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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 .

written by SADAF


Bashar Momin: Episode13

Posted by Sadaf On September - 13 - 2014 19 COMMENTS

Bashar Momin



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!)

Bashar Momin Ko Kya Hua?

Posted by RB On May - 30 - 2014 19 COMMENTS

Asalaam-walaikum Khawateen aur Hazreet. Peeshay khidmat hai Bashar Momin par tafseeli tabsara.

Oh wait... Bashar Momin to air hi nahi ho raha. Kisi sayanay nay sahi kaha hai ki bolnay say pehalay sooch laina chahiye kyunki kab kisi waqt Allah'Talah soon lay koi nahi janata.

Shayad peechlay haftay meray shikwa-bharay posts nay BM ki bolti-band kar di. Ab mein yahan (aur mujhe yaqeen hai ki siraf mein hi iss hal mein akelay nahi hoon!) soochtay-soochtay pareshan ho gaya hoon ki Rudaba bechari ka kya hua? Kya Buland wapis aa gaya? Aur agar aaya to usnay Tayabba say shaadi kay liye haan kar di? Koi laddaai hui ya hogi? Akhir dil ka mamla hai. Waise Sami Khan aur laddaai, chalo... dekhtay hain.

Kyunki aap sab say do haftoon say mulaqat nahi hui thi maine soocha salaam-dua hi sahi. Umeed karta hoon aap sab khariyat say hain aur khush hain.

Padtay rahain.

Bashar Momin Episode 14 Promo

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Bashar Momin Episode 13

Posted by RB On May - 18 - 2014 40 COMMENTS

Real man or no real man, I'm this close to being done with Bashar Momin.

I get the filmi, in fact, I like the filmi but filmi doesn't mean trashy. It doesn't mean blackmail, emotional or otherwise. And it certainly doesn't mean rape.

Week after week I've come here trying to spice up these reviews as much for your reading pleasure as for my own sanity. I assure you my intellectual calibre is far higher than enjoying the likes of Bashar Momin but like a bad Bollywood film it became a guilty pleasure. Alas, all guilty pleasures leave you with a profound sense of guilt, but they should never leave you with disgust, and so before I torture myself further I'm going to need some time to reconsider my own thoughts. Mull over them, if you will.

Emotional atyachar, blackmail, fear-mongering, rape or at least attempts to undermine the victim in matters of agency (whatever those might be), and copious amounts of subdued violence have left me in revolt. Yes, Zanjabeel Asim and Syed Ali Raza Usman you have baaghi on your hands. I revolt! I revolt! I revolt!

Till (and if) we meet again.

Rab Rakha and Shaba Khair

RB (Tweet me!)

Bashar Momin Episode 12

Posted by RB On May - 17 - 2014 18 COMMENTS

Cheap thrills.

Cheap, cheap, cheap. Did you miss that? Here I'll say it again: CHEAP!

Bashar is what Bashar does. As many of us guessed at the start of this rather downhill ride Bashar is indeed a chichora gunda who'll stoop to whatever level to get what he wants. My question though is does he really want Rudaba or is it just a matter of a game? Is he in it just to "delete" Buland from their conversation? Is he really in love with her? If yes, yeh kaisi mohabbat hai yaar?

In a quick flick of an eyelash Rudaba welcomes back Adil Bhai and simultaneously bids Buland adieu via Ramzan Chacha of course.

Bechari Rudaba. Bashar ka khauf has finally started to sink in on this pretty girl.

If Adhura Milan is like Bashar Momin, then, Bashar Momin is like the worst Balaji Productions soap opera. Theatrics. Hysterics. Melodrama. Of course, the saving grace here is that the camera doesn't jump in quick jerks with some heightened music thrown in to turn up the emotional quotient a few notches!

If I was a gora with no knowledge of Pakistani dramas I would easily think this is some trashy Balaji-inspired serial.

