Tuesday, November 17, 2015


If you're caught up on this show, episode 13 just aired and real drama has finally started to unfold.  If you aren't watching - you aren't missing much, but Zahid Ahmed's role makes this worth it. If the lack of Fawad Khan and Fahad Mustafa is being felt on television, Zahid Ahmed's acting abilities are fast making him a favorite (though he may not be as good looking).  Essentially, the show revolves around a married couple (Saba Qamar and Mekaal), a tragedy (Saba being raped), the result of that rape (baby Sangat) and the repentance of a rapist (Zahid).

My problem with Pakistani dramas these days is that in an effort to provide new stories, logic and realism is going out the window.  The A-listers of television are moving to films and we are left with some legitimately half-baked writing and content.

When Saba's character is raped, her mother almost instantly creates a sort and a cover up that would make anyone cringe.  This gave Saba zero time to even process what happened to her before jumping into a web of lies and deceit. I understand that it was "for her marriage," but it was a terrible idea and a terrible premise for the story to move forward, especially considering Saba wanted to tell her husband.  But again, as it had to be different from Mora Piya (Aamna sheikh & Adeel), it's been written this way.

In what world do psychiatrists give marriage advice and encourage their patients to deceive their husbands!? Week after week, these scenes are becoming increasingly bizarre and hard to digest.

The highlight of this show is the character of Shahvez (Zahid Ahmed), trying to come to terms with the gunaah he has committed and somehow trying to find forgiveness for something that can't be forgiven. Zahid Ahmed's acting is amazing.

The show has picked up pace now with the partial truth coming out (about the rape) to Adnan (Mekaal) and Mekaal is doing a great job portraying Adnan's turmoil, as is Saba.

It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here, as the truth as to who the rapist (and Sangat's father) is has yet to be revealed.  Is it terrible that I do hope for a happy ending for Shahvez with his neighbor? 

Happy watching! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tum Mere Paas Raho

I I've been watching this show as a loyal viewer since it began, as I love both Bushra Ansari and Zahid Ahmed.  But this show has one huge flaw - I don't understand the point.

The show initially showed an insecure Bushra Ansari, possessive of her son Taabish (Zahid), scared of abandonment and even a foreshadowing of psychological issues.  She instantly perceived his girlfriend Mariam to be conniving and ready to steal her son, so she had him enhaged to a girl of his choice, Zoya. 

Surprise! Taabish actually likes his fiancĂ©e! Some insecurity arises there. But shortly after, Taabish's biological mother is revealed - his "Chachi."  At this point, I thought "Wow, this show is going to be great!"

Wrong.  This show has literally spiraled into ten different, classless directions.  Taabish blames Zoya for his troubles (while she deserves a prize for dealing with psychos like him and his mother), so he's now attempting to start things up with Mariam again, who proves that completing a fellowship in the US doesn't mean she's smart - she's dumb as hell, refusing to get married because of Taabish, a man who mistreated her so badly. There's a lot of "ew" going on there.

But wait - it doesn't stop there. Taabish's biological brother is in love with Zoya and befriends her, telling her to confide in him in the hopes that she'll leave Taabish for him. Bring on even more "ew."

On the other end, "chachi" has been abandoned by her two sons (one back with Bushra Ansari, the other just plain nalaayak and essentially a druggie) and her daughter is now running the household. Nice throw-in of feminism. 

The problem is, I just don't understand the focus of this show. First it was inter-family adoption. Then it turned to affairs. Now I have no idea where it's headed. 

But the real issue with the show lies in that there aren't any characters you root for, barring Zoya - but she's about to get sucked into a skeezy trap with her brother in law too. Taabish is the "hero" and legitimately a terrible human being without any sense. His transformation from being a great, loving son to a horrible person was gradual enough, but one fails to understand what Mariam is still holding on to? This is not the same man she left behind. It makes Marian a horrible person too. Adnan (brother in law) is icky and honestly the worst kind of brother-son anyone could ask for. Bushra Ansari's character is a terror who is clearly mentally ill and unable to think of anyone but herself. 

It's a show full of bad people and you can't stop watching simply because you need to know if the director thinks they are normal people and deserve happy endings in the end or is this show written like this on purpose where these terrible people will have karma come and bite them in the behind? That's what I'm waiting to see!

Happy watching!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

More Endings - I Aplogize

It seems like all I do these days is write about shows ending.  That is definitely not my intention, but shows always end up wrapping up around the same general time.  So I DO apologize.  Hopefully this will be my last post for a while having to do solely with endings.  On that note, let's get started.

Diyar E Dil

There is legitimately nothing I could say about this show that would come across as negative.  I loved it from beginning to middle to end.  Yes, Farah and Ruhi's characters became blatantly annoying for a long while, but putting myself in their place, I could even understand their emotions and thoughts.

