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Humsafar Rewatch party -Finale

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A throwback from the past because #FiveyearsofHumsafar

One of the strongest and perhaps most prevalent threads in the tapestry that is South Asian culture is the belief divine or karmic retribution. The subcontinent has little patience for “the randomness” of life explanations and open ended philosophy of the West: we look for finite conclusions to finite situations. Now I realise this put the producer and director between a rock and a hard place, Farida had to be punished without knocking into that other pillar of our society: honouring your mother. One of the main underpinnings of the Humsafar story is that Asher trusted his mother above his wife Khirad. So I think they chose the easier option and gave Farida a nervous breakdown rather than allowing her to be abandoned as in the book.

Asher never willingly confronts his mother despite the absolute confirmation of her guilt. He blames himself, bangs his handsome head on a barrier before jumping into a car to fetch Khirad. He can barely meet her gaze now knowing how abominably he treated her but manages to cook up an excuse to bring her home. Again he does not confront his mother or blame her till she starts haranguing Khirad at the door.  I found this the most disturbing part of the finale.

Fawad, Mahirah and Atiqa had us enthralled. I am sure the entire country held its breath when Asher said “Bas Mummy Bas” ….” Hareem meri beti HAI, agar iss baat ka koi saboot nahi hai tho saboot iss baat ka bhi nahin hai key main Baseerat Hussain ka beta hoon “  Even then Farida is not willingly to accept any guilt or shame “ tum ,tum mujhe galiy dey rahey ho..?” I have to commend Atiqa Odho for carrying off that entire mental break down scene alone in her room but for me this was not a satisfying conclusion to her track.

The best of this entire episode was the reconciliation between Asher and Khirad, beautifully done; it has to be one of my favourite scenes out of all the dramas I have ever watched. Fawad and Mahirah carried the whole thing off with such subtlety; we could see the ebb and flow of their emotions as Asher negotiated his way back into Khirad’s life. The shake of Khirad’s head had him worried but then she admits that she is tired of struggling through life without him. I know some people think Khirad should never have forgiven Asher but as Farhat Ishtiaq herself has said “Khirad and Asher loved each other so there was never a question of them not reconciling” I really don’t think Khirad let Asher off the hook that easily, the ending scene shows it took time for them to reach some kind of level of trust.

Poor Sara was in my opinion unnecessarily killed off and I think Khizar, who played the most iniquitous role in the entire plot against Khirad was let off too easily. Zarina really did pay the heaviest price for her really quite minimal involvement. Farida never really lost Asher but Zarina lost her only daughter. Again Hina Bayat’s scenes were heart breaking so there really was no need for that awfully fake wail of “saroooo” each time she picked up her daughter’s framed photograph. Perhaps I really am a little absolutist but let’s just say I would not have cried too hard if Khizar or Farida got accidentally run over by a bus.

Of course I adored the final scene of the happier family running around in the rain and despite my reservations about Farida I was left with a happy smile by the end of the program. I hope all our regular readers and commenters have enjoyed watching this serial again as much as I did. This serial, these characters, will always hold a very special place in our hearts. It is a rare event when all the factors that make a serial come into such perfect alignment. The writing, the production, the direction and the fabulous acting of all the parties made this show iconic and an unforgettable part of our culture.

I have the last episode of Humsafar on DVR so I watched it just as it was broadcast, sandwiched between promos of Bilqees Kaur, Durre Shehwar and Mata e Jaan Hai Tu. This really illustrated how spoiled we were: Daam on Sundays with Kuch Pyaar ka Pagalpan during the week .In my naivety I imagined that such rivers of milk and honey were unending and being the eternal optimist I am still hoping that those days will return. The singular most powerful achievement of Humsafar is that it managed to unite a huge, diverse and geographically fractured viewing audience around its characters. Despite all the options available to the viewing audience both in Pakistan and outside it .Despite the slews of gyrating naked images from Bollywood or the even more graphic violence and sexuality presented to us from the English language channels so many people from so many diverse backgrounds chose to watch this simple story sans any intellectual frills or flowery dialogues. And that ladies and gentleman is the power of love.

This review was first published in DramaPakistani

 

 

 

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  1. Sadaf, Thanks so much for publishing this again. It brought back beautiful memories again. Not only of Humsafar, but also of the re-watch and giving people like me the chance to share my go-down of thoughts on this marvellous show.

