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Daagh Episode 23 FINALE

Posted by Sadaf On March - 30 - 2013 14 COMMENTS

“Mein apni bachion ko aurat hona oonkey leeye kabiley fakherho na key kabiley nadamat ho”

I think I realized around episode 18 that there was not going to be any kind of conventional happy ending and the promos had actually been quite accurate. Last week’s episode saw Murad rushing to Umama and the children’s rescue when his daughter Nimra is run over by a motorbike. He insists on spending the night, buys groceries and makes the usual promises and apologies to Umama. The children are so excited to see their father, their innocent excitement at riding to school in his car and eating a proper breakfast after so many days was adorable. It takes Murad no more than a few minutes to break their poor little hearts when a hysterical Deeba Baji arrives threatening him with divorce. He almost immediately surrenders to Deeba’s wishes and allows himself to be dragged from the house. As Umama sits with her weeping children on the doorstep of the house she comes to a decision: that she cannot allow her girls to go through this emotional torment again and again.

Deeba Baji, she may be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic but at least you know where you stand with her. I loved her conversation in the car with Murad reciting all the Ehsaan she had done for him. Money, sons, you name it Deeba Baji has given Murad her best. Humans as in Homo sapiens cannot consciously choose the gender of the children they conceive; the deciding factors are basically a throw of the genetic dice and the will of our creator. So either Deeba Baji is of a different species or she claims to possess powers usually ascribed to the divine.

I am not sure I liked the turn in the narrative at this point. Murad and Deeba find out that their sons suffer from severe mental developmental problems and which will only increase as they grow older. I wish writers would not use these diseases and illnesses as a sign of divine retribution. There are plenty of good people out there whose children and relatives may suffer such ailments and there is no need to add to their burden by stigmatizing them even more. I was not impressed by the now penitent Deeba’s request to Murad to bring back Umama and her daughters. Again there was an essentially selfish motive behind even that sudden reversal. I was even less impressed by Murad’s little condemnation of her, as if she acted alone and he was just a passive bystander. Deeba had little or no connection with Umama or her daughters but Murad certainly did.

Some of the best scenes had to be of Umama finally taking control of her life by ignoring Murad, completing her studies and renting out a portion of the house her father left her. In the final scenes we see Murad begging her to return but she refuses. Quite rightly she wants her daughters to grow up with the sense of self-worth and self-respect that her father (Mr. Haseeb) and then Murad had continually denied Umama.

Mehar Bano has been the core of this entire serial, despite being a novice she has given a remarkable performance. This was a long serial and mostly oriented towards the female lead, which had to grow from a protected, young girl to a mature mother of four children. Despite her extremely young age she managed to carry it off, though it was sometimes strange to watch her beautiful, unlined face pronouncing such sad, world weary dialogues. Sana Askeri was superb as the obsessive Deeba Baji and I feel like giving a round of applause to her for bearing the brunt of the audience’s anger at her character. I am not so sure about Fahad Mustapha. He is generally a good actor and in most of the serial was very convincing, sometimes brilliant but the last scenes of him wandering in the rain in supposed misery just seemed strange. His hair, his clothes are so perfect it was hard to connect them with the miserable expressions on his face.

Talha Mufti also managed to do a great job maturing from a cad to nice, sensible uncle. Before I am accused of not recognizing people again J yes I realized the young Doctor who gave the bad news to Murad and Deeba was Sarmad Khoosat himself doing a cameo. I really want to thank him and the entire Daagh crew for making this such a compelling, well-crafted drama despite its rather sad and predictable theme. Sarwat Nazir the writer did not disappoint either. I am really glad that she did not allow Umama to return to Murad, who ultimately did not deserve her. Those dialogues about teaching her daughters to value themselves as women and individuals were well worth hearing.

Having said that, I am really not sure why this drama was so long, it could have easily been wrapped up at around episode 18 or 19. There was really no knew revelation or development in the narrative. Another query I have is what is the deal with those pictures of Deeba in a hijab? We don’t see her in hijab in any scenes, was the serial even longer and those parts have been cut? All in All I cannot say that such an intense drama was enjoyable but it was absorbing and so gripping I used to wait for it every Friday without fail, hoping for something better for Umama. I think that is really the secret of any good drama: that we, the audience, find some connection, some level of empathy with the characters.


