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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 15 (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 – I admire the way certain themes were handled in Episode 15. Themes regarding decades long friendship between Baddam Gul and Mastaan Singh or religious biases one could have regarding belief differences. The lessons were never overbearing and were communicated with some thought behind it. 

ii – Thankfully episode 15 was never plot heavy. Infact, it was a breeze to sit through. The show this week focused more on building relationships between the existing characters and exploring situations that could prove fatal to the people involved in them. The structure and the flow from one scene to the next was well executed and enhanced the overall viewing experience.

iii – When it comes to framing and setting up a scene, Sang-e-Mah is breathtaking to watch. Each frame you can just pause, print it out and hang it on your wall.

+ Low Points

i – There are just certain subplots carried from the previous episode that should have no place in this show, namely the Sherherzad and the misogynistic doctor Haider. Not only does the subplot not fit with the lead narrative of the show but it is also poorly timed and executed. The doctor is as cliche of an antagonist as they come and the coincidence of him ending up being the lead surgeon for Hilmand’s operation is also ludicrous. I understand that the show is trying hard to bring some depth into Sherherzad’s character but that also could have been achieved by just her interacting with the Khan family without a tacked on tragic, abusive past. The show could have just built a subplot around Sherherzad’s struggle working as a female journalist in a male dominated world and that alone is worth exploring without a needless back story that fits nowhere in the show.

ii – Although the situational drama with character interactions were great, the acting itself came off quite stiff and unconvincing from certain characters, namely the christian doctor. Not to mention, there were some cringeworthy dialogues like “Ziada Pathan mat bano! (Don’t be such a Pathan!)”. That was just horrendous writing.

iii – I really despise how little they have utilized Hilmand as a character and given him any depth to his character. In almost every scene, he just lethargically moans and complains about the situation he is in. And to top it off, there is absolutely zero chemistry between him and Sherherzad to build any romance around them. And as a result, Sang-e-Mah suffers heavily for lacking any interesting main protagonist on the show.

+ Overall

Sang-e-Mah is great when it focuses on building relationships but terrible at elevating its main plot. And episode 15 is a perfect example of it.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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