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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 6 (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 – It’s fascinating how Sheroz is literally toying with both of his life partners and playing them against each other. For Cam, Dania is the culprit; the fraudulent wife who is only there as a public display for the press. On the other hand, Cam is the devil incarnate for Dania who is solely there to keep Sheroz’s affections away from her. There are some negative implications attached to this storyline but I have to admit, the psychological catfight does make for some engaging onscreen drama.

ii – I like the way the show has fleshed out Sheroz’s character. With the last couple of episodes, he has shown a lot of depth and emotions behind his actions. At times, he comes off as cold and unsympathetic but on the other, he kneels next to you and makes you emotionally comfortable with his sweet talk. And in both instances, you never can figure out which is the genuine Sheroz. Is he really trapped and forced to lead his political family or he just likes emotionally abusing people around him? It’s a great source of argument and that is what good writing should do.

+ Low Points

i – This show makes its two female protagonists weak in spirit. At least for Cam, it is understandable since she does not live in Pakistan and her marriage has been kept secret from the world but it’s disappointing to see Dania run after the double faced Sheroz like that. I hope that Dania grows out of this soon as all of this drama makes her look very gullible and a tad bit pitiful. And she should be neither of those. Dania should be above Sheroz’s lies and misdemeanors and live her life the way she imagines it. 

ii – A perplexing decision by the show to have two back to back episodes with the exact same premise; the tale of two wives. Could we at least have a ‘B story’ accompanying all this? With Sheroz’s background, there could be numerous side stories like political intrigue, power struggle and family drama; why is the show forcing us to just focus on the tension between the two wives? I hope we get to see a more diverse storyline in the next coming episodes as this could get old real fast.

iii – The “evil” characters of Meri Shezadi are really daunting and not in a good way. As I mentioned in my previous reviews, they all lack any sort of depth in their writing and are just portrayed as evil for the sake of it. At least Sheroz has been depicted a bit desperate and frustrated at times, the rest of the characters do not seem realistic in the slightest bit. 

+ Overall

A bit of a repetition from the previous week but Meri Shezadi has some strong redeeming factors to its unoriginal storyline.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 5 (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 – Most of the Episode revolved around Sheroz and his secret first wife Cam. While not the most engaging of episodes, it did explore the complexities of being married to a man of a higher stature. Sonia Mishal did a wonderful job in playing the neglected wife who is always casted in the shadows away from the public eye. The scenes between the two devolve from the blame game to career ending threats. Although not perfect, I do appreciate how the show managed to play along this storyline with a certain sense of maturity.

ii – While the whole episode was dominated by the Cam storyline, it never felt lethargic in its pacing and was accompanied by some engaging dialogues and good performances all around. Ali Rehman and Sonia Mishal had good chemistry and played well off one another. I really wouldn’t mind if Cam makes a return in some future episodes.

+ Low Points

i – Dania was a mere spectator in her own show. That was arguably the biggest flaw of this episode. Why is the show not from Dania’s perspective? That could be a very interesting way to engage the audience through the eyes of a newly wedded “princess” of the Sheroz family. Throughout the episode, Dania is left perplexed and feeling sorry for herself. “Why is she here? Does my husband love her more?”. There was little to no attention given to Dania and how this political world of lies and deception plays an effect on her. There is so much potential in this storyline but very little is being utilized in the end.

ii – The post production effects of the ‘video chat’ scene were truly awful. The “video” seemed obviously shoved into the cellphone frame in editing and it looks as fake as it should. Was it so hard to have a video call between the two characters? Regardless of the video quality, it would have looked much more authentic than this! And also, who holds a phone in a landscape position to video chat with someone?

iii – It seems like Meri Shehzadi is laying way too thick on the “Princess Diana” references. There are constant conversations on how she will become the new “Princess/ Shehzadi” and he should have been running the “kingdom”. It all sounded so ridiculous because no politician talks like that.

+ Overall

Even with the lack of our main protagonist, the episode was engaging enough for its entire runtime.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 4 (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 – Four episodes in and the show already seems incredibly repetitive. But with that said, it was good to see Dania finally realize that it is the life that she has to deal with now. After constantly being threatened and insulted by her In-Laws, Dania finally realized that in order to maintain her individuality, she has to play the game. This means that she will have to behave as a royalty should and for the time being, leave her old past self behind.

ii – The death scene of Sheroz’s father was well executed. With the use of music, visuals and lack of dialogue; the scene was very effective and memorable. A great reminder to all the other Pakistani shows that less is always more.

