After watching its very interesting and intriguing promos, I decided to give the first episode of Talafi (on PTV Home) a shot. My interest was piqued also by the name of the director (Anjum Shehzad), whose previous offering had been mega serial, Mora Piya. And I must say I was not disappointed with the first episode.
Thus far, Talafi is the story of a widow Falak (Mahnoor Baloch) who loses her unborn child in a tragic accident. The car that hits her was being driven by Imaad (Mikaal Zulfiqar) who then takes her to the hospital, fetches her mother (Rabia Noreen), and basically tries all he can to make up for his rash driving. Most of the episode focused on Falak's anguish, Imaad's guilt, and Imaad's mother's (Rubina Ashraf) dismissive attitude towards the accident.
The episode was definitely emotional. I wasn't sure if Mahnoor would fit the role of Falak, but she carried it very well. Mikaal basically had the same expression throughout but let's see how the role of Imaad shapes up in general. Rubina Ashraf has the exact same look as she has in Maseeha, and so far, it seems she will have a similar role too, only in reverse (evil mom in law instead of evil mom). Also, the story was mainly on a single track of Imaad and Falak. Apparently Natasha Ali, Salma Azfar, Adnan Saeed, Mustafa Kazmi and others also have a role in the drama serial though it is not so clear what it is at this point. The dialogues are probably the weakest link here - they are deep at a point (especially when they refer to digests, Urdu literature, Umera Ahmed, etc.) but then get repetitive. Also, the writer's name throughout Facebook is mentioned as Seema Munaf but the credits in the drama serial mention Samia Javeed as the writer. So who exactly is the writer anyway?
Overall, at this point, the story seems predictable but engrossing. The overall look and feel of the drama serial is as "filmi" as Mora Piya, I have to say. BUT since this is Anjum Shehzad, along with a great cast and a promising story, I am planning to follow it anyway.
Written by Drama Buff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: If interested, you can watch the first episode of Talafi here: Talafi - 1st Episode