Critic Rating

Written by: Faiza Iftekhar

Produced by: Momina Duraid & HBCH Productions

Directed by: Kashif Nisar

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is been pretty strong and impactful from the very first episode. “Abhi tau mujhay jeena hay, apni duniya banani hay… or tum sub logon ko dikhani hay.” That was the powerful and assertive line by Noori (Iqra Aziz) which was enough to reveal her character and future plans.

The episode started with the scene of Noori running alone on the railway tracks with a veil on her face. She hides on seeing two policemen and then enters into the train along with the crowd. That scene was giving the impression that she was fleeing from her home possibly for someone she likes. But after that, with the flashbacks of her childhood and how Amma Jannat (Zaib Rehman) helped and guided her to go to the city, we got to know the story.

Noori belongs to a very down-trodden class called changar (garbage collectors). She is poor and illiterate but knows the importance of literacy and education. For the same desire and zeal of her, Amma Jannat starts teaching her Quran and formal education. She feels disgusting for the work of garbage collecting. She is a rebel – rebel of the traditional living style of garbage collectors. Due to her passion, she finds a way with the help of Amma Jannat how to go to the city and earn a respectful living. She looks at new things in the city with great surprise, keenly opens the books and reads when she sees one and talks harshly to a stranger. These are a few personality traits of Noori which reveal the character psyche.

Iqra Aziz has matured into a performer within a few years span of time and is fully fit into the role. She has given a very powerful entry from the first introduction of her character. The parallel scenes of the past of her life and the present tells us about the story settings and her journey. Her interaction with the shopkeeper in the locality, Saad (Syed Jibran), may bring Noori to a new track of her life. However, Saad looks a typical man who takes interest in girls only for a pastime.

The videography and lighting were simple according to the nature and setting of the story. We see various production values in the locations of Noori’s home, factory, and the home of Qudsia Begum. The OST also is very expressive and discloses the inner feelings of the characters especially of Noori. Momina Duraid and Kashif Nisar have chosen a great subject of the very subjugated class of the society. Whenever we see a story like that, we attract toward it. More characters and story tracks are to come in future episodes. Let’s see what is in store for Noori who has left her home for the sake of an honorable life and bright future.

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