    So what I’m going to do is pull out my response to this review of yours, when it was posted originally and paste it here in reply. Again.
    I do hope that it okay with you. But HS is something that does this to me, and I can never contain myself. (As you will see with the long replies I always have! lol)

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    • Sadaf, you summed it up most aptly. It was the power of love. Thank you yet again, for a lovely walk down episode #23. It was the perfect finale to the drama. Every aspect was taken care of, all ends tied, and the emotions between Khirad and Ashar were given enough time for the feelings to come right through to us and make us sigh. I for one, was very happy that reconciliation was the route taken.
      I loved that part when Khirad told Ashar on the stairs that she was going back with him because Hareem wasn’t eating. The way he looked at her, as though it was reinforced to him again, that his wife hadn’t changed one bit from what he knew her. She still believed whatever was she was told.
      “Mummy jab mein paida hua, kya mere baap ne aap se gavahi maangi ki mein unka beta hoon ya nahi” “kya har ma ko apna shohar ko yeh saabit karna padti hain ki uska bachcha ka baap wohi hain” These had to be the lines what got all the kudos from me for woman empowerment. More so because it was from a man! Brilliant, is an understatement!
      My heart stopped beating during this entire bit! Watching Khirad looking at Ashar, not quite sure what he was trying to say, and how he slowly unraveled to her, while telling his mother off, that he finally knew the truth. And got to know only today! I put Ashar back on a pedestal for the way he stood up for Khirad. He addressed every issue of the humiliation that Khirad was subject to. From his loyalties to his mother, framing and maligning Khirad and her character, to even thinking about terminating Khirad’s pregnancy, Ashar didn’t mince words, and didn’t leave any part of his mother’s evil plan unaddressed.
      The next most heart wrenching part was Ashar ad Khirad finally having their time together. I still weep when I watch this part. From the pedestal, Ashar went up another few notches in my eyes. For the way he took onus of the entire blame on himself. He finally understood the hatred he saw in her eyes in the last few weeks. But he never defended himself. Not once did he even try and mention that he too was victim. He took sole responsibility of deserting her and leaving her in a lurch. Forget men, there are not too many people in the world who will do that and take the entire blame. “mein toh mohabbat ke laayak hi nahin hoon” “hamari zindagiyon mein, jitni judaaiyan or dukh aayen hain, un sab ka aazaab dilanewala mein hoon” (taking onus of the bad time he gave Khirad before leaving for Islamabad many years ago) ***sigh*** There was no way that I was not going to forgive this man, who was only saying that he had made the biggest mistake of his life, and he didn’t deserve any love or forgiving ever. I simply loved the way he asked Khirad “Mujhe ek baar phir kabool kar lo.” Khirad’s minimalistic nod in denial, was so so “Khirad” again. *****sighhhhh*******
      Khirad, keeping in line with her character of being one with few words, communicated the anguish and pain at being abandoned so effectively “…. beech raaste, tanha chhod ke chale gaye mujhe?” Ashar’s “I’m sorry” was a classic case of “2 small words, but overloaded with meaning”
      OTOH, Khizar (not that I expected anything else from that scumbag) was his true self, and only regretted getting involved in “Farida’s dirty game”. He also now wanted to go back to the land of milk and honey, since the person he came back for was no more. Matlabi, manipulative, selfish, gold-digger. All he felt remorse was for being party to the evil plot.
      For those who couldn’t believe that Khirad went back to Ashar, after all that he did to her, I want to share something I loved from Dur-e-Shehwar, in this context, which holds so true in many cases. It was from a part in the last episode there, when Shandana asks Shehwar about being able to love a man like Mansoor. Shehwar tells her that that a husband-wife relationship is ajeeb; that when one sees your husband with unconditional love for the child, something changes in the heart. No matter what he has done, with that kind of love for the child, it’s not possible to hate that man.
      Like Sadaf mentioned the author’s thoughts for Khirad and Ashar, the bottom line was they loved each other. Circumstances and situations made matters worse, but “mohabbat mari nahin, kho zaroor gayi thi” Given the way Ashar loved Hareem, and they way he regretted what happened with Khirad, it made sense to me, that she was willing to give reconciliation a chance.
      The last rain scene was perfect. I always have a big smile on my face when Ashar runs away from the rain.
      Fawad! What does one say to you? You thought you were going to be the weakest link in this drama, but this wouldn’t have been what it became with anyone else in it! You were terrific and only you made Ashar the only man I was willing to forgive inspite of being a total ass.
      And Mahira, take that bow again. And again. And again. Momina Duraid knew what she was saying when she kept telling you that only you could be Khirad.
      Episode#23 was most the fulfilling ending and didn’t leave anything more to be desired in the heart, but sighs and smiles and the desire to watch it all over again.
      Humsafar will always be the the most heart warming romance for me. Ashar and Khirad have spoilt me for anything else. Sadaf, thanks so much for giving me an opportunity to share my long never ending thoughts with you all. I missed it when it was telecast, and your re-watch parties made up for it. I have loved re-watching it with you every week.