+ Low Points

i – The episode felt very repetitive and not easy to sit through. The whole theme of the episode was if Dania would be allowed to meet her grandparents or forever be imprisoned by her in-laws. The writing was not clever enough to pull this episode off as each scene went far too long with characters portrayed as real life caricatures of themselves. It is unfortunate that Meri Shehzadi is going for the obvious, low hanging fruits with no real character studies or believability behind it. The in-laws are evil for the sake of being evil, there is no depth or justification behind it. A great villain is only a memorable one when you could understand (or relate) to their thought process.

ii – The depth that the characters in Meri Shehzadi have is no thicker than a cardboard box. Their primal instincts have divided them into the good/ evil categories. As a viewer, you are blatantly forced by the show to like and dislike the characters they want you to. Obviously, we are supposed to sympathize with Dania and her journey into the life of a “princess” but at least leave some scenes for viewers to interpret for themselves and not spoon feed us who we are supposed to love or hate. 

iii – Amongst all of the characters that are living in the Sheroz political family, there should be at least one character that could sympathize with Dania. This would be the perfect window to opportunity for Dania to not completely lose herself in this environment. On the other hand, this also creates diversity in the story and someone that the audience could root for. So far, that has not been the case for Meri Shehzadi. Apparently everyone in the family is evil whose main concern is solely the political stature of the family. Also, the reasoning behind Dania (of all women out there) being chosen as the one to produce offspring of the Shehroz family is still not convincing enough for me.

+ Overall

Episode 4 felt very repetitive at times including dialogues and scenes which really made this into a mediocre experience of television.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode II & III (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 2 & 3 (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 – Episodes 2 and 3 brought a new era in Dania’s life and with that, comes misery. Dania is now forcefully thrusted upon the life of Politics and backstabbing. Her ‘wide-eyed’ vision of the world and humanity does not work with Sheroz’s family and their household. Meri Shehzadi is a study of a young woman who has to now live a ‘fish out of water’ life which means for her to shed all of her empathetic attitude and mold into whatever Sheroz’s family wants her to become. It’s a simple story but so far, has been effective to say the least. And both episodes have had an incredibly natural progression with the plot of the show. 

ii – Urwa Hocane as Dania might have been the perfect role for her as her physical appearance certainly conveys the naive, tenderheartedness just from her visage. For Dania to be trapped inside the palace of lies and mistrust is a great visual representation of the show. Accompanied by the cool yet dastardly performance from Ali Rehman as Shehroz brings a lot of possible opportunities for friction and melodrama between the two opposite sides of the coin.

iii – I do have to admit, the role of Grandparents play a vital supporting role for Dania in the show. Where there is dark, there shall also be a contrast of light on the other end of the crossroad. Qavi Khan and Shamim Hilaly provide quite possibly the best performances of the show. It may not seem much but they play a pivotal role for our main protagonist, making valuable sense as to why Dania is such a kind hearted person in the first place. Nobody was born this way, it is her upbringing that makes all the difference in the world.

+ Low Points

i – Meri Shehzadi needs subtlety to elevate the show’s quality of writing and unfortunately, that has not been the case. The show is strictly divided into ‘Good guys’ and ‘Bad Guys’; Dania’s grandparents: Good, Sheroz’s family: Evil. And that is just not good writing. Admittedly, the first episode seemed somewhat promising in providing complexity in these characters. For example, Dania’s father still has kindness hidden behind that political exterior of his which creates great intrigue for the viewer to keep watching the show, hoping that one day, he will redeem himself for the sake of his daughter. Episodes 2 and 3 unfortunately went into the opposite route; Shehroz’s family provides no subtlety in their performances as we are supposed to hate them because they are very mean to our protagonist. Let’s make the antagonists a bit more grounded and realistic and I hope the show can rectify this problem in the next coming weeks.

ii – There is obviously a fine line between empathetic, kindhearted and naive. And judging from the two episodes, Dania comes more off as delusional than anything. Her ‘pure heart’ makes her spend thousands of rupees on the poor, the troubled. Her Grandpa did not have change so she decided to give the big rupee bill instead. It’s crystal clear what the show is going for but it makes Dania look too naive instead as she does not understand how the real world works. Dania should visit the slums, look out for the unfortunate ones but should not come off as naive towards the ills of humanity. The viewer needs to feel proud and sympathetic towards Dania, not pity her that she is getting ripped off by someone’s ‘needy’ act.

iii – But there is another problem with Dania’s story. It is her background. So the story goes that Dania is all of a sudden, being forced to live a life of a royalty and a celebrity which is great but the problem is that Dania comes from a very wealthy family herself. Look at her Grandparent’s house, the clothes she wears and so on; there is no massive contrast between the environment she was in before to where she is now. Yes, being a wife of a politician goes a long way but visually for us, her previous background plays a spoil sport in this scenario. But I guess that cannot be changed now but a genuine problem I feel with the show’s premise.

