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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 22 (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 – This week Sang-e-Mah provided yet another great episode. The scenes flowed well with one another, leading up to the Jirga and of course, the trial itself had some twists hiding within the proceedings. All the cast members played their parts well, there was a lot of emotion involved within each and every scene. I also loved the contrast between the two scenes; the Jirga and the bride waiting for her groom to return safely so they can finally tie the knot. All in all, this show has been in the best of forms since the past four to five weeks and it’s just great, engaging television. 

ii – Atif Aslam was great in this episode. His stern demeanor, threatening voice accompanied by unhealthy obsession with revenge was perfectly utilized by this episode. Although Hilmand is a very one note character, his stronger assets can be cleverly utilized for the main plot of the show for some heightened dramatization of events. 

iii – The Jirga scene was undoubtedly some of the best, well directed/ acted scenes in the show’s history. The accusations back and forth along with some false confessions brought a fantastic level of excitement and made the climax well worth the wait. Mustafa Afridi wrote that scene to near perfection and the show will definitely be remembered by it long after the show has concluded.

iv – With all that said, the Jirga has still not reached its conclusion as the cliffhanger suggests that there still might be some surprise witnesses left unattended. Can’t wait for next week!

+ Low Points

i – A minor complaint but I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that Mastaan Singh’s fiance seems unphased with his confession that he in fact did try to murder yet again. Is this normal? Although I understand that she is madly in love with him so she refuses to see his massive character flaws but doesn’t that even scare her off just a bit? Or even reconsider if she even wants to marry a man who already took a person’s life and now he attempted to replicate it again? This also doesn’t really replicate the Sikh community in a positive light as the “hot headed” Sikh stereotype remains prevalent with this show. 

+ Overall

Episode 22 promised a great payoff to the father/ son rivalry and it did not disappoint. Yet another fantastic episode!

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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