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Iqrar review

Posted by Guest Reviewer On November - 20 - 2014 15 COMMENTS

After a long time a very strong plot based land lord story by A.B Productions. Old subject but in more depth. Beautiful chemistry with Faisal Quraishi and Rashem.  Resham reminds me of another drama from Geo “DIl Tou Bhatkay ga.” (Resham and Mohib Mirza)

The the music was better than Iqraar. She had a black kid from a servant. (Mature subject)


Faisal Quraishi’s wardrobe is better than Basher Momin(most talk about ) 
I like how they are trying to prove that girls have no place after her husband’s house, a very good eye opener for our society.
They must cast a better  actor for the brother and sister in law . They are ok with low budget dramas only.


What is wrong with Aijaaz Aslam?? HIs role was blank even in Daraar, DIl Tou Bahkay ga.Please go back to your business and stop trying to be a land lord with artificial mustache please.


With a stronger background music this drama can get better rating . What is up with an OST with an old song why don’t creat a new OST to compete others.


Any way Reshem is the best . Sar say dupatta and long hair wao. I love her deep voice. Looking forward when They will fall in love with each other :)

Written by. Uzma

Bashar Momin: episodes 30-31 Finale

Posted by Sadaf On November - 10 - 2014 37 COMMENTS

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After thirty episodes Bashar Momin’s transformative moment finally came and he became Rudaba’s “prince”, though like a lot of people I think the prince looked a lot better with the beard.

Bashar is in hiding while the police and government officers investigate his shady dealings as a money launderer. One clumsy scene after another of screaming policemen interrogating screaming members of the Momin family and then along comes our girl Tayaba. Tayaba denounces her brother in a public TV interview and Bashar watches in tears as the sister he was willing to destroy so many lives for denounces him in public. Then he sees Rudaba, who not only defends him but even manage reassure him saying he must do what is right for him and not worry about her or the family.

“ aurat do kisam ki Mohabbat karti hai aik hoti hai aurton wali Mohabbat khudgarz, leyyn deyn wali…… aur aik Mohabbat hoti hai jo Maa kay pyar ki tarha hoti hai selfless … bura hai bhalla hai mera hai”
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This is perhaps the dialogue that most easily explains Rudaba’s feelings for Bashar. She has accepted him completely into her heart, for better or worse and whether he deserves it or not.This , unconditional love is a rare painfully bought gift which finally heals Bashar’s damaged psyche.

“Abb Mujhe koi nahi Hara sakta”

The fabulous script by Zanjabeel Shah has always been Bashar Momin’s strong point, well plotted, well-defined characters and some truly great dialogues it has kept this serial’s head above water even when the director was playing around with special effects. Episode 30 in particular was hard to sit through and her ladies and gentleman is the heart of the matter, why? After enduring some bad episodes, some good episodes this should have been drama at it’s most gripping, when the story moves to resolution. Instead the audience was forced to squint through the darkness in one badly lit scene after another.  Why do A&B productions have such a near pathological fear of light? Then to add insult to injury Rudaba visits Bashar in Jail , what could have been a magnificent scene and a rare moment in which Ushna Shah is actually concentrating hard enough to make her character work, is ruined by someone playing the ost so loud we can barely hear the actors speak.images

Episode 31 looks as if it was 2 episodes pasted together but it was worth the wait. Faysal Qureshi is without doubt an amazing actor; his screen presence is so powerful that despite the Ushna’s inexperience he managed to carry most of the powerful scenes. Bashar knows exactly what he has done, he trembles every time he sees a glass of juice, weeps when he takes Tayaba and Bulund’s baby in his arms and the audience weeps with him.  Bashar’s Transformation is so complete that he does something totally amazing for most Pakistani dramas … he actually apologizes to his wife, tries to fix his mistakes, he even says sorry to Bulund.  Just loved, loved Faysal Qureshi in these scenes I just wish Faysal had kept some control on Bashar’s character and not been so loud in the beginning. Quiet power and a more controlled performance would have just as effective.

