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Bunty I Love You Episode 12

Posted by RB On March - 24 - 2014 9 COMMENTS


Yeh BILU, BILU kya hai... Yeh BILU, BILU?

Last week I was rather cheesed off. Why you might ask? Well because of the jadoo-toona, wazifay-wala Babaji. This week Jamat-e-BILU (read: Team BILU) gives us a story so far fetched even those illusive Mohabbat ka Farishtas would find this a difficult pill to swallow (side note: Mujhe bhi Mohabbat ka Farishta bhaij dain).

I still don't see why we needed a Babaji (and please feel free to correct me). I'm all for desi twists and turns but common sense dictates that Bunty I Love You wasn't the place for this particular turn.

Oh well, one can wait and see. Point is do I really want to wait and see...?

This week there's more of the same old, same old. Dania's obsession with Bunty continues unabated, Zain remains as deceptive as a slithery serpent, Beenish is being set up for mohabbat road kill, and Bunty is stupider than I first thought. Move over Romaisa there's someone to take your crown!

1In a game of double-cross and dagahbaazi it is increasingly becoming difficult to figure out who's on who's side, who's good, who's bad, and I wonder if we can even think within these compact categories. Bunty is playing to Zain's tune and at the moment giving Dania what she wants, Dania - as untrusting and well-aware of mard ki fitrat as she is - just happens to believe him with a pinch of salt making one wonder where's the love?

Beenish, on the other hand, is the only one playing to her own tune (but if the trailer is to be believed she's in some deep, deep trouble next week!). Abdul Samad happens to be the chuppa rustam, he's on to something but question is what is it? He lies to Dania, he obviously know Beenish, and he even shoots Zain (there goes my reason to watch this series). Kyunnnnnnnnnn?

Let me take a moment here to elaborate. There is much in this series that I find difficult to digest: Why is Bunty a six-year-old girl in front of Zain all bed par lait kar phone par gup shup? Just give them a room already, please and thank you. Why is Zain pimping out his girlfriend? I mean what happened to the desi hero who'd rather die than see his lover's character being uchalooed in public. Why is Babaji so interested in Mehvish ko paisay "kyun diya thay" (exactly my question Babaji)? Aur Bunty kya cheez hai bhai? Hamay bhi bata do.

As if all that wasn't difficult I am now accosted by a good looking dalal. See I could stomach Bunty and Zain being in cahoots with each other and taking Dania for ride (with reservations of course!), hell I'd even be fine with them being lovers, but what I find wholly despicable is using a woman as a prop, and that I did not expect from HUM TV. Of course, they've done it before with Sameena Peerzada's character in Mera Naseeb yet it doesn't make sense here. Moreover, it reeks of cheap thrills, something I can expect from other channels but not HUM TV.

I will confess I liked this story but do I like where it's going...? The answer for now is NO

Allah'Talah nay farmaya hai ki jo sabar karta hai woh shukar karta hai. Mein umeed karta hoon ki humaray sabar ka HUM TV shukar manaye ga. Ussi hawalay say Dania ko apnay saat din kay sabar ka phal shukar mananay kay satth milay ga.

Agalya haaftay thak.



Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 15

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




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)


Posted by Sadaf On March - 18 - 2014 15 COMMENTS



 This episode seemed like a race to a climax. The web that Farida had woven around Asher was well and truly unraveling and funnily enough not due to any effort on Khirad’s part. I remember thinking how stupid Farida was ,because if the ultimate goal had been to marry Asher off to Sara ,well how was she going to deal with Khizar when he found out ? To me that was an obvious plot flaw, then I realised that Sara was being used too and that she really was just a foolish bystander in all of this . Farida really didn’t think anyone was good enough for her “shaandaar “beta …love that dialogue but I am jumping ahead of myself.

Khirad stands up to Farida’s intimidation tactics and I think the entire viewing audience must have clapped when she said “ Mein tab darti thi jab mein aap ke betey ke saath rehna chahti thi ab mein lanat behjtee hoon aap par ,aap ke iss ghar , aur aap ke betey par”. Twice Khirad reassures Farida that she has no interest in staying with Asher and there is a change in her demeanor. The Khirad sharing the house with Asher before Farida came had softened a little, making him; even offering to cook but the cold harsh reality of life was brought back by her mother in law’s constant threats. As to Farida, well I had always thought her character would soften especially with her sick granddaughter but as we know she will break but not bend.images (19)

I kind of felt sorry for Sara who is her own worst enemy. Yes I know she is proud, arrogant and conceited but still here was her last chance and she let it go. Again her mother Zarina could have one to Asher and fixed the situation but no she sides with her blood ties rather than the truth and the rest now seems inevitable.video_xmqnqh

Mahirah and Fawad were totally fabulous as worried parents .Those scenes still brought tears to my eyes .Asher and Khirad, united for their child. The child actor who plays Hareem was so sweet; her sad little gaze at her parents after Asher announces she is going for surgery the next day was heart breaking. Poor Asher was having a hard time understanding the situation. How could the loving, innocent wife he remembered become the adulteress? The photo albums remind him of what his anger never should have let him forget. The entire audience is holding their breath, counting the minutes , the hours till the the truth is revealed.images (52)

Bunty I Love You Episode 11

Posted by RB On March - 17 - 2014 10 COMMENTS


One tight slap! I don't know about you but I've been waiting for this.

