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Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara Hai– Episode 1

Posted by A musing muslim On December - 14 - 2013

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I started watching this drama for two reasons: Mikaal Zulfikar and Adeel Hussain. Ok three: Mansha Pasha. What can I say, I’m deep like that.

Based on Umera Ahmed’s novel Yek Jo Ik Subah ka Sitara hai, this adaptation is brought to the small screen with stellar production values courtesy Momina Duraid Productions and directed by Sakina Samo.  As a start this episode introduces us to poor orphan child Romaisa and her extended family.

Romaisa, played by Sanam Jung has a certain wistfulness about her. This is my first introduction to Sanam, and I think she did a decent job conveying her melancholy and longing.

Despite everything being pulled from under her from her lunch, to her lottery winnings to her jaydaat, she knows what her adoptive family is up to but as she voices she has no choice. Thankfully, she isn’t singing her family’s praises nor is she singing hosannas (or is it dars?) –yet-this is an Umera Ahmed script after all.

So far, so Cinderella –esque.

Poor orphan child – check

Evil (alright, matlabi) step mother stand in – Check

Evil (ok at least lazy and loud) step sisters stand ins – Check, Check, Check.

Farah Shah (as her Khala) and Mansha Pasha (as Alia, her loud, talkative and annoying cousin) were having way too much fun for me to take umbrage at their over the top performances. I really didn’t mind since it’s refreshing to see Mansha in such a different role, though a little restraint and less screen time might help the pace of the drama.

As for Farah Shah’s Khala, she’s already stirring up family rivalries and predicting Romaisa’s doomed fate. Maybe an iota of warmth from Khala for her deceased sister (please correct me if I got this wrong) would allow for more nuance for her character. Though, again, this is an Umera Ahmed script so perhaps all the stereotypical slots are filled already.

The family’s home and surroundings– the bazaar, Alia’s friend’s house were all very believable locales for a lower middle class home. I also liked Romaisa’s little box of memories, and her blowing away the glitter. I do wish though that it was done in close up with more showing and less telling.  The searching of the subh ka sitara scenes were also nicely shot so hat tip to DOP Ilyas Kashimiri.

As I said, so far so Cinderella.

I’ll be watching. At least till the Prince(s) show up. You?

MM (aka A musing Muslim)

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  • Deepika

    Great review!! I loooved Mansha Pasha as Aaliya, she may be a bit loud but she definitely has screen presence, I did find the first episode slightly boring and long but this is just the beginning and I shan't write off the serial so soon. Sanam Jung needs to pull up her socks, she can do so much better.

    • A musing muslim

      Note to Sanam: More sock pulling required. =)

  • yf

    Sanam is mediocre. Not a very versatile actress. I thought we will have an interesting dual between Aaliya and Romaisa. So v disappointed to know Mansha is AGAIN doing a side role. What is happening here guys ? Here we have a reasonably good-looking actress with tons of talent, versatility and screen presence and she is not being given a good main role ? So many of US WANT to see her but in a good serial as the main lead but.......just not happening. UA is my favorite writer. I hope she has more to offer than the innocent blank heroine. Hope it becomes more interesting. I liked the bazaar scene and the friend / aliya altercation about biryani .. v amusing. Another jolt was to know that MZ also will go soon. So out of the three attractions ...Mz, MP and AH only the last one stays. Sigh!

    • A musing muslim

      I too would like to see Mansha in a lead role, she has the chops to pull it off. See her in the telefilm Ghoohgat. I suspect its because she doesn't have the conventional good looks though personally I think she looks great.

      • Sadaf

        I agree ,I think she is lovely and would love to see her as the main lead but I am kind of happy that she is learning her craft rather than jumping the gun

  • A musing muslim

    Oh dear she was the only fun element and they will be kicking her off?

    • Aiman

      Romantic Mekaal>>> funny Mansha...

  • Annie

    Your reviews are so much fun to read AMM! :) All the stereotypes are fully in place after all it is UA and MD productions. LOL!
    First episode failed to impress not that I had any expectations. It is good to see Farah Shah in a different role even if she is the loud and annoying khala - at least yahan per ro ro ker baal safaid tow nahi ker rahi. And Sanam Jung is still a pretty face to look at without makeup even if she can't act.

    • A musing muslim

      Danke Annie. Good to start with low to no expectations and go for the ride ya?

  • lilo

    Sorry meekal lovers but sanam HAS to end up with adeel!

    • A musing muslim

      you do know we are in it for both 'em princes right?