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Daagh Episode 22

Posted by Sadaf On March - 23 - 2013 13 COMMENTS

This has to be the least believable episode ever or perhaps I am just too mad at Murad to forgive him. It begins with a sad looking Umama walking home from the school job after she has just been fired. It goes downhill from there. Umama is in dire straits with hardly any money left to feed her children let alone their school fees. She decides to rent out the upper portion of the house and calls her Phupo Sajda to ask for Mushtaq’s help. Meanwhile Mushtaq has asked his mother if it would not be a bad idea if he married Umama. Understandably his mother refuses, reminding him that Umama comes with four children and is still married to Murad. So I was right about all those thirchi nazars Mushtaq was angling at Umama …too late Mushtaq …too late. As a consequence poor Umama loses even this feeble support from her aunt who gives her a mean spirited speech about a woman’s place in society and how she should put up with her husband’s bad behavior. I really like Afsheen Qureshi; she is a master at these roles.

have to praise Mehar Bano. it is amazing to me that a young girl of her age could understand such emotions and then portray them so naturally and effectively. Her expressions sitting on the steps of her house then sitting by the table were spot on. Worried Mother, worn down by her problems and thinking about them. The only suggestion I would make is sometimes she seems drowned by her clothes especially the abaya

.So Umama leaves her girls at home and goes to the estate agent’s offices with her daughter Nimra. On their way back Umama asks Nimra to stand and wait, (smart move) but Nimra does what children her age are preprogrammed to do: which is walk off and then gets run over by a motorbike. This has to be the stupidest move Umama made in her life next to marrying Murad. Luckily Mushtaq is passing by and helps a frantic Umama to take Nimra to the hospital. Once Nimra is out of immediate danger Umama rushes off to see her other girls, who are alone in the house. I was not wrong about Mushtaq when I called him the unexpected Rumi of this serial in true wise philosopher mode he calls Murad and then when he arrives gives him a little lecture about Murad’s responsibilities. Good job Mushtaq and good job Talha Mufti for showing a how a person can change and mature with time. The moustache is fooling no one though, he still looks very young.Murad breaks down when he sees Nimra in the hospital and finally comes to his senses, thanking Mushtaq and reassuring Umama. He goes home and is shocked to hear how his daughters have been living. By the end of the episode Murad and Umama seem to be making up and I want to stand in the middle and say …No …no way is that happening. Deeba Baji is still at home acting like a spoiled cat but the mother in law has finally come to some self-realization about her attitude to Umama and her own granddaughters.

 

I have tried to analyze Murad’s character without much success but my best guess is: he is your typical Mummy’s boy. When his mother was upset with Umama and happy with Deeba Baji, he was too. When his mother realizes Umama’s worth and is disgusted with Deeba Baji, he does too. I think Fahad Mustapha has done a great job and in this episode he was simply fantastic. He really did look contrite and ashamed, I did not want to but I did feel sorry for him crying by Nimra’s bedside. Still I found this whole thing hard to swallow just as I found his indifference towards his girls hard to comprehend. I know Umama is going to cave but I just wish Murad had to work a little harder to win his wife and children’s confidence after his mistreatment of them. I just hope this does not all become Deeba’s fault. Deeba may be mean spirited but the actual pain and damage was caused by Murad and his behavior. A second marriage may not be a sin but neglecting your wife and children’s rights is. I hope this serial does not follow the trend in many of our dramas, where men are excused and infantilized because they were manipulated by a conniving woman. Murad chose to take those actions and he needs to own up to his failings.