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  2. Hi Sadaf, Hope you are feeling wonderful

    Might I dare utter a dissenting voice here? 🙂

    I was there to see the immense popularity this serial boasted when it was on air. And I see the longing with which people reminisce about it. And it leaves me bewildered! You are one critic whose opinion I value greatly and so I want to discuss this with you. Doesn’t this drama bring forth the same stereotypes that you, in your blogs, (and I, in my heart,) often decry? Two women, one the chadder clad, middle classed – and therefore eternally good – the other, western dressed and upper classed – and hence eternally conniving- pitted against each other for something that for the longest while now, our drama makers have perceived to be the only focus of women’s lives, that is, a man.The age-old tussle between the evil mother-in-law and the naive bahu around a good-looking, loving but too gullible a hero, further contributed in making the script hackneyed for me.

    This flaw in writing was so disconcerting for me that it overshadowed even the brilliant direction and acting that this drama exhibited. And so I want to ask you, were the characters not too cliched for you? Don’t you blame the popularity of this drama for the plethora of scripts that followed, portraying women as too black and white without exploring the depths of their characters? I would have loved this serial if it did not stereotyped the women and their inter-relationships so much.

    I hope no one sees my post as a pointless criticism. I genuinely want to understand what I am missing about the drama that had my whole nation bewitched.

    Regards.

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    • @Fariha, you’re right Humsafar does deal with all stereotypical roles of the eastern/western girl, moms, saas, beta etc. But it’s the way that these characters were shown and dealt with that made it so v watchable. I think it was partly thanks to Sarmad Khoosat’s ability to make any script look good. Not that I am saying the script was ordinary. The novel was great but sarmad just gives it that extra shine. He has the ability give us some simple yet beautiful romantic moments. Not all directors can do that. He could make us feel Khirad and Ahser’s pain like no other. I don’t always feel for such characters in other shows. But here I did.
      Apart from Sarmad, I think it was the way the leads did their parts. Fawad and Mahira aced it and the rest is history.
      So it was this magic combo of everything falling into place that make me like Humsafar.

      Gotta run abhi or I would have written more…

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    • I would love to share my thoughts with you on this. No criticism is pointless. 
      Meanwhile, this made me open up a file – yes, I actually have one ****I need to cover my face and hide**** LOL – on all my thoughts and words while we rewatched Humsafar and Sadaf re- reviewed all the episodes. That in turn, brought up my response to this review, when she had published it originally, and I thought I should post my original reply here as well. So thank you for that.

