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Mr. Khan’s Review on Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay – Episode VII (2021)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 7 (2021). The new TV series is written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Farooq Rind. Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is a Momina Duraid Production and currently airs on HUM TV.

(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 Farooq Rind
  • Written by Umer Ahmed
  • Produced by Nina Kashif & Momina Duraid Productions

+ Note

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay marks 5 years since Mahira Khan appeared in a TV drama and as was the case before, this drama was also originally a novel by Umera Ahmed where the childhood and upbringing play an important part in the main plot of the show. The show deals with dark topics such as drug addiction and its impact on a child’s upbringing. 

The show also focuses once again on a love triangle between three cousins who shared a childhood together; Mehreen, Mashal and Aswad. Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is essentially a case study of internal flaws and unspoken guilts that makes us human and how we learn to cope up in a less than ideal society.

 + Main Cast

  1. Mahira Khan as Mehreen Mansoor
  2. Kubra Khan as Mashal Tahir
  3. Usman Mukhtar as Aswad Ayub
  4. Omair Rana as Mansoor
  5. Zainab Qayyum as Shagufta
  6. Haroon Shahid
  7. Laila Wasti
  8. Huma Nawab as Saliha
  9. Kaif Ghaznavi
  10. Shamim Hilali as Aswad’s Grandmother
  11. Khalid Malik

+ Plot

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is a story of three cousins; Mehreen, Mashal and Aswad. Their lives have coincided with each other since childhood. While Mashal and Aswad grew up in a stable, loving household, Mehreen had to live through the mistakes of her father for being a drug addict and financially unstable. As they grow older, it is obvious that they all share an unbroken bond between each other that will only culminate with certain unforeseeable events.

+ High Points

i – Episode 7 benefited immensely from well defined roles for each of the main characters. The continuing war of words (and now slaps apparently) between Mehreen and Mashal was seamlessly progressed without feeling forced, Aswad’s dilemma of pleasing his mother fits well into the woes of a love triangle and the casualty of this conflict is undoubtedly Saffan who has to needlessly suffer in the process. Even though the show has its own set of problems, the plot progression is admittedly great without forcing sudden changes onto the viewers. And this is the aspect of storytelling where the writer Umera Ahmed shines the most.

ii – What’s also refreshing is that our main protagonist Mehreen also ends up acting selfish due to a personal vendetta. Most Pak dramas depict their protagonists as “goody two shoes” who are pious and utterly flawless in character. By depicting moral ambiguity in Mehreen, the viewers have the opportunity to relate to her and even though Mehreen cares for others, she also succumbs to flaws of her own. And it’s also great that the people close to her, call her out on her selfish actions.

+ Low Points

i –  Although the show has somewhat improved since its lackluster beginning, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is still devoid of the spark that separates it from the rest of the shows out there. The story lacks any sort of urgency that makes the viewer tune in every week. And the fault somewhat lies also in the performance from Usman Mukhtar. Apparently he is supposed to be the center of attention for the two ladies but the lack of energy and charisma in his performance brings the stakes down a notch. Seven episodes in and it’s evident that Usman Mukhtar was wrongfully casted for the role of Aswad.

Spoilers Alert!! (If you would like to avoid it, please skip to the Overall section):

ii – The engagement scene was comical for all the wrong reasons. By the stunned impressions of the duo, it’s understandable what the show was going for (an abstract, out of body experience) but unfortunately, the result of them sitting in a trance was laughable and did not work to the context of the show. Well, at least the director Farooq Rind tried something different so can’t fault him on that.

iii  – With Mehreen’s engagement, it is unfortunately apparent that Saffan will be shoved out from the picture. It’s a shame that Haroon Shahid only serves as a minor character in the show as he could be deemed as the most likeable of the cast. I hope I’m proven wrong and he gets to play a bigger role in the story of Mehreen.

+ Overall

With Episode 7, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is slowly but steadily finding its footing with its narrative direction but the show still lacks the energy and urgency that would make the viewers tune in the show every week.

 Rate: out of 5 stars

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