      • Sadaf

        sigh YES either one is just fine in my opinion

        • lilo

          It's just my opinion-I'm not that big a fan of meekal but I think Adeel Hussain is amazing-and I think he would look much cuter with Sanam but again that's just my choice :)

    • Amna Salam

      No spoilers please.... Let them wait.. Sabr ka Phil meetha hot a hai

  • Sadaf

    you begin to know me I see...Ha ha ha

  • shana

    I also think we must wait for the story to unfold. I was also waiting to see a play with Mansha, Mikaal and Sanam Jang. Every body seems to be doing well. Farah is too young to play a mother's role. She is also screaming a bit. Mansha is perfect as the scheming cousin. Her jhaalaas and cheap dressing do reming people of sarwat gilani but I think her acting is superb and not at all like sarwat. Sarwat was also fab in DeM but in a different way. Sanam looks meek but sometimes her eyes look vacant. I am not too happy to know that Aaliya's character will fade away in a few episodes. She was providing a lot of colour to the otherwise slow black and white episode.

    • A musing muslim

      Right - hard to dismiss something just after the first episode. Lets hope for the best.

  • atif Ahmed

    I wasn't joking, neither I was being sarcastic. That's a fact.

  • Amna Salam

    Yup... I feel umera's books should jot be dramatized if they cannot maintain its true essence... Zgh was a complete let down for me.. And star power is not enough...

    Same goes for romaisa.. Maybe the reason why I didn't warm up to her character because in book she was a 18-19 year old.. We could expect a girl of this age to shut her mouth... But sanam Jung does not fall in that category... No innocense felt from her side...
    Let's see what happens... At least mikal and adil look like what they were in the Novel.. All goes down to next Friday

  • Amna Salam

    Yup... Shaman's character was the true face of many in our society

  • Amna Salam

    I think that is not true.. She writes what she sees.. And its not her fault the society is a mirror image of dark ages..at least we are not blinded by shehzada shezadi stories and happily ever after...

  • Amna Salam

    Yup... Glad to take up the position...!

  • Pino

    Yes the actors are good looking ;) I will stick around but I adore Fawad Khan too but his numm bored me so much I have not tuned in since last 2 episodes to even adore him haha... So the poor good looking actors can only do so much :)

    • A musing Muslim

      Right I fell off the numm bandwagon too, so good looks can only take you thus far. Khaire, lets wait and watch.

  • Pino

    Yes the hairstyle, the acting, facial expressions, make up, wardrobe, attitude all are similar to Sarwat Gillani in DEM play. I love Mansha she is good but it seems for this role the director asked her just watch Sarwat's role over and over again, learn, copy and Action!!

    • Aiman

      lol true..but thora diff hai..Zoya...shld i say keh AWARA nahi thi...Zoya wz waiting for her prince charming..ab woh shadi shida nikal aaya toh mamla kharabh ho gaya...but Aliya..besharam hone ki hadd takk besharam hai....Zoya greedy thi but usko zahir nahi kerti thi,,Aliya toh moon se niwala takk cheen ker kha leti hai...

  • Sadaf

    Just finished watching and I think your review says it all . Check mark against cinderella story but as Amna says that is every other story in Pakistani dramas these days . I so want to be irritated by Sanam Jung and her Bholi larki Romaisa but just cannot find the heart to . It would be like glaring at a kitten ...pointless ... so here we go another Bholeeeee larki who does not have moo mein zuban even but ...sigh Having said that the production values have brought this whole thing up a notch. still not sure yet . I loved Mansha Pasha and Farah Shah even though they seemed to be taking over the screen . wish the director had given a lot more screen time to Romaisa . sorry but the box of momentos had me thinking of Tom Riddle but that is becuase I am not Bholi . For a first episode it was above average ,let see how it goes . I totally agree Mikaal and Adeel are coming so why not just relax and enjoy the view ...God knows what button I pressed but I seem to be writing in italic for no obvious reason .

    • A musing Muslim

      Sadaf - I love how you can go from pointless staring at a kitten to Bholi ladki to Tom Riddle! At first I thought oh no Pandora's box but the idea is quite sweet though I wanted to see close ups.

      And yes, not throwing baby ( or should I say babe-in-the woods) out with the bath water just yet. =)

  • Amna Salam

    I have read the novel and its one of my favourites.. Yes I agree that its a Cinderella story but then again every other Pakistani drama here is "another Cinderella story".. So why target this only... Let's wait and see..

    For the first episode I thought it was a little slow .. And I got tired of seeing romaisa in bed.. Lolzzz... Hope second one comes up to my expectations cause I was greatly excited when I heard the novel is being dramatized.. And I don't want it to become another ZGH..

    • A musing muslim

      Yay Amna! you can be our chief novel to screen check person. =)

      And sure, its still to early to write it off.

