Monday, August 21, 2017

Phir Wohi Mohabbat - What On Earth?

Phir Wohi Mohabbat boasted of a good cast, a lead pair with incredible chemistry and an interesting story.  This show had a higher standard of quality when compared to the other shows airing alongside it.  The characters were relatable, had common sense, were honest and didn't do silly things to sabotage their own lives.  Nice.  Refreshing.  Compelling.

And then suddenly - not refreshing, not compelling and oh-so-typical.  It's as though the writers had not a clue how to move the story forward, which is odd, because Phir Wohi Mohabbat consisted of 21 episodes, shorter than most dramas these days.  So what made the writers turn an otherwise great show into an Indian serial?

Suddenly, we had a scenario where everything could've been solved by Alishba taking a DNA test.  Why didn't she then?  Well, that would just be common sense.  Waleed, who was so in love with his wife, to the point that he called off his own wedding and confessed to Alishba on her wedding day that he loved her so much that he was willing to wait for her......suddenly loses all trust and faith in his wife because of what?  A phone call?  Parents who immediately felt a connection when Alishba simply entered the room and "felt" like Alishba was their daughter - suddenly, her father doesn't believe she's his daughter after all.  Why?  Because of some man making claims?  Sana, a confident, independent, to-the-point sort of girl not ruled by her emotions suddenly turns into your stereotypical desperate, suicidal, moral-less vamp straight out of an Indian drama.  None of it made any sense.

Thank God for last episodes then, I suppose.  Waleed finally realizes his mistakes, thanks to Sana who FINALLY gets her sanity back and decides to act like a human being.  All is well that ends well, EXCEPT......Ramsha?!  What on earth was that outcome?  Why was that something we were supposed to expect OR be sad about?  Ramsha was a thoroughly selfish woman who started off as simply complexed, but evolved into a downright villain!  What sort of woman gives her son an ultimatum like that, let alone plays with her son's life in such a way?  If you haven't finished the episode, please don't read the next paragraph.  

To be quite honest, I'm not sure what exactly she attempted to do - jump off the roof?  Either way, the final scene with Alishba giving the "right" to name her & Waleed's son was absolutely ridiculous.  I'm all about respect, but this woman was sheer, pure evil to Alishba and her OWN son, so really, she should be kept far away from their child.  Putting forth this idea of "let's kill evil with kindness" when a person literally tried to kill themselves as a ploy to further ruin a life is something that should NOT be promoted.  The ending made me as angry as the second half of this show continued to make me.

Also.....I kept waiting for Sheharyar to make a re-appearance at some point, but that never happened.  Why?  WHY NOT?!  That was actually a good subplot and would've added depth to the show.

Ahmed Ali and Hania Amir share the best chemistry and I can't wait for them to be signed for another show together.  But this show really missed the mark.  It started off so promising and ended up being just another saas-bahu Ekta Kapoor inspired show.  Oh well.  Give this one a miss if you didn't pick it up yet.

Until next time, happy watching!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Random Thoughts: Tou Dil Ka Kya Hua, Teri Raza, Yeh Raha Dil and Phir Wohi Mohabbat

Hey guys!  Alright, so in keeping up my promise of writing, I decided that this week, I would just briefly write down some thoughts on dramas that have sparked some kind of reaction/thought process from me.  So here goes:

Tou Dil Ka Kya Hua

Despite being only 3 episodes in, Tou Dil Ka Kia Hua is already striking a chord with the audience.  What started off as an intense first episode, introducing us to Maya and Faris, a couple headed down the path of divorce has quickly progressed into something much more.  A story of deceit, betrayal, lies, scheming, family loyalty and unrequited love.....this one has it all, everything rolled into one.

The emotions are so real, so intense that if you've ever experienced heartbreak, certain scenes will actually bring you to tears.  I'm really enjoying this show, if only because almost every character has shades of grey with multiple layers.  There is no "good" or "bad."

Phir Wohi Mohabbat

What started off as a compelling story with intelligent characters has slowly turned into a saas-bahu drama, complete with empty-headed characters that believe anything and everything without an iota of sense attached.  The character of Sana is the absolute worst, the very definition of a dim vamp without even a bit of self-respect, going from independent to being the worst kind of woman - one that steals the man of another knowing that he doesn't love her at all.  What IS that?  It's ridiculous!  The lead of Alishba isn't any better - she hides what's going on, which only leads to the mistrust and accusations that fall upon her.  The parents who knew Rafiq had taken their daughter and felt in their hearts that they had met their daughter......suddenly, the father cuts off immediately, believing the story of a random man?  What ever happened to DNA tests?  What IS this STORY?!  It's awful.  This show has gone from being my #1 to barely even being watchable.

Yeh Raha Dil

I'm actually really bothered by this show, if only because the games Zaki and Hayaa are playing with Hassan and Nida are downright cruel.  If they like each other, they should have said it long ago.  Instead, they are playing with the real emotions of good people (namely Hassan).  With each episode, I'm becoming more and more offended to be honest.  With the blackmailing twist with Nida, I'm hoping something changes soon.

Teri Raza

What is Suhana up to?  I don't even understand this character right now.  It's "Allah's raza" to marry Imtiaz, so she's doing it.  However, she's still hung up on Rameez, despite acknowledging that he literally lied to her and deceived her.  So what exactly is she up to in the last scene of the latest episode?  I'm a little appalled, because her behavior towards Imtiaz, a seriously IDEAL guy, is really aggravating. Yes, he's much older than she is, but he has been kind and considerate througout.  Did Daadi lie about the istikhaara?  Also, what was UP with Suhana's mother's EXTREME reaction and yelling when Rameez came over?  Parents like this are so frustrating.  All in all, I'm still trying to figure out where this show is headed and what path it will tread.

Alright, until next time - happy watching!