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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Parizaad Episode 27 (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 27 served purely as a follow up to the cliffhanger from the previous one. And that in itself was an exciting prospect! This episode really tested the morality of Parizaad and what he could be capable of. He was tempted by fate, stood on the fork road of Good and Evil. Ever since Parizaad inherited Behroze Karim’s wealth and power, it all led up to this moment and suffice to say, the show handled it brilliantly. The episode was intense and full of emotion with great performances all around. And this serves perfectly as the bridge to the last two episodes of the series.

ii – This is probably universally agreed upon by now but Ahmed Ali Akbar was once again just brilliant in this episode. We got to see three completely different ranges of emotions/ characterization from Parizaad; the Vengeful, the Remorse and ultimately, the Acceptance. The impeccable writing by Hashim Nadeem allowed Parizaad to complete an entire character arc within an hour’s worth of screentime. And with the game changing cliffhanger at the end of the episode, I am keenly interested where the last two episodes will conclude the tale of Parizaad.

iii – Yumna Zaidi as Annie also gave a standout performance this week. Her very emotional farewell (?) to her mentor Parizaad was incredibly heartfelt and created a sense of realisation for the viewers just how essential Parizaad was to her.

iv – Episode 27 conclusion has brought in a lot of interesting questions to the forefront. Does Parizaad feel that he has failed himself? When his sense of sacrifice was questioned, Parizaad fell right into the hands of human temptation. After sacrificing time and time again in his life, perhaps he could not take it anymore and wanted at least one snippet of happiness to slip away from his fingers. But ultimately, Parizaad not only lost the love of his life but also ended up losing respect for himself in the process. Where this will all lead up remains to be seen.

+ Low Points

i – Although the “self-reflection” scene was impactful, it once again made the technical error where the reflection of Parizaad is facing the camera (aka the audience) instead of looking directly at himself in front of the mirror. Not a massive fault but still takes you out of the scene a bit.

ii – The scene with Majid felt quite unnecessary in this episode and also somewhat ended up disrupting the flow of the narrative. I’m not sure if the show will continue this storyline in the last two episodes of the series or if it will play an important part but as for now, it could’ve been avoided. 

+ Overall

What an intensive, thrilling episode this turned out to be! The show has certainly now intrigued its audience for the last two episodes of its series finale.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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