But I'm not, even though I see many similarities with our cinematic cousins across the Bahr-al-'Arab, I can say without doubt that Bashar Momin is definitely homegrown. It is Pakistani through and through and comes with Pakistani good, Pakistani bad, and Pakistani ugly. Our ugly is that we blindly want to copy what we see in India, Turkey, or the West, our bad is that we don't have the common sense to see the difference, but our good is that we have such a strong sense of narrative, of the importance of (a logical) story, which often times saves our disasters from being gigantic. Case in point, Bashar Momin.

This has been a up and down ride. I hate it but I watch it. I like it but I can't stand it. Confused much anyone? And I know I'm not the only one.

Seeing Rudaba run down those stairs and hug a figure that we obviously couldn't see (HELLO?! What're the odds that's NOT Buland?) was a tribute to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's chandelier-doused work. Those words, that confession and, oh wait, what is it that I hear: "I love you, Buland." Alas Rudaba too little, too late.

Buland's up, up, up and away leaving our damsel in the hands of a darinda, haivan, shaitan!

Although the story was slow, in fact, dragged at a snail's pace what I liked were the scenes between Bashar and Rudaba. Well acted and well-scripted.

Bashar ko apni ungleeyon par loogon ko nachana aata hai.

Accha, to aab aap Rudaba ko nachanay ki baat bhi kar gaye, Bashar Bhai. Did I say this before: CHEAP!

Come morning and we are still stuck on convincing Rudaba (she herself more so than us!) that Mr. Two-ex-girlfriends is gone. Again, the scene especially the framing on the landing was well executed (no, one can compete with the staircase from BILU!). I actually liked that A&B finally decided to use natural lighting along with their trademark angelic white waves! Rudaba's face as it caught the first hints of sunlight: beautiful!

With Adil back and Rudaba distraught is Bashar finally on a winning streak?

No, no, no we're yet to see Sahira in action. I love how Sahira says: "You should have offered an explanation", since when do men listen to explanations especially when they're angry, Sahira? (If desi dramas are to be believed!) Aur bohtan it seems has become the de facto way to malign a woman in our dramas. Bohtan, bohtan, bohtan.

Truth be told Rudaba you're better off without Buland. Can you imagine being married to a man who'd threaten to leave you for no fault of yours? Another piece of advice: SPEAK UP!

I'm wondering if Buland will be back. Gone so soon? Ab kya?

Happy reading,

RB (Tweet me!)

P.S. Bashar Bhai swimming bhi kartay hain. Oh my! Someone's paying attention to what a "real man" is supposed to be. Now if only there was a shark or better yet a snake.

Bashar Momin Episode 9, 10, & 11

Posted by RB On May - 11 - 2014 41 COMMENTS

Where do I start?

Between "kya filmi scene hai yaar" and "mehzbaan say mehmaan ka safar", I can sum this (un)holy triad as a road frequently traveled in our cinematic journeys.

The good thing about reviewing three episodes together is that it gives you (much needed) clarity. One can see odds and ends otherwise missed week-to-week. What I saw in these three episodes was the need for tighter editing because episode nine and ten could be clubbed together. The story would have moved quicker, faster, and left us (the audience) wanting: "Yeh dil mangay more" (too bad Bashar isn't a drink of Pepsi!).

In a nut shell, Rudaba and Buland fight and make-up, Rudaba finally lashes out at the Despicable Me Duo (aka Tayyaba and Bashar), Bashar succeeds in firmly re-enforcing doubts in Buland's head, and Rudaba is on her way to mazloomiyat or so it seems. Kya hua? Too much to handle, array abhi to kahani start hui hai.

We begin with Buland being more a jerk to his fiancé, Rudaba. What surprises me is that this is the guy who promised to uphold and honour the commitment his father made on his behalf. Was this end of your patience, Buland, because as an audience you're really trying ours. Do you see us giving up? At least not momentarily.

Tayyaba being all-over creepy was a bit shocking. I can see Bashar doing this (for some reason not that it justifies it!) but Tayyaba, I don't know, it just seems wrong-wrong-wrong! How far will this woman stoop for a maangnimehndi, and a man? She was creepier than Bashar, mind you - teasing Rudaba by clinging on to Buland, watching films together, calling him incessantly, showing up unannounced, annnnnnd making pudina-wala nimbu paani for him! Seriously?