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The men of Bashar Momin have mostly managed to make their characters believable. Yasirr Mazhar as Adil was a treat to watch: weak brother or walk over husband, he kept it real. I just loved it when he told Sairah off in the last episode. Sami Khan was the real surprise and stole the show completely in some of the episodes .Bulund is a character often seen on our screens, jealous, possessive and vindictive but ostensibly a “Sharif Admi” but after realizing his mistake he became a lot more likable. I wasn’t too sure about his transformation into accepting husband and there is a nasty part of me that wanted Tayaba to suffer.

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The women of Bashar Momin were the weakest links. Maheen Rizvi deserves a prize for the worst acting I have seen in a long, long time. Sundas Tariq, the annoying Tayaba, was the only one who gave a consistently decent performance every episode and resisted any urge to overact. Ushna Shah was both the weakest link and paradoxically the strongest. To her credit she has great screen presence, exceptional good looks and manages to create a lot of on screen chemistry with her costars. However she really needs to work on her craft, hone her dialogue delivery skills and work on her expressions. Rudaba did not win Bashar easily, it was a very bittersweet victory yet that did not come across in a lot of the scenes.  The cascading curls certainly didn’t help either, It didn’t matter if the world was about to end, Rudaba never failed to have perfectly coiffed prom curls.

This serial had a very strong story and I was fully expecting it to be a block buster but I think the director was busy reading fifty shades of grey or something … if only he had concentrated on getting strong performances out of his cast and given the actual script some credit. I have to say I watched his Kash main teri beti na hoti and that was a fantastic, addictive soap which is actually playing on Zee Zindagi. However the same chiaroscuro style lighting and gothic atmosphere really didn’t fit in with Bashar Momin, which was a very emotional tale of transformation and redemption. Sometimes simpler is better and less really is more.

Talking of less is more, If Nabilas were the stylists for this drama, I think Faysal should ask for his money back. None of the clothes the actresses wore made any impact and the Men’s styling was just a distraction from their characters. For all their sharp business suites we never saw Bashar or Adil do a stroke of work. I think Bulund had the best look out of the entire cast and Sami Khan wore it really well.

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Overall despite   some very good episodes and good performances by some of the actors, Bashar Momin did not realise the potential of its script. There were amazing scenes and dialogues but the execution was inconsistent at best. A lot of people tell me television is a writer’s medium but we see scripts ruined every other day by bad execution. At the same time no director can save an awful script. The best projects are always the ones where director and writer understand each other and try to stay on the same page.

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Bashar Momin: episodes 28-29

Posted by Sadaf On November - 2 - 2014 38 COMMENTS

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it is really difficult to review Bashar Momin ,firstly because there are two episodes a week and secondly because it keeps twisting and turning . Episode 28 was so unbearable I could hardly watch. I am not sure what is wrong with Rudaba but it needs to be fixed quickly with heavy medication. All those unnatural smiles and desperate declarations of true love put me firmly on Bashar’s side. Episode 28 was full of badly joined romantic tableaus that had all the finesse of a badly knitted jumper. It almost seemed as if the tables had been turned and Bashar was afraid of this new assertive Rudaba, who was just not afraid of him anymore. download (53)

The saving grace of this episode had to be Noman Ejaz and Hina Bayat ,who stole the show with just a few lines .In an unimaginative flashback Bashar’s beautiful mother Shagufta Jahan and her now husband Zafar walk into the fancy restaurant where teenage Bashar works as a waiter. The humiliation and confrontation scenes explain Bashar’s miserable background and psychological hang-ups perfectly. What I don’t understand is the nightly piano playing. Why not have Bashar actually do business in a restaurant and be reminded of this or perhaps sit in his garden and allow a memory to haunt him? Why belabor a point, why not underplay something for impact?
Hina Bayat was a treat to watch. Her character doesn’t regret leaving Bashar’s father for a minute but despite what Bashar thinks or says in her own selfish way she does care for her children just not enough to do anything for them which might take her away from Zafar. Similarly despite Zafar’s arrogance and conceit he cares enough about Shagufta to know she weeps for her children at night and forces Bashar to talk to her. Zanjabeel Asim’s script is again the best thing about this serial. Each character is well developed and every detail well plotted.images