      Coming back to your question(s), let me begin with apologies because I tend to have a lot to say, generally. And when it comes to things that I feel passionately about, it’s even more! Humsafar, being one of those, I might go overboard, so please excuse any madness that you might spot!
      I think that everything in our lives make sense more in its entirety. And Humsafar was no exception. Yes, if I pick out certain characters, issues and evaluate them by themselves, there are bound to be questions.
      So, about stereotyping a saas bahu story – well, yes and no. Despite what we like to believe, the issues with IL’s is the universal truth, not confined only to the Indian sub-continent. So yes, it is a ghar ghar ki kahani. But then so is love!
      Side note: I can’t say much about the typecasting of the ways the women protagonist and antagonists were dressed, because I haven’t watched so many shows to be able to draw a pattern.
      To me Humsafar was brilliant, despite a typical and probably predictable story, and a huge part of it was way it was made. The bigger part were the characters and how their roles were played out.
      The small things that I watched on screen – every character in shades of black white and grey, the angst, the turmoil, the love, the anger, the resentment – all a part of real life – where brought out beautifully.
      Add to that Khirad’s character. In a typical story, here was a young, “village girl” who got life thrown at her, and how she dealt with it. She became stronger and carried on with her life, not depending or waiting for a man – which I would think is what majority of the reality in life is. She didn’t even want Ashar back in her life. It was only after she faced the other weak truth that he was also a victim in a way, and they way he took full responsibility for what had happened, without saying even once, “but….” that she probably decided to give it a chance. I think that was brilliant. I can’t count even on one hand the no. of people I know, who would take that stance and apologise. That – for me was tremendous.
      So in a way I would say that in all the clichés, I found something wonderful. From regular routine characters, that strength is something that comes from within, and it depends on the person to be able to go on the rough road, take an escape route or pass the buck. We saw all the 3 kinds here.
      Being a hopeless romantic at heart, I have to add that the way Ashar stood by her when he discovered the truth and how in his own way, he stood for her even while there were huge trust related matters between them, was just one of the many things that completely had me fida over Humsafar.
      Please feel free to question me on anything I wrote if I didn’t make any sense to you. Like I said I can go on and on, and my thoughts might be completely incoherent, but I hope I have been able to explain a small part of my POV on why I loved it so much.

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      • “I think that everything in our lives make sense more in its entirety. And Humsafar was no exception.”

        This one sentence had me 🙂 I liked your comment a lot and while I’m still not going gaga over this drama, I have started seeing what people love about it. However, all the stuff you mentioned happened in the later stages of that drama and by then our people had already devoured it. The beginning of the drama still had the same done-to-death scenarios like sick mother’s dying wish to marry off her daughter and the guy (or the girl) being pushed to marry because of that. I would have more respect for a protagonist if he (or she) is actually shown resisting this pressure for once.

        Also, Asher proved to be quite weak when tricked into believing that his wife was unfaithful to him. I mean come on! In our surroundings at least, unfaithful partners are not exactly the norm. And wives are usually more faithful (not stereotyping here, I realize its just because women in our society are usually raised with more reservations). Anyway, Asher had known his wife and her temperament for a while now. How could he believe such an accusation against her without even giving her a chance to explain herself? It is impossible for me to swallow the fact that he kept viewing her as someone characterless for five years! Any person does start doubting his earlier judgement very much during that much time. In fact, people have second thoughts all the time. Even if Asher got emotional in the initial situation, he could have cooled down enough to give his wife a chance when she called from Hyderabad. This is what made it seem like a very forced situation to me, created just so that the heroine could be made to suffer and cry (a typical crowd-pleaser in our dramas). The way MIL threw out Khirad also added to this picture.

        Also, I could hardly find any grey character in this serial. If you are talking about Khirad and Asher, then maybe yes. But Fareeda and Sarah were typical villains, devoid of one good bone in their body. While you are right in saying that the in-law tussle is common in our society, I contend that such crooked women are not very commonly relatable. It would have made more sense to actually portray these women as grey, who, instead of hatching a nauseating scheme to get the couple divorced, only fueled the fire in tense situations which naturally and usually arise between most married couples.

        I would love to hear your remarks (and anyone else’s too) on this. Don’t worry about the length of your comment. When it comes to talking about the things that i love, I am no different 🙂

        P.S. Where has Sadaf posted the reviews of all the other episodes?I couldn’t find them on this blog. Would love to go through them too.

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        • aah! Now that was the kind of reply I was hoping to get. I totally understand where you are coming from, that Ashar actually believed that his wife could betray him.
          My thesis and understanding on this:
          All those negative feelings on seeing Khizar giving his wife attention, were eating him up and he was a total creep for taking it out on Khirad by misbehaving with her.
          Then the week he was away on business followed and then the big fiasco in Khizar’s kitchen happened.
          When Khirad came back home and was thrown out of the house, she must have believed Farida who told her that Ashar also didn’t want to see her face and wouldn’t come home till she left.
          When Ashar returned the next morning he told Farida that he wanted to hear the truth from Khirad and also told his mother to stay out of it. But then when she told him that Khirad had gone away with Khizar, and would only call for a divorce, it must have really hit him.
          So it means that he did want to speak to her, because he believed in her. But then again, who would believe that one’s own mother would do something like this. There was not reason for him not to believe his mother, when his wife had actually left.
          Cut to all the times Khirad tried to reach him. His mother had told him that she would get in touch for a divorce, and I think he just didn’t want to hear that. In my mind that is the reason he didn’t give her a chance to open her mouth.
          What a wretched creep he was! He distanced himself from her, in his mind and heart, or so he thought, and made himself believe that.