Events in episode nine took a firm segue into the splitting Buland-Rudaba track. With jealousy firmly on the rise in all fards of this topsy-turvy house (no, not Pari she's perhaps the only sane one around!).

1With Rudaba's cutting her hand open on a piece of Baccarat crystal (aur kya hoga?) events are quickly set into motion that our lovers hoped/prayed/wished against. As Bashar drives Rudaba to the hospital, I cannot help but wonder why must they go down this path, but hey, as dramaland's favourite villain aka Khizer from Humsafar says: "All's fair in love and war."

If this is battle then lines are firmly drawn. Buland can't stand Bashar anywhere near Rudaba, our bhooli feels the same way yet Bashar Bhai gets his cake and eats it too!

In a series of events leading to the climactic "Main tumhe chood kar ja raja hoon" scene, Rudaba comes to Mr. Bakhtiar's residence (in the dead of night!) to return her maangni ki  angoothi not as Rudaba but as Tayyaba's elder sister's nand. ::insert eye roll here::

Accused of "emotionally blackmailing" her man-to-be  she quickly retreats back to her pinjara, a la Maison Momin.

What I find rather interesting is if Rudaba's allowed to go unaccompanied, unattended, ek-dum tanha and akelay to return her ring then why the fuss when she's there at 9:30 especially when Buland took permission to take her with him? Last time I checked an engaged couple have a right to privacy.

Although I'm not sure Buland's iradas were as nek as I think they might be. There are only two times when a house is lit up with candles and one of them involves praying, which Buland obviously didn't have in mind. So, to add a pinch of salt to their rendezvous, I was surprised that Rudaba didn't pick up on BB's intentions. Thanks to Sahira though, talk about opportune timing, she quickly comes to her senses.

Here, I'll momentarily dive into psychoanalysing Rudaba. She's not a bad girl, definitely not the Donna Summer kind, she's charming, sweet, and overall plain nice, which makes her an easy target or shall I say "sitting duck" for people to manipulate and take advantage of. No, no, khawateen aur hazrat be under no illusions, every single person in this series be it Adil, Buland, or Bashar has at some point used Rudaba's innocence against her. Sadly, for you Rudaba there's no way out.

Now, coming to the actress, Ushna Shah surprises me. There are moments when I think she's perfectly cast and then there are others when I find her lacking (for lack of a better word). And I guess there's something about playing innocent that only Khirad could pull off, and as much as I like you Ms. Shah (after all you're a Canuck!) Khirad you ain't.

Toot, toot, beep, beep!

Talking about bad, I absolutely loved how Rudaba FINALLY stood up for herself. Thank you GEO, aap jug, jug geo! Seeing her put Tayyaba and Buland in their place if only for a few, fleeting moments made me go: "Yeh dil mangay more!"

Alas, for you, Lady R, and for us that happiness was short-lived. Bashar schemes his way out of Rudaba's bedroom or was it bathroom in a scene that can only be pat-down filmi. Bye-Bye Buland, hello Bashar Bhai! Who knew "Bahi hoga tera baap" would be this literal an interpretation?

To chidko namak on this zakham, Bashar pops on over to be Tayyaba's himayti. With the deed done, words can only do so much, yet Bashar's words hold up better than Rudaba's. Why? Buland miyan aap apni manghaytar ki nahi lekin kisi awaara gunday ki baatein maan lain gay? Aisa kyun? It's not like you haven't been around the block. Nor does Rudaba constantly need to a testimonial. Are we six years old? Grow up and grow a pair, Buland, my advice to you.

Somewhere in Basharland, Adil and Sahira are on a world tour, from NYC to London Town, whatever happened to Toronto - I guess we're just not as appealing. Those ninety crores are one lucky makhluq not only do they get to travel the world they also have Yasir Mazhar managing them. Oh the joy!