So Bashar decides to be a bigger “Kamina “than Zafar. As with all these kinds of dramas ,Bashar is ruthless so his rise is meteoric. As soon as he gets rich Bashar changes his persona ironically to be just like Zafar .Bashar has severe trust and commitment issues and is literally scared when he finds out Rudabba is pregnant. Despite all the threats and ample evidence Bashar gives her that he doesn’t want her or her child she believes him and ends up losing her child. This whole sequence was gut wrenching and very difficult to watch. Till now Ushna had been sleep walking or something but suddenly it seems she remembered how to act and actually did a pretty decent job as the heart broken Rudaba . Faysal Qureshi was fabulous as usual, frightening but very much afraid himself , tormenting but equally tormented , unforgiving but a pitiful mess of man. I had hoped for some kind of redemption for Bashar but after this he will have to find the cure for cancer or bring about world peace before this viewer can think well of him again.
Next week’s promo shows us Rudaba is once again the saint as she defends her husband from the police scrutiny. Rudaba’s is still proving her love is unconditional to Bashar while our old friend Bulund takes his revenge by bringing the full force of the law onto Bashar’s head. What ever happened to Rudaba’s father’s insistence on Halal Risq ?
This drama is supposedly based on Beauty and the beast  As far as I remember the beast only frightened Beauty , he never actually harmed her …although like Bashar he shows Beauty his heart (Basher’s weakness/past ) his mistake is allowing Beauty to leave him and return to her family because he is actually kind and caring enough to know she misses them .. This story reminds more of Sheherezaad whose husband was also convinced of the infidelity of women and would execute his wives . I just wonder whether such Men really are the glittering prizes worthy of all the effort these women have put in to win them ….?

Bashar Momin is a very different story to the family dramas weare used to seeing, the themes are dark but not so far removed from reality as we would like to think. I just feel a that the execution of this drama was some how lacking. I wonder who came up with the bright idea of making this drama so heavily stylised  when it could have been so amazing if kept along its original, authentic Pakistani lines .

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Bashar Momin: episodes 26-27

Posted by Sadaf On October - 26 - 2014 30 COMMENTS

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Scenes of male dominance and female submission are as old as the hills and grist for the metaphoric mill in every other drama so why do I find Rudaba and Bashar so disturbing?

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There were a lot of Bashar and Rudaba scenes this week, mostly carried by the brilliant Faysal Qureshi who gave each monologue a world of meaning and depth. A confused, desperately sad prisoner of his past; in the space of a minute he tells Rudaba how much she disgusts him and then how beautiful her hands are. I want to say poor Bashar but he is such a vindictive sort that my sympathy for him cannot last long. From this week’s episodes it seems Bashar may well be in love with Rudaba but would hate to admit to such a weakness. By the end of episode 27 it seems as if  Bashar the lion looked remarkably like Bashar the lamb , even telling his sister to leave Rudaba alone and “forgiving “ Rudaba on his father’s barsi .images

So poor Rudaba is tortured in every way possible, given a room in the servant quarters, emotionally brow beaten and worst of all forced to eat fish while everyone else gets kebabs. Now don’t laugh it was cruel at the time .There is no timeline so I cannot judge exactly how long this psychological torment lasted but all humour aside, I found all that “bolo Bashar I love you” incredibly disturbing . Full credit to Ushna for that at least .So here is my quandary with Ms Shah: her incredible chemistry with Faysal Qureshi and sheer screen presence is what is keeping me tuned to this show every week despite its flaws but at the same time she has not brought the complexity and nuance that Rudaba’s character required. Sometimes she gets it perfect : the scene where Bashar asks Rudaba exactly how close she was to Bulund and she finally defends herself, or when Bashar asks her to “dabbao’ his head in a drunken stupor  but then there are so many other scenes where she misses mark.download (53)

For me the most fascinating thing this week was Rudaba’s explanation. Bulund was her fiancé, so she was duty bound to love him. Now Bashar is her husband so she is duty bound to take anything he chooses to dish out and sit in a room till dawn saying “Bashar I love you”. Her very obedience and virtue have been turned against her. Her brother has all but abandoned her to whims of fate and her father is dead. She has no one, but hopefully at some point she will remember she has herself. The day she stops trying to please people to gain self-worth she might find her strength and dignity.

