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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 12 (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 – The impact that Mashal’s death has left on the family is very well depicted. The reactions from her parents and those who are accused are all splendidly portrayed and is clearly one of the highlights of the show. Character building and authentic dialogue are two of the most obvious assets of Umera Ahmed’s writing.

ii – But it always takes two to tango. Well written dialogues need to have authentic dialogue delivery by the actors and suffice to say, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay does not disappoint in that department. The talented cast of actors give their all in bringing authenticity and melodrama to the show without overstaying its welcome. Laila Wasti as Mehreen’s mother is definitely an unsung heroine of the show that deserves more praise and attention for her impressive performance.

iii – Regarding the main storyline: Since the death of Mashal, the story has picked up significantly in terms of level of engagement and pacing. Although the previous episode proved to be a tad bit timid, Episode 12 once again progresses story/ character development at a brisk pace. Although there is a lot of room for improvement, the show is getting better each week forward.

iv – It’s great to see Haroon Shahid as Saffan being part of a larger picture of the show. He’s a great counter to Aswad’s moral stubbornness and fits quite well with the rest of the cast. Would love to see him play a bigger role in the upcoming episodes!

+ Low Points

i –  Its still a bit confusing why Aswad keeps jumping back and forth when it comes to Mehreen’s fate. On one hand, he refuses to help her beyond what is required but at the same time, takes a monumental step regarding his future with Mehreen. To be fair, there is a reasoning given behind his action but still, the decision (presented later in the episode) came almost out of nowhere and needed an episode or two to let it sink in the psyche of Aswad and the audience watching the show as well.

ii – The character of Police Inspector still seems out of place with the tone of the show. His performance is a tad bit too excessive and it’s really hard to take him seriously. 

+ Overall

Episode 12 had good, engaging character development and even with some questionable moments, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is improving each and every week.

 Rate: out of 5 stars

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