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Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 18

Posted by A musing muslim On April - 12 - 2014 18 COMMENTS

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Well, that was short lived – a moment of silence for the death of sense and sensibility.  Ok well, maybe not so short since a span of a couple of months have passed – the baby has been birthed, Zesshan is back from his training and still not so much as a new topic of conversation been introduced by this family .

Seriously, if we had a penny for every time any character said jayadat, we could have eradicated meningitis by now. So in this battle for property which by the by folks,  is immovable and none of the recipients are in dire straits of money (for nothing) or haw hai mujhe appna soona beejhna padega position …Oh apologies, I am thinking logically. Never mind. Onward.

The parents are sharpening their blackmailing prowess and puppeteer strings to force Zeeshan to marry Romaisa while Rabia's parents are holding firm in guaranteeing their daughters building bank balance. I guess it runs in the family, at least this family.

This tendency to constantly showcase second marriage as solution reeks of the worst way in which we misuse our own religion and traditions. If we constantly reinforce our own stereotypes, we really need to stop browbeating others for doing the same.  Whoops – sorry – reasoning again. Will try and keep any sensible thought from the picture.

Rabia, who had thus far done a volte-face  from her materialistic nature and tendency to be distracted by shiny objects, and had gotten points for being a sensible person, now reverts to her old self. Also I called it. Well I suppose four months of thinking straight can strain some nerve cells.  For someone who can hold down a house job, clearly she displays more independence and intelligence levels than we have seen thus far.

But of course the thought of working to supplement your hubby’s income instead of putting all your eggs in the property basket which again – sorry to sound like a broken record- is really not going anywhere-why! Perish the thought! Along with any ideas that marriage and relationships involve commitment, love and fidelity.

I think Mira Sethi did a fine job stating her selfish position and Adeel played out his dilemma to convincing effect.  Since he was the only character actually trying to come up with a reasonable solution while others around him are blind sighted by the P (or J) word, it was like hitting a brick wall every time he tried to inject good judgment (see above for how that’s playing out here).

I heart Adeel Husain for really making Zeeshan’s predicament feel real and believable but I really really want to see him in a different role minus humdardi and a flexible backbone.

And speaking of bending to the will of others, Romaisa remains drenched in misery possibly heightened by postpartum depression, and being the recipient of cast offs from this family. Continuing in that tradition, she’ll be married off without a whimper to Zeeshan.  All this forced doom and gloom is really making this a very heavy drama to watch - minus the emotional anchor .

The pallor of gloom only lifts when we are treated to flashbacks of Nabeel and only Nabeel.  Though could they really not have better dialogues? Sounds of fish in the water? Eh? We already have the trending Babajis, what now? Romaisa gifted with extra sensitive hearing even though she still has to be coached into how to have a conversation? Difficult to sympathize with her if she sounds this much of a dolt.

Well then points to Mikaal for his ESP then and being able to see the staying power of his character. Hmm I wonder what it says about a drama when the specter of the dead person is the only thing to look forward to?

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 17

Posted by A musing muslim On April - 4 - 2014 16 COMMENTS

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Last week it was bile rising, this week it is spilling all over the screen as the toxic battle for the bewa begins.

Mercifully, we were actually shown the closest approximation to real, thinking folk in this episode in the form of Rabia and her parents. Without mincing any words and standing on the strength of their spines and strong dialogue and also some pretty good delivery too, the trio managed to spell out in no uncertain terms both the warped logic and matlabi intentions of Rabia in-laws.

Well done Mira Sethi, you were terrific.

The plot thickens. Well, mostly because she is pregnant and prize property and the men of the house think they all entitled to their share – though I feel compelled to ask again, where is she going folks?

While Daddy dearest is mulling over pressure tactics to arm twist Zeeshan into this money grubbying arrangement, the other two farig men folk have designs of their own.  Waleed is upset at being blind sighted yet again by his family in the search for safe keeping of Romaisa’s jayadat. Thankfully, his wife cuts him and his plans down to size and refuses as any sensible wife should, to give him permission to re-marry. Well, that and refusing to leave without a sizeable chunk of their property too.

Hassan is up to his old sleazy tricks of harassing Romaisa into submission.  Zeeshan too is troubled by the turn of events, but as is the case with most of Adeel’s characters, the situation strums his hamdardi chords and you can see the possibility hovering in his head.

