Muqabil has handled the subject of child molestation in a way completely novel for pakistani television. We recently watched Udaari which also dealt with child abuse but Imtiaz was shown to be a bad guy overall and people hated him from the bottom of their heart. On the other hand, Mehmood was someone anyone would trust easily. He was shown to be a religious and civilised man. He had a respectable job and had brought up his kids well. He was the hero his daughter would always look up to. But he had a dark side no one was aware of: he was a paedophile. So, on one hand, people hated him to have abused Pareesa, they also liked him for his various good traits. This was a tricky situation as the serial humanised the rapist in a way, it should not have. People should not be sympathising with him. But I’m glad the makers of the drama handled it in a good way, which satisfied most viewers without losing out on the message it tried to convey.
So everyone included Pareesa’s parents found out about how Pareesa was abused as a child by Mehmood. It was interesting to see see that it was not only the pool where she was abused. She felt vulnerable for the rest of her life till the time she fell in love with arman. Her fear and insecurities after the incident were described in a very good way. There is a reason why ‘mehmood ki goad main pali hai Pareesa’ was mentioned through out the serial. That’s because he carried her a lot with the wrong intention. Here it also must be noted that she was not abused because she had a working mom but because her parents trusted someone with their child when they should have in fact listened to their daughter and trusted her (remember Udaari? The mother was instantly aware something was wrong with her daughter. She was working as well but the key point was communication). So anyway Shehnaz decided to kill Mehmood but Mehmood committed suicide himself. I quite liked the scenes where everyone questioned Mehmood’s sudden death and reasons for his suicide. I’m glad they showed that a pedophile is and must be considered the ‘bad’ guy regardless of how pious he pretends to be.
Soon after, arman decides to end his commitment with Sarah but he has no intention of getting back togather with Pareesa although he is very well aware that he is deeply in love with her. On the other hand Pareesa decides to leave for Canada. But before leaving, she holds a press conference telling people about how she was abused as a child and how the suffering of the victim can be minimised through family support. This was one of my favourite scenes too as it was so satisfying to see a girl who could hardly stay outside her own bedroom mustered up the courage to tell the world what she was afraid to tell her parents too. And she gave the credit to her husband for her new found confidence.
Of course, it was a relief to see arman and Pareesa together in the end. And that scene was just so beautiful and vulnerable. I’m glad they didn’t make it too cheesy.
So, all in all, Muqabil was a wonderful journey but it could have been wrapped at least 5 weeks earlier. The editing department could have used their chopping skills in a superior manner to make it more impactful but nonetheless it was a great watch.
As for the performances, of course the three lead actors did an amazing job. But it was the supporting cast that needs a special mention too coz it would not have been such a treat to watch if the supporting actors had faltered.
Great work team Muqabil. Looking forward to more work from you.
For the past two months, Muqabil has slowed down a great deal. I feel that in one episode they show the happenings of only one day (in terms of the time span being shown) . And that might be the reason why they have so many filler scenes and so many conversations that don’t seem to be going anywhere. We all do that at home with our family members, right? But when we are watching a serial, we want each and every scene to somehow contribute to the progress of the story. Unfortunately for the past several episodes, Muqabil has been full of such futile conversations. However the good thing about Muqabil is just when I’m losing hope, it hits me with a shock, a surprise, a twist in the story which is completely unpredictable.
Since arman found the truth about his father, the story was going round in circles. Although I did understand what arman was going through, I found it a little difficult to digest many of his dialogues even with his flawless acting. I kind of knew that arman is angry with Pareesa because he thought that Pareesa has used him against his own father as revenge but it came a lot later than I expected. The conversation between arman and Pareesa should have been in the previous episode. That might have saved us from a lot of tantrums that arman has been throwing since. Anyway, better late than never. Perhaps they wanted everyone to feel and sympathise with arman. So yes, great scene where Pareesa is trying really hard to save her marriage with arman because she loves him and arman is just trying hard to get away from all of them because he considers himself the real victim here. I really liked his dialogues and the way they both delivered them (Mohsin Abbas needs to improve his urdu a bit more) and what was the best part of the episode was the last bit! Yes, arman’s mother has overheard them! And with her screaming capabilities, I’m hoping she will be able to tell the rest of the world.
I have watched na maloom afraad and I thought kubra khan and Mohsin Abbas haider were the real weak links of the movie. Fast forward a few years and they have turned into a treat to watch. They have an amazing chemistry, great on screen presence and impeccable acting skills. The way Mohsin Abbas haider looked at kubra khan in the last scene when she was leaving the room was done so well. The expression on his face was that of a man who was completely helpless: someone so deeply in love but who has no choice but to let go of his love.