          Where Farida was concerned, she showed her evil self only later. Though she was seething after being insulted by Baseerat, she did her bit to make Khirad comfortable, though it was put on. And after she threw Khirad out of the house, she did want her son to be happy. But in the way she wanted for him.
          So yes, she and Sara were evil, and so was Khizar, but then they were just supporting roles to bring out the rest of the story. If they had more shades of grey, the story would have lost focus and probably been all over the place. And the world doesn’t have a dearth of people who are pure evil too. 🙂 Baseerat was another guy who had shades of grey. He was a good brother, but didn’t keep in touch with his sister, unless she did. Zarina too was pretty real – moving from being supportive to her daughter, to wanting her to cut off with Ashar – then getting involved in the plot and realising later what she did was not right…..

          Sadaf should post all her re-watch reviews here. I will come and copy paste all my replies from my file. 😉

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        • Ok will do my best . I used to ( and still do ) write at Drama pakistani . However for purposes of this discussion I can repost the reviews . You can read them there but since the threads are done we cannot really discuss underneath them . As to Asher ,being so weak and dreadful , I totally agree . in an interview Farhat ishtiaq said he was the least favourite of her “heroes” . Two points not well made by the drama :
          1) Asher was much older than Khirad and Khirad heading off to college etc and the planned campaign by his mother and Khizar played into this . Farida did not think of the master plan till she saw her son’s discomfort with Khirad’s interractions with Khizar… the scene after the rain dance “aap Budhi rooh hai ” over the course of of a few hours he changed not even bothering to pick Khirad up from her friends engagement . Asher was very much a Mummy’s boy and trusted his mother implicitly. Khirad … Khirad was a proud , rather stubborn little thing herself as was demonstrated clearly from episode 1 . She should have told Asher she was pregnant and should not have left the house or garden till he came back .
          2)Khirad and asher hardly knew each other . they were easy to manipulate .

