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Mr. Khan’s Review on Parizaad – Episode XVI (2021)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Parizaad Episode 16 (2021). The new TV series is directed by Shehzad Kashmiri and written by Hashim Nadeem. Parizaad is a Momina Duraid 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 Shehzad Kashmiri
  • Written by Hashim Nadeem
  • Produced by Momina Duraid Productions

+ Note

Parizaad is based on a novel by Hashim Nadeem and is a case study of a protagonist who cannot seem to find his place in a world where illicit behaviour and exploitation is rewarded over truth and kindness. The show explores the lower middle class societal problems of Pakistan and how a wallflower like Parizaad is never appreciated by our society. 

The director of the show Shehzad Kashmiri is a well respected cinematographer who then moved towards directing TV shows. He also directed a feature length film Bin Roye in 2015 which earned him a nomination for Best Film Director at 15th Lux Style Awards.

 + Main Cast

  1. Noman Ejaz
  2. Ahmed Ali Akbar
  3. Syed Muhammad Ahmed
  4. Urwa Hussain
  5. Ushna Shah
  6. Yumna Zaidi
  7. Saboor Ali
  8. Mashal Khan
  9. Tipu Shah
  10. Kiran Tabeer

+ Plot

Born in a world of neglect and hurt, Parizaad is an innocent soul that differs from everyone. He is kind, thoughtful and a gentle soul who due to his nature and appearance, does not fit the societal norms of Pakistani culture. Will the devious modern society engulf Parizaad into its darkness or will he remain a beacon of hope and all that is good in Life?

+ High Points

i – Episode 16 was essentially an “Inspector Badar Munir” show. The entirety of the episode was focused around the game of chess between her and her arch rival, Behroze Karim. Her portrayal as a female officer in a male dominated field of work is fantastic. The Inspector is calm but ruthless with her methods of achieving her goals. Whether its illegal amount of torture or looking directly in the eyes of her criminals, Inspector Badar Munir’s ruthless aggression is one of the key factors that her character so enigmatic onscreen.

ii – The character development of Behroze Karim since his introduction is also flawlessly executed as he devolves further and further into insanity. From having hallucinations to losing the will to live, Behroze feels that his past crimes are finally catching up to him and this time, he cannot run away from them. 

+ Low Points

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

i – Way too many incidents happened in this one single episode. The pacing was surprisingly completely off. Within a single episode, Parizaad falsely admitted to his crime, the case officially closed, the police force found the letter that Laila wrote before her demise, Inspector Badar Munir once again arrived to arrest Behroze Karim before he ended up taking his own life. This is like at least 3 episodes worth of story condensed into one! And it unfortunately robbed the audience of a satisfying conclusion to the Behroze Karim saga. Honestly, its all a bit disappointing. The writer could have taken his time and paced this fiery conclusion a lot better.  

ii – Unfortunately, too many logical errors also plagued this conclusion. Regardless if Parizaad committed the crimes or not, he was an accomplice of sorts and also gave false Statement in order to protect his master. That alone can guarantee him years of imprisonment. Secondly, when Behroze Karim was arrested, how in the world was he allowed by the Inspector to “dressen up” before he was taken away  by the police? Why were the two officers not next to him the entire time? It was very plausible that Behroze would try to commit suicide. This whole incident unfortunately makes Inspector Munir look like an amateur and such logical inconsistencies made the conclusion look weak and unsatisfying. 

+ Overall

Due to the rushed conclusion, lack of proper pacing and logical inconsistencies, the story of Behroze Karim was not as satisfying as it should have been.

 Rate:  out of 5 stars 

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