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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 20 (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 – Although nothing integral happens throughout this week’s episode, the performances still made it worth it to sit through. And that has always been the saving grace of this show.

+ Low Points

i –  As mentioned above, (apart from one dialogue from Mehreen) this week had absolutely nothing new to offer. It is yet again retread of previous events and revelations, childhood scenes that (at this stage of the show) add nothing to the narrative. Episode 20 was nothing much than a filler, gearing up to the grand finale (perhaps next week?).

ii – It still boggles the mind how incompitent the police investigation was in the case of Mashal’s murder. Firstly, the “two sets of Tea” that night was never brought up in the investigation, neither the fact that their pet dog mysteriously also got poisoned that night nor the fact that Mashal had the keys to Mehreen’s room and worst of all, Mehreen’s room was not even thoroughly searched by the police. Otherwise, they would have found Mehreen’s daily diary. It is obvious that her diary would not serve as substantial evidence but at the very least, could have served as pieces to the grand puzzle of who murdered Mashal or was it inevertedly her own doing. This major inconsistency in the storytelling is too big of a plothole to be ignored!

iii – Unless Mashal had malicious intentions that night, it is unfathomable why Mashal that night would like to make amends with Mehreen. Even her dialogue delivery sounded sarcastic and not genuine (or maybe Kubra Khan is just not that good of an actress). The revelation from Mehreen that “Mashal wanted to save her” does not add up to the performances during the confrontation scene. And it seems highly unlikely that Mashal (in a second’s thought) would be ready to let go of her grudge towards Mehreen just because she thinks that they are “even” now. Another example of bad, inconsistent writing by Umera Ahmed.

iv – Apparently, the showrunners have promised a major revelation in the final episode of the show and one can only expect a conclusion which would make no sense in the grand scheme of things. The narrative has for the most part been completely inconsistent with the plot, each character has acted at times ‘out of character’ in order to compensate for the plot to move forward. And where is Saffan in all of this? Will he be the main antagonist at the end of the show or has he been pushed off the cliff, never to be mentioned again? Since its premiere, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay has struggled maintaining coherent storytelling and progressive characterizations. And unfortunately, I do not have high hopes that the show will conclude in a way that will answer all the inconsistencies of the plot.

+ Overall

Episode 20 was yet again another filler week to prolong the inevitable finale of the show. Apart from a single, vital dialogue by Mehreen, this episode had nothing new to offer to its viewers.

 Rate: out of 5 stars

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