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    • So sorry for the late reply I have been really busy and truth be told really thinking about your thoughtful comment and how to reply . First of all I am deeply humbled and love love that you like my scribbling . Yes we are on the same page as far as my hate for stereotypes and the way so often dramas pit women against each other .. Now when it comes to Humsafar I just get this huge surge of feelings and cannot express myself at times. Khirad in particular is like a real person to me . BUT Deep breath here I go ..
      When I first started watching Humsafar , I was not so impressed with Khirad , just as you said it seemed as if the girl in the jeans and the mother in law running an NGO were deliberately being demonised . Sara did not bother me as much as the dreadful way I felt Farida was treated by her husband . Farida seemed in every way a normal , educated woman who was defending her son . Why shouldn’t she want an educated , wonderful girl for her son ,why did it have to be her sister in law’s slightly paindoo ( if drop dad gorgeous ) daughter with whom she had little or no connection and her son seemed to have nothing in common .
      My first break from sara came after the way she visited Khirad and shouted at a girl already suffering. As a woman she should have understood Khirad’s position . Sara was not from the planet Venus , she knew Khirad was not asking to marry Asher and she knew that this kind of forced arrangement can be pushed in our culture . Then it was the way she spoke to Khirad whose mother was dying of cancer and instead of saying ” Khirad I understand your situation . can I do something to alleviate the absolute misery you are going through because of your mother’s illness ?And I hate to tell you but I want to be honest .. I love Asher and even if he doesnt love me ,We are very close . Is there anything I can do to help resolve a situation you may not be happy with either ?” she starts spluttering about “standards” . Ok so Farhat ishtiaq put those words in her mouth and yes the western dress was the makers attempt at painting a good gilr in duppattah v Bad girl in Jeans scenario. . I saw that from the first episode but at some point dress and style lost all relevance , I wasn’t thinking about Sara’s jeans or Khirad’s duppattah for all 22 episodes . I was thinking about how incredibly selfish and self absorbed both Sara and Farida were .
      You will notice that neither of these women had any empathy for anyone except themselves . Farida wasn’t sympathetic or friendly with her poor sister in law and the families did not mix much . It wasn’t class or education or clothing that made Farida or Sara villains , it was their completely selfish attitudes . I agree to a certain extent director Sarmad Khoosat worked his magic and made this serial so amazingly watchable but I will argue the case that he and producer Momina Duraid played up the class differences and used the dog whistle of western wear deliberately too . There was no suicide in the original story , it was added for dramatic effect. So making Sara into a this crazy vindictive women was not just the writer’s fault .
      I agree again with Afia that I might not put up with this kind of stereotyping in any other drama , however after having visited Pakistan for extended periods , I can safely say the Sara’s and Faridas of this world do exist . Materialism , the lack of empathy and the way certain sections of society look down on others is all too common. I have seen plenty of people espousing modern ,liberal views but acting as if they were feudal.
      On the whole it wasnt Sara’s westernised upbringing that made her this way , or Farida’s NGo work but quite the opposite . These women had essentially VERY lower middle class attitudes about who was the “other” , maintaining control of their wealth through marriage and power structures in their family life . If you ever get time watch Doraha . If you look at Farhat ishtiaq’s other novels there is no pattern of dmonising educated women or women who wear jeans . Just watch Mata e Jaan hai tu or mere dost mere Humdum or Dayar e dil. Selfish people are always the villains .
      Another writer I always considered a pusher for the drug of “eastern , middleclass” values is Umer Ahmed . I hated the way she steretyped and literally degraded “elite ” class women in another runawy blockbuster Zindagi Gulzar hai . However she also wrote Doraha which showed the flipside . In Doraha it is the chalaaq middleclass cousin who is the villain , while the middle class hero marries an educated , working woman from an elite class family. Anyway point is it isnt a pattern . The characters had enough nuance to overcome the typical black and white stereotypes. Khirad was no bholi larki making paratas. She was naive but she grew up quickafter being abandoned. Khirad found herself a job , took care of her daughter and refused Asher’s attempts at recconciliation till the very end . Asher was afraid to admit he knew the truth of everything in the final episode , he stood there asking her to come home because Hareem would not eat.For me Khirad was not a ” middle class steretype” she was a deply sincere and proud woman whom Asher had to work at winning over every time . She refused to explain or beg . I will always admire women with Honour and Khirad had that in spades .
      Wow this is a long answer and I am probably rambling but I hope I have given you a coherent answer . There are planty of people who dont like Humsafar and are disturbed by it . If you dont like it I can … ( I think understand ) .

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      • That was a very detailed analysis by both Roh and Sadaf. Thank you both for that. I was kind of relieved that you could see wherever this drama fell short. I can also certainly see things now that I overlooked earlier. I would still expect that a drama must be flawless in each area to qualify for the status of a blockbuster but then again it is not my place to decide this. If majority is content on focusing over the positives, what’s the harm?

        I think my resentment was born largely out of the heaps of mindless, copycat serials that sprinted up after hamsafar. that reinforced these stereotypes. I used to blame hamsafar’s popularity for this and would secretly think of it as “the Hamsafar Syndrome” – (no offense to the hamsafar fans). But now I realize hamsafar was more than this.

        I have watched most of the dramas you mentioned above and completely agree with your opinions. Farhat Ishtiaq is one of my favorite (and after Udaari, the most favorite) drama writers. I loved reading khirad’s character in her novel and the way khirad and asher came closer after their marriage. That was all very very realistic. I still didn’t like the scheming part because I thought it was too forced. Farida was shown to know instinctively that Asher would not come home that night. Too circumstantial in my view. But anyway, the rest of the story was pretty good.

        Umera Ahmed was pure love for me all through my late teens and early tweens. Her writings I believe are unmatched, her serials daam, doraha, malal, thora sa asmaan were the epitome of good writing. Unfortunately, her later work like ZGH and Sherzaat, for me, marked the beginning of the era when she took on too simplistic a way of writing. Even kankar failed to impress me when I had been really looking forward to it. And Muhabbat Subh ka Sitara hai was kind of unbearable.

