Mann Mayal episode 4 review
Episode 4 and I can safely say that I cannot stand Salahuddin . I know there are a million Hamza fans out there who will be trying to ” understand” this character but sometimes it just is what it is and no real understanding required. Salahuddin is just not that into Mannu . Like a lot of ” Good Boys” he is incredibly practical . Despite the entire cast and the spot boy literally begging him to marry Mannu he says thanks ,but no thanks .Again I found Hamza’s performance patchy this week . There were a few good moments , and Damn the man has the most beautiful eyes and eyelashes !I Could KILL for but , but, but kiya karna aisey ankho ka jo wafa na samjhein , Mannu ki mohabat na samjhei ??? Either Hamza is a genius and playing it this cool because Salahuddin is basically just not that into beychari Mannu or he is just bored as hell … I am sorry I cannot tell . any skills of interpretation of deep , contemplating glances and expressions, have literally been burnt out of me during my agonized revoiews of Ashk and the debacle which was NUMM . I think I am going to give Hamza The Benefit of the doubt because away from Mannu he actually does a decent job . we shall watch , wait and see … but not that hopeful.
So another week another maelstrom of emotions for poor Mannu . Maya Ali is again the absolute star of the show . I just watched her HSY interview in which she complained about lowly members of the fourth estate or “critics” like me …(spits in the sand to clean her mouth ). “Main acting kaha Sey laaoon?” she wailed .. well she seems to have found the address alright . Maya Ali gave another superb ,stand out performance , her scenes with her father , the absolutely en point scene at Salahuddin’s house were a pleasure to watch . Another pleasant surprise was the return of “Gohar Rasheed the excellent actor” as opposed to” Gohar Rasheed the fed up star” of certain dramas . Was it me or do Gohar and Maya have way more screen chemistry than Maya and Hamza ?
The story so far is dishearening . Salahuddin wont open the door for Mannu , infact he wont do anything for Mannu . I think Samira Fazal’s story has a lot of nuance and some good characterisation but I need something , in the hero to latch on to and right now cannot find it . This isnt the conventional thwarted love story , the only Zalim samaj is Salahuddin’s ego and lack of conviction not only in himself but in his love . Mannu is much stronger , just like Parro , she is angry at Devdas and willing to harm herself to hurt him . Mannu agrees to see the “only rishta left in the universe” AKA Gohar Rasheed , and then manages to persuade him to take her to see Salahuddin . i had really expected some ehsaas , some feeling from Salahuddin but there was none . While that conversation was a life and death mmoment for both Mikaal and Mannu ( played with studied brilliance by Gohhar rasheed and Maya Ali ) it was water off a ducks back for Salahuddin … Sigh ..Mannu girl , you deserve better , much better . Salahuddin should change his name , the brave hero who conquered Constantinople would be turning in his grave . Zeher lag raha tha Salahuddin , Mikaal ki khushamat kartey huwey .
Another knock out performance from Beaa , whom I apologize, but I seem to forget to mention at times . Aiman Khan is doing an excellent job and seems a lot more serious and concerned about the situation than Salahuddin .
On the whole this episode was excellent . It explained Salahuddin’s ambivalence and cemented the painful path that lies ahead for everyone . Mikaal is intelligent enough and reasonable enough to reject Mannu ‘s rishta at her request . Similarly Mannu ‘s father makes a good offer to Salahuddin so the villain of the piece is Salahuddin , and from the ost he is going to be very sorry .