The episodes are well edited and the story is moving at a good pace. Bar the ridiculous ‘piano playing Bashar’ sequences, this week’s episodes were riveting. The other weak points in the serial are Bashar’s awful sisters. Maheen Rizvi  bad acting (there is simply no other explanation for it )has turned her character into a cartoon and at least provides a good laugh now and then. Tayaba is the one who is really annoying the heck out of me. Is she really this blind or suffering from short term memory loss? Bashar is well……Bashar but Tayaba knows precisely what she did yet still thinks Rudaba and Bulund are bad people?

On a  parting note I wonder what Bulund is quietly cooking up …?

written by SADAF

 

Bashar Momin: episodes 24-25

Posted by Sadaf On October - 19 - 2014 28 COMMENTS

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Bashar Momin is fast losing it’s admittedly tenuous grip on reality. So,the long awaited explanation or back story for Bashar and his sisters crazy behaviour is revealed . Bashar’s mother played by the beautiful Hina Bayat left his boring , much older and much poorer but oh so shareef father for her first love Zafar . who is a ‘shaandaar mard’. In fact Bashar’s Father Momin is so , so Shareef that he hangs himself in front of his desperate children because he cannot face the world…. leaving his innocent children to do it alone.Is it just me who sees this act as entirely egotistical and selfish ? Why not just divorce her and take care of your children ? Funnily enough I can’t scrape up any sympathy for Momin or anyone else in Bashar’s family. Last week I was worried about Rudaba’s lack of intelligence  but this week Bashar and Tayaba win the prize for an combined IQ of less than 10. After punching and kicking Bulund in the stomache in full view of their entire family ,both  brother and sister are shocked and surprised that Bulund is angry . Way to go Bulund for chucking Tayaba out and leaving ,at least you have some sense.  download (48)

Lack of IQ sey yaad aya , Adil is quite happy to send his sister off to be raped by Bashar. Similarly Rudaba suddenly decides to get into the spirit of things and whips out an admittedly beautiful bridal dress sans sleeves and an incredibly low neckline. Oh dear  ,was this really Zanjabeel Asim’s script ? Can this truly be the same writer who gave us Ek Nazar meri taraf ,Marasim and Saat pardon mein?BM ep25

I really wanted the scene between Bashar and Rudaba on their wedding night  to be sensitive and full of pathos instead it was sadly predictable and unnecessarily sleazy. What a disappointment when both Faysal and Rudaba  looked so gorgeous. Here was Rudaba’s chance to act like a normal person , to show some kind of defiance , if she could not save her body at least save her soul. Sadly Rudaba has all the strength of a freshly made jelly and continued to appease and cower and of course weep in front of bad , bad Bashar. I have an idea that people like Bashar despise weakness and admire courage and strength. So Rudaba I have a message for you : He’s just not that into you dear and even if he was …your doing it wrong.

Hina Bayat was fabulous as the selfish mother obsessed with getting back to her true love Zafar . I ALMOST ( and I mean almost ) felt some kind of sympathy for  for her as she begged her husband for a divorce. Full marks to Hina and the young man playing the younger Bashar for great acting that saved these last two episodes from becoming a complete farce. Bashar’s mother was cold and cruel, abandoning her children . She doesn’t even care that Zafar has children and a wife either. Before dying Bashar’s father makes Bashar promise to never marry a woman who loves someone else which is I suppose  is Bashar’s excuse for his evil treatment of Rudaba. Sorry not buying it , not for minute. First of all Bashar forced Rudaba into this mess and most importantly Bashar really has no feelings for Rudaba in the first place.

