The main phrase that was coming to mind after watching the first episode of Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Milay (thereafter to be referred to as MDKJZM) was: breath of fresh air. Yes, it was definitely a light-hearted episode with light shades of the different conflicts and plots that are soon to unearth.
Basically, the story revolves around the families of Ahmed Ali (Hyderabad) and Abdur-Rehman (Karachi). In this episode, we got an in-depth glimpse into the daily lives of the two friends and their families. Abdur-Rehman (Khalid Anam) is financially better off, but his son Urooj cannot hear or speak (special person). His wife Zakiya (Bushra Ansari) desperately wants to get him married and towards that purpose, she is chasing her sister and her niece (honestly, the niece has zero compatibility with Urooj!).
In Hyderabad, Ahmed Ali (Behroze Ali) has two daughters: Arifa (Alishba Yousuf) and Amna (Sarwat Gillani). Arifa, the younger of the two, is quieter and more sobre than Amna, who's carefree and happy-go-lucky type. Arifa and her cousin, Junaid (Mohib Mirza), who apparently lives with them, are in love.
Overall, the episode was 'mellow' rather than 'happening'. However, it was definitely not boring. The scenes were short, the acting was excellent, and the direction was top-notch. Adnan Ahmed seems to have continued his great form after Mera Naseeb and Bilqees Kaur. Bushra Ansari's script is rocking with a different story and diverse dialogues. Let's see if this continues in subsequent episodes. Khalid Anam, Bushra Ansari, Behroze Sabzwari, Mohib Mirza, and Alishba Yousuf all seem comfortable with their roles. And I must say I was extremely GLAD to see Sarwat Gillani doing the kind of role that suits her best - the outgoing, happy-go-lucky role which would mature with time. Thus far, all characters seem to have a great chemistry with each other.
I did, however, raise my eyebrows at two points: firstly, the policeman stopped Junaid and told him "halaat kharab hein" and made him turn back. A scene or two later, which I am assuming is the same day, the girls are shown returning from college and buying bangles on the way? If the "halaat" were not good, how come the market was buzzing and the girls were happily buying bangles as if nothing has happened? Secondly, I don't know if that particular problem was with the video that I was watching, but the voice and picture were not in sync for some time in the Junaid-Arifa scene, which was quite a bummer as that scene was so sweet!
Thanks to the plot outline, we know which way the story is going to go, BUT that does not make me look any less forward to the next episode.
Written by Drama Buff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: Sorry for the delay. I had a hard time loading all the videos.
PPS: Does anyone know who's the guy playing Urooj? He's done an excellent job, with spot-on expressions and sign language.