+ Overall

Not a bad outing but the cliches of Good versus Evil need to be avoided in order to make the show standout from the rest.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 1 (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 – The first episode of Meri Shehzadi is well written and a near perfect way to introduce the viewers to the world of Dania. The episode was smoothly paced, with each tibit of information communicated to the viewers with finesse and never did the exposition become overbearing. The credit should be given to Zanjbeel Asim Shah for her sharp writing and perhaps a perfect platform for this show to build upon.

ii – The performances from the main cast was one of the key elements for this first episode’s success. Urwa Hocane is arguably perfect casting to play the role of a wide eyed, innocent Dania who is suddenly forced into the world of politics and family drama mind games. Urwa’s dialogue delivery was gentle but never timid. She excellently displayed her character visually through her body language without going into long, unnecessary expositions. The rest of the cast was also exceptional in their respective supporting roles. Qavi Khan and Shamim Hilaly are also picture perfect casting as the Grandparents who brought up Dania and kept her away from the dirty politics of the family business. Ali Rehman as Shehroz was also a great choice as he is much better in playing the role of smarmy, devious life partner. For me, Ali Rehman was born to play the role of an antagonist and hopefully, this is the direction Meri Shehzadi will also follow.

iii – It should also be mentioned that showing Dania’s father in a bit of a sympathetic light was a marvelous choice by the writer of the show. How often do we see evil parents who abandoned their child to live their own selfish life. Yes, he is a flawed character but like Dania, he also suffered from the loss of his wife and had to learn to live again.

iv – The locations (particularly the bungalows) have a slight pre-partition look to them and it played a superb role in creating the atmosphere to the show. I also liked the wardrobe design for Dania as they conveyed her simplicity without dressing her up in a bland bedroom curtain. Its safe to say that the team behind the camera has done a good job in setting up the world in which Dania will have to survive.

+ Low Points

i – Even though I like the premise of the show, it does feel that Dania lacks any sort of motivations in life. Throughout the episode, we didn’t really get to understand the psyche behind Dania. Her personality was well communicated by the show but the characterization lacks inspirations or personal impulses. Apart from being a Princess, the real life Diana did humanitarian work on the side. Will our Dania also have similar motivations in life? Hard to say just from a single episode but the characters feel a bit too bland for my taste and lack qualities one expects from a well rounded character.

ii – Some people are evil for the sake of being evil. And that was part of the writing that I was not a particular fan of. With exception to Dania’s father, the rest of the family played cartoonish antics towards Dania and felt really flat in execution. It felt forced and unnecessary. There are good and evil people in this world but both also should share some human traits that could justify their emotions.

+ Overall

An episode with sharp writing and good performances, Meri Shehzadi will intrigue its viewers enough to follow Dania’s journey into the world of mischief and uncertainty.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Last Episode (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.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!! Please read with caution:

+ High Points

i – A credible, thought-provoking and at the end of the day, entertaining finale to the Khan family saga from Laspiran. The final episode certainly delivered, bringing this tale of love and revenge to a close. Was it a satisfying conclusion? It solely depends on what you wanted from the show. Even in my previous reviews, I always compared Sang-e-Mah to a Shakespearan tragedy and that is exactly how the curtains were closed at the end. Props to the writer of the show Mustafa Afridi who brought a creative twist ending to the tale. Although I was aware that Haji Marjaan Khan’s days were numbered, the ending did take me by surprise and left me pondering well after the last image of the episode left my tv screen. The show was far from being a masterpiece as it had its share of problems but I can safely say, the conclusion to the show was immensely satisfying.

ii – This was the final time we got to see Marjaan Khan and his wife Zarsanga together and without a doubt, their performances were just on another level throughout the show. Both veteran actors have such beautiful on screen chemistry that they can literally end each other’s sentences. The terrible secret that they shared made their love all the more stronger and perhaps passing away together was the only way they would have liked to depart from this sinful world.