Apologies to Adeel's attempt at a menacing grimace but despite trying to sound aggressive and intimidating, I didn’t exactly read threatening in that scene. Perhaps having him in uniform would have done the trick, or fed my fantasies if nothing else.

As for the chattel, she truly is stuck in between a rock and a hard place as all her choices are quickly shot down. Please keep Romaisa away from her feather-brained friend too. Wherefore are ties of sisterhood? Despite what I thought was an unnecessary voice over, her flashbacks left her with enough of a will to live, even if it has been beaten down, trod upon and blanketed in grief by a sea of tears. Sanam Jung finally gets a chance to emote and it’s clear why they give her these frail, helpless roles.

What takes away from it somewhat are these supposedly innocent-sweet moments to try and show her naivety and end up making her look like a moron. Please keep those scenes to a minimum with the camera trained on Nabeel, since with every flashback I shed a silent tear for Mikaal’s quick exit.

Ok so the stage is set. Zeeshan has his inner strife to deal with and Romaisa is sufficiently suffering and brain washed into accepting him. Rabia, honey, as is the case with the shelf life of sensible characters, looks like we have to bid adieu to you. Here's hoping you leave on a high note!

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 16

Posted by A musing muslim On March - 28 - 2014 7 COMMENTS

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I’m going to go out on a limb here, ok maybe my pointy finger, and say this was a good episode. To elucidate, I present the five Ps of this installment: pacing, Peer baba, product placement, property and paper wedding. Pay attention class you will be tested.

Pacing: Overall they picked up the pacing from last week which was a relief. There was a lot of pretty grief to fill many buckets (sigh, have to hand it to Sanam, she makes crying look practically ethereal and possibly effortless) and prescriptions of petty theft that you could draft a primer on evil in-laws. Stereotypes reinforced and checked off.

Peer baba: I called it! I predicted the Zalim saas and staircase last week so am patting my amateur Peer Baba powers. Thankfully it didn’t quite play out as I predicted, but I guess I am in on the trend on the season, hmm maybe I need to watch my tongue, or rather typing.

Product placement: Ok I can’t believe they missed an opportunity for the perfect perfume product placement! Mikaal Zulfikar we will buy your khusboo in droves. Despite my quickening heart rate at seeing Mikaal again (as well as a genuine and bankable marketing opportunity - Call me!) wasn’t that scene overly played out? What could have been a very tender moment was over explained which lessened the impact.

Property: And now to the most vile, though fairly predictable part of the episode equating women as property to be bartered and traded in this patriarchal game of Monopoly. It was frankly quite disgusting to see Daddy dearest seriously consider his vakil’s counsel and suggest that Zeeshan marry Romaisa, all in the name of family honour, more like keeping in all in the family.

This entire thought process of elder son or younger son? Who will be more secure with our jayadaat really made my bile rise. While all the family members (house help included) were moving the pawns around for best possible gain, not once did anyone say that Romaisa would never agree to this.

Though honestly, where is Romisa going? She even retracted her court case much to Khala’s consternation and is practically left to her in-laws mercies. If you can have her sign away her one shot at independence, why the need for the paper wedding?

Paper wedding: Also all this explaining away of this marriage as just a nikaah and paper wedding is quite despicable and thankfully Zeeshan says pretty much all that I wanted to when he says Mujhe is ghar aur masher par afssos ho raha hai ki bewa aurat apne bal bute par nahin ji sakti…Although he does know we are talking about Romaisa here right? He’s really attributing more intelligence to her than has been proved thus far.

Though am giving her brownie points (she has to eat something after all) for figuring out that locking the lock on the door is a better strategy than chair at the door.

While Daddy dearest was right to point out to Zeeshan ki aisa shaadiyain hoti rahti hain (case in point) However, I puke on the person who wrote that Utraan-inspired dialogue by Daddy dearest which to paraphrase, went something to the tune of Nabeel used to give you his cast offs so that you would take care of them.

I think Adeel was trying to hold back some of his own rising bile and his performance was on point. It helped that he’s got the moral high ground dialogues here. Now I know why he was chosen though –there is no nobler and more upright looking man than Adeel Husain to play these conflicted roles. Let he who is without Shukk be the first to cast a stone ….

Baz aukad cheezain logon se zayada keemti ho jaati hain…clearly is the moral of this family’s one track tale. I suspect fireworks ahead in the battle for the jayadat which in case nobody noticed isn’t really going anywhere.

Ok, test time folks: Spot the number of Ps in this review! Answers due in the comments.