Finally, here's tidbit for GEO TV. Don't run two episodes a week, you'll ruin the pace and momentum of this series. It's filmi, it's good, and taken in the right dosage like a cup of aged apple cider (I'm keeping it halal y'all!) it's perfect entertainment. Don't ruin a (reasonably) good thing.

Until next week,

Shaba Khair aur Rab Rakha

RB (Tweet me!)

P.S. That saanp is symbolic of Bashar Bhai's character. Let's hope that's the only thing it symbolises!

Update: Due to popular appeal this post appeared on HIP Pakistan.

Bashar Momin Episode 8

Posted by RB On May - 3 - 2014 99 COMMENTS

Jab bhi bolta hai zeher hi ugalta hai. 

Right on point, Rudaba, right on point! Those of you familiar with the mechanics of our dramas whether filmi or not will concur with me when I say "Uff teri ada"! Bashar sahab I like the way you move, I like to see you move, and uff teri nazar it says I want to dance with you! Now if only Rudaba will jump on that bandwagon. If only...

Jogi naachlay... raang rach day... Bashar aur Tayyaba ki aadaon ka raang to abhi jalwa-firouz hua hai (right usage, RJ, bata dain?!)

Bashar Momin is like Tayyaba rightly says: "Same kahani, same takleefain" but in a completely different andaaz! When you come to think of it Bashar could be Khizer, Tayyaba could be Sara, and our lovebirds Rudaba and Buland could pass of for some version of Khirad-Ashar (sorry boys, ladies first!) yet the stylistic difference between the two is like zameen-asmaan.

In a rather dismal creative atmosphere, yes, HUM TV I'm looking squarely at you (in the eye too!), I'm pleasantly impressed with Syed Ali Raza's chatpatta and masala inspired rendition of desi dons and romeos without resorting to the default mazloom status quo. Is it any wonder that this man directed Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, a film meant to usher the revival of Pakistani cinema (more on Pakistani Cinema shortly peeps keep reading)?! His filmi aadyaein have one deewana in me, khawateen and hazrat.

Would Rudaba and Bashar's seven minute pizza sequence with voiceovers included be anything other than filmi? Could Tayyaba and Bashar's plotting not be filmi? Don't Buland and his insecurity ka shikar dil aur dimagh inspire a thousand filmi-romeos? And does Adira's (Adil-Sahira) sudden disappearance not reek of many a filmi plot line? Okay, okay, you get the filmi! Let's move on.

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Buland miyan aap to chaa gaye ho what with that t-shirt: "I Make My Own Word Record". May I politely ask kaun sa record? ::insert bemused eyebrow raise here::

Records or no records our ishq ka shikar banker is having his first lovers tiff all inspired by his own insecurity. As much as I understand where you're coming from Buland, I cannot help but be on Rudaba's side (and no there's no bro-code when it comes to doing the right thing!). You're the one with the past - those two girlfriends, those flirty gestures with Tayyaba, that boyish charm, which clouds your judgment on our mashriqi ladki.

As for said ladki you need a BFF! What, what, what were you thinking? No matter what he says DO NOT enter his room, DO NOT concede to him, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT engage him. What really got to me was Bashar saying: "Nahi, tumhay mera saath jana hai", yaar, yeh acchi zabardasti hai! Why is it so hard for our women to put their foot down? Clearly our drama makers don't have mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters. Kyun Asif Raza Mir sahab...? ::insert knowing smile here::

With more of the same, same - jealousy, anger, hushed whispers - this episode was like going in a circle. Rudaba and Buland ek doosaray say naraaz hain, ab sula ho rahee hai, ab phir naraaz hain, same track, back to back.

What was different though was Tayyaba's shift. If last week I had any doubts about her involvement in this despicable scheme, this week I know for sure she's on board. The scene in her bedroom with dark shadows was well done! The way the camera frames Bashar and Tayyaba as they seal their dastardly bond worked very well.