iii – The climatic scene at the Jirga was brilliantly presented and directed by Saife Hassan. The dialogues were mostly pitch perfect, including the “little white lie” by Hilmand to drive Masha’allah Khan out of Laspiran once and for all. Even though it was not entirely realistic, I did immensely enjoy the proceedings and thankfully, the women’s revolt was played with a certain realistic restraint and never went overboard.  

iv – In a sea of “Saas/ Bahoo” dramas with poor, cliched writing and production, Sang-e-Mah had the guts to leave its viewers with a tragic ending that would leave anyone cold with a lingering, haunting image of the two aged lovers, found leaning on one another and waiting for their reunion in the afterlife. But was the tragic ending warranted? I can see arguments to both sides of the spectrum but regardless, I’m sure it took a lot of courage from the creative team to stick to their guns and go with the ending that I’m sure left half of their viewers dissatisfied (mostly because they wanted a happy end to the show).  

+ Low Points

i – There’s not much I can criticize about the finale, apart from the fact that the Jirga and the impending problem of Gak. The issue was certainly oversimplified and the solution came rather quickly with no real thought behind it. I wish the show would have put in a bit more effort into it, making it more realistic and believable. 

ii – Masa’allah Khan should have been used more in the show. He was barely in a couple of episodes and even then, he showed more grit and tenacity than any antagonist in Sang-e-Mah. This character was unfortunately introduced too late into the show and was immensely underutilized. 

+ Overall and Final thoughts on Sang-e-Mah

Sang-e-Mah was engaging and at times, thought provoking but with such a stellar cast of actors like Nauman Ijaz, Sania Saeed, Atif Aslam, Kubra Khan; it never reached the level of quality that it had every right to be. And most of the blame lies solely on the writing. First of all, Sang-e-Mah should never have been 26 episodes long as some felt an incredibly forced hour of content with no real substance. Even though characters like Marjaan Khan, Zarguna, Zarsanga, Mastaan Singh were great to witness on screen, main characters like Hilmand and Sherherzad felt underdeveloped and under performed (including their forced romance). Unfortunately, this show did no favors to the amateur actor Atif Aslam who is too much of a novice to pull off such a complex character of Hilmand. The never ending pseudo philosophy and constant sulking in each scene left an undesirable taste in my mouth. Sherherzad on the other hand, had a back story that no one asked for. Instead of exploring her “fish out of water” character (a city reporter who was forced to deal with the male chauvinist society of Pakhtoon), we got a tired, recycled childhood abuse story that only made the show feel tacky and unrealistic.

The production of the show was yet another home run for Momina Duraid productions as they prove time and time again that you do not need constant overbearing music in the background to provoke emotions out of your audience. Great framing, excellent cinematography made Sang-e-Mah such a pleasant viewing. 

In conclusion, Sang-e-Mah was a show that had the potential to be a modern classic but sadly, settled to being just better than most current Pakistani shows. Lesser episodes, more sharper writing could have done wonders but that is not the show that we got to witness. What worked for the show, worked to its highest potential; what did not, left a permanent stain on its legacy.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

Overall Series Rating: out of 5 stars

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 25 (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 was apparently the second last episode of Sang-e-Mah and from the looks of it, this is probably the right time to end the show. While nothing spectacular, the episode did have some worthy highlights such as the passing of the torch from father to son, a heartfelt moment between the sisters of Laspiran and a great cliffhanger to end it. 

ii – This week’s episode showcased their female talent to the fullest and honestly, it was great. We got to see some final character building moments from every main cast member but as usual, Samiya Mumtaz was outstanding with her performance. We also had great interaction between mother and daughter as Jirga rages on upon their very existence. Regardless of its varying writing quality, character development has always been one of the key highlights of Sang-e-Mah

+ Low Points

i – It’s a shame that we did not get to see more of Masha’allah Khan as he is by far the best and most effective antagonist of the show. In this episode, he was completely sidelined till the last scene. Now I can understand why since there are only two episodes left and the show wants to solely focus on its main cast but whether that’s a criticism or a compliment, Masha’allah Khan seems to be much more vigilant and interesting than most of the characters that we got to witness since the beginning of the show.

ii – I don’t like Atif Aslam in this show. His performance is mono-tone, his obnoxious, pseudo philosophical dialogues are ridiculous and clearly, he lacks the talent to pull such a pivotal character off. And he was insufferable this week as well. When Sang-e-Mah concludes next week, I know what I won’t miss about this show…