      I wonder what you think of Maria's comment (scroll down to see)

  • FatimaAwan

    Thank you for a wonderful review MM. Aalia definitely stood out more in this first episode than Romaisa. I agree with you I didn't feel anything for any of the characters too. I guess first episodes are usually like that. I think Farah Shah is young to play such roles, just because she is overweight doesn't mean she should play the ama G! The promos were really good, I was expecting much more from this first episode but it's too early to pass judgments so I am going to wait for another 3 - 4 episodes. I remember Kankar started off as a really slow and boring play but it got interesting after a while.

    • A musing muslim

      Alia definitely stood out - Mansha does have as you rightly said a lot of screen presence. Also good to wait for a bit to see how this pans out.

      Am curious though, any of our readers read the novel? How much of this is true to the written word? Anyone?

  • Atif Ahmed

    I'm sure it won't be refreshing or enlightening story. It will have touch of dark ages which is Hallmark of Umera bibi's writings.

  • Atif Ahmed

    First episode was decent. But I feel that characters are stereo typical, dialoges bit too familiar. Do we have girls like Ramoosa in this day and age.
    Writers past association with Jamaat e Islami is pretty evident in all her dramas.

    • A musing muslim

      Agree. like I said I'm sticking around for eye candy.

    • Maria

      hhahahahahah she is part of Jamat-e-Islami. I love the sarcasm!

  • lilo

    The drama was decent. I think Mansa and Sanam overacted-i couldn't really feel much for their characters. The khala's really funny though.

    • A musing Muslim

      Right they were overacting but it seemed like they were having a lot of fun! Glad you are finding Khalsa amusing instead of annoying. =)

    • Atif Ahmed

      Yeah. Couldn't feel for any of the characters.

  • Maria

    Hi MM. I have been meaning to say hi to you for ages :P
    First of all excellent review :D
    So by chance my best friend was over and its our pact that once before she leaves abroad for her school, we decide on a drama to watch together...strange rituals i know, but we want to keep our pakistani side alive sometimes :P anyway so we ended up watching MSKSH (phew what a long name). hmmm i am very double minded about the drama. The promos looked very very promising but then sometimes if Umera's stories are not handled well, every cliche & stereotype falls into place which is exactly what i felt happened in this episode. I am not warming up to Romaisa's character at all for some reason. Banda kabhi kabhi do char suna hi deta hai...but I did not mind khalas and Aliya's character. it looked like they were having the time of their life playing it OTT. One thing that i did love about was the metaphor of subah ka sitara and its association with love. Love is like a morning star. sometimes so bright but hard to spot and when the clouds appear, its disappears behind them.
    On another random note, i am not sure where i stand with terms of UA's writing. Kankar, Daam and DeS to me were really REALLY well written and portrayed on screen. Maat made no sense to me and ZGH ki to khuda khair hi karay. so i will just keep my expectations low and hope this drama doesn't falls of the tracks...

    • A musing muslim

      Hi to you too Maria and thanks for your kind words.

      Love your little ritual with your friend. Those kinds of crazy things keep friendships alive even saat samundar paar. Also tell her to write in here! =)

      I don't think I've warmed up to Romaisa yet either, but hey its the first episode so here's hoping she learns to stand up for herself.

      I think you make a very interesting point about how a novel gets translated on screen and a lot of that I personally think is the directors responsibility. I haven't read any of her works so its hard to comment about her writing.

      From their interpretations in the dramas, I think she shows flashes of brilliance and can capture some emotions and situations brilliantly but then as you said if not handled well, all the cliches surface. This is my problem with most of her works on screen - the characters are merely stand ins for stereotypes and then start getting preachy. Here's hoping that it stays on the track!

      • Pino

        Mansha is acting just like Dil e Muztar's snatch your husband Neghbor girl (I forgot her name), in some of the promos they are even wearing the same outfits and earrings. That is pretty annoying to me. For some reason it seems like a typical boring drama. I'm not too excited about it.

        • Atif ahmed

          Yeah Mansha is acting like Sarwat Gilani in Dil e Muzter.

          • Pino

            Sarwat Gillani - I had a memory loss thinking what was that actor's name lolzz thanks..

        • A musing muslim

          True enough. Nothing new. Cinderella story. Stick around for the princes maybe?

        • FatimaAwan

          Pino spot on, the earrings reminded me of Sarwat Gillani's character in DeM and the make up too.

        • Aiman

          Dont worry Mansha ka character buss 4,5 episodes takk hi nazar aayega...Story bohat bari hai..Mansha buss chota sa part hai uska.

    • Sadaf

      maat made a lot of sense maria life is like that sometimes

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