So anyway, now that arman’s Mommy hopefully knows the truth, I’m expecting a power packed and happening episode next week. I hope they don’t drag it further and can finish it off in 24-25 episodes.
Edited by Warda Moeed Siddiqui
Intense dialogues, powerful performances and great chemistry from all the actors make Muqabil a treat to watch for all the viewers.
I am assuming the serial will be wrapped up in next 4-5 episodes and the makers are taking their sweet time to build up the climax.
The latest episode was slow and hardly had any development to the story but I think it was an important episode nonetheless. It was quite important to show how each character feels towards the current situation. The conversations between the Pareesa and Mehmood as well as the conversations between Arman and Mehmood were very intense and greatly depended on impeccable performances by three main characters. Of course I was hoping Arman would just blurt out the truth but he didn’t. Probably because the makers want to leave that till the very end.
First lets talk about the best thing not only about this episode but also this whole serial: Asif Reza Mir. Asif Reza mir is one of the best actors, Pakistani drama industry has churned out since its inception. His innocent face and the way the sweat beads start showing on his forehead every time he is confronted, shows his calibre and how deeply he gets involved in the character. I loved the scene where Shah sb was telling him about hell… his emotional eye expressions were far more better than other actor’s dialogue delivery.
Now coming to the worst parts of the episode:
The language Arman used for Pareesa! I know Arman is angry with Pareesa because he feels betrayed. He thinks Pareesa has merely used him to avenge what his father did to her. But it baffled me the way he expressed all that. I hope he will be able to control his emotions and make better decisions.The way Shehnaz made Pareesa leave. Which mother would do that?
Although I loved last night’s episode, I’m hoping there will be some progress in the storyline of next episode. I think it’s really important for Arman and Pareesa to find a solution for this… And of course hoping that solution will keep them together.
Team arman-Pareesa 😉
One word – wow!
The last 2 episodes of Muqabil proved that pakistani actors are immensely talented. All they need is a good script and a director who can push them in right direction and they can do wonders.
So the big secret is out as Arman knows who violated Pareesa as a child. He probably tried to commit suicide but was somehow saved and was brought into a hospital. Almost 20 minutes of the previous episode were spent on showing the reactions of all the people involved, while they were searching for Arman and i was cursing ARY for showing that Arman would be in hospital in the precap of the previous episode.
I’m glad Arman didn’t suffer from amnesia and clearly remembers the conversation he had with Pareesa in the pool. Arman had a difficult time seeing his father and his wife in the same room and rightly so. Pareesa asks everyone, including Mehmood, to leave as she wanted to stay with her husband. I loved the ‘woh Meri Zindagi hai’ dialogue btw. During the night she realised that Arman is perhaps angry with her and doesn’t want to see her in the morning and she goes back to her parents home. On the other hand Arman’s mother is sensing that it’s something to do with his mental state as his physical wounds are not so serious.
The last two episodes were full of extraordinary scenes. I really enjoyed the two conversations between Pareesa and Mehmood’s confrontation in last two episodes. Pareesa and Arman’s conversation in hospital was heart wrenching. Mohsin Abbas was phenomenal in that scene. The way his eyes overflowed with tears was a tear jerker for me as well. I also liked how Pareesa just went and hugged her father, it was really cute. But of course my favourite was the one where Mehmood tries to make dua and Arman feels disgusted of his father and throws up. Mohsin Abbas is a power house of absolute talent. This scene had such a great impact due to his impeccable acting.
Both Kubra Khan and Asif Reza Mir are doing a great job but Saba Hameed needs a mention here too. She is such an amazing actress that we take her for granted and often even forget to praise her hard work. Her dressing and make up is always on point and the way she has handled the character development in Muqabil, it needs to be applauded.
The preview of the next episode was quite intense and now i just can’t wait for next week. Here’s hoping a happy ending for both Pareesa and Arman.
Edited by Warda Moeed Siddiqui
The last few weeks were a little disappointing as the pace had started to become much slower but I’m glad how things developed in last night’s episode and this is precisely the reason why it decided to do the review ASAP.
Arman found out Pareesa was violated as a child and that has made him even more careful in how he treats her. He is a true hero I must say. Not the most handsome or the richest lead character in drama serials but he definitely has the most adorable and charming traits. Pareesa has fallen in love and rightly so. She is making every effort to have a normal relationship (sans intimacy) with arman. The new soundtrack that has been introduced since they moved to a new place is beautiful and suits their situation perfectly.
