality, she only likes his undivided attention.

So, Nazeer ended up giving Bubbly the dress that belonged to someone else, obviously because he couldn’t say no to her. It is funny to see Nazeer thinking that he even stands a chance with Bubbly because right then & there Sunny forced him to wake up & smell the coffee that Bubbly was way out of his league & that she only belonged to Sunny.

Well, Bubbly enjoyed the wedding only to find out that Feeka’s mother Nasreen (Saba Hameed) recognized the suit that she was wearing because it belonged to her daughter. I must say it was interesting to see how Kulsoom was trying to do everything to cover up Bubbly’s blunder, like she wanted to save her from Taya & then Tayi’s taunts because she knew that this thing could escalate into something huge, giving Tayi another chance to take a dig at Bubbly. Kulsoom really takes pride in the fact that Bubbly is beautiful & carries herself well, that is why she made sure to compliment her after she returned from the wedding without even bothering about where did Bubbly arrange that dress from.

Well, Nasreen approached Kulsoom & Bubbly & then said something which caught them off-guard. Nasreen asked for Bubbly’s hand for her son Feeka they both couldn’t believe what Nasreen had just said. Even though the main focus of that scene was on the proposal, I must say I loved the way it was highlighted that Bubbly, despite being afraid, was ready to own her mistake as she didn’t want Nazeer to take the brunt of it. It shows how Bubbly will never deceive anyone or let them be mistreated because of her own mistakes. Though people might see Bubbly for her beauty & outer appearance & even though the entire focus has been on this aspect but I like that the writer has created such situations which give us a chance to learn more about her character & nature.

Feeka’s obsession with Bubbly was funny. Also, now that he has this wealth, it is interesting to see how he is using it to keep his eye on Bubbly. Sunny on the other hand also tried to arrange a selfie but things just didn’t go his way. I must say, I like how all of this is shown as harmless kind of obsession with Bubbly, like Sunny keeps on talking about how others have her pictures or videos but no one sees it as something to be frowned upon, not even Bubbly herself or Sunny who is supposedly possessive about her or even Feeka who sees her as his future wife.

Overall, this episode was quite interesting & I had a great time watching it. I am keen on seeing the animosity between Sunny & Feeka because they both have called dibs on Bubbly, let’s see who will win her over in the end. Ushna Shah is adorable as Bubbly, Mohsin Abbas Haider has made Feeka look creepily cute & Imran Ashraf is the perfect choice as Sunny, I just couldn’t stop laughing at his Punjabi accent English lesson, lol! Loving the direction & overall situation so far. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Lashkara.

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