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 15

Posted by A musing muslim On March - 22 - 2014 17 COMMENTS

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You’ve got to hand it to the team at MSKSH they are doing such a consistent job being static that whether you started watching from the get go or five episodes ago, things are moving at the pace of a snail taking part in a sleep-walkathon. It takes commitment to be that sluggish.

So no surprises or prizes for guessing, it’s the same old, same old.

While Khala and Kahlu were busy keeping their property well-guarded, fielding Romaisa from assorted relatives who decided to come out of the woodwork and making sure the crores don’t slip way it was nice to see Romaisa actually pack her bags and leave. Of course not on her own mind you, since that actually requires, you know, a mind with some brain power to think that much – it had to be at the behest of the much needed mard.

Though poor Zeeshan  is up for a rude awakening if he truly believes his dialogue about her being an adult with the added ability of making her own decisions. Ha!

Zeeshan, in the spirit to right his family’s wrongs, has presumably been away from his money minded family for a long time is stunned by their vulture-esque tendencies. Daddy dearest too doesn’t escape blame since he only came looking for Romaisa at the threat of a lawsuit. And while Rabia isn’t too happy about him sacrificing his share of the jayadat, at least her reasons come from a place of doing what’s right.

Honestly I was beginning to think that her Shukki senses are tingling but actually I appreciate her reasoning that Zeeshan’s parents need to do the right thing and it is not for Zeeshan to have to shoulder these responsibilities.  I’ll admit that while her tendencies to be impressed by shiny objects was a little annoying in the beginning, her character is taking shape and of all the one dimensional evil folk that this drama  specializes in she may be even have two dimensions or heck, let’s be generous, even three.

I suspect that when push comes to shove, she may not want to play second fiddle to Mr. Humdardi.

With Romiasa’s return, the fish are fed and now the family knows of Nabeel ki nishaani and even that doesn’t seem to pierce her saas’s cold heart. Though if her own son’s death brought no sense of pain, this news isn’t going to have her emoting with joy or well anything else. Also since she and Rabia are clashing we might even see her shaatir side and hmm, is there anything else that could make her an even more zalim saas than she is? Romaisa better not be walking down any stairs with her mother-in-law….

So at the end of the week Zeeshan mulls over his responsibilities,  Rabia speak with heart and mind, Romaisa um, well, mopes and looks frail and pretty so well, yes, slow and steady wins - if the promo is to be believed - then Adeel?

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 14

Posted by A musing muslim On March - 14 - 2014 13 COMMENTS

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Turns out that Rabia is the one showing folks the light. Who would have thunk it? She’s actually turning into a thinking person who, for a change, speaks her mind and is at least is trying to do the right thing.

While the rest of the khaandani folks play Chinese whispers and are bellowing empty threats about how dare she get involved in their appas ka massla and the like, how does it seem to escape them that they are

  1. all related and
  2. all live under one roof and that
  3. the disappearance of a bahu in iddat would not go unnoticed?

So while saas plays her zalim cards, why should the rest of the clan be left far behind? Hamna being pulled by Hassan’s manipulative strings, is the proud recipient of Romaisa’s belongings which leave a burn so deep on the other bahu that she is wounded by visions of money being pulled from under her, and everyone is nose deep in their calculations of their stake in the jayadaat.

This has been going on ad nauseam so nothing new and no nuance added because as all of us well schooled in the stereotype school of thought have been hammered with repetitive dialogues and scenes now imprinted onto our minds that most of the characters here just serve as an evil and scheming foil to Romaisa's innocence.

Hassan is concocting his own grand plans of laying his hands and family jewels on Romaisa. Of course he didn’t anticipate such a worthy and equally scheming adversary in Khala and by extension Khalu. While everyone is busy carving out their piece of the pie, the pie is now pregnant.

Romaisa in her depressed defeated state continues to pine for her late husband and despite seeing talons drawn and reaching out to grab her tries in her own half-hearted way to fob off Hassan, please Khala and retreats deeper into herself. Sanam Jung better do something about her monotone because despite the stacked vultures circling her with evil painted on their foreheads, I am hard pressed to sympathize with her.

And though Zeeshan is resisting being pulled back into the fold having to give up a career built on hard work and I suspect a desire to stay away from his family, you know he’s the noble sacrificing upright male who will be pressured into doing the right thing.