 

 


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Daagh Episode 20

Posted by Sadaf On March - 16 - 2013 9 COMMENTS

After the longest time I am feeling some empathy for Murad. Seriously! I had this old kamees that I had not worn in years so I gave it to a cousin. A couple of weeks later I saw her wearing it getting compliment after compliment and I thought “darn, shouldn’t have given it away…” So yes I feel you Murad.  I can understand entirely how annoyed you felt when you saw Umama in Mushtaq’s car. It wouldn’t have bothered you if she was laying face flat in the dirt but sitting in her cousin’s fancy car must have hurt badly. That is probably why you made your generous offer: saying she could come back if she wanted to and you had no objection. At this point in the serial I am at a loss to understand Murad’s character. I can perhaps understand him falling out of love with Umama or perhaps he really never loved her in the first place but his cold, detached behavior towards his children is surprising. I have to agree with Mushtaq “barra Beghairat nikla”.

After her father’s death Umama’s is very much alone, her sister has left for a new job and Murad is still smarting from her act of defiance in returning his money. When Umama loses her job and has barely enough money to last out the month, understandably she begins to doubt her decision to reject both Murad’s offer of return and his money. I have to commend Fahad Mustapha and Meher Bano for doing such a great job with these roles. It is nice to see an essentially negative role underplayed, without over the top gestures and larger than life actions. Every time I see Murad on screen I think of the phrase “the banality of evil”, because mostly it is the actions of ordinary people who consider themselves quite decent, that allow bad things to happen. Murad knows exactly what Deeba is but chooses to support her and yield to her pressure simply because it is easier for him. This is made patently obvious when Deeba Baji returns and acts nice after learning Murad is visiting Umama again.

Kissi ko Mushtaq pey shaq ho na ho, mujhey tho pura yaqeen hai. Mushtaqs’ newly found helpful attitude, his recent divorce and his sideways glances at Umama tell me something is cooking other than usual Karri chawal in Karachi. Last week we were all speculating about his suggarpan etc... And it seems to be panning out nicely. I really liked the scene when “Mushi Uncle” gives Hira a treat for making him a cup of tea and his quiet declaration that he will always have time for Umama and the girls did not go unnoticed by me either. So when he tells his mother to stop being suspicious we can be forgiven for smiling and looking the other way. I was no fan of Mushtaq before but he seems to have cleaned up quite nicely and even managed to look kind of cute in that moustache. Good job Talha Mufti (whom I have it on good authority IS Mushtaq) for managing to show such a change in his character over the span of time and making it believable

This may not be Humsafar or Pani Jaisa Pyaar  or indeed  Sheher e Zaat but this is good serial which has kept me hooked every Friday despite other attractions. I just hope the narrative moves on now and the story does not drag.

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Daagh Episode 19

Posted by Sadaf On March - 9 - 2013 20 COMMENTS

I should be sad, superficially things are not going too well for Umama; her father dies suddenly, Murad seems to be getting worse in his arrogance and Deeba Baji is still on the warpath. Yet somehow she seems free and if not happy, not exactly as unhappy as she was in Murad’s house. The lot of a single mother is never easy but neither is a life of constant disappointment and denial of dignity. I think the saddest part of this whole situation is the fact that their marriage was supposed to be a love match. Umama might think her life would have been better if Allah had given her a son but there are millions of other people on this planet who live happy, valued lives in without ever giving birth to one . Umama's real problem has always been Murad himself.

For most of my reviews I have called Mr. Haseeb the world’s worst father but after seeing the depths to which Murad has sunk, it is safe to assume he lost that title fair and square. Mr. Haseeb actually tried to make up for his neglect and took care of Umama when she needed it the most; even leaving her the house she now lives in. When Umama went to take care of her ailing parent I was so annoyed that this gave Murad an excuse to get friendly with Deeba. However on consideration if Murad had not understood or appreciated her after all that time what difference would a few more weeks have made?

Before his passing Mr. Haseeb makes amends with his sister Sajda whose son, Mushtaq had been the original choice for Umama. She now lives sad and alone because after his disappointment with Noreen, Mushtaq also left for a new start in Malaysia. I really appreciated this scene. With time and reflection some people can change for the better and Umama and her family’s attitude of forgive and forget was just right. It was strange to see Mushtaq come back and help with the funeral as a much more caring and mature person.

