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Mr. Khan’s Review on Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay – Episode XI (2021)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 11 (2021). The new TV series is written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Farooq Rind. Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is a Momina Duraid Production and currently airs on HUM TV.

(Note: If you’ve already read the review of the previous episode, you can skip directly ahead to the High points section).

+ Crew

  • Directed by Farooq Rind
  • Written by Umer Ahmed
  • Produced by Nina Kashif & Momina Duraid Productions

+ Note

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay marks 5 years since Mahira Khan appeared in a TV drama and as was the case before, this drama was also originally a novel by Umera Ahmed where the childhood and upbringing play an important part in the main plot of the show. The show deals with dark topics such as drug addiction and its impact on a child’s upbringing. 

The show also focuses once again on a love triangle between three cousins who shared a childhood together; Mehreen, Mashal and Aswad. Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is essentially a case study of internal flaws and unspoken guilts that makes us human and how we learn to cope up in a less than ideal society.

 + Main Cast

  1. Mahira Khan as Mehreen Mansoor
  2. Kubra Khan as Mashal Tahir
  3. Usman Mukhtar as Aswad Ayub
  4. Omair Rana as Mansoor
  5. Zainab Qayyum as Shagufta
  6. Haroon Shahid
  7. Laila Wasti
  8. Huma Nawab as Saliha
  9. Kaif Ghaznavi
  10. Shamim Hilali as Aswad’s Grandmother
  11. Khalid Malik

+ Plot

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay is a story of three cousins; Mehreen, Mashal and Aswad. Their lives have coincided with each other since childhood. While Mashal and Aswad grew up in a stable, loving household, Mehreen had to live through the mistakes of her father for being a drug addict and financially unstable. As they grow older, it is obvious that they all share an unbroken bond between each other that will only culminate with certain unforeseeable events.

+ High Points

i – Its sincerely commendable that in such an absurd situation, the reaction of the supporting cast is not only well written but completely realistic and justifiable. Thankfully, the writing by Umera Ahmed is clever enough to understand each and every one of her characters and how the current situation would reflect their personalities. Aswad is skeptical while his mother is utterly convinced that Mehreen is innocent. Mashal’s parents are embodied with unbridled rage and ultimately, seek revenge for their daughter. But at the end of the day, everyone is trying their hardest to make some sense out of the situation. 

ii – The performances from the cast are great. Each main and supporting cast member fulfills their job to full potential. Mahira Khan has once again proved why she still remains the queen of Television dramas.

iii – The complexity between Mehreen and her mother is very poignantly written and executed with perfection through the use of flashbacks and revisiting childhood traumatic memories. Suffice to say, I appreciate the gal the writing has in presenting a broken down, perhaps beyond repairable relationship between a mother and her daughter.

+ Low Points

i –  There is unfortunately not much to say about Episode 11 since nothing really significant happened this week. Some minor character development but apart from that, the episode was nothing noteworthy for the show.

ii – One too many slow motion, soundtrack blasting in the background scenes. They need to sparingly utilize them if the show runners want an intense reaction from the audience. Episode 11 was unfortunately riddled with such dramatic moments where nothing too significant was happening on screen.

iii – Its a real shame that Haroon Shahid as Saffan is being wasted in this show. In every episode that he has been a part of, Saffan is instantly likable and has a magnetic personality to his performance. So why is his potential being ignored? Unless the creative team has something special planned for him in the later episodes, it makes no logical sense not to utilize him.

+ Overall

Episode 11 was a middle of the road affair where the half an hour was solely used to prolong the length of the show.

 Rate: out of 5 stars