Yawn. Is anyone else as bored as I am? (I’m talking to the two of you who even bother to read this) I truly feel that am back in school with history homework though in all fairness I was learning something! I’m happy for the Nabeel reminisces because it means Mikaal is back however briefly. Am glad to see Adeel get more screen time but eye candy is not enough to hold this fluff together.

And as perhaps is as obvious by now frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 13

Posted by A musing muslim On March - 8 - 2014 9 COMMENTS

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The vultures have landed. That didn’t take any time at all. I’m not even sure the body reached the grave before the circling siblings and spouses swiftly dove in for their pound of flesh or is it  pound of fish?

We had sadly shed a tear for Nabeel’s demise and Mikaal's disappearance last week so it was nice to have him reappear in appropriate flashbacks which thankfully didn’t feel forced. The best part of today was that Romaisa kept her mouth shut and let her tears do the talking. Have to hand it to Sanam Jung (along with a box of tissues) that girl can cry and look exceptionally pretty while doing so.

The rest of the family save Zeeshan was devoid of any emotion – I mean he still was their son and sibling -bearer of fancy gifts and purse strings. Sadness? Some facial movements? A tic? Something? Not here my dear, they were too busy scavenging the remains of the jayadat and zeroing in on poor wounded Romaisa.

After shedding a few crocodile tears, this wake of vultures lead by Mommy dearest was hell bent on throwing her out penniless and fishless too. Even though she has lost her son, I rarely saw a flicker of emotion let alone humanity for her bahu. But then again all saas’s and rich ones at that need to be painted in stereotypical zalim shades. And Khala less than amused at Romaisa being thrown back in her court,  is threatening thunder and lightening (so very very frightening...) and lawyers to rightfully claim Romaisa's (rather her) piece of the pie.

Romaisa is back to a life of drudgery at Khala’s house and wondering if life with Nabeel was an interlude in her nightmare from which she has been cast into again. No one to turn to and no one who isn’t waiting to extract something from her – her cash, jewelry, home, jayadaat.

Surprisingly though I didn’t feel as much for Romaisa, as I did for Zeeshan. Of course perhaps my vision is clouded by eye candy fluff, and the excitement of seeing more of Adeel Husain. Can we petition for more scenes of him in uniform? Pretty please? And white shirts and of him driving in his car in a white shirt? Anyone else found if funny that Adeel’s hamdardi dialogue was swiftly stolen by Rabia? Poor dear she has no idea how much that is going to cost her.

Although fear not, this looks like it’s a job for Sham… sorry…  Zeeshan  who threatens to bring her back himself if his parents don’t. Adeel Husain seems have been handed the responsibility of taking care of all the women in drama land. You don’t see them (or me) complaining (yet).

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 12

Posted by A musing muslim On March - 1 - 2014 17 COMMENTS

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So if I may continue with my fish analogy a bit longer, if they had only taught their children to fish instead of presenting them with platters of grilled fish prepared table side just as they like it, maybe their spawn would have made something of themselves aur hamare kaan bhi unki wohi ghissi pitti bataien sun sun ke itne pak to na gaye hote.

Cue repetition on loser son, loose damaad, in fighting, in-laws fighting which probably was a tame version of a cat fight, and absent parenting (which somehow is the one that gets my goat – really? Get your kids up and ready for school already! Paint your nails or whatever they are supposed to be doing later! ) So things are at a head (three episodes too late) and Nabeel is clutching his head in despair and disappointment and totally distancing himself from his enabler behavior which led his siblings to get to this state in the first place.

As you sow, shall you reap - which was pointed out by Mr. Humdari himself - Zeeshan.

Well I suppose it was meant to be so that Romiasa had enough time and brain power to see what was going on with her own eyes and make sense of it and see her own woes now reflected in Nabeel. I get that their conversations were supposed to be meaningful in light of upcoming events, but meh. And more meh.

Both of them seem to be suffering from short term memory loss though – that entire conversation about people using you as a lottery ticket was laughable since both our love fish conveniently erased out the fact that Nabeel bought the ticket, sorry person himself from Khala and the transaction involved this business of taking care of their expenses for eternity to which Enabler sahib happily agreed to - As you sow, shall you Romaisa?

I take it that freeze frame with Nabeel and Romaisa was for effect and not to show us Romaisa’s brain processing powers in real time? I was beginning to think that the point of this episode was to highlight her lower than average IQ. Again. Exhibit A Why didn’t you change? Mujhe khyaal hi nahin aaya….Exhibit B Let’s have kids! Mein ne kabhi socha hi nahin…Exhibit C Phir mat jaaye na…inability to say a white or any lie for that matter - someone stop production till this woman finds her brains. Also shirt folding fail – who folds like that!