Bashar 4In the same vein, the camerawork is getting better with each episode. For instance, the scene at the Momin mansion with Buland waiting and Tayyaba scheming was beautifully framed. Tayyaba in front of a Hussain-inspired painting, Buland next to the verandah door, with the entire room flooded with light. I, for one, absolutely loved it! Do I sense Hamdardi in action? I guess Adeel isn't the only one who succumbs to it.

BUT, BUT, BUT Faysal Quraishi in a red silk gown and pyjamas with some variation of Greek sandals (no, they're not Birkenstocks!) with his hipster haircut and black banyan all coupled with a tabiz around his neck stole the show for me. Not to mention his OTT acting all eyebrow raise, climactic music, especially as he spouts to the camera: "Murday ko soong kay bata daita hoon..." Wah kya talent hai!

Faysal bhai aapki aadaon par yeh gaana nazar karta hoonUff teri ada!

Aadaaon say yaad aaya next week is Basant (Hello filmi!) and I, for one, am curious to see what happens next.

Until then,

Rab Rakha aur Shaba Bakhair!

This is RB signing off. (Tweet me!)

P.S. Buland, If you'd like to tell me what that world record is... let me know.

Uff Yeh Mohabbat : Episode 10,11,12

Posted by Sadaf On May - 2 - 2014 1 COMMENT


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The story has gotten serious and at times I want to rename it ‘pyar key side effects”. Dilkush , like most teenagers. Is totally unaware of the amount of hurt and pain she has caused her mother and continues to trample merrily on her feelings while trying to keep herself in Samir Malik’s good books. I actually feel badly for her mother Firdause, who seems genuinely wounded by her daughter’s actions.  Hina Bayat as always looks amazing and brings depth to her role .Gohar Mumtaz is a very convincing as Samir but I wonder what Dilkush actually sees in her serious minded, older husband, most girls her age want someone fun to hang out with. The best scenes have to be of Samir and Dilkush in what looks to be their garden. They are well shot and provide a shot of actual romance and fun in a serial which seems to be getting more and more serious.

It is no surprise but the songs are wonderful and well worth watching this entire serial for. They are beautifully picturised if in the same location every time , but still nicely done .I for one had been hoping for more integrated songs but at this point I will take what I can get .

Dilkush is very young and incredibly silly, demanding a baby, then pouting at having to study again, oh and constantly lying herself into one situation after another. I think her character needs to show some more growth. Happily the writer avoided quite a few of the boring clichés we are forced to sit through with any drama about newlyweds.

This serial started off with a bang and now seems to have slowed down and I am not sure where it is going exactly. The quality of both acting, direction and editing has gotten better and better. I know serials are not shot in episode order but, it seems that by episode 12 at least Gohar Mumtaz and Mehar Bano had managed to develop some rapport but they still lack any real romantic chemistry which is the heart of this story. I have said before that Amin Iqbal knows how to put together a serious story and I really look forward to him directing a thriller but romance seems missing .

written by Sadaf

Bashar Momin Episode 7

Posted by RB On April - 26 - 2014 46 COMMENTS


I'll be using this expression another time, rest assured, given what lies ahead.

Soooooo... where do I start? Since last week was all about desi inspired dons (and no, I'm not done on that front!) this week we'll talk about desi romeos. What's a Desi Romeo, you ask, read on, my lovelies.

If our leading women oscillate between sultry and sullen, can our men be far behind? They might not be helpless, they are certainly not sultry, but they pack copious amounts of chichora charm circa the 90s and à la Govinda at least in Bashar Momin they do. Let's start with Buland, since I've hardly paid any attention to him, yeah I wonder why (?). Our man Buland is best expressed as quelle mysterious (or however the French say it!) - a brooding, possessive, solemn, and serious  creature, he's far from the lover boy that'll mesmerise you just by the way he looks at you, talks to you, or smiles at you.

Then why is Rudaba smitten like a fourteen-year-old school girl? As Mr. Bakhtiar waves his magic wand he mesmerises not one but two of our very pretty leading ladies. With rather cliched and cringe worthy pick up lines (yes, I still haven't gotten over open heart surgery and tattoos) he's smooth-talked his way into their hearts as Monsieur Magnetique. Beware,  all ye prey, he's a devil in disguise, and you'd be wise to smarten up!

