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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 19 (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.

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

+ High Points

i – Finally, the epic conclusion is coming to a close. Shabo accidentally killed Mashal (who wanted to murder her own cousin instead). Even though the conclusion and the motivations make absolutely no sense, the performances have been mostly stellar throughout the show. With exception to Usman Mukhtar as Aswad, everyone else played their respective roles well and with some level of finesse. 

+ Low Points

i –  Episode 19 simply continued on where the last episode left off. The revelation of the incident is further elaborated on with Shabo’s confession as to why she ended up mixing the “energy pills” in Mashal’s tea instead. As per my last review, I already explained how most of this conclusion makes absolutely no sense. The death of their dog (who was not even mentioned or seen in any episodes prior to the death of Mashal) was left uninvestigated by the police nor the fact that Shabo was never really interrogated about her role that night as well. Also the fact that Mehreen could’ve easily mentioned (or did mention) to the police that Mashal and her had in fact, two sets of tea that particular evening. So who made the second round of tea? Why, Shabo of course! Then why was she never properly interrogated? Why is the case now dropped without any conclusive evidence?

And also, good God, why did Mashal trust her servant to mix the “energy pills” in the right cup? Did a thought not cross her mind that she is depending her whole life on Shabo? And time and time again, Mashal had criticized Shabo for being clumsy and not competent enough. Why would she trust her with her life on this “special” occasion? Why didn’t she made her mix the pills right in front of her just for safekeeping?

 Every aspect of this revelation feels unearned as the set up was poorly conducted for a satisfying payoff. And the worst part is that as a viewer, its hard to feel sympathy for any of these characters because they are either too evil or too dumb to garner any affection from the audience.

ii – Aswad still continues to be the most bewildering character in TV history. Due to lies from Mashal, he was (for some idiotic reason) fully convinced that Mehreen is capable of committing murder just because she has some sort of cousin rivalry going on. But what lacks is a substantial reasoning to do so. In Aswad’s mind, what was the crucial reason that Mehreen decided to murder her own cousin? Because of mere jealousy? Unfortunately there is no conclusive reason but due to the fact that the script dictated it, Aswad was supposed to hate Mehreen now, accuse her of murder for no substantial reason. The plot of Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay always felt half-baked. The series of events mostly make no sense but only exist to further the plot. Aswad is by far, the worst character in all of this nonsense.

iii – The great cliffhanger of the episode was that Mehreen now finally wants a divorce from Aswad. And…. is that a surprise for anyone? The woman was on the brink of suicide and had a massive nervous breakdown (mostly cause of him)! Of course she would want a divorce now! And if they still ended up being together in the next episode, I would be extremely displeased with the show’s conclusion.

+ Overall

As Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is finally reaching its conclusion, its safe to say that the promise and talent that this show had in the beginning did not pay off and has been a convoluted mess.

 Rate: out of 5 stars

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