Mann Mayal episode 2 review
This week’s episode of Mann Mayal was more intense but it didn’t hold my interest like last week. Although this episode was beautifully shot, each scene lit and picturized with a soft sentimental glow invoking a time of simplicity and naiveté in Mannu and Salahuddin’s lives;but somehow I didn’t feel the chemistry .Mannu and Salahuddin’s conversations read like an old married couple whose arguments run over the same territory over and over again. While it’s all very endearing on the whole , it does seem as if the lion’s share of those scenes are carried by Maya Ali rather than Hamza Ali Abbasi , who if I didn’t know better , seems a trifle bored ?
So Mannu and Salahuddin finally acknowledge their feelings for each other. It takes some persuasion and pushing on both Mannu and Beeya’s part but Salahuddin realises that he must tell his parents. The episode ends on an ominous note as Salahuddin’s father forbids him to visit Mannu’s house as a tutor and next week’s promos shows the lovers meeting under the disapproving gaze of Mannu’s parents.As promised from last week’s teaser, Mannu gets to meet Mikaal (Gohar Rasheed) as a prospective rishta. Here comes the schizophrenic part, Mannu’s parents aren’t happy with the rishta because Mikaal isn’t educated at all and his mother is sooooo “modren” and Duppattah less ,yet they go to the trouble of inviting them all the way from Karachi , cooking them dinner and parading their daughter in front of them . Normal people find out important stuff like the boys level of education well before they invite someone to the house.
Then of course there is Mannu who is so brainless that she thinks her conservative family is willing to see a rishta for her undivorced Sara baji.I just wish we could dispense with the bholi larki rituals of frenetic talking laced with ditziness that we are being force fed in the name of cuteness. That whole “main tho bas logo ko buddhoo banati hoon “fell deservedly flat. If I let it go at dramatic license, I think Maya Ali and the rest of the cast carried it off well .Maya in particular was fantastic throughout this episode. I just loved how she told Salahuddin she didn’t like the way he looked or walked and then had to take it all back later. I think that may well have been the sweetest part of the whole episode. Maya has really improved since Dyar e dil , her enunciation , her expressions and timing are really working.
The only thing that doesn’t seem to be working is the connection between Mannu and Salahuddin. Yes they look cute together ,but that feeling of desperation and need that is so much a part of love is totally missing from Hamza side of the equation .Hamza Ali Abbasi style of acting sometimes reminds me of Salman Khan , where every character the star plays is a reflection of his own personality rather than written character . Last week I was so impressed that Hamza had banished Afzal, the most likely shadow to follow him around, but this week there was slightly too much Hamza and not enough Salahuddin. Hamza has such a powerful screen presence, such a magnetic personality that his characters are almost an afterthought. There was something so sweet and vulnerable about Afzal, despite his “jump first think later” ways that despite smoking pot , gambling and getting into fights etc he seemed quite innocent . This week at least I didn’t see Salahuddin’s vulnerability; I didn’t see the fragility that should have been there. Some of the editing seemed a bit rough at the edges, plus the shooting for Mann Mayal is still going on so ……..putting my usual conspiracy theory hat ;perhaps Hamza was just bored at having to do a reshoot ? So hoping for the good stuff next week , the promo certainly looks promising .
I am not sure what to say about Gohar Rasheed. I adored him in Goya and Digest Writer, but it has been a bit downhill since then. I have watched Khilona , Paiwand , Aitrraz and another one called Jeevan Sathi and found it all a bit of a letdown especially after watching what he can do . I wasn’t exactly impressed here either but I guess umeed pay dunya zinda hai , who knows perhaps things will pick up ? I remember thinking Wali was a bit of a prig in the beginning of Dayar e dil.
Aiman Khan as Beeya is ok but I wonder at her characterization … she doesn’t seem to care much for her family’s or her brother’s wellbeing at all. I agree with Salahuddin “ Beeya tum yeh sasti romantic batein band kar do”
Talking of other serials, is it me or does everyone else see the similarities between certain scenes of other dramas and scenes in Mann Mayal. This episode Maya Ali’s pose in her blues Suite reminded of Sanam Baloch in Durr e Shehwar. The OST released today had a scene by a swimming pool which also reminded me of Humsafar, where Asher helps Khirad up from the pool. Have I just watched too many dramas? Those scenes hold such powerful sway on our imagination that it almost seems like a sacrilege to play with them like this.
Overall an interesting episode, which if it didn’t quite light the fire the first episode did, it still kept the audience’s attention for the hour. Well done Haseeb Hassan Samira Fazal and Team Mann Mayal, hoping for that Episode 1 Magic next week. I am still mad at My father for not providing me with such a Jawan and Haseen tutor … honestly …HIYYY rey Kismet … there weren’t any hot guys playing Guitar at my college either ..Sigh what a sad life I led 😉