Sange Mar Mar episode 14 review
If I have an addiction, it’s a craving for good writing. A good story is more intoxicating than any alcohol and writer Mustafa Afridi has me hooked .Sange Mar Mar was a slow start , with a deep many layered story that required the marshalling of a lot of plot lines and motivations , but here we are at episode 14 and everything is coming together like a feast for the senses . There is the sweetness of romance, a touch of tart humour, and the meat of the story all flavoured with the bitter spices of darkness in the characters hearts. Director Saif Hassan deserves a lot of credit for knitting all of these tracks and characters into such a coherent piece of work and maintaining a thread of tension that has us viewers watching every week.
We can count Bano and Tora as the bitters. They are probably the world’s most dysfunctional couple but worse than them is Kaif Ghazanavi’s character.. Bano is forced to marry a man she hates, Tora puts up with constant humiliation and contempt but Shireen’s Bhabi is just ill-natured. Good writing always holds up a mirror to society and the story of Sange Mar is nuanced enough to show that even in a supposedly male dominated , restrictive society like the one shown , women have the power to make things worse or better. In contrast to Bano and Saif Ur Rehman’s wife, despite being “rivals” Gulalay and Shireen don’t compete. Just as Gulalay tried to protect Shireen from Bano, Shireen refuses to betray Gulalay when Bano accuses her brother’s first wife.
So Safiullah isn’t quite the alpha male his father would like to see him as, but he is a very good man. He loves his wife and wants to stay faithful to her. Najib Faiz as Gulalay and Omair Rana as Safiullah have also done more than justice to their roles and provide a strong contrast to the usual Dusri bivi story line offered in more urban based story lines. Safiullah actually wants Aurang to take Shireen and leave … wow, my head is spinning … I thought there had to be a paratha / chai competition first, then Safiullah would slowly melt, and then Gulalay would poison Shireen or some other such demeaning nonsense.
Ok so as a late addition , some readers are saying Safiullah may have been asking Aurang to take Gulalay to the city for medical treatment . However the conversation was so ambiguous its anyone’s guess . Lets see what happens
Gulistan Khan may be a hard man but he knows how to head of trouble, instead of shaking and reading the Quran like his wife he meets his daughter’s accusations head on. The most surprising part is for a hard man he is quite gentle with his daughter in laws so long as they fulfill their duties as he sees them. I still don’t see any redemption for him, but his character is layered enough for the audience to understand how his thought processes work. It goes without saying that this is another powerful performance by Nauman Ejaz and Sania Saeed, two actors that rarely disappoint.
Beychara Aurang, every time he gets cozy with Palwasha someone forces Shireen into his line of vision. It’s quite obvious he isn’t interested in Shireen but the ease with which he eventually agrees to take her away (?),says a lot for the depth of his interest in Palwasha too. Aurang always wants to do right, and understands the difficulty of Shireen’s situation but if he likes Palwasha he wont really be doing anyone any favours by marrying someone else. I try really hard to get annoyed with Aurang for being such a pushover but the people at HUM TV are clever, they have me figured out… “Let’s Put Mikaal Zulfikaar in a white salwar kameez and see how long anyone can stay angry ….” is their plan and it is working. On a more serious note, this role just fits Mikaal Zulfikaar like a glove and he and Kubra Khan look really good together. I hope we get to see them in other serials too. Kubra Khan has been the biggest surprise of this serial proving she can act and is not just a pretty face.
Meanwhile Saif Ur Rehman has worked out daal main kuch kala hai and has captured Bulbul for interrogation. Bulbul is such a shaitan, I wonder if Saif Ur Rehman can actually break him? There are good performances from the entire cast as usual from Hassan Noman , Tipu Sharif, Uzma Hassan ,Sara Ali and last but not least Paras Masroor; who continues to be a study in excellence. For some reason Gulistan’s entire family feels Tora Khan is somehow not worthy of the most basic respect, even Aurang and his mother treat him as less worthy. Their casual racism, the undisguised putdowns and let downs make me want to side with Tora. Not every Patan is fair skinned so this isn’t that representative or at least I hope it’s not. This arrogance in the Gulistan clan is like all sins, it will lead to their downfall.
Thanks to team Sange Mar Mar for yet another fantastic episode! Next week it looks as if Shireen zid main puts another spanner in the works of her non relationship with Aurang and gets a beating for her trouble .