Throughout the episode we see Umama’s mother in law begging for her return, but it has less to do with Umama or her children’s welfare and everything to do with her own needs. Murad and his mother strongly disapprove of divorce but apparently making someone’s life a living hell is acceptable. Two very strong dialogues stood out for me today .One delivered so well by Mehar Bano when she asks how a man enslaved by his own wishes and desires could possibly be a support to her and her girls. That conversation alone made this entire episode worth watching. Murad is so incensed by Umama’s daring to return his money that he has to be forced to attend her father’s funeral. On the return journey his sister Rehana reminds him of quite clearly about his own arrogant and unjust behavior when he complains about his daughter’s coldness. Perhaps Murad will have a chance to contemplate this but if he has not learnt the value of these relationships in so many years it is doubtful he ever will.

This was a great episode and I am desperate to know what happens next week. Thank you the Daagh team for making such a compelling story and such relatable characters come to life. I am not sure if next week is the last episode or not but either way it should prove interesting. I have a secret wish for Umama and I have hope Sarwat Nazir, the writer, makes it come true …

Written by Sadaf

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Daagh Episode 18

Posted by Sadaf On March - 2 - 2013 17 COMMENTS

 

This has to be one of my favourite episodes so far. Finally Umama realizes she put her trust in the wrong man. The saddest dialogues were from Umama, when she asked herself why her love for Murad wouldn’t die even after all his mistreatment and neglect. Sad she may be but this was a much stronger, purposeful woman before us, not the plaster saint of previous episodes. This strong woman does not wait for permission from anyone but takes her daughter Soha back from her sister in law Rehana who, to her credit does not stand in the way. This same woman is now strong enough to stand up to Murad when he finally drags himself to her Father’s house and returns the money he is going to leave in lieu of taking his daughter’s responsibly as a Father should.

My sense of the ridiculous is so keen it usually won’t allow me to take a “crazy “ scene seriously but Mehar Bano did such an outstanding job in the opening dream sequence that I forgot to laugh . This is how any mother would feel after having her child literally taken from her arms. This entire episode was hers; she gets so lost in her character she really does not care about anything else. All the actors in this serial have simply been wonderful bringing great sincerity to what are basically stock characters .Not much was seen of Deeba Baji except a couple of I must say enjoyable truth telling moments to her Khala and threats to Murad that if Umama came back she would leave with his sons.

Murad is the most baffling character I have come across in a long time; he is quite simply beyond my understanding. Last week I wondered where his moral compass had disappeared and now he was showing all the classic signs of a hypocrite described by religious tradition. He was lying when he told his mother Umama wanted a separate house before she would return, he breaks his promises to Umama and betrays the trust of his daughters. Perhaps it is an exaggeration on my part but as I said he is beyond my ken. He keeps telling Deeba Baji he cannot live without his children and the viewer is left asking and what about you daughters? I am pretty sure he used to love and care for them, how can he forget them? I am not sure how Fahad Mustapha manages to carry off such a conflicted character but he makes it seem possible.

Mr. Haseeb enjoys his time with his grandchildren but looks rather sad and fake trying to convince Murad of the value of daughters after he himself treated Umama and her sisters so badly. Still he was a better man than Murad and in his regret he puts his house in Umama’s name so she feels more secure. Umama has made the decision to complete her degree, no easy task with three children and so many years out of college. This is a pointed lesson for a lot of people no one should give up their education for marriage or indeed anything else.

I realise the message of this drama is that we should value our daughters and as such I would like to thank Sarwat Nazir for writing it. I wish there was a more positive way of bringing home this message. The ratio of males to females has risen to unprecedented levels in The Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. Female infanticide and simply denying food to girl children already born has meant there are simply going to be a lot more men than women in the coming generation. This is going to have untold consequences on society and if we read between the headlines we can already see the effects.

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Daagh Episode 18

Posted by Sadaf On February - 23 - 2013 3 COMMENTS

 

The more I watch this drama, the more I like Deeba Baji’s character (thank you Sana Askeri). I know she is supposed to be the villain and selfish and arrogant and blah, blah, blah…. But really, she is just the kind of wife and daughter in law Murad and his mother deserve. One of my favourite parts had to be when she again stands up to her mother in law declaring that she is" ghar ki malkin not ghar ki nauker". Perhaps it is rather villainous of her to demand the house be put in her two son’s names but Murad and his mother don’t exactly have a good track record, and a girl has to look out for her future.