Alas, looks like she is going to be the roothi-dhooti dukhyari of many episodes to come. Though  the way they ended the episode was the only saving grace – however, was no one concerned that they haven’t heard from him in a week? Also good to see  Khala and Alia again, in loud laalchi mode. Here’s hoping Sanam can keep it going.

I am still hanging on by a thin thread here. Given that I am in it for eye candy and Mikaal’s ship has sailed, my thread is unspooling. Mikaal was really good once again, and I feel really terrible for him – his romantic lines totally wasted on this woman – again! The fact that he was able to hold his own despite this blank slate and create shades of nuance for this unlikeable character is commendable. His scene with Zeeshan was an important one as things move ahead, so sigh, hai, you will be missed….

Bye bye Mikaal and thanks for all the fish…and helllooo Adeel !

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 11

Posted by A musing muslim On February - 21 - 2014 12 COMMENTS

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Muhabbat ek fish tank hai. A fish tank lovingly tended to and the fishes talked to by Romiasa.  Finally she found someone with her own compatibility seeing as she has the combined IQ of all the fish put together.

A fish tank in which our piscine Nabeel swims along precariously eyeing his predatory family. ( Sadaf, you are truly a peer Baba you called it ages ago) Waleed and Hasan’s plans have hit a snag and are still fuming in the watery shadows. Though, this drama is really a test of how much repetition you can stand – I am hanging on by a thin thread unless something bites.

Speaking of fishy business, Hamna is contemplating leaving Hasan who has gotten what seems to be his last and final warning on his questionable behaiour. Waleed is um, well reading comic books and fuming and both are a dagger short of revolt.

Zeeshan and Rabia have moved on from discussing her most expensive gift to discussing Nabeel’s most expensive purchase – Romaisa. Rabia tries to bait Zeeshan with a new line to diss her bhabi and her gharelu ways while Zeeshan reels her in. Oh dear, Adeel ke dil mein phir hamdardi jag gayi….

Though I have to say, my ears perked up with the “Bengali Massi” dialogue but maybe that’s just my interest in and lack of exposure to stratification and prickly histories of regional dynamics. Feel free to enlighten or rip me a new one in the comments.

Nabeel’s family’s mooching ways now extend to his other property. Romaisa is back to bottom feeder status practically replacing the help-cooking, ironing, taking care of the kids. Yawn.  Wash, rinse and repeat. Saas is cracking the whip and making sure the bahu is on her toes – much to Nabeel’s annoyance who calls his mother out on her bahu as non-paid help behavior.

Have you noticed how all the women are the ones brewing trouble and the men are rapping the woman on their knuckles? Whether its Zeeshan and Rabia, Nabeel’s parents or Nabeel’s stern talking to his mother? Oh, wait sorry, Umera Ahmed drama, carry on.

Romaisa who finally thinks she has an in with her in-laws, is confounded when Nabeel calls her budhoo! In my script doctor head, I was taking the story to a place where perhaps he thinks he’s made a mistake, lets her be the one that gets away and reverts to his old self with comfort of knowing there are plenty of other fish in the sea - but alas! I got a cold splash of reality.

I have to say, that Mikaal was the sole reason I was lured in and didn’t yawn too many times. His defense of his wife's right to be farig (subliminal message to hubby: be inspired!) and calling his family out on their slimy ways had the right notes of irritation and mildly veiled threat. Mikaal has really gotten so good! He’s playing to his strengths and infusing some nuance into not such a nice guy to know. I’m not hook, line and sinker yet but staying afloat. For now.

In other news, when my mother complains about my chai making abilities I am going to show her the scene of Romaisa making chai... with teabags! The horror! Tut, tut even in Pakistani plays these days….

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 10

Posted by A musing muslim On February - 14 - 2014 6 COMMENTS

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For all you prize winners from last time, don’t fear, it’s more of the same. Again.

Romaisa in an attempt to be part of the family and make herself useful is left with the short end of the stick or more like handling intercom and chai duties in good bahu fashion which leaves the other bahu seething and saas ready to crack the whip.

Bhabhi’s barbs about how things work in their house and family coupled with saas’s stare down of Romaisa’s clan make it clear that Romaisa and her lower middle class ilk is unwelcome and unliked. Treated no better than she was in her own home, ok maybe a little better, Romaisa is relegated to glorified home keeper – again.

