11 episodes down, I am still hooked to Talafi. Despite all my earlier peeves with this serial, I must say I can easily understand why this is currently PTV's top-rated serial. Director Anjum Shehzad has kept the pace of the drama serial brisk throughout, and with quite a decent performance put in by the entire cast, the 'happenings' ensure you tune into it, if only to find out how Imaad is going to deal with the mess he's knee-deep into!
Story wise, plenty happened! Imaad asked Falak to leave the house after Sharmeen's over-the-top screaming and her threat to stand on the roadside as a bride, waiting for her family to take her back. Falak first goes to Umair and Faria's house and then later moves into her mother's humble abode. Sharmeen and Surraya, predictably, do not get along and Imaad is caught in the middle.
Boy, I still LOVE Surraya! She's quite a character. The way she tells off Sharmeen and makes snide comments about her "family background" is quite amusing. For the life of me, I don't know who Sharmeen's family, as she was shown to be living alone and there was no portrayal of family members even on her wedding.
Mahnoor Baloch's acting as Falak remained quite emotion-less until she burst out in anger at Imaad over the phone. That was one intense, excellently-done scene! Finally Falak reacted to being turned out of the house in the middle of the night and refused to accept a single penny from her husband as a "talafi".
Natasha Ali manages to portray Sharmeen as an irritating, my-way-or-the-highway character, but after a while, her screaming and shouting and her "Main Falak nahin hoon!" gets on your nerves. Mikaal Zulfiqar looked flat in some scenes, but managed to convey the right emotions in others. Rubina Ashraf, as always, is doing a great job!
While Six Sigma's production values and Anjum Shehzad's direction is vastly improved, I still wish some of the overly long conversations between Falak and her mother were trimmed down. I forwarded nearly all of their scenes. I feel Seema Munaf's script is still a weaker link, but the pace of the story does make up at times.
The preview promises more drama - for reasons I cannot fathom, I am actually looking forward!
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