Critic Rating

Written by: Sara Sadain Syed

Produced by: Abdullah Seja

Directed by: Mazhar Moin

Hameed’s children, namely Maan, Sawera and Javeria, receive a rude awakening in the latest episodes of Haiwan as Kulsum confesses their father’s crime finally. Maan and Sawera are directly confronted by their mother whereas the younger Jojo eavesdrops and runs away in shock. This single action brings down the delicately balanced structure of the lives of all those involved, specially Hameed who gets a heart attack¬† as his guilt catches up to him and ends up in the hospital. Justice is steadily being served episode by episode, alongside a well-maintained standard of writing and film-quality.

Firstly, Maan and Sawera find out that their own father whom they had defended so passionately had been the culprit of the murder all along. It is a huge blow to both of them who had blindly trusted Hameed’s character. Wahaj Ali, who plays the role of Maan, stood out in his portrayal of trauma, and was very believable in scenes where he is jolted to the reality of his own actions. Most importantly, he begins to understand that what he had done to Momina had been despicable. The parts in which Maan is shown to reflect upon this and wail over his world coming crashing down is genuine and excruciating to watch; props must be given to the actor for an outstanding performance.

 

 

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Maan comes to his senses and seeks Momina for forgiveness, and she gets her moment of savoring justice even under such horrible conditions. Momina’s suffering was the most uncalled for, since she endured much more than just the sorrow of her dead sister. So although it hurts to see Maan lose hope, it also is satisfying to watch Momina get the karma she deserved all along. The drama does really well in creating conflicted emotions within us, and can only be a consequence of fine writing.

Faisal Qureshi as Hameed

On the other hand, the young Jojo is unable to bear this overpowering reality and runs away from home without informing anyone. She almost gets kidnapped and wanders around the city lost until falling and hitting her head. It is almost as if she is paying for the sins of her father, a rather cruel burden on the shoulders of such an innocent child. When news of Hameed’s hospitalization reaches Azra, she starts praying for him to live so as to prolong his suffering. That moment is particularly worthy of praise and also let us take a sigh of relief; the people in the right are getting what they deserved all along. Death is too easy a way out, thus making Azra’s prayers are justifiable. Regardless, whether Hameed dies or lives, he will hopefully pay for taking an innocent’s life.

While veteran actors such as Faisal Qureshi and Sawera Nadeem never fall short of an amazing performance in every scene, we feel like there is great potential in the younger actors of this drama. Having a well-written script and a crew of talented directors and producers is indeed a plus point, but the actors have made Maan, Momina, Sawera etc very much real and memorable for us.

 

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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