Bunty kitna baccha hai par baat to wohi hai na ki Dania ko bacchay say mohabbat ho gayee hai. As many of you have wondered what Dania sees in Bunty, this week, I ask the same question. I hope they tell us soon because I'm done wondering.

I know that this series gets a lot of criticism - Dania is a vamp and despicable, the story is not good, and so on and forth -  and until now I would have vehemently disagreed but after this episode I have my doubts. For a person to vouch for a character, series, and story they must have faith in it's message, and I'm beginning to lose that ever elusive thing called faith. Fickle you'd say but not really.

In a story that is different, innovative, and has a strong female lead (unlike the ones HUM TV shoves down our throats - Romaisa or Shabbi anyone), I wonder why we need a Baba to maaro some dum. Lagta hai Saba Qamar will always be plagued by Gul-e-Rana, what with all the Babas and dums, qaboos and qabzas, perhaps even a lonesome jinn. Isn't that what Bunty is? Jokes aside I am slightly disappointed with the turn in events. Although I'm not blind to what happens in our society and as hard as it is to believe when it comes to matters of love, life, and money we do like some divine help. Enter Babaji, whether he's a najoomi or a Pir I leave to your better judgment.

Khar dafaa karo.

Beenish, whom we briefly saw last week, is the cause of major turmoil in the life of Bunty and Dania. Dania doesn't want her as a tutor and Bunty is hellbent on proving Lady D wrong. Little does boy wonder know that jasoos Samad is ruining his game. Whether Beenish is here to stay or not, I don't know, what I do know (or perhaps can make an educated guess) is that she is no match for Dania.

As for Qutub, he surprises me every week, and this time around the surprise was rather dangerous. Really Q, with I want to take you to Babaji. So much for that wilayti uniform and gora manners, after all, aandar ka desi bahaar aa gaya na. Needless to say he seems very loyal to Dania especially after that phone conversation with Mrs. Chauhan (but why was he listening in?!).

Speaking of Mrs. Chauhan she was the this week's Big Hot Mess! Not one to take slander lying down we see a showdown between Dania and Mrs. Chauhan. Waise Mohtarma C. Zeb-un-Nissa kay saath itni hamdardi kyun? If you've ever wondered how women fight on desi TV screens forward 19 minutes into this episode. Chandaal, budiya, mein tumhara khoon pee jaoon gi, pagal khanay say baat kar rahi hai, and the clincher woh dekho Chauhan ki ex-wife ja rahee hai. Indeed, to quote Qutub, siraf Dania unka dimaagh durust kar sakti hai.

Finally, the chemistry between Zain and Bunty as co-stars is commendable. Zain comes across as the older, more experienced guy who can get away with calling him "Bunty darling" and "Mehevish ko bhool kyun nahi jata". In contrast Bunty seems to fluctuate between being apologetic, on the one hand, and afraid, on the other. His uncertainty plays off really well with Zain's sense of focus and one can actually feel the sparks. Now if only HUM TV wanted to be that innovative.

All in all a slow episode but by no means boring.

Till next week.


Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 14

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




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)


Posted by Sadaf On March - 12 - 2014 5 COMMENTS



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In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage ;

Henry V


Khirad may have been a little lonely in the last episode after all playing happy families with an estranged husband and very sick daughter cannot be easy. I have this fantasy in my head that if left to their own devices these two would have made it up , there anger melting slowly but surely. Khirad resolve had melted quite a bit ; last episode she made Asher tea and offered to cook dinner. However the reality of the situation is that they do not live in a vacuum, Sara is beside herself with rage and disappointment and immediately contacts Farida with the news that Khirad is back. At first Farida can barely credit Asher with that much independence of thought or subterfuge but like the best poker players she wants to bluff it out and see what she can get away with. Farida is such a wonderfully relentless evil character, who feels not aborting her own grandchild was an oversight on her part and is not for one minute guilty at causing her own son so much pain. Atiqa Odho made her if anything more palatable and did not allow her to disintegrate into a caricature either.download (15)

