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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 20 (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 –  Even though the confrontation scene between Dania and her mother in law was abysmal, at least we (as the viewers) got to see character development from our protagonist. From the meek, impressionable girl to the strong, independent woman; Dania has grown massively as a character in these past 15 to 20 episodes. It is a reward that the viewer feels when they chose to stick by the show since its premiere episode and it has finally somewhat paid off.

+ Low Points

i – Episode 20 was lame and inconsequential at best. Nothing of note ever took place in this hour’s time. Dr. Hasan’s mother is forcing him to create a romance with Dania but to no avail. The confrontation between the Mother in law and our protagonist was as cliche as you could have imagined and the narrative felt nothing more than padding for the next coming weeks of the show. Entirely skippable of an episode.

ii – You know when the show has run out of its creative juices when you see a slap and a blocking of the slap routine. The Saas/ Bahoo storyline has come to a dead end by now. The confrontation between Dania and her mother in law is beyond its expiry date and apart from being treated with line after line of pure repetition and nonsensical dialogue, Dania has finally taken her kids away and I hope that is the end of that storyline.

iii – It is still astonishing to me that the real life married couple of Farhan Saeed and Urwa Hocane can be so devoid of onscreen chemistry. None of the scenes that they share feel exciting and engaging in any shape or form. The scenes feel rushed and a practice recitation of dialogues so they can end the day’s shoot as quickly as possible. And on top of it all, Dr. Hasan is now arguably turning into an unlikeable character. 

iv – It is obvious that Dr.Hasan makes intrusive remarks towards Dania in the episode just to push her further away but I am not really sure why. If Hasan is not interested in Dania then these actions could make sense but if it is just for spite since his mother refused the last girl he brought home then that is just ludicrous. In episode 20, Dr. Hasan just comes off bitter and unapproachable to the viewers and I am sure that is not what the show wants us to feel about him. 

+ Overall

An inconsequential episode, riddled with cliche scenes and dialogues, Meri Shehzadi can do much better than this.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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