I will be honest. I do not have many grand expectations from Kankar. And the first episode has me sitting on the fence, uncertain which way to go. The entire aura of the serial positively reeks of Daam: the same middle class setting, the same elder-daughter-not-getting-a-suitable-proposal, the same second-daughter-about-to-graduate, and so on and on. I don't know if anyone else also felt the same way, but somehow I did not find anything unique, especially in this first episode. Of course, first episodes can go either way, so let's see if Kankar manages to attract as many viewers as its predecessors: Shehr-e-Zaat and Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
The story revolves around the families of two brothers and one sister. The elder brother is quite well-off and his family makes a great to-do in this episode about the fact that they have gotten their eldest son engaged in a very elite family. The younger brother's (Behroze Sabzwari) and sister's families belong to the middle class. It goes without saying that the rifts between the families are more related to status differences than anything else. It is interesting though that we never got to see the son being talked about so excessively in this episode. Maybe he will make a grand entrance later.
Kiran (Sanam Baloch), daughter of the younger brother, is the main protagonist of the story. Her phuppi's son, Adnan (Hasan Niazi), seems to be interested in her, but is financially struggling. Kiran is shown as a typical daughter of the house, leading a care-free life in college but very much conscious of the issues affecting her family.
This is basically all that we found out in this episode.
The narrative was slow and the dialogues were extremely repetitive - honestly, there was a "Shoaib kee baat pakki hogai" line in almost every scene. This kind of writing does seem to be Umera Ahmed's forte though, which is why my interest remained intact. Direction-wise, it was a good effort, but there HAS to be more showing and less telling. It is good to note that the serial has an outdoorsy look, which kind of breaks the monotone. Production-wise, the episode had Six Sigma Entertainment written all over it. The picture and sound quality was lacking in many places, and the background music became quite loud at quite a few points. Technical aspects of any production have to be top notch for people to actually tune into their television sets - it is no use if you have the volume up and you still cannot make out what is being said.
Overall, it is a very slow start. Though it has given a pretty good insight into the characters, and the way they relate to each other, I do hope that the story picks up and we see a more fast-paced narrative. The promo for next week promises the entry of Fahd Mustafa - let's see how that goes.
Written by Drama Buff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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