Does anyone know when Bashar became a piano prodigy ? There were sweeping shots of him banging passionately away at the piano , watch out Van Cliburn is all I can say. The cutest moment had to be Bashar getting ready for his wedding , with his father’s voice in the background … yes Bashar you are handsome and you know it ;)

Annoying as this drama can be I still watch it with baited breath every week ( now I am worried about my IQ ) . Despite the awful , awful cinematography , senseless direction and regressive characterisations of women  it is still some how compelling enough to watch every week.

written by SADAF

 

Looking for Reviewers

Posted by Faraz On October - 16 - 2014 1 COMMENT

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Bashar Momin: episodes 19-24

Posted by Sadaf On October - 12 - 2014 10 COMMENTS

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There are few things in life which make me embarrassed to be a woman but Rudaba’s character is pushing me close to the edge. There is truly such a thing as Beybasi ,translate it as desperation ,hopelessness or  complete dependence,  we can see it all around us in the eyes of many women ground down by circumstance , abuse , poverty , violence and a system which allows them no freedom of expression or movement. Rudaba , however ,is not one of those women . Rudaba seems to be an almost willing victim of abuse as if she enjoys the buzz it gives her .

From Episode 19 I had some hope of her growing or being something other than the generic “bholi Larki” : she seemed to be the only voice of reason in a bad situation . She wanted her brother happy , she was even willing to forget the Mr” Lay Lag special Snowflake”  Bulund and most importantly was quite happy to free herself from the Nikkah with Bashar . Sadly I had again overestimated her IQ which seems slightly less than my Cat Thomas who at least knows how to manipulate himself out of a bad situation.  Since learning of Rudaba’s innocence and perhaps more importantly exactly how Tayaba manipulated him into marriage  Bulund decided on a surprisingly (for him) quite intelligent plan . He would wait for his child to be born , divorce his lying wife and marry Rudaba as soon as her Khula came through . This much logic and sense nearly made Rudaba ill so she reverted to “bholi larki” mode …. so Bashar succumbs to the very real pressure of both his sisters losing their husbands and Adil again hands Rudaba over to Bashar like piece of meat at the dinner table .

I can only long for the proud , honourable  heroines of past dramas , Khirad , Kashaf baji , Durr e Shehwar , Zara,even the manipulative Momina would never have met a kameena like  Bashar at her brother’s door with the simpering looks Rudaba gave him in episode 23.  Kameena sey yaad aya ….Tayaba is doing a really bad Dur e Shehwar impression at Bulund’s house but it is giving  me a good laugh ….Bulund really does deserve her …

The rest of the story is grinding forward with a lot of time wasted on yawn inducing, long glances between Buland and Rudaba which only go to emphasise the director’s lack of imagination . At times one almost wishes for a picture of a cat or baby instead, I mean they would fill in the time just as well and might actually be more soothing.My dear readers ,pity the poor viewers who having seen some merit in this actually quite  well written story, who  are alternately blinded by glaring flood lights or forced to squint through darkness and fake smoke in order to get through each episode .

Meanwhile Let me congratulate the actors for pushing through all this nonsense and somehow making it work despite the minefield of cliches . Faysal Qureshi is as usual head and shoulders above the rest of the crowed  ,lighting up the screen every time he appears. Yasir Mazar is such a great brother except when he isn’t ;making him very  believable as a kind but ultimately weak man. Ushna needs some honing on those rough edges , there are times where she drives me mad but for the most part she has actually given Rudaba  more energy , strength and quite honestly charm than the character deserves.Similarly Sami Khan has made The awful Bulund a lot nicer than he deserves and  sstrangelyenough he actually has more screen chemistry with Sundas Tariq than Ushna.

Written by Sadaf 

( I am thinking of proposing a drinking game with BM : every time Bashar uses a chess Board we take a sip of Coca cola and everytime Rudaba flings herself somewhere to cry a sip of Seven up . You get a pakora everytime Buland and Rudaba stare at each other over five seconds :p      all suggestions welcome )

 

 

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Bashar Momin: episodes 14-19

Posted by Sadaf On September - 28 - 2014 18 COMMENTS

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..Sharafat ka certicate  …. proof of innocence is hard to come by for Rudaba 

Credit where credit is due , The entire Bashar Momin team had the simple minded amongst us ( aka Me) convinced he was in love with Rudaba. I personally found the whole idea nauseating and was fuming by the end of each episode : why should Rudaba fall in love or even try to love a Man who had used her and her family so badly ?I was just watching to see how far they would go with this stereotype.  Faysal Qureshi played  the obsessed lover trope for all it was worth ,only jolting the audience out of its romantic reverie after dropping Buland and Tayaba off at the airport .  All Bashar wanted was a good husband for his sister , nothing more. Who was it who said this serial should be called Bashar and his sisters ,?……you win a prize for getting it before anyone else .

