Written by: Zanjabeel Aslam Shah

Directed by: Badar Mehmood

Produced by: Fahad Mustafa and Dr. Ali Kazmi

Nigar (Ushna Shah) finally finds her window of opportunity to get rid of her mother-in-law in this week’s episodes of Balaa. Having already shown us the extent she would go to just for the sake of her own ego and demands, Nigar’s actions in this drama do not shock us either anymore. She does finally succeed, brutally cutting Shama’s (Samina Peerzada) hair and then running her out of the house. Shama wanders around the city lost and confused, perpetually dazed due to her mental degradation, and ends up having a heart failure in a random bus where she  is taken to a nearby hospital. Taimoor (Bilal Abbas) tries to contact Nigar to ask about his mother’s health but the latter refuses to pick up. After a harrowing sequence of him urging Saba (Azekah Daniel) to go to every house to ask about his mother, Taimoor finally comes back and discovers that his mother had succumbed alone in a random hospital. We see a sharp change in attitude in Taimoor as he vows to destroy whoever did this to his entire family, namely Nigar.

While there was not much progression in Nigar’s character and so nothing that stood out on her side, Shama and Taimoor were two individuals we loved in this particular episode. Samina Peerzada’s emotional scenes where she clings onto her cut hair under a tree and laughs hysterically in her madness left us feeling so many types of ways. The acting was commendable, and it was sad to see her die in such a way, having lost touch not just with her beloved son but also her own sanity. On the other hand, Bilal Abbas perhaps had the perfect moments in these episodes to showcase his acting prowess. While Taimoor is searching for his mother desperately from one part of the city to another, his anxiety devolves steadily into insanity as he cries out for his mother. The trauma he is going through is understandable and even his change in character is a well since he has already experienced the death of his two sisters. So kudos to Bilal Abbas in making this shift in character so markedly memorable.

Junaid (Asad Siddique) finally lets his guilt catch up to him and decides to do the right thing and give himself up to the police for killing his wives. His change in character was wonderful to see as finally some redemptive person is seen in this drama. However, Zafar(Sajid Hassan) is unable to live alone with his sins haunting him. He also starts to see the demonic attitude of his own daughter Nigar who reveals to him that they should have killed Junaid when he was a baby. Hopefully, Zafar will try to make up for his own crimes by doing one right thing and exposing Nigar.

Bilal Abbas as Taimoor

The end of the episode showed Taimoor vowing to take revenge from Nigar and glaring angrily at Nigar from the side of his mother’s deathbed. It is an exciting conclusion, leaving us wanting more. We have our fingers crossed that the usual sequence of events in which Nigar manipulates the situation will change as Taimoor finally brings her to justice.

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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