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Mr. Khan’s Review on Raqeeb Se – Episode XIV (2021)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Raqeeb Se – Episode 14 (2021). The new TV series is directed by Kashif Nisar and is a production of Momina Duraid Productions. Raqeeb Se is a HUM TV Production.

(Note: If you’ve already read the review of the previous episode, you can skip directly ahead to the High points section).

+ Crew

  • Directed by Kashif Nisar
  • Written by Beegul
  • DOP by Hassam Mairaj
  • Music Composed by Hadiqa Kiani
  • Produced by Momina Duraid Productions

+ Note

Raqeeb Se is the newest HUM TV Production and is once again the collaboration of the award winning Writer/ Director duo of Bee Gul and Kashif Nisar. 

The title of the show is heavily inspired by a poem from the legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz when the young poet fell in love with a girl next door in Sialkot. But alas, as luck would have it, she one day unexpectedly left the city, only to be reunited years later when Faiz was already an established poet in the circles of Urdu literature. This encounter inspired Faiz to write a poem “Raqib Se!”. The backstory of this poem plays a crucial role in the premise of the show.

 + Main Cast

  1. Hadiqa Kiani as Sakina
  2. Noman Ijaz as Maqsood
  3. Sania Saeed as Hajra
  4. Faryal Mehmood as Insha
  5. Iqra Aziz as Ameera
  6. Saqib Sameer as Rafiq

+ Plot

Raqeeb Se is a call of Maqsood’s dark past that could potentially destroy his present life. In order to escape her abusive husband, Sakina, along with her daughter Ameera, flees from her village to find shelter at her former lover’s place, Maqsood. Unfortunately Maqsood, who still holds a grudge against Sakina’s past actions, refuses to aid her in her most dire situation. But his wife, Hajra, seems much more sympathetic to the situation and lets Sakina stay at their home till things are figured out for the future.

But can Sakina be trusted to stay out of Maqsood’s life or will they be tempted to rekindle their lost love and in the process, destroy what Maqsood and his wife Hajra have built together?

+ High Points

i – Great episode! The pacing, interactions between characters, the continuing tensions between Maqsood and his lover(s); everything worked out quite well. After numerous filler episodes, Raqeeb Se is finally now becoming a weekly rewarding experience for its viewers.

ii – It’s always amusing to see Ameera interact with her crush Maqsood as she tries her utmost best to engage Maqsood in a conservation of his interests (or at best, make him laugh). Its also fascinating that Ameera is probably the only one that can bring out actual human emotions locked within Maqsood. Noman Ijaz and Iqra Aziz’s performances worked great off one another and were involved in some of the best scenes in this episode.

iii – It’s charming to see ‘lover’s quarrel’ between Insha and Abdul. The Tea house scene was short but a gratifying way of them teasing but in the process, displaying love for one another.

iv – In this episode, Sakina is depicted a lot more character without needless dialogue. The dramatic Mother/ daughter interaction also was powerful and impactful to the overall narrative of the show.

v – Once again, the cinematography and production of the episode was excellent. What I love about Raqeeb Se is that the show is not afraid to let certain scenes play out without heavy use of closeups. Sometimes a wide shot can capture distinctive body movements that close ups can’t. A lot of credit should go to Hassam Mairaj and his crew. Raqeeb Se is still one of the most unique looking shows out there. Fantastic work!

vi – Great cliffhanger! Another episode that makes you impatient till the next one comes out. 

 + Low Points

i – One of the potential flaws that is obvious in the show right now is unfortunately the worship of Maqsood sahib. Up until now, the show has put Maqsood on a high pedestal of morality; a man who is protecting his ex lover even though she broke her heart years ago. That is the level of selflessness that Maqsood pertains within himself. But is he that noble and admirable? Apparently all three women are probably in love with him (for some reason) and especially for Ameera, the show has never really given a valid reason why. 

ii – Hajira is still by far the most unsympathetic character on the show and this episode changes absolutely nothing about it. There still lack answers as to why she is so overly passive when it comes to her husband and his ex lover. The answers probably lie in the final episodes but up till now, there is not much content that could make the viewer empathize with her.

iii – Once again, we get an obligatory scene of Sakina and Hajira where she painstakingly explains to the audience how Maqsood has only loved Sakina his whole life. The show can easily utilize that TV time to further develop Hajira’s backstory and motivations.

+ Overall

Fourteen Episodes in, Raqeeb Se is finally picking up steam with its narrative pacing and characters. Makes one quite curious how all of this will conclude.

 Rate: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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