Just watching their family group sitting and exchanging gifts after the Aqeeqa fairly made my skin crawl. That meesni Rehana is so happy at the gold kangan Murad gives her and yet she has not appreciated the living, breathing child Umama gave her. Yusra Rizvi is just a marvellous actress; she has me hating her so much right now. Those soft words and even softer expressions she uses betray Rehana’s soft hold on her sense of justice. Later in the episode we see her reminding Murad of what is right but it is not backed up with any strong action.

So Murad has turned into the husband from hell, (Quelle surprise) not only is he ignoring his daughters he is actively undermining them. The straw that breaks the camel’s back is when he slaps Umama for protecting Hira, their younger daughter from Deeba Baji’s hysterical accusations. I was so afraid that Umama would accept this too and I would have to be taken to the hospital with an ever so small nervous breakdown. Thankfully Sarwat Nazir finally takes pity on both Umama (and me) because Umama finally finds enough self-respect to leave the house and land at her father’s place. Finally she gets the sense of security and comfort from her father she had needed all these years. I love, love this new Umama who does not want to return to Murad’s house and realises at long last exactly who is hurting her.

Mehar Bano was just fabulous, her confusion then gradual understanding of Murad’s behaviour was perfect. As to Fahad Mustapha, the fact I hate him more with each passing episode  goes to show  just how seamlessly he fits into his characters . This is not an unusual tale, there is no glamour, no love story per se, then why is it so compelling, so addictive that I got annoyed at how quickly the episode ended today? It’s directed by Sarmad Khoosat ,who knows how to tell a story.

The best lines from this episode were from Umama’s sister; who reminded her that we should only have expectations or hopes of God, no one else. She also reminds her that Umama needs to complete her degree and look after herself instead of becoming involved in an endless game of household politics she has already lost. Suffering sometimes makes us forget who the real master of our destiny is and we fall into in to patterns of behaviour that allow others to control us. Umama needs to set a good example for her daughters; she needs to show that it is possible to live with honour and dignity even in such difficult circumstances.

Written by Sadaf

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Daagh Episode 17

Posted by Sadaf On February - 16 - 2013 11 COMMENTS

 

I have this nice cup of acid oops I meant tea and I want to give it to Murad. I have hated some cinematic villains in my time Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort and Khizar but about now I think Murad is top of my list. What a dreadful husband and father he turned out to be. This entire episode was about him ignoring his own children and Umama, while he plays happy families with Deeba Baji. Quite frankly I am at a loss to understand such thinking; luckily I have never met someone like this. The worst scenes were when he is shown shopping with Deeba Baji instead of taking his daughter to the hospital .If he had been some kind of neglectful, drunkard or gambler or even player type I could understand but this makes no sense what so ever. Before his marriage to Deeba Baji he was actually a normal person with an actual moral compass, it is hard to believe it disappeared the day he had sons. Yes, Deeba Baji and Murad had not just one but two healthy sons. That in itself does not bother me it’s this character’s reaction I am surprised at.

Meanwhile Umama is crying and working in the kitchen and crying. Mehar Bano was absolutely marvelous in that dream sequence (and in most of the episode)though I have to say I could have done without that ticking clock it almost made me laugh. When Umama asks why her daughters did not have an Aqeeqa (or is it Haqeeqa?),then asks Murad to share the function he is holding for his sons with his daughters ,the refusal brings out a little more strength in her. She and her daughters sit out the function while Murad celebrates his “happiness”. Umama’s attitude is beyond my comprehension too; despite being pretty well educated she acts as if she were some unlettered, ignorant woman dependent on her husband for everything. Take that back I have seen some pretty strong  women without an education who earn their livings cleaning houses and sewing clothes but still live their lives with dignity. I suppose there may be some who find this behavior admirable and think there is no other way, but that is simply untrue. Not only is she setting herself up for a mental breakdown but setting an incredibly bad example for her girls.

