A review on Pakistani TV Drama Serial, ‘Sang-e-Mar Mar’ [Marble] (2017). The Production House is MD Productions whereas its Title Song is sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Saife Hassan
  • Cinematography by Khizer Idress
  • Written by Mustafa Afridi
  • Edited by Saad Bin Jawed
  • Produced by Momina Duraid

 

 

+ Note
Sang-e-Mar Mar aired on Hum TV from 1st Sep 2016 – 17th Mar 2017. It consists of total 28 episodes. The entire production was shot in the Swat District, mainly in the village of Ronyal and its outskirts.

 

 

+ Main Cast

  1. Noman Ijaz as Gulistan Khan
  2. Sania Saeed as Shameem
  3. Mikaal Zulfiqar as Aurang
  4. Kubra Khan as Shireen
  5. Paras Masroor as Torah
  6. Uzma Hassan as Shehrbano / Baano
  7. Omair Rana as Safiullah
  8. Kaif Ghaznavi as Pari
  9. Tipu Sharif as Saif Ur Rehman

 

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+ Supportive Cast

  1. Najiba Faiz as Gulalai
  2. Sharmeen Ali as Palwasha
  3. Beenish Raja as Durkhanay
  4. Agha Mustafa Hassan as Goher
  5. Suhaee Abro as Rakshi / Torah’s & Palwasha’s Mother
  6. Qazi Wajid as Baran Khan / Gulistan Khan’s Father
  7. Hassan Noman as Bulbul
  8. Abdullah Khan as Baru Kaka (Driver)
  9. Noman Ali Siraj as Nasir Khan Jan

 

 

+ Plot

It focuses on Gulistan Khan, a cruel man who rules his family with an iron will and exercises significant influence in the area where he resides.

 

 

+ High Points
i – First of all, I would like to give a standing ovation to respected Noman Ijaz for his outstanding performance as Gulistan Khan. He gave his heart out to play the role of proud, strict father, husband and interest earning business man. This role was essential for the actor to be performed to its core or else all other roles would not have mattered to this TV drama series in such a way if this key role was not up to the mark. A very wise decision was made by giving this lead role to such a great actor, Noman Ijaz.

ii – Uzma Hassan is the actress who played the role of a sadistic, stubborn, jealous character as Banno. Her incredible hatred for Torah Khan for being different to her white complexion family and impure to their Pashto roots, to never let her husband even touch her for affection… showed the viewers, what happens hatred overcomes a person. Not only she could ever live a life of peace, she made sure that no one else had lived with it either — even if they are her blood siblings. Banno’s character was one of the most interestingly written, performed as effective as the as the script demanded it to be and the public, fans alike would always remember you in this iconic character that you played so AMAZINGLY! Bravo!

iii – Paras Masroor is no doubt a brilliant actor who played out his character as fiercely and cunningly on-screen. The writer is very intelligent to keep his best part for the finale. Torah Khan is a mixture of devilish yet sympathetic character who I at many times felt emphatic with his long hatred and anger for Gulistan Khan for not only snatched off Torah’s most beloved one from him but also the fact that Gulistan was never truly nice or respectable to Torah Khan as he was to his family members or even to Shireen.

However for his evil schemes, I understood well to what the writer wanted to show. Once the blood is spilled for any reason, it’s unstoppable. This is what made Torah Khan into, a blood thirsty man. His suppressed anger and undying long hatred is finally been revealed which make this scene as the most memorable one to watch.

Paras Masroor truly deserved the award for the Best Actor in Supporting Role in Sange Mar Mar. I would love to see your upcoming projects as well. Other Honorable Mentions: Sania Saeed, Kaif Ghaznavi, Beenish Raja and rest of the cast.

iv – Saife Hassan did an excellent job in its direction which made this TV drama series even more exciting to watch. I am already huge fan of his acting skills and this time he has surprised me with his debut direction. Truly, a great job!

v – Not only the story is very well written, its each and every episode is very intriguing to watch including the cliffhangers which really kept us viewers at the edge of our seats. For every character, their backstory is splendidly thought over. Impressive work!
vi – Even the subplots were very fascinating to watch.

vii – Loved the Bengali role (of being the mother of Torah Khan & Palwasha) played out by a beautiful actress, Suhaee Abro. She is a terrific actress and danced with such grace.

viii – Nice comic relief clumsy character, Sange-Mar-Mar had of Bulbul performed by Hassan Noman.

ix – I loved the concept and its premise which was focused on the lives of Northern areas (Pashto; Pathan) people, who stayed away from the city and their law & order.

 

 

+ Low Points

i – There were way too many flashbacks suddenly appearing, which confused its viewers of either being in the past or in the present or shown as an imaginative / daydreaming scenario?
ii – I have no issue with having an ambiguous end, in fact sometimes it works better than answering all questions; as long as it does not leave the audience disappointed or unsatisfied with it. But it did.

The major question remains, what was the final outcome of Shireen and Banno? Did they ever make peace with each other? Did they ever found peace & happiness in their respected lives?

The viewers may forgive the writer for ignoring Banno but not Shireen. From the very first episode we are looking at Shireen’s life which in later episodes takes an unjust turn when she is distrusted by her own brother and forced to marry in a decision. Then we know how much suffering she has to go through including unable to fulfill her one lost dream that she wanted to have since her childhood… My question still remains the same, why she was not given justice in the end?

Some people might defend this by claiming that this is how real life is, unjust … unfair. However, these people should also know that those projects which are based on true stories / events don’t carry 100% honesty. At least 20 to 30% story is fictionalized to give more a dramatic look than what actually happened in real life. This is a known fact which is taught to every writer. One cannot control his/her real life naturally but he/she could control the events that happen in a fictionalized one.

This TV drama series was not just about taking revenge or show the downfall of a once proud man who controlled other people lives as his say… although this was the main plot but the other subplots also included the unjust life of Shireen, perhaps her sacrifices for others will one day be paid off by giving her a satisfying reward in the end? Regrettably, this one MAJOR question left unanswered in the end.

 

 

+ Overall
Sang-e-Mar Mar is truly an Exceptional work ever produced from our Pakistani TV drama industry… a work of Art! One of the most impressive and finest!

 

 

Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars