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Bin Roye episode 3 Review

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Another enjoyable episode of Bin Roye But there were a few weak links this week .I just cannot get my head around Saman’s character. Saman Just lost her parents but being a happy, well-adjusted girl she harbored no resentment to her birth family for giving her away. This much I can accept but the placid way she just moves to Pakistan, and leaves her life in America is strange. I was waiting for Saman’s character to unfold, but so far she doesn’t have a personality and just exists as a counterfoil to Saba.cjyntiawiaakmy0

Yes I can see Irtiza’s growing attraction to Saman: both are sudden orphans, both like reading and both are thoughtful and caring, but who is Saman? If anyone has read the novel please tell me if the original story is as scant on detail as this. While a few descriptive phrases can work in book, a lot more is required for the screen.  I have yet to see Saman express a preference for anything or have any independent thought.  Armeena Rana is not the most expressive actress either but she is definitely doing better in the serial than the movie.

Meanwhile Saba is growing up. She has lost some of her more childish traits and happily open’s her heart to her new sister. Saba is just so open, yet lost in her own world, she doesn’t realise why Irtiza is constantly coming home early or see the connection that he has already formed with Saman. I know the story is being told from Saba’s perspective so it’s easy to feel protective of her.  As always the camera loves Mahira Khan, who seems to have been born to play Saba. Mahira is fabulous in this simple avatar and at no point does she fall into the typical bholi larki cliché. Saba has a mind of her own and makes her choices with passion. She is so sure that she and Irtiza are meant to be, she has never even considered Irtiza might have a different choice. Every scene she is in is a sheer delight, and keeps the heart of this story beating

Humayoon Saeed looks strangely suppressed and subdued as Irtiza and no, I cannot see what Saba sees in him. I saw the way he hesitated before reciprocating Saman’s desperate when he arrived in America and think that might have been a deciding moment. Irtiza is a very kind person and he may feel very protective about Saman but although Armeena and Irtiza may share long glances they don’t share any chemistry. It is a huge contrast to the electricity generated when Humayoon and Mahira are on screen despite the fact Irtiza hardly looks at Saba except to pet her in passing like some kitten.

Despite the some of the editing haphazard editing and an overdose of lip gloss I still enjoyed the show. The lip gloss looked extra weird because Mahira seems to be sans makeup and her very natural freckles and are there for all to see. Needless to say, she still looks so beautiful.  I think the most moving scenes were between Saba and Saman; their bonding was so sweet and thank goodness that there wasn’t any ridiculous sisterly competition. I would have liked to see Zafar connecting with his sisters too but so far he seems doomed to be a side issue.

Director Haissem Hussain really knows how to capture all the silent beauty of family life. I just love how the scenes were lit: the interplay of light and shade, the casting shadows on Irtiza and Saba’s faces, the cool sanctuary of the house and the bright glare of the outside, are all so evocative.  There is such a wonderful ease in the way they the actors interact, and the way the story flows that even those who have seen the movie are waiting for each new episode with the as much excitement as those who haven’t.

Ok someone anyone tell me how I can get Saba’s clothes. Those printed salwar’s and plain shirts now haunt my dreams.

Sadaf Haider

 

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  1. Thanks so much for reading ! Actually some people got offended , saying this isn’t a true depiction of Pushtoon culture . It’s basically a perspective of certain sections of society and obviously a lot of stuff is concentrated to make it dramatic . I don’t think the Depiction of relationships in Sammi represents my Punjabi heritage but then again for some people it does . We don’t want to think about these difficult and distasteful parts of every culture and that is the job of Art .. to show us a mirror we cannot turn away from .

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  2. Dear Sadaf,
    Thanks for all your wonderful reviews! I have seen Bin Roye, the drama twice already (I am new to Pakistani dramas and I started only Jan of 2017!! And I am sooooo hooked on to them, my music riyaaz, even my talking to my ammi (btw, I am a South Indian living in the US, I thought a little background info about me is necessary so when I ask you questions regarding your culture, norms etc, you will know why my head thinks them like that Ans I call my Amma with love as ammi or Ammu)!! Has come to a minimum! I enjoyed your review of humsafar and I loved every bit of it!! Simply loved it! Everyone hashed and rehashed in the comment section that I am missing the comment section here!! Why are there no comments?? Or maybe I am unable to see them!! But, you keep up the great work, love love love your narrative, the way you see things, read between the lines/scenes!! I am googling yourselves about bin Roye and reading them! It’s 2 AM, gotto send the kids to school Tomm… Still not able to put it down!! Love it… What are you watching now?? Any good suggestions?? I am almost wrapping up Dil Banjaara, finished Nummmmm…hmmm…
    Anything else?? Started Sangemarmar, but thought it was a bit too strong for me. Just watched the first episode. Let me know… Love Mahira!! Wish she had more serials to her credit!! Sigh… Will wait to hear from you….

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    • I have also watched ShZ, neeyat, Sadqay, zgh, ashk, Behadd, bheegi PalKein (sob sob), and bits and pieces here and there!! By far Humsafar has been the very best (have to watch at least one episode before hitting that pillow), and bin Roye comes a close second😄. Let me know if you have anything else.

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        • Sadaf!!! You read all my coomrnts!! Yippee!!! To me you are a celebrity yourself! Hahaha!
          Thanks for the new collection… Will start with Sange mar mar… I simply did not like the guy in ShZ… But should give him a chance!!
          Because of all these serials, I have fallen in love with Urdu, Pakistan, the people and culture there! Looooved the Salam Dua tradition!! And remembering the almighty, albeit for the smallest thing in life!! For example: q: how are you?? A: doing good, Allah Ka Shukr Hai/ Se! Loved it! Are all people really that spiritual?? I hope Allah Taalaah removes all the turbulences also!
          Have the loveliest day…
          Anu 💕

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          • Thank you for reading and taking so much effort to understand keep in touch I have been on vacation but will be back soon reviewing Sammi and Yakeen ka Safar inshallah

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            • Sadaf you are soooooo right!! Sange Mar mar does grab you!! I am all into it now…have been binge watching it!! Interesting peek into Pashtun lifestyle etc! Do they all still live like that?? Not very different from feudal India in the villages!! Hope things change for the better! Is the mom figure Sanam Saeed?? The older wife of Fawad in Ashk?? Thanks for urging me to watch it… Will go and read your your reviews by ea b episode now …
              Love… Anu 💕💕

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    • Hello and welcome Annu ! Actually the comments are on another site where I used to write at . Thank you so much for the kind words ! Please do persevere with Sangemar it’s a slow start but will grab you . Have you seen AunZara ? Hum Safar ? Kuch pyaar ka pagalpan ? Durr e Shahwar ? Dillagi ? Dayar e Dil ?
      I am a big MK fan too watch Sadqay Tumharay and Sheher e Zaat

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  3. Mazaydar review Sadaf.
    Yes, some emotions seem missing/rushed but still better in flow than the movie. Us mein toh it was all crash, bang, dead, crash again!
    I like the Irtiza- Saman interaction…not so much Irtiza-Saba. Things border on icky there at times (hair combing scene…my girls were freaking out there). But yes, in Pakistan, it seems all good romances are revolving around cousins 😉

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    • I think teenage girls find everything generally icky .. Thing is Irtiza just isnt interested in Saba right now at least . Isnt that the whole point , which I think the is drowning in the script . Irtiza ses saba as a baby and Saman is attractive because she is the adult , he never met her before and they have things in common . Plus she is probably really attractive becuase of her phoren polish ?

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