Mahmood is content and satisfied that arman is settling down well in his new life and mehmood’s mistakes are not affecting his song’s life any more. He has started to believe that allah has forgiven him because he has been repenting for so long.
Arman has taken up the job at Pareesa’s father’s office and get seems to be quite content in life when to celebrate arman’s new job, his father in law forces him to have a few drinks with him. The scene between arman and Pareesa right after was the crux of the episode and the twist in the plot that came with it was shown in a splendid manner. Both Mohsin Abbas and Kubra khan were beyond awesome. The way the truth was revealed to arman was very realistic as well.
Asif raza Mir, Kubra khan and imran Abbas haider are very talented actors and they are all playing roles that are not only different but extremely difficult to portray on screen. They are all doing complete justice to their respective roles.
Can’t wait for the next episode!
Fahad Mustafa might be a great actor and host but I have always hated the drama serials produced by him. Muqabil is surely changing that opinion of mine about him.
Pareesa is now married to arman and arman is making it clear how smitten he is by her. Pareesa being a victim of child abuse is scared of being touched and she tells arman that they can only stay in the marriage as friends and not like a normal married couple. Arman assumes that Pareesa might have been in love with someone else and that’s why she does not want to be intimate with him. On the other hand, no matter how strong Pareesa tries to pretend to be, she is extremely affected by the way she was violated as a child. Arman, being the good person he tries his best to make Pareesa comfortable with him. Mehmood over hears a conversation between the two of them and finds out the dynamics of their relationship. It makes him feel even more guilty (which of course is not enough). Arman has gained Pareesa’s trust and she realises she has found the perfect partner. She now wants to have a normal relationship with him but she is scarred emotionally. But she does ask arman to leave her and lead a normal life because he deserves better in life. I just loved arman tells her that he will not back off and will stay with her.
I’m in love with this serial. It’s actually my favourite of this season. I love how characters are being developed through out. I really like how Shehnaz has changed over time and has started feeling guilty for things going wrong in Pareesa’s life. Also the way they have shown the caring side of Pareesa is awesome. She might seem aloof and lost in her own world but she knows what is going on in every one’s life.
All the actors are doing great in their respective roles. Mohsin Abbas is a talent power house. Just love his expressions. Kubra khan can be a little monotonous at times but she has still done a better job than most actresses her age. Saba hameed and asif reza mir are natural and I often forget I’m watching a drama while watching their scenes.
I’m loving this serial. Are you watching too?
Writer : Zafar Mairaj
Director : Ali Hassan
Kubra Khan, Asif Reza Mir, Mohsin Abbas, Saba Hameed
When Muqabil started, I was about o leave for Pakistan for a month so I decided not to start watching it, although the presence of asif Reza Mir was enough to make me want to watch it. What was more enticing was the fact that asif Reza Mir is on the title card of the drama too along with Mohsin Abbas and Kubra khan.
While in pakistan, I didn’t watch Muqabil but heard good things about it. This week I finally binge watched 8 episodes.
And well, it was worth it. I have fallen in love with it and now I can’t wait for Wednesday as that’s when I will be able to watch it.
Pareesa (Kubra khan) is the daughter of the very successful Shehnaz (Saba hameed). She is a loner, an introvert and doesn’t seem to be interested in anything in particular except for her plants and her servant’s 10 year old daughter. Shehnaz wants to get her married but Pareesa is not interested in any one. Shehnaz’s assistant, mehmood (asif Reza Mir) keeps suggesting that Shehnaz should now enforce her decision on Pareesa. Finally, Pareesa starts showing interest in arman (Mohsin Abbas) who is mehmood’s only son. To everyone’s surprise, mehmood is unhappy with this development. Over the years, he has become religious and righteous but here he demands for a separate home as a gift for his son if Pareesa wants to go ahead with the wedding. Arman meets Pareesa and tells her that she must stay with him in his house and she agrees. Mehmood tries every trick in the book to stop the marriage but he fails every time. It turns out that when Pareesa was 10 years old, mehmood had raped her. Since then Pareesa has started to hate everyone around herself including her parents as they were never there for her. But she loathes mehmood the most. And marrying arman is her way of getting back at mehmood.
So far, the story is gripping and intense . when I found out that Muqabil is about child abuse, I thought it might be like udaari, but the similarity ends there. It’s different in every aspect.
Each and every actor is doing justice to their roles. You expect that from actors like asif Reza Mir and Saba hameed but kubra khan and Mohsin Abbas have both pleasantly surprised me. They are both very talented actors and I’m so glad about it.
I can’t wait for the next episode of Muqabil. What about you?