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Mr. Khan’s Review on Sang-e-Mah – Episode X (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 10 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Saife Hassan and written by Mustafa Afridi. Sang-e-Mah is the spiritual continuation of the saga introduced in the Hum TV drama Sang-e-Mar Mar (2016). Sang-e-Mah is the acting debut of the famous Pakistani pop star Atif Aslam and the drama is a Momina Duraid Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Saife Hassan
  • Written by Mustafa Afridi
  • Produced by Momina Duraid Productions

+ Note

The drama Sang-e-Mah serves as a spiritual sequel to the show Sang-e-Mar Mar (2016) with Noman Ejaz, Sania Saeed and many others returning to the same cast and crew. The drama deals with life in the Pakhtoon region of Pakistan and explores such hard hitting topics like forced marriages and integral family relationships. According to the director, Sang-e-Mah serves under similar themes as its predecessor, in a three part trilogy, ending it with the next planned show, Sang-e-Siyah.

 + Main Cast

  1. Atif Aslam as Hilmand Khan
  2. Nauman Ijaz as Haji Marjaan Khan
  3. Kubra Khan as Sheherzaad
  4. Hania Amir as Gul Meena
  5. Zaviyar Nauman Ijaz as Hikmat Khan
  6. Sania Saeed as Zarghuna
  7. Samiya Mumtaz as Zarsanga
  8. Omair Rana as Mastaan Singh
  9. Najiba Faiz as Harshaali Kaur
  10. Hassan Noman as Badam Gul

+ Plot

Sang-e-Mah is a story of a dysfunctional Pakhtoon family in the tribal regions of Pakistan where pride and honour mostly triumphs over empathy and forgiveness. The show deals with issues such as young love and opposing families who are engaged in a tribal battle with one another.

+ High Points

i – Massive new developments in the plot, including certain character arcs coming to a close (already?) but episode 10 was nonetheless entertaining to watch. With slow burning drama but high intensity, rapid plot progression, Sang-e-Mah proved this week to be well worth the viewer’s time.

ii – Episode 10 was purely a one woman show, namely Zarghuna who had some major character development but truth be told, Sania Saeed performed well in all of those vital scenes. Her performance was nuanced and emotional but never went overboard with it. Her forgiveness was subtle yet impactful, she lowered her head, came to a certain realization regarding the ugly aspect of revenge and spoke with a timid voice but with clarity. The performance was superb and proves once again why Sania Saeed is one of the best in the business.

iii – The fictional and real life father and son scene between Marjaan and Hikmat Khan was incredibly well directed. Normally, Nauman Ijaz’s performance has always felt weak to me but this scene is one of those prime examples where (with the help of a veteran actor, like his father) he can unleash a lot of potential that is holding him back as an actor. The scene itself was slow, tension building moments where one could realize how Marjaan might be corrupting his own son, infusing hatred into his naive yet impressionable mind. As far as the camerawork and production goes, the scene was pretty simple but it is the dialogue and performances that made it so intense to watch.

+ Low Points

i – There were some very awkward dialogues in episode 10, namely the foreign radio scene. I am completely baffled as to what this show wants to do with its main protagonist. For what reason is he listening to radio in a language that he apparently doesn’t understand (the foreign language was German by the way) but then when the village elders arrive, he forces them to say a prayer for Lady Diana (as the radio news was about her, who died almost 30 years ago!). So apparently Himand is so wise that he can understand foreign languages if he concentrates enough? What was the purpose of this scene??

ii – It’s good to see Zarghuna’s character arc and her letting go of her demons but it did feel very abrupt and everything got wrapped up within a single episode: she forgave her husband’s killer and also made amends with her sister. It’s nothing drastically awful but why the sudden rush to wrap things up? I am sure that the show is not even halfway through.

+ Overall

An entertaining episode with good plot progression and scenarios that will ultimately end up with consequences.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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