So poor Rudaba knew the truth from day one , she tried to explain to her brother and Buland but no one listened because being the bholi larki they all want her to be, her words , her lifelong principled behaviour counted for nothing in their eyes. Buland crown prince of kaano kache managed to believe at  least ten impossible things before breakfast in one episode  . Ok maybe I am exaggerating but for a supposedly intelligent Man he seems to have very little common sense. He sits with Adil and notices things are wrong but deducts nothing. He visits Bashar and immediately reconvicts Rudaba of being a whore at worst and a tease at best. I notice in this conversation that he and has no problem believing Bashar Momin a notorious criminal and relative stranger over the people his own father recommended. Then when the servant Ramazan Chacha “reveals the truth” he changes his mind again . Nice to know Buland is back on the side of the angels but even then he never thinks he might owe Rudaba an apology.

The best scenes from the last couple of episodes have been between Adil and Rudaba . Ushna and Adil have that whole brother sister chemistry down pat and lookk great on screen. they always have the most honest conversations too. Rudaba is not anidiot and does not fall for Ramazan Chacha’s line about how Bashar will ..ahem ‘become ‘  the prince of her dreams . She tells Adil straight out how happy she would be to get a divorce as neither of them have any feeling for each other . Maheen Rizvi has suddenly improved , perhaps she does miserable better than chalaq , whatever it is ,it’s working .

That leaves Faysal Qureshi missing in action . Now I watched this serial on the premise that he was the main protagonist . So far he just looks like part of the side action in Rudaba and Buland’s sad little love story . If I had MY WAY ; Bulund would have been played by Faysal who might have brought more depth to Bulund and Sami khan for a change could have actually played a darker role , showing  his versatility as an actor .I loved Sami Khan in Dil Mohalley ki Haveli , where his role was older , and  much  more complex The only interesting scenes with Bashar were of him describing his ideal life partner in strangely Freudian terms … not sure if he was talking about his mother or what he wants in a wife … the description sounded like the dreams of a psychopath rather than a normal person’s wishes for a wife. We were teasesd with some interesting black and white (quelle surprise) but nothing substantial …. yet . So Bashar remains a bit two dimenional : one dimenion the batamees Don the other dimenion the caring brother …. still somewhat lacking.

No doubt Zanjabeel Shah wrote a fascinating story but I think the director and the writer’s vision are not the same . The way some of the scenes are executed and what the dialogues are saying seems to be at odds at times . Sometimes I wonder who exactly was directing  this drama …perhaps too many cooks spoiled the broth ?  Bashar Momin can be quite entertaining like Friday’s episode and then it can be mindboggling as it was this Saturday ….What on earth was the purpose of that never ending eye lock ( I refuse to call it a gaze) between Bulund and Rudaba ? if anyone won that show down it was Ushna Shah whose bitter smile summed up Rudaba’s feelings perfectly. My advice (always available ;) … is leave those things to Star plus , they have more practise .

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Bashar Momin: Episode13

Posted by Sadaf On September - 13 - 2014 19 COMMENTS

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After a hiatus of almost three months , Geo and Bashar Momin are back. Last time we saw Bashar   he was manipulating and negotiating his way to  purchase  Rudaba. Let’s make no mistake that this was a transaction , like most modern day  bargains it involved a written contract  in this instance a Nikkah Nama and an exchange of goods and services. Rudaba’s brother Adil gets  fifty per cent of Bashar’s business ,and  a  happy life with his wife and child while Bashar gets Rudabba .  Rudaba had so many high hopes of her brother Adil , that it was sad to see how he let her down .yasir-mahzar-bashar-momin And that my dears is the problem with bholi larkiya . Rudaba is a good girl , she listens to her father , he makes a bad decision for her in the shape of russi run Bulund . Rudaba is a good girl ,she listens to her brother he makes a bad decision for her in the form of Bashar Momin Criminal at large . For some reason she refuses to use the sense she was born with and run , instead she allows herself to be blackmailed and cornered into a quite frankly disgusting situation , which is only made palatable on screen by the fact that Bashar Momin is played by Faysal Qureshi.