This episode belongs to Khirad, if anyone had missed the memo about this being Khirad’s story they should have got it now. When Asher asks her about Hareem’s delivery ,Khirad refuses to gain his sympathy or accuse him of letting her down. Mahirah was simply fabulous in the confrontation scene with Farida, without that intensity it would all fallen flat.images (34) Khirad tells Afsheen she is not expecting a reconciliation, she actually reassures Batoola Khala about the job loss and explains her decision to leave Hareem with Asher . Hareem and Hareem alone is her focus. At this point I am reminded of Kashaf Baji from ZGH who had a much better life but was convinced the world was out to get her. The reason I make this comparison was the spate of articles put up by so called liberals calling Khirad’s character regressive and Kashaf’s a symbol of modern independent womanhood. Khirad had literally decided never to depend on Asher again. She is impressed with him as a father but still finds him lacking as a husband." He did not protect me, he was weak" she tells Farida while Khirad defends her daughter like a tigress from Sara and her mother in law.

Asher is sinking further and further into a state of confusion. He expects Khirad to manipulate him, to play games, to show some part of what he has convinced himself is her conniving nature. He overhears Khirad’s conversation with Afsheen and far from being reassuring him it awakens more unease and perhaps a little disappointment in him. Farida has lost her son; the game is up, barring the details. Asher refuses to hear the allegations his mother keeps repeating against Khirad, breaking a glass because he cannot bear to listen. There is no doubt Asher is already softening towards Khirad despite his denials.images (33)

Poor old Sara, ( fantastic acting from Naveen Waqar)if only she would listen to her mother and move on. It feels as if this is less about Asher himself than her own ego: how could anyone prefer that backward woman over her? next week sees the return of Khizar (AAAARGHHH).download (14)

Bunty I Love You Episode 10

Posted by RB On March - 10 - 2014 5 COMMENTS


Games, games, games.

As if we didn't have enough games being played already we can add a few more to that list. Zain and Bunty, Mirza and Dania, Zain and Dania, Abdul Samad and Dania, Qutub and Dania, and wait for it, who's the new girl? So many twists and turns in an already spinning universe makes my head go GA-GA!

Hang on I've forgotten the highlight of this episode: THE BARISH SCENE! Daniaji mein nahi darta lekin aapkay mustaqbil kay liye mujhe darr lagta hai. After having left on a high note last week I'm wondering why we needed a rain sequence? Kyun? What purpose did it serve? Is dancing in the rain a defacto desi way of portraying age? If it is we need something new because it did not work here at all. As ravishing as Saba Qamar is even she can't pull off a 19-year-old-girl-dancing-in-the-rain look.

Instead what we got was a budi ghoodi, lal lagaam. Annnnnd ankhon hi ankhon mein ishara ho gaya because Bunty is ostensibly free now!

As soon as he gets the green signal, Bunty makes his way back to Mehvish channeling Tom Cruise circa Top Gun. Enter the girl who'll fix a broken heart. Speaking of broken hearts, are Zain Bhai and Bunty BFF's now?! Now that breaks my heart (if only you knew why). Whatever sinister scheme HS is plotting he does look good doing it. Although I'm not sure he knows who he's up against.

If there was any doubt that Lady D can have her cake and eat it too, then poor Mirza's fate should make us think otherwise. Not one to be slighted, Dania conveniently calls Mrs. M and has her hear the entire conversation that ensues over a sea facing restaurant. Saba Q looked perfect in the rather long kurta and tung pyjamas - her best outfit so far I'd say. I wish I could say the same for Mirza but he didn't look good and something tells me he won't be feeling very good either.

The number of times Patel's name was invoked you'd think he'd make a quick appearance but alas no such luck. I think he only shows up when Dania's in doubt and clearly this was not one of Dania's doubting moments. Poor, poor Mrs. Mirza, to be humiliated on the phone by her own husband must be such a shock though she did ask for it. Aa bail mujhe maar is a title thoroughly appropriate for her!

Mirza was the first pawn up on the sacrificial altar. Who's up next? Your guess is as good as mine.

A shout out to the DoP is in order. I have to say the camerawork is stellar! I wasn't enthralled by the story or plot this week but what kept my attention was the camerawork, so, kudos! The sequence with Bunty riding his bike as we see an empty Karachi residential street: Perfect! Also, whoever is working on the background music get full snaps up for including Nazia Hassan.

As much as this story might not be to everyone's tastes it does have some very redeeming qualities: excellent production values, good use of background score, amazing photography/cinematography, good acting, and a unpredictable storyline. Although I'm getting a bit antsy with the waiting.

Until next week, Raab Rakha.


Mahirah : Tuc the lighter side of life Finale

Posted by Sadaf On March - 9 - 2014 17 COMMENTS


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I think this was the "shakar jis ka tha intezaar" of the whole series of interviews that Mahirah Khan did .  The whole world was waiting to see the "reunion" of their favourite stars  aka Asher Hussain and Khirad after quite a gap and this fan was not disappointed . This was one of Mahirah's best shows partly becuase of Fawad's presence but also becuase Mahirah was actually in command  . The highlight  had to be the parody of Humsafar . Fawad was hilarious with his "mummy yeh aap kiya keh raheen hai?" and Mahirah looked zalim enough saying Farida's lines .This felt  like such a family reunion for obsessive fans (like me) of Humsafar  that I really found myself wishing  Sarmad Khoosat had been invited too, but then again that was not the essence of this show.