In a rather apt scene, Romaisa was playing with and lost her marbles. Enough said. Sanam Jung’s holier than thou character’s only directive seems to be play good and innocent. Though, eye candy alert, she looks lovely in virginal whites.

Khala’s clan minus Alia were at their gawking best. Phir se.

There is also mutiny in the ranks! Pakistani idles Hasan and Waleed are stewing in juices of humiliation and being shamed and are now belting vacuous arias about when my business settles mein ye ghar chood dunga and barely controlling their resentment of Nabeel. Again.

The only thing to move forward this time was Hamna seeing through her husband’s seedy ways and squirming apologies.

Nabeel for his part seems fed up of taking care of grown men and their idle past times. In a way the story has shifted from Romaisa to Nabeel and his troubles. His internal exasperation and despondency are leaving a mark and he’s trying to balance the domestic squabbling with a pretty level head. And a pretty one at that. Although clearly he suffers from short-term memory loss if he thinks Khala and co (remember the woman who sold you your wife) are not like his family.

Mikaal is giving a fairly good performance here and attempting to give his character some nuance to work with, even though a lot of his troubles seem  self-perpetuated.

That is something that Zeeshan points out to Nabeel as well with his attempts to win over Rabia’s annoyances with expensive gifts. Rabia, of course is trotted out over and over again to say the same thing – “How lovely is this expensive -insert -car, watch, house, bag-here”. Though ones wishes Mira Sethi would try and say her lines without looking like she wants to laugh and leave.

This leaves Zeeshan to mull over her clearly not so hidden materialistic longings and if that could cause problems in their marriage down the line. You think?

Adeel too, is doing a good job and I don’t know what it is about him that I actually believe that he will pack and iron his clothes and report for duty as well. He really injects believability in his character and maybe he’s  got the good end of the stereotype here – honest, upright, sarkari officer that it is easier to like him. Doesn't hurt that he is great on the eyes too.

So overall, as with most Umera Ahmed dramas in the hands of less able directors, stereotypes reinforced with the good guys cornered off into the ring with the baddies circling above. More of the same. Again.

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 9

Posted by A musing muslim On February - 8 - 2014 19 COMMENTS

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Quick, quick – what’s that word between yawn and meh? You know, the one that causes us to yawn and go meh what do I care? Wait, wait don’t tell me – it’s at the tip of my tongue – ah yes, B-O-R-I-N-G.

Since most of us are bored stiff already let’s play a little game shall we? It’s called how to make characters more despicable than they already are. Ready? Ok here we go.

Brother in law. Make him

a)       A ghar jamai

b)      A womanizer

c)       Use his wife as prop for money and manipulation

d)      All of the above minus any redeeming qualities

 

Bhabhi. Make her

a)       Complaint compliant

b)      Eke out domestic gossip from servants

c)       Berate and belittle hubby

d)      All of the above minus any redeeming qualities

If you answered d you win 50 points! and a free pass not to watch the next episode where nothing happens anyway! You lucky winner you! Trade places? Please?

Note to the MSKSH team – We GET it. No really, we do. Everyone in your universe is money minded save Zeeshan, poor Romaisa and Nabeel (who btw is at fault for encouraging everyone and will now sigh about how nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m going to eat some worms….). You established that seven episodes ago.

So Hassan’s is being pulled up for his womanizing ways and is manipulating his wife as a skilled puppeteer. I suspect that his using Nabeel’s name rather than his own will come to play some episodes down the line. The whole clan is expressing displeasure by returning Romaisa’s gifts and cold-shouldering her for using her wiles and charms (ha! as if!) to get Nabeel to write off his heavenly mansion in her name.

Nabeel rightly points out that he’s spent all that and more on his family and reserves the right to do so for his wife too. The only person pointing to a rational explanation is Zeeshan who wonders if Nabeel’s largess will lead to Romaisa’s exploitation.

I’m going to take a leap here and re-imagine that all this is intended to show Romaisa being boycotted by the family – which is no real surprise, Nabeel feeling hurt at his family’s love for his money rather than him and his misses – which again didn’t really come out of thin air, and Khala’s clan shown as still being as laalchi as um, in episode one.

However, ripe with repetitive scenes and dialogues, this drama is one breath short of rigor mortis. Even that fraction of a second that showed Adeel in uniform wasn’t enough to save you this time.

Pick it up people, trouble is brewing in paradise and we want the story to move on.

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

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