I was actually quite pleased to see Bulund at the wedding , guys like him deserve all they get and hopefully more . Supposedly Bulund is a  well educated man , who has seen the world ; yet since day one of his interactions with Rudaba he has given her nothing but trouble . At any point when Rudabba needed his trust or help, he let her down . Not only would he withdraw in a rage but would spend time ‘punishing ” her by giving her the cold shoulder and ignoring her even when she cut her hand. When Adil says , that he could hardly trust a Man  who ran off  to America ,abandoning his sister  in a fit of anger , it had an undeniable ring of truth to it . bashar-momin

The star of the show was again Zanjabeel Asim’s fabulous well written script. The scene between  Rudabba and Adil was well written and well acted . Yasirr Mazar is impressive at every turn in this drama while Ushna Shah seems to carry her scenes with enthusiasm rather than skill . She has a lot of raw ,  talent which with some control and right director will  make her an even better actress one day. The highlight of the episode was not Bashar and Rudabba’s Shadi ,but Bulund’s confrontation with Tayyaba. Somwhere along the line Rudabba had used some common sense and sent Bulund an email explaining her situation . So when Tayyab follows him home after the wedding scene to dig her claws in , Bulund is forwarned and for-armed. Sami Khan did complete justice to this  well written scene that made me suddenly like  his character again.  I suppose we should have expected the wet towel that is Tayyaba to get herself into an accident only moments later ; she can’t cross a road without a  bridge collapsing on her . Again in the final scene between Sami Khan , Yasirr Mazar and Maheen Rizvi , Sami Khan stole the show just by listening . There was sense of acknowledgement , of acceptance and even understanding in his expressions that  communicated more than words could.sundus-tariq-bashar-momin

Over all this was your typical Bashar Momin episode : high on melodrama , strange camera shots filled with mist and darkness and/ or candle light and overt styling  and a badly used  background score which sometimes distracts from the actual story. Some how it works , somehow it is entertaining but it could have been so much more . I wish they really had not spent so much money on the sets and the annoying hairstyles and especially not on the candles . Bashar Momin has a strong script , good actors and a competent director but it is all being drowned out by too many bells and whistles . Hopefully we will see more of Bashar next week  but one last point : women are not goats or sheep  who , if tied to something for long enough will eventually grow to like it . I truly worry when I see story lines where a women is forced to marry by an obsessive lover then grows to ..ahem like him …. that we are promoting a rape culture , a culture which almost justifies forcing women into a situation that they will supposedly get to like later . That is wrong and patently untrue.

I am covering for RB who will be reviewing next week

written bySADAF

 

Rudaba ki Shaadi: A Prologue

Posted by RB On June - 8 - 2014 23 COMMENTS

Another week passes us by and we have yet to see the next instalment of Bashar Momin. The way things are going I don’t think we’ll get to see anymore of BM till after Ramzan. Oh the wait! Chalo utni dair mein to entertain myself as much as you all I give you Rudaba at her wedding.

We all know how Rudaba ended up as soon-to-be-Mrs. Rudaba Bashar or need I rehash that sorry tale of sizzle and suspicion. Her misery reminds me of a rather telling comparison. Enter: Prison Princess. If you see that video you know that is not a happy bride, those, ladies and gentlemen, are not tears of joy. This is what we call dahaday maar kar roona. Now imagine BM and RBM on a sofa at their Walima, do you see tears of joy…?

Here’s a couple who can’t stand each other, doesn’t display any emotion for each other, and is together solely because of conniving trickery. If only Rudaba could call a time out on her life. Instead they called a time out on Bashar Momin.

Oh well, till we see the crying bride and tamasha that follows.

Talk soon,

RB (Tweet me!)

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