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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode VII (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 7 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – When it comes to building up a character, I appreciate the show’s depiction of Dania’s father. As he sat next to his ex Mother in Law at her deathbed, he finally admitted that the memories of his late first wife haunted him which ultimately made him make a clean break with everything associated with her. Although the name of his late wife was hardly ever present on his lips, the memory of her will forever live strong within him. Sometimes, the show has portrayed Dania’s father as a soulless monster who exploits his daughter for political gain but one can truly see that he is somewhat forced into all this. It is sadly the nature of politics.

+ Low Points

i – The death scene of Dania’s grandmother was handled with much maturity… till it wasn’t. As the scene went on, it indulged further and further into overdramatic and frankly speaking, pretty insulting methods of getting a reaction from the viewer. It glorified the final moments of a person’s life with nonsensical overacting and terrible writing. Anyone who has witnessed a person on their deathbed would realize the absurdity of the scene and how the show milked every possible moment to get the viewer’s sympathy while at the same time, so far removed from reality.

ii – The scene involving Cam and her mother in law was ridiculous to say the least. The whole exchange of insults back and forth was just a great example of how bad the writing of Meri Shezadi is at times. This show likes to present its characters with such less depth that it’s almost a parody at this point. The Mother in Law is just there to play the part of an antagonist; every word she speaks oozes of malice and spite. She calls her son an idiot because he loves someone and does not utilize them as pawns for their political agenda. Yes, such people do exist but it is important to also make your antagonist feel real. Regardless of their outlook towards the world and society, they also have certain personalities hidden behind their facade. The antagonists in Meri Shehzadi feel incomplete and cartoonish in their depiction. And this brings the quality of the show down.

+ Overall

Overly dramatic with exploitative agendas, Meri Shehzadi desperately needs a new path of storytelling to make it interesting enough to tune in every week.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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