If there's even one criticism I could pull from this show, it's that the character of Moiz didn't have to end up the way he did.  How did a boy go from respecting and loving his Phupo and being on really good terms with his cousin to suddenly being a crook, potential rapist and potential murderer?  If anything, the story would've been even more compelling if Farah chose Wali simply because she realized she was wrong, how good of a guy he was, that she loved him and, hey, they were already married!  Both guys could've been good guys and the story would've been even better.

That aside, I think Diyar-E-Dil was a beautiful show, one of its kind these days and came as a breath of fresh air.  Every actor played their part beautifully from Ali Rehman, Mekaal, Sanam, Hareem, Maya Ali, Behroze Sabzwari and, of course, Osmaan Khalid Butt, who was the star of the show.  Beautiful writing, great characters, amazing cinematography, the pace was natural and flowed well - honestly, I was thoroughly satisfied with this show.

I only wish they had shown Wali and Farah's wedding.  Other than that, a modern masterpiece!


I don't understand how a show that started off with such promise ended in a way that didn't even make sense.

When the show started, it depicted a highly immature Haniya and a "beparwah" Hamza who didn't understand how to treat and give importance to his young and ziddi (yet sweet) wife.  Haniya continued to be influenced negatively by her mother and Hamza continued to be a jerk of royal sorts, completely blind to what his negligence was doing to his marriage.  By the time he realized it, it was simply too late and Haniya had, more or less, flat-out lost and and become bitter, resentful and hateful.  Both Hamza and Haniya married "more suitable" partners and moved on in life, sharing only one common link - their daughter Iman.

While otherwise I thought the show had potential and moments of brilliance, the show faltered most in the last episodes.  We see Aaliyah make all the right efforts to win over Hamza and Iman....but we never see Hamza repent for his completely poor behavior towards Aaliyah or acknowledge how spoiled Iman was.  In the end, a grotesque picture is painted of Haniya, the vamp and villainous woman.  She's a bad mother who left her daughter - forget Hamza's part in that.  We are supposed to also turn a blind eye to Hamza's mistreatment of BOTH his wives.  We are presented with a docile and obedient Aaliyah, but just because she's willing to be treated like dirt does not mean the show should've ended with only a negative picture of Haniya being painted.  Hamza should've apologized to both Haniya AND Aaliyah for his role in the entire mess.  But no - instead, we're faced with the usual male chauvenist image women....the docile and demure girl is "good" and finally wins over her husband by being obedient and patient.  The wife who wasn't obedient and patient (and, given, downright terrible at the end of their marriage) is a horrible human being by nature and Hamza had no part in that at all (please read the sarcasm. PLEASE).  I was really disgusted by Adnan Siddiqui's character in this show, because the writers simply did not acknowledge his severe character flaws and his own part in the downfall of his first marriage AND his bad behavior towards Aaliyah (who he did NOT DESERVE).

That aside, I did love the final scene between Haniya and her mother where she blames her for not convincing her to work on her marriage with Hamza the way she did with her second marriage.  This scene was hard-hitting.

Karb had a lot of promise, but ultimately ended up being a show that will be remembered for its beautiful OST more than the show itself.

Zinda Dargour

Oh my goodness.  Where do I start on this show?  There were just so many things wrong with this as a whole.

Let's talk about the basic premise:  Three burglars burst into Ailiyah's house the day before her mehndi, knock the girls out and the whole world believes they have been raped.

Interesting premise.  Sure.  But it could've easily been solved with a trip to the hospital to get some tests done and clear the confusion once and for all.  Instead, the girls scream from the rooftops and nothing happened, their families are as scared and ashamed as they would be if their daughters were raped (which is messed up in itself, as if it's their fault) and everyone looks at these girls with suspicion.  Okay....let's tackle the two main stories one at a time.

Ailiyah's marriage is called off (because you know, "Who knows what happened in that room?").  Ailiyah goes into depression, recovers and falls in love with her therapist, Mustafa, after the whole mess.  He, however, sees her as just a patient and nothing more.  On the other hand, Mustafa's brother Shayaan is in love with Ailiyah and wants to marry her.  Ailiyah tries to bully everyone around her into letting her marriage to Mustafa happen, including Mustafa himself.  It's very difficult to like a girl who doesn't GET that just because she's in love with a man doesn't mean he's in love with her.  It's literally ridiculous to watch.  Then we have sir Shayaan, who is literally borderline psycho.  He acts like a stalker, messes up Ailiyah's rishtas and even says "Who will marry her when I tell everyone she's been raped?"  What a class act.  However, after being rejected by Mustafa, Ailiyah decides to marry Shayaan....and her parents agree.  NICE.  And Shayaan magically reforms into the nicest guy after marriage.  How convenient!  The disgusting way Ailiyah fawns over Mustafa after her marriage to Shayaan is gag-worthy and makes you want to literally slap her across the face repeatedly.  That's all I have to say on that front.  The role of Mustafa wasn't worthy of Nauman Ejaz's talent, just needed to throw that in there as well.

