Mann Mayal Episode 3 Review
A very raw, emotional episode, almost too painful to watch, mostly carried by Maya Ali who seems to be the emerging star of this show. Maya Ali has been in any number of drama serials but I have not seen her perform this well since Aik Naeey Cinderella. If we consider her performance as Zulekha in Mera Naam Yusuf and Zara in AunnZara she is looking more and more like an actress who takes her craft seriously .She is delivering consistent, quality performances every audience can appreciate rather than just being the” go too” pretty face for every other drama . Brava Maya!
Episode 2 ended with a teaser of Salahuddin standing outside his house and blandly reassuring a desperate Mannu that he would never leave her http://www.apnawebpak.com/dv/yytu.php?v=dm7c3cvpj2I which is totally missing from the actual episode. In the teaser Salahuddin seems remarkably relaxed and laughs at Mannu , whereas the episode shows a more guarded , Salahuddin telling her about leaving for Karachi . If I remember correctly the promo department used to screw up Dayar e Dil too … please someone fire someone, they are totally incompetent.
Complaints about teasers aside this was a much better episode than last week. Though it hasn’t quite reached climbed back to the giddy heights of the dhamakeydar first episode, it was still great to watch. Mannu’s father sees Mannu and Salahuddin together and realizes that his daughter is in love. However unlike the conventional zalim samaj, he and at least some of his family members take a very normal, human perspective of the whole matter. I really like how Samira Fazal has written this part. While her parents are upset, and like all trusting parents they feel more than a little betrayed they aren’t illogical. After the initial shock, Manu’s father decides to allow Salahuddin and Mannu’s marriage; even her Chacha and Chachi see the sense of it. There is a strong sense that although they are all unhappy about Mannu’s choice, they don’t want to hurt Mannu in any way .
One of Mannu’s Chachis looks to be the villain of the piece. She is very much against Mannu marrying Salahuddin and is literally wrestling with Mannu to stop her leaving the house. I really felt like sitting this woman to one side and asking her to take a tranquillizer. This woman has some kind of special magic which she uses to keep her married daughter separated from her husband. The mystery of Sara Baji continues…… One question ; if Sara Baji really was happy with her husband, why doesn’t she just pick up her bag and go back to him?
Well today’s episode might well be renamed Faint heart never won fair lady. Salahuddin and family do manage to get to Mannu’s house but ultimately are too worried about rejection to even ask for her hand. Admittedly Mannu’s father looked very daunting and severe but Salahuddin and Mannu are going to pay dearly for this act of cowardice. Mannu is braver and runs after Salahuddin only to be locked out of their house. None of this made sense to me ,but ok this isn’t my story it’s Samira Fazal’s story. I have to say I miss Afzal, he wasn’t half as good a person as Salahuddin but he was a brave man and to quote Appi of Ullu Baray Frukht Nahi ( thank you Amna Mufti !)“ Kay baar Mard hon hee bari baat hote hai” .
Apart from the above plot point , as usual Samira Fazal had her characters well in hand and moved the action along at a fast pace . Hamza was good to the point of blandness; I still cannot see that Salahuddin was particularly happy or upset. Hamza is a fantastic actor and perhaps my expectations are too high of him but I want to see that sincerity and depth we saw in Pyarey Afzal. The potential is there, just a cursory glance at episode one is all the proof required. As I said in the first paragraph, Maya Ali is the star of this show. She was incredibly moving in some scenes and Thank you Haseeb Hassan for giving all those perfect shots of her. All the intimacy I complained was missing in other serials is now there. Mann Mayal is really developing into a great serial, and has the audience well in its grip. Haseeb Hassan has given us another well-crafted episode and so long as Hamza picks up pace this looks like another popular serial for HUM TV .