We did learn a few things ,things we had already guessed at but it is always nice to have a little confirmation:

Fawad said that if an actor is not comfortable on a set it shows in his work  and the audience picks up on it ,mentioning NUMM and ASHK as examples. I have to give him credit for being a very honest person  .

Fawad chose Zaroon over Asher but called "his' picture  "chichora" in the turki Ba turki round .

Fawad chose Salman over  Shah Rukh ( NOOOOO)

He chose  the atmosphere of the set of Akbari Asghari over Dastan

He accepts he mumbles his dialogues sometimes

Fawad knows his craft and agrees with me when someone beautiful like himself cries people care whereas if the team at Dp cries people shrug their shoulders and move on ...read into it what you will.new-8

As always Fawad and Mahirah shared great chemistry and were a pleasure to watch on screen .  Similarly Mahirah shared a great rapport with Adeel Hussain and Shehryaar , so they were my favouirite shows out of this series.Talking of the beautiful people I would have loved to see Mahirah interview Mikaal Zulfikaar . My favourite comments from Fawad had to be about Shaan and how if they were stuck in an elevator Shaan would talk about being in Films but there was no gaurantee that Fawad would be listening ...All I could think ( between giggling like a ten year old) was : you can take the boy out of Lahore but  you  can't take the Lahore out of the boy 

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Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 13

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




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)


Posted by Sadaf On March - 5 - 2014 28 COMMENTS


I think at this point in the story Humsafar as a serial had gotten so popular that it had become a national obsession. There were series of great cartoons about it from around episode 12 and a lot of people who hadn’t seen it from the first episode had managed to catch up or at least grabbed enough of the story to be thoroughly involved. Everyone was rooting for Asher and Khirad to get back together and in this episode they did. Despite their constant “yeh sirf Waqti Samjhota hai”, Khirad’s attempts at nonchalance and Asher’s sniping subconsciously it was all over. Sarmad Khoosat presented tableaux after beautiful tableaux of the three of them in very normal family situations which should have been horribly uncomfortable but instead flowed as smoothly as a stream of silk through an expert’s hand. images (29) There were no voice over’s needed to explain the character’s feelings their expressions and judicious use of the unforgettable OST was enough.


At the hospital we see how Asher is taking care of everything and Khirad finally has someone to share this heavy burden with. The strain a child’s illness can put on a family is huge and to carry it alone even more so .In their relief they forget to observe the distances and formalities their anger had placed between them. Despite Khirad’s appearance of strength the audience is shown her desperate loneliness when Asher takes Hareem away to read a book. I loved Mahirah in this role and that scene amongst so many was heartbreaking. Instead of breaking down though she begins to pray because that spiritual strength is what got her through such difficult times. Khirad is not the mazloom aurat which so many half-baked criticisms of Humsafar are based on, she is a strong woman who does not fall at Asher’s feet (Damn !!) asking for justice or even accuse him of letting her down. She is working to support herself and Hareem and is planning ahead for a future without Asher.images (31)


Asher’s confusion is plain to see, since he has come to doubt the image he had formed of Khirad he expects to see the lying, conniving individual he has formed in his imagination to explain the situation. He asks Hareem who told her to always tell the truth, he expects Khirad to be angry and retaliate to his taunts; he expects a reaction from her which just isn’t forthcoming. His frustration, physical

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and emotional is so well captured scene after scene.When he pushes Khirad against the wall because he had to lie to his mother, again when Hareem asks for a brother. This was the famous “set the screen on fire chemistry” that had us all hooked.images (30) The visit of the Canadian friends encapsulates their situation perfectly. The visiting friends who have no clue what happened in the last Four and a half years, apart from a little formality can see no distance between Asher and Khirad. Despite their superficial denial both Asher and Khirad are happier than they have been in a long time. Asher is even trying to give up smoking.


Meanwhile Sara has not given up on Asher, she knows him so well she immediately picks up on the change in his behavior. What a confrontation scene between her and “the family” in the restaurant. Asher standing up and literally threatening Sara at the implied insult to his daughter certainly made the audience’s day and we were all left waiting breathlessly for the secrets to unfold.download (11)


One thing I must mention despite my long review was the sheer self-centered complacency of the Sara, Zarina and Khizar. I found the clinical ,casual way Zarina and Sara discuss what Khizar has done and how they assess his character disturbing .It was as if Khirad was not even human and what had happened to her had little or no importance in their eyes .



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