+ Overall

Episode 25 did manage to do one pivotal thing right, it will make you excited for the next week’s show finale.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 24 (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 – Episode 24 continued on with the Marjaan/ Hilmand storyline but this time, we have a new antagonist; Masha’allah Khan (aka the grandfather of Hilmand). And I have to say, the authenticity of this character is what was sorely missing from this show this entire time! The character looks and feels like a genuine Pashtoon. His mannerisms and dialectic bring a great sense of credibility to the show and plus, the performance is outstanding. His threats feel like a game changer, someone who can single handedly disrupt the life of Marjaan Khan. Normally I am not a fan of introducing new characters so late into the show’s run but this seems like a clear exception. Masha’allah Khan has breathed a new life into this show and I am all for it.

ii – The broken dua scene between Awwal Khan and Sherherzad was charming and brought some levity to the show. While not exactly comedic, the scene worked fantastically in bringing a sense of hope in times of utter despair.

iii – Hilmand’s character has been written with great level of detail and attention in this episode as his sense of good/evil is shattered forever. His biological father turned out to be aggressor while his angelic mother was revealed to be the murderer. It’s brilliant that we get to see Hilmand not only question himself but also visit his family roots to find out the truth. Perhaps lesser shows would have left the story at the revelation but I’m all for exploring Hilmand’s character further to bring some depth into his psyche.

+ Low Points

i – It does seem odd that since the past 10 episodes, Hikmat has almost vanished from the picture. He  started off as one of the key characters to the show and is now being relegated to silently standing in the background. 

ii – With the episode’s conclusion, it seems like we are going to have a build up to yet another “Jirga” scene. Although this is the ‘legal’ way to handle situations in the villages of North Waziristan, we as an audience just went through that. It just makes the upcoming episodes seem a bit less exciting but the writer has a twist in the story planned, then I could be all for it.

+ Overall

Even with a satisfying conclusion to the main plot of the show, Sang-e-Mah still found a viable way to continue the show with a brand new antagonist.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Sang-e-Mah Episode 23 (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 – A great opening for the episode. A BIG revelation that undoubtedly changed the dynamics of the show. And it was all executed with certain precision by the writer Mustafa Afridi. We got to see some great performances by Samiya Mumtaz and Nauman Ijaz who share such a special bond and are arguably the best thing about the show. All-around, a good episode.

SPOILERS AHEAD! If you would like to avoid it, please skip to the Overall section below:

ii – There were many heartfelt moments throughout episode 23; namely the Marjaan/ Zarsanga and the touching moment between the two sisters; Zarsanga and Zarghuna. The dialogue was great, especially the part where Zarsanga asks if she still stands by her even after she admitted to murdering her previous husband. To which Zarghuna replies that she would not even be next to her if she didn’t. This back and forth between the two sisters spoke volumes about their relationship without overwhelming their audience with too many exposition scenes. Great moment in the episode.

iii – This episode most probably concluded Mastaan Singh’s story arc. In one of the most unusual ways, Mastaan found a chance to redeem himself from his past evils, marry the love of his life and finally move on. Although there are still some glaring question marks left on how his actions were handled by the show, I am at least certain that the character suffered enough to finally reach the destination that he most likely deserves.

+ Low Points

i – Episode 23 was good but it did have its share of problems. Why in the world is murder or attempted murder not taken seriously in this show!? Zarsanga walked in the Jirga and openly admitted to murdering her previous husband. And…. nothing happens. It’s utterly ridiculous. This makes the audience feel like there are in fact, no consequences to anyone’s actions. Regardless that the crime took place 30 odd years ago, it was still murder. The elders of the village are the most useless, spineless characters that I have ever come across. But I guess nothing matters anymore. Just attempt to kill whoever crossed your path and you won’t even get a slap on the wrist. I sincerely hope that I am proven wrong in the next episodes where Zarsanga is placed under arrest or something because this is all just ludicrous. 

ii – This episode was supposed to be the big pivotal point (earth shattering if you will) in Hilmand’s life and unfortunately, Atif Aslam’s performance was not up to the mark. The only default emotion he can display is scroun and wallowing into his self pity. 

iii – So the big climatic scene has happened. And I am now a bit perplexed where the show will go from here. I guess Hilmand can finally make up with his step dad but the end of the episode indicated that there is somehow more to come. And honestly, this might be the opportunity that Sang-e-Mah should end on a high note and not drag on its already concluded storyline.

+ Overall

Episode 23 had some good emotional moments but certain storyline inconsistencies bring this episode down a notch or two.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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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