Critic Rating

Written by: Sara Sadain Syed

Produced by: Abdullah Seja

Directed by: Mazhar Moin

The humanistic state of guilt and grief are the major themes of Haiwan, but in its recent episode the drama takes it a step ahead. While Azra’s testimony is rendered void due to her mental condition, Momina is spurred by her anger and need for justice to submit a report once more against not just Hameed but also Maan. This surprising turn of events is complemented by Amna’s realization about Hameed’s crimes and she begins to despise her husband and finally begins to see him for what he truly is: a monster. As she struggles with her own internal conflict, Hameed is haunted by the ghosts of his crimes. All in all, the episode continued the drama’s track record of refining itself with every episode.

The way the characters are shown coming to terms with their realities is brilliantly done by the producer of the show. The dialogue is top notch, but it is subtle details such as the music score and the background that really vamps up the grim and dark atmosphere of Haiwan. As if a reflection of the internal states of individual characters, the setting reflects their personalities very well. So in every scene with Hameed, the setting is somber and murky, a reminder of the darkness lurking within him. The conclusive scene in which Maan strolls alongside the beach is melancholic as he reminisces about Momina. Hence, there are acute details in every scene that give Haiwan its breathtaking atmosphere.

 

Faisal Quershi as Hameed

 

While the psychological fallout of the events are explored in this episode as well, what stood out was another aspect the creators imbedded into it. The way justice functions is truly something to think about in the drama, and it makes sure to broach this ethical dilemma directly. Firstly, the way Momina is responded to by the police officer is an apt societal reaction to anyone desperate for justice; it is “simply useless” and “too late”, yet they fail to acknowledge the magnitude of losing someone so close. Moreover, the “guilty by association” dilemma also gives us mixed reactions. Hameed’s crime is obvious and there is no question regarding it. However, Momina filing a case against Maan as well raises the question of whether protecting a criminal makes one a criminal as well. Maan’s position in the matter is discernable, since we could never turn against our own fathers. Yet, the fact of the matter is that Maan is standing in the way of a horrible monster getting what he deserves. Should Maan be held guilty for protecting a monster? By the end of the episode, that is the question we are left with.

 

Of all the drama on air currently, Haiwan is one of the most impactful dramas. The visuals, the music scores and the writing are all so well-fashioned that it is a delight to watch. But most of all, Haiwan makes the viewers ponder over human nature, and that is perhaps the most enjoyable part of the whole show.

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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