Coming to Soniya's marriage, the entire thing was ridiculous.  Her husband married her KNOWING everything and randomly allowed his evil mother (who was perfectly NORMAL before their wedding) to brainwash him into hating Soniya and believing she was raped as well.  How one flip-flops so terribly, I will never understand.  And he doesn't simply flip-flop - he becomes downright villainous!  No one deserves a husband like this man, one who pretends to be a good person but is seriously spineless and a total jerk.  The ending of this love story was so completely unsatisfying, because not only does Soniya get a divorce for no fault of her own, but her husband also never finds out how WRONG he was and his EVIL MOTHER never realizes what a fool she's been.  What a complete shame.

I also want to say that the weakest point of this whole show was that we never find out what exactly those burglars were after!  They didn't take any money, jewelry, etc.  They didn't rape the girls....so WHAT were they doing there?!  That point never gets clarified and that's what makes this show completely pointless.

This show was a complete and utter failure.  It never happened.  I've blocked it out starting....NOW.


What was the point of this show?  Can someone just explain it to me?  I don't understand the point.  Sajal is abandoned by Sheharyar when he decides to marry Iman instead.  Then when Iman can't have a kid, he's bullied (by Iman herself) into marrying Sajal TOO.  Sajal is really sweet, logical and understanding.....until she gets married.  Then she turns into an insane witch.  Sajal gets pregnant and doesn't want Iman anywhere near the baby.  Iman takes off.  Sheharyar more or less kicks Sajal out of his house for being rude to Iman.  Sajal has the baby and DIES, conveniently leaving her daughter for Sheharyar and Iman to raise.

WOW.  HOW CONVENIENT!  The solution to two wives and one unable to have a kid?  Kill the 2nd (EVIL) one off as soon as she gives birth!  How logical!  How realistic!  UGH.

Also, can we take a moment to talk about the completely useless, warped side-story with Adnan Jaffar and his son Shanaam?  Iman WAS actually so skeezy and said all sorts of strange things to him, making him feel awkward and as though she was interested in marrying him and being Shanaam's mother (We all HEARD it).  Yet, when he confronts her about it and suggests it, she turns in anger and spouts "Main sirf apne shauhar se mohabbat karti hoon."  What on earth?  Then....what was with those pitiful dialogues in earlier episodes?

This show was pointless, moral-less and void of any sense.  That's all I can say.  Faisal Qureshi has been on a roll with terrible shows in recent times and this one wasn't any better.

Mere Dard Ki Tujhe Kya Khabbar

I don't actually want to write anything about this show.  I had to literally force myself to watch the last episode, simply to see how Zara could behave any more stupid than she already has.  And of course, she was just as stupid in the last episode as she has been throughout the show.

My hate-hate relationship with this show started almost immediately.  The image of Zara emerging from the guest room, being accused of having an affair with her brother's friend, Zara holding her head, acting like she had a hangover and couldn't remember anything because she was too drunk......it was just all too much to handle and I can't get the sheer stupidity of it out of my head.  Zara....the girl was sleepy and went to the guest room to sleep.  Did she not realize that there was someone else on the bed with her?  How sleepy do you have to be?  And even if that did happen, instead of holding her head and stumbling down the stairs like she was on something, why didn't she just say "Bhabi sent me upstairs because _____ and I went and slept on the bed.  There was no one there when I woke up, so I'm not sure what you're talking about."  That should've been the end of it.  Also, for a family that's so HUGE on the "badnaami" Zara brought upon them, they had NO PROBLEM SHRIEKING about the entire incident for anyone and everyone near the shaadi ka ghar to listen!  They brought badnaami on themselves!

OK anyways, Saad was not a bad guy in any of this.  It was not his fault.  If anything, he escaped in the middle of the night, thinking he was doing her a favor.  He didn't realize her family was crazy.  So Zara's hatred towards Saad?  Completely annoying and made Zara seem like an ungrateful waste of space, considering he saved her from a bad situation.  If anything, she should hate her mother and brother for forcing her into a marriage with Azfar.

Coming back to that, Azfar and his mother were the most irritating story in the entire show.  Loud, obnoxious and unnecessary.  Much like this entire show.

Happy ending.  Yay.  GOOD RIDDANCE.

Abandoned Shows

I also watched "Kaisay Tumse Yeh Kahoon" until episode 5 and gave it up, due to complete boredom and two really pitiful male leads.  I'm not sure how this drama sounded good even on paper.

Another show I gave up just two weeks ago is "Tumhare Siva."  When the show started, it seemed so promising, interesting and touched upon an interesting subject - divorcing for medical reasons and then remarrying your spouse.  Seemed interesting and I wondered what would be the conflict.  Well, I found out.  The show quickly turned into YET ANOTHER "dusri biwi" subject.  I'm over that nonsense, therefore I'm over this show.

Alright, now hopefully my next few blog posts will be about existing shows!  Haha.  Until then, happy watching!