Whatever my arguments with the characters, this was a very compelling episode, beautifully done.  It is a testament to how well made this serial is that despite knowing the story from day one, I and my inner militant feminist are sitting down each Friday to watch. All the actors were great (I just can’t quite bring myself to praise Fahad Mustapha  ...I hate you Murad), even the children were good. The eldest daughter is actually quite believable and the new babies were cute. I suppose Murad and his mother will continue growing in their arrogance and pride till something pricks their bubble. I expect fireworks next week I just hope they don’t burn Umama, because at this rate her character is due for a mental breakdown...

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Daagh Episode 16

Posted by Sadaf On February - 9 - 2013 8 COMMENTS

 

I think in the long, distant past I may have had some hope of Umama gaining enough self-confidence to assert herself…Slaps forehead…. what a fool I was. Just as I predicted last week Umama is back as chief cook and bottle washer for the family while Deeba Baji floats around in a cloud of unrestrained malevolence. Yes Murad does get annoyed with her now and then but not much, especially after she donates a large part of her inheritance towards his struggling business. Funny thing is Umama donates her jewellery in the same cause but gets no credit and I am reminded of the old saying (and fantastic Beatles song) “money can’t buy me love”. No, but it can sure buy some people respect from the materialistic minded like Murad and his mother. Both are highly impressed with the amount given and can now barely raise their voices against her.

Umama is and it seems always will be the unpaid help. Deeba was quite right when she warned Murad’s mother that a wife is not a servant, if only Umama had heard that little speech. Nothing new happened in this episode except perhaps the important discovery of Deeba Baji’s pregnancy. From the promos we can all tell Deeba and Murad have a son so Murad and his mother planned well. In this episode and last week we see a lot of interaction between Murad and his daughters but I suppose we will be treated to images of him ignoring them as soon as he has a son. I really am at a loss to understand such thinking and such people. Part of my fascination with this serial is strange behaviour of these people.

While Murad et al may be strange, the most curious is Umama. Not once has Murad or indeed any of his family threatened to get rid of Umama, in fact mostly they try to back her up but she has no wish to lead a normal life. I cannot claim to be a fan of plaster saints and those who aspire to be them. I am a little worried as to what message this serial and others like it are sending out to the general viewing public? I don’t see any particular nobility in acting like a door mat. In this day and age it’s about time we women started rescuing ourselves ….a girl could pine away just waiting.

Thanks to the entire Daagh team for making me set aside all my feminist opinions and ideals of self-empowerment to watch this drama. Mehar Bano was again so wonderful, the telephone conversation about her lost daughter with Rehana was really sad. I love the little girls especially the cute gollu one who always has an answer. Sana Askeri, Fahad Mustapha and the entire cast were as usual on top form. This was not an exciting episode but it still had me glued. One scene in particular had to be the saddest and was very well portrayed. When Umama summons up the strength to actually congratulate her husband on his second wife’s pregnancy and Murad asks her not to make a bad dua for them. Right there we can see exactly what his character is. I truly hope this play holds up a mirror to people like this so they can see what fools they are.

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Daagh Episode 15

Posted by Sadaf On February - 2 - 2013 15 COMMENTS

Mr Haseeb’s sad little conversation praising Murad for being a good father and husband was so ironic I was left unsure whether to laugh or cry. The camera focuses on Murad’s face and you can just feel his discomfort and guilt (thank you Fahad Mustapha) Umama however pretends all is well and is sent home with Murad by her officious younger sister, and the games begin.

Deeba Baji has taken the master bedroom, is rude to Umama and her children while doing nothing all day but flit around wearing a lot of makeup. Past performance is usually a pretty good predictor of future results when it comes to human behavior yet the mother in law is still surprised at the change in Deeba Baji. Still Murad’s mother has learned to appreciate Umama better and manages to stand up to Deeba Baji a few times. Murad seems utterly fed up with Deeba Baj's actions and is thankfully protective of his children. In fact in this episode we see him interacting quite a bit with his daughters. He regrets his decision and apologises to a rather distant Umama. Fahad Mustapha is just perfect as Murad, a little selfish, a little kind and entirely human