        But I digress. I would just like to point out the character of sanam saeed in Daam. It was perhaps the most well written negative character I have ever seen. It appeared completely natural; her insecurities, her petty jealousies, and right from the beginning I knew where she was coming from. And Amina sheikh’s character was very very believable too. These are the characters that I would relate more than Sarah and Farida. But like you said, there is no dearth of these characters too in our world and I probably haven’t come across any yet. (how lucky) 😉

        Thank you Afia, Roh and Sadaf. Loved chatting with you. Will hopefully keep up these chats now 🙂

        P.s. Sadaf I’ll read your reviews on Drama Pakistani then.

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        • OMG Sadaf! I never knew that Farida started plotting and planning only when she saw Ashar’s discomfort with Khizar around. I always wondered and I remember asking this as well!
          You know, Fariha, this is what I love most about HS. Every time I watch it, I find some very subtle thing that I misses in the 500 times I watched it before!
          Now I realise why Farida almost smirked and left the room when Khizar was going on and on about what a great student Khirad was!
          About Farida knowing that her son wouldn’t come back that night, didn’t she tell Khizar on the phone to keep an eye on him and do whatever he could to make sure he didn’t come home that night? I’m pretty sure she said that! Or is that something I’m going to discover in my 501st watch? 😉
          If you read Sadaf’s re-watch reviews, I can promise you that you’ll see more than you noticed before and that might help to understand why it created the madness it did! 🙂

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          • In the drama,she asked khizer to keep an eye on him. I was talking about the novel where she just assumed he wouldn’t come home because she assessed his psychological state.

            Yeah I’ll definitely read Sadaf’s re-watch reviews.

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            • LOL every time we watch Humsafar we have a new realisation !! Didn’t the three witches have a meeting after throwing Khirad out ?And I maybe misremebering or just extrapolating but I have a feeling Faruida said or hinted at that. No one is that much of a criminal mastermind , the seeds where there in Asher’s attitude . He was incredibly possessive about Khirad . Remember when he got up and left the dinner table with a headache and Khirad was massaging his royal pihg headedness till she fell asleep . I think Khirad had begun to pick up on Asher’s feelings but did not like to think her yale educated husband could possibly be that silly .

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        • If we think about it Humsafar really is similar to Meri zaat Zara e benishaan , but then again it isnt . The thing is that there is no such thing as a new story . Becuase there is no such thing as a new human being , so all stories have familiar elements . I love love Umera Ahmed’s dramas but of late just like you say they had lost a lot of nuance . ZgH could have been fantastic but was let down badly by writer and director . I was frankly disgusted at the way a whole class of women were tarred and feathered. having said that Umera ahmed was one of the most subtly feminist authors on the scene . Look at Sheher e Zaat , Doraha even Daam . Can someone tell me if the serial of MZZBN was different to the novel ? Becuase that serial really played to the gallery to get ratings . Great as it was it let itself down . There is that saying insaan main shr aur Khair baraber dono bastey hai or rama and Ravan live in a person so if they can show a person sinking to the lowest depths of behaviour they should have shown that some that rose above the temptation . I loved how Asher and Khirad could forgive each other , how revenge was put aside in favour of reconcilliation.

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          • MZZB wasn’t much different to the novel. At least the climax points were the same.

            Sadaf, please do watch and review Sang-e-Marmar on HUM TV. Its my most awaited serial of the week these days. And I also happened to watch the 2nd episode of “Hasil” on Geo TV and loved it. The two female leads despite being opposites of each other were not painted as simply good or evil, much to my liking! Our social attitude of self-righteousness was rightly highlighted.

            And also please see if you can catch the upcoming drama “Khuda Mera bhi Hai” on ARY. Its on third gender and if the script and direction manages to stay out of melodrama, it can be very educative.

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            • I love you Feriha ! Thanks for your confidence in my abilities to review so much !! . I have wanted to review Sange Mar mar for some time and hopefully will do so . As to Hasil I am not getting the point yet .
              Ok good to know about MZZBN one of the reasons I did not like it was the unrelenting misery but I can imagine that it can happen

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