This episode was particularly sad for Noori’s character as she changes and becomes hardened towards Bhola. We of course knew this was going to come sooner or later with Sahir’s entry, but still the way Noori’s attitude changes towards Bhola was sad to watch! The episode focused on Noori manipulating Bhola to behave in a certain way that would feed her and Sahir’s agenda. What was even more regretful to watch was Fehmida and Komal’s naivety of everything as well. It is clear now that Bhola, Fehmida and Komal have become involved in this sick game by people they trusted, especially Noori who we all thought had turned over a new leaf.

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The character shift in Noori was a brilliant stroke by Faiza Iftikhar and really took the audience by surprise. I didn’t find myself hating Noori with the same rage that others probably did, but I do think it could have been executed in a much better way so as to provide a more reasonable explanation for Noori’s behavior. She still carries the burden of the rape, and that is the biggest factor causing her to act this way towards Bhola. Of course no one should be expected, least of all wives who go through such an ordeal, to put up with the after-effects of marital rape quietly.

However, the drama did not depict Noori’s grief and shock in an obvious way, in my opinion. Right now, the way she is treating Bhola just seems vindictive and opportunistic of her, whereas if the aftermath of the rape on her mental health had been shown more clearly, her behavior could have been understandable. It’s sad that Noori is being perceived as a villain when her reasons for acting this way are probably more understandable than anyone else’s, but then again if the drama had allowed for more development in Noori this would not have been the case.

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Apart from that, Iqra Aziz does a brilliant job once again in her depiction of Noori. There really is no doubt that half of Noori’s attraction as a character lies with Iqra Aziz’s depiction of her! Especially this episode where Noori’s survival instinct kicks in and takes her off her moral high ground, Iqra Aziz managed to revamp the character in a different light successfully. Alongside her, Imran Ashraf continues his heartfelt performance and last night, his acting genuinely had us all in tears! He has certainly proven himself to be a versatile actor and will be most remembered for Bhola.

The small complaint I did have about the way Noori was depicted was the only flaw I had about the episode! Kashif Nisar’s directing did not really leave any stones unturned and as always the writing and dialogues are spot on. This darker turn that Ranjha Ranjha Kardi has taken has really set it apart from other dramas airing right now, and even though it is painful to see such beloved characters going through such ordeals, the way the drama is exploring the darker psyche of human nature is impressive to say the least and not something I expected from a drama. Ranjha Ranjha Kardi has set a new precedent for Pakistani dramas from here on out!

What were your thoughts on this episode? Do let me know in the comments!

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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