Critic Rating

Written by: Saira Raza

Produced by: Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Naseeb

Directed by: Shahid Shahfat

With the characters and the storyline all of a sudden becoming repetitive, this episode was severely underwhelming. Ulfat and her new husband Tipu continue to show us that they were meant to be together, both equally horrendous to each other and those around them. It becomes quite obvious by now that Ulfat is regretting leaving Afzal, so it doesn’t make sense to over-saturate that aspect of the story. Yet, we have to sit through another episode of Ulfat and Tipu being even viler than before, and after the hundredth time of watching that it really fails to capture our attention. Even the way Ulfat so easily agrees to an abortion at Tipu’s insistence when she finds out she is pregnant is not shocking anymore since it’s so in character for her. It really seems about time for some major shift in Ulfat’s character before the drama becomes just like the hundred others that have overplayed this cliché before.

 

 

Disregarding the lack of intrigue in that storyline, the saving grace of this episode was Afzal finally overcoming his trauma and opening up to Fatima. He returns to the gentle and kind Afzal he was before Ulfat’s influence. It was also heartwarming to see Fatima’s character develop more as well when she confesses her love to Afzal and stands up to Akmal. Regarding the latter, Akmal’s qualms are understandable but seeing Fatima stand up to him was probably the only moment in the episode that had the audience on the edge of their seats. It was also a pleasant yet welcome surprise that Afzal did not fall under the influence of his brother and immediately apologized to Fatima. Although not a major moment overall, it were little moments like these that saved the episode from completely falling flat.

 

Although hardly a progression, we see Azhar express his regret by the end of the episode and his return is something to look forward to.  It seems rather unfair that Tamkinat is being constantly portrayed as helpless and unable to live without Azhar, while Azhar seems completely independent and stable. There are also allusions to how defenseless Tamkinat is without any male presence, which is again banal for the drama. It seems as if the series has reached the brim of its plot twists and is now resorting to crude methods to invoke audience sympathy. Kauser’s character is another example of that facet too, lacking in reason or motive for what she does. However, the end of the episode promises more for these three characters and their future.

 

 

Once Ulfat’s same old routine is overlooked, the episode was actually a joy to watch merely for the sake of Afzal and Fatima getting the happiness they deserve in each other. Ulfat’s storyline is such a huge part of the drama, however, that there really needs to be some sort of redemption arc for her to keep the drama interesting.

Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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