Now I know Deeba Baji is eminently hate able at this point but I cannot help but laugh at the efforts she has to make and at times I almost pity her because she can never rise above her own petty little mind. For the most part I don’t even blame her.  Sana Askeri has done a good job with Deeba the character is so strange; she seems even scarier when she is vulnerable. However, to me the real villains in this story are Murad, his mother and the biggest one: Umama’s father. I really hope that Umama will grow a backbone a t some point but I think it may not be in her nature but I was glad that she did not forgive Murad or let him off in any way. Mehar Bano has done a fabulous job throughout this serial, this episode was no different. In one scene she is bravely telling her father to look after himself , in another she is crying over the worthless claims of undying affection by Murad and in yet another she is clinging to the baby she gave up to her maqar sister in law Rehana

This is not normally the kind of serial I watch, I hate victims and like my heroines strong and independent but once I start watching Daagh I find I cannot stop. The direction, the production and each of the great actors in this serial make it very compelling. It is well written with true to life, nuanced characters that we may not like but can at least understandMurad and his family may have learned a hard lesson and Umama’s worth but of what use is that to Umama? If I thought Deeba Baji could look scary, Umama can beat her. Mehar Bano has the most beautiful eyes but when she looked back at Deeba after Murad caught her hitting their children I was reminded of a Tigress. I hope at some point that tigress comes out to play...

PS Haseeb , I tried hard not to bash your name sake :)

Written by Sadaf

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Daagh Episode 14

Posted by Sadaf On January - 19 - 2013 8 COMMENTS

This was a mellower episode in terms of story but none the less well-crafted and intensely moving. Umaima leaves the house without a sound, taking her girls to visit their grandfather. I have often written that Mr Haseeb may well be the worst father in the world but today I had to agree with Umama’s younger sister at least he never hurt his wife the way Murad has.

Murad knows exactly what he has done and how much he has hurt Umama but like a lot of people he thinks if he pretends nothing bad has happened then no one can confront him. He is actually annoyed that Umama left without his permission. Throughout this episode I was reminded of passages from the Holy Quran about the arrogance and ingratitude of Man and wondered, would life be any different if people actually took those verses to heart. Of course this would not be a Sarmad directed Drama without at least one ‘soulful gazing into a mirror scene ‘and this exactly what Murad does when Deeba takes over Umama’s room. Fahad Mustapha was just perfect, you can see him remembering his life with Umama and asking “who are you? “of the stranger in the mirror

After the wedding Deeba is showing her true colours, talking back to her mother in law and refusing to do any work. I know some people might think Deeba’s words are giving her mother in law the karmic payback she so richly deserves but a lot of what she says is quite reasonable. I loved her line “mein ghar ki malkin ban key aiee hoon, nauker nahin” and when Murad and his mother say they don’t like the maid’s cooking she suggests they hire a master cook or bring Umama back.  Umama has been treated as little more than a glorified servant most of her time in that household .The blame lies not just with Murad’s family but with Mr Haseeb who never gave his daughter any support so she lived a life of constant fear and apprehension. After all Deeba does not have any brothers either and but she has strong parental backup. Deeba Baji is quite right a daughter in law is not an unpaid servant.

What a meesni Ms Rehana turned out to be, she was all for helping her mother but one extra request from Deeba Baji and she is off. No one is there to help Murad’s mother face the consequences of her own decision I hope we see a stronger more assertive Umama as her compliant nature has spoiled this family. Everyone is urging Umama to return to Murad’s house so she can be chief cook and bottle washer again while Deeba Baji enjoys life. This is typical “family” advice, “apne ghar jaao” because the women must always bow down to pressure. Mehar Bano looked impossibly young and sad this episode and she had me crying again. My favourite scene had to be when the mother in law was trying to make herself a jam sandwich and gave up. I am not vindictive person but I quite relished this little tableau, especially when Deeba Baji floats in a few minutes later and tells her off again right in front of Murad.

There are some who might suppose Umama’s life has been blighted by the lack of a male child, but I think the writer has given us ample examples to contradict this line of thinking. Rehana is basically infertile but she has adopted Soha and faces none of Umama’s problems and Aqeela herself tells Murad that her late husband doted on his only daughter Deeba. QED Murad and his attitude are the real problem Umama has.

Written by Sadaf

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