A banker by profession (talk about cliches!), Mr. BB is Casanova Brown personified and here's how I came to this conclusion: the charminator works his killer stare on you subtly flashing his expensive smile coupled with a (not-so-)friendly touch at an oddly unexpected moment all the while accompanied by a cocky, well-educated accent. Ring a bell?

I'm not done yet.

aOn the other hand we have the scruff & gruff, always angry, perpetually shouting Bashar sahab. Desi takes on a whole new meaning with this man! Now, I confess, I don't know any mafia dons nor am I intimate with what I can best describe as the "super-elite" of Pakistani society - after all if Buland and Rudaba are upper middle class, (right??!) - but I am hard pressed to find a desi man with all shades of NO plastered over him. Yes, listen up ladies, if you encounter this one RUN immediately.

Where Buland wins every price in charm, courtesy, manners, and etiquette, Bashar only elicits our instinctive disdain, perhaps, even hatred. Which is exactly what this episode should have been called: How to hate Bashar in ten days!

If hate is where we're moving as an audience then let me begin by saying how cringe-worthy the first seven minutes of this episode were. Rudaba's crying: absolutely horrible, Buland's poochkaooing: equally horrible, Bashar's Nancy-Drewing (yes that's a verb now!): definitely creepy. As I was about to concede to my fate that this would be a lack lustre episode with bad acting, bad writing, bad directing (we're on a roll here), Tayyaba gave me the laugh I've been waiting for all week!

"Bashar bhai, upper-middle-class gharoon mein log ek-doosray kay kitnay kareeb hotly hain na sabko sabki khabar hoti hai."

This was my O.M.A. moment. First up, who's writing these dialogues. Second, why are they being given to the cast. And finally, how can you regurgitate ^^ verbatim without once breaking into a fit of giggles. Seriously?! What does upper-middle class or middle-class have to do with anything? The subtle art and exact science of script-writing just went to die in a corner.

Kisi shayar nay farmaya hai: "Chita kaghazon ki hai kya khojatay ho, bhuji raakh mein ab kisay dhondtay ho." Samajh aayee? If there's something meaningful we're looking for we won't find it here. What we will find is tons and tons of entertainment!

And on that count this episode doesn't disappoint. Every aspect of the story from the eighth minute refused to fall flat. Bashar's scheming began pretty early in the episode, so much so, that he now insists Tayyaba and Pari accompany our lovebirds, talk about kebab mein haddi (this one's for you Disqus!). Ice cream proved a challenge in itself with a contest between (desi) mango and (pardesi) chocolate, subtle Team BM, very subtle!

Who's the mango, then, I wonder. Hmmm... any guesses?

And right on cue enter the Momin mansion, with Bashar firmly fixated on Buland's car and Rudaba in it. Was it just me or did Mr. Quraishi have pink/salmon-ish eye shadow in this episode? Not a good look of you, FQ, we like you manly and rugged. We really do! In a world full of Zains, 'Shams, and Bulands we need a (dare I say it) real-man. Aap to aatayat karein agar make-up wala/i nahi karta/i.

With our lovebirds bidding adieu it's time for Bashar Bhai's plans to spring into action. Yes, this means poor Rudaba will feign a few more epileptic shocks and pass them off as Bashar ka khauf. The fact that Rudaba was honest about being scared by Bashar is definitely important and personally, I think, that scene was done very well. That Syed Usman decided to end with it was even better! The smooth transition from Beauty and the Beast (talk about literal!) to Beauty and the Handsome still leaves our damsel in distress. Aab kya hoga?

I'm not a betting kind of guy but if I was I'd bet on Bashar and his plan. What say you?

Until next week,

Shaba Khair aur Rab Rakha

RB (Tweet me!)

P.S. In the writing of this review no desi romeo was harmed.

P.P.S. Adil miyan kyunki aap shaadi-shuda hain aapki awara-gardi kiss aur episode mein discuss karein gay.

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