Muqabil (review) Episode 20

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 😉

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Muqabil (review) Episode 18 – 19

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

Muqabil (review) Episode 12 – 17

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!

Yeh raha dil (review) Episode 1 – 7

Writer: Mustafa Afridi

Director: Siraj ul Haq

Actors: Ahmed Ali, Yumna Zaidi and Anum Ahmed

It’s been a year since I have started dreading Monday nights. Mann Mayal and Sanam have both been really horrendous. With stellar star cast and well known writer/director combo, both these serials turned out to be huge disappointments. So when I found out about Yeh Raha Dil I decided to give it a chance because it did not boast of any big stars. All it had going in its way was the name of the writer : Mustafa Afridi. Unfortunately his only work that I had seen so far was Sang E marmar and from the promos, this serial looked poles apart. So with zero expectations, I started watching the serial and since then have been pleasantly surprised.

Yeh raha dil is adapted from a well known Korean serial but its been presented in such a way that it looks like a complete pakistani project. The look of all the characters, their relationships with each other and their dialogues are all very Desi to say the least.

*Spoiler Alert *

Now, let’s come to the story. It’s about a young, bubbly, happy go lucky Hayat (Yumna Zaidi) who aspires to be a writer. She lives alone in her mansion as her father abandoned them after her parents divorced when she was young and her mother died a few years ago. So she does have property but in terms of cash, she is completely broke. She depends a lot on her best friend, salman, who happens to be in financial trouble himself. Salman and his wife ‘gift’ Hayat a trip to Nepal on her birthday. On the otherhand, there is Zaki (ahmed Ali) who is head over heals in love with the very beautiful nida (anum ahmed). Zaki is the only son of his rich parents and although he is very spoilt, he is gentle and kind. Zaki’s father thinks Zaki and nida might not be a good match and rejects the Idea completely. Zaki being used to having his own way decides to just pack his bags and leave for Nepal.

As of now, Zaki and Hayat have become good friends. Nida is jealous of Hayat. And in amidst all this, salman has conned hayat and has sold her house to Zaki’s dad before absconding with his wife.

Yeh raha dil has surprised me pleasantly in more ways than one. All the actors are complete naturals and they fit their roles like hand in glove. The dialogues are a treat and comedy is just right, never on the top or cheap. The story is like a breath of fresh air… No saas bahu emotional dramey bazi and older people are also shown to love their spouses in a way which is not only relatable but also very cute.

So far the drama has been really good. It does not boast of any big names like may Ali or hamza Ali Abbas but it has far more substance than a lot of serials that we seen in recent times. Plus, it’s not preachy and not a form of protest against any social issue. Just a light romantic comedy, done the right way.

Muqabil (review) Episode 9 – 11

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?

Khuda mera bhi hai (review) Episode 8-16

So yea, it’s been rather long and a review was over due. Lot has happened since the last review. 

Mahi could not imagine abandoning her own child and when she told zain she wants to bring the child back, he told her that he would not be a part of this. So Mahi decides to take things in her own hands, packs her bags and goes to her mum’s place. With the help of her friend, Sanam, she brings her child back. Zain disowns him and she decides that it would be best if zain and Mahi went separate ways. Mahi stays with her mum, although still married to zain and starts caring for her child, who she names Noor. She creates a little world for Noor where she thinks Noor will be safe with all the supportive people like her mum, Sanam, zahir (who later marries Sanam against arshi’s wish) and a new friend Mikael (Aly Khan). Mikael becomes Node’s mentor and also gives his name to Noor. Noor proudly calls himself Noor Mikael. Growing up Noor goes through phases where he can’t decide upon his gender roles or other kids bullying him but with a great support system he over comes a lot of it and grows up into a confident young man although his voice and gait is a little different from other men. 

Overall, I love this serial because of the bold and taboo topic.  The performances by all the actors, including Furqan Qureshi, who is playing the character of Noor is beyond awesome. He has even changed his voice and gait to fit the character. The biggest flaw for me is the make up! Why are all the ladies always decked up in make up? And although Noor has grown up, the rest of the characters haven’t aged at all. This needs to be taken care of as its taking away all the charm. 

So how many of you are still watching Khuda mera bhi hai?  

Sanam (review) Episode 4-5

I think after watching Udaari, i thought that most dramas touching social issues would take an opportunity to educate the viewers but of course most drama smop erials are made for entertainment purpose only with lots of beautiful people and over the top performances/situations.

So anyway, in the last two episodes, Aila has become an even bigger evil person. She thought Aan and Harib are having an affair and she goes to Aan’s place and creates a scene. At that time, there is a family at Aan’s place for Aan’s rishta. After the whole episode they decide not to propose Aan for obvious reasons. Aila decides to go to sheroz’s (emad irfaani) place. Next morning she decides to return home, feeling a little guilty but there she sees Aan and Harib together in the kitchen and it confirms her suspicions. After a few more ‘confrontations’ and another thappar, Harib becomes an even bigger bechara. Aila and her mommy are slowly but surely becoming an important part of his life and it seems sheroz is willing to be a part of an evil plan of Aila.

Now, the problem that I have with Sanam is that Harib is being shown the ultimate bechara. However, this was a great opportunity to show how people with psychological disorders should be treated. I have now come to terms with the fact that team Sanam has decided to show how people actually treat people with psychological disorders. Harib is involving so many people in his marital issues and he very conveniently forgets to tell people that Aila has a psychological disorder. The only person he is not reaching out for help is the psychiatrist. I think that’s true depiction of how our society deals with psychological disorders unfortunately. One more thing that is bothering me is the rise of instances in our dramas where girls are shown to be living alone with na Mehram men. I’m not saying that it means they are sleeping together but it’s something which is culturally not acceptable in our society so why is it being shown in literally every second drama serial?

In terms of acting, Harim Farooq has improved a great deal. She fits well in the role that she has. Emad irfaani is just ok, nothing much to talk about. Maya Ali looks beautiful in shalwar kameez and till now has had a limited role to play. I do not like Osman Khalid butt in this drama. He has the same facial expression through out. The best of the lot is definitely Hina bayat. She is just amazing. The perfect person for the role.

So how were the last two episodes of Sanam?