A darker side to Zubi’s character is revealed as she proves herself to be far more cleverer and cunning than anyone initially thought! As time passes and she gets used to the new situation, Zubi starts to gradually manipulate Umair into believing her lies as well as her father. Sadia ends up suffering for a mistake she did not make, and for now it doesn’t seem as if anything will go right for Sadia, sadly.

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My favorite part of Yaariyan is definitely Zubi, and her portrayal by Ayeza Khan. After so many roles as the sweet, girl-next-door type, after a long time she is finally panning out to more diverse roles and Zubi is a great place to start for her. Because of the fact that she has played so many positive characters, Ayeza Khan manages to portray Zubi’s different facets pretty well when she manipulates her father or Umair to take her side.

On the other side, she is almost natural at playing the role of a villain and her performance has been the most enjoyable one so far! Muneeb Butt however has played so many negative roles recently that we really want to see him in a more positive light. Perhaps Umair might in future episodes change after realizing that Zubi is merely tricking him to get her revenge. Momal Sheikh and Hina Bayat also deserve applause for their excellent acting this episode, and Sadia’s suffering is really well-performed on the screen by Momal Sheikh. Kudos to these actors for their hard work!

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While the characters are multi-faceted and the actors portraying them do such an excellent job, I do feel like the writing of the show leaves something to be lacked. This episode, this flaw was felt more obviously specially in emotional scenes like Zubi waking up from a nightmare and talking to herself madly. While the actors and the directing are top-notch, the dialogues always seem to fall short of expectations. It isn’t outright bad, and some moments are definitely worth noting and stand out, but majority of the dialogues are extremely forgettable and don’t have that much of an impact. For a show with such a talented cast and crew, it is slightly disappointing that this aspect leaves such a huge hole for Yaariyan.

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Apart from this, Yaariyan has remained top of our list until now despite the weak writing. It also had an interesting starting point for a storyline. What will determine whether Yaariyan is actually worth all this praise is still left to see from how the main characters develop with future episodes.

What did you think of this week’s episodes! Do let me know your thoughts 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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