Sange Mar Mar episode 26 Review
Am I the only one who was expecting something better from Shireen than the whiney collapse into self-pity we witnessed this episode? Perhaps I have been so spoiled by Khirad, Kashaf, and after Anmol it’s almost unbearable to see such a strong character laid low. Strength comes in many forms; it’s not always about shouting or demanding. There is great power in the quiet courage of forbearance and sabr that Shireen had shown till now.
Shireen’s desperation and misplaced anger came as a shock. What happened to the sensible woman who accepted that Aurang preferred Palwasha, and very gracefully moved on? It’s easy to understand the temptation to give in to the “bachpan ki mohabbat” fantasy she has been nurturing all her life but seeing Shireen lose all semblance of self-respect and screaming bad duas at Aurang, gave me a chilling sense of déjà vu ? Has Mustafa Afridi, the otherwise genius writer of this otherwise brilliant drama been watching MannMayal or Sanam? My whole being shudders at the thought of this wonderful serial being ruined in the quest for TRP’s but this kind of reaction from one of the leads maybe the canary in the coal mine . Female characters with zero self respect and demanding illogical retribution are easy TRP bait .. All I can say is please let me be wrong .
Meanwhile Aurang and his scarf have been stalking in and out of the Gulistan household every five or ten minutes and I wonder what course he is doing in Peshawar that allows him this kind of flexibility? There is something a little choppy about all these confrontations in the last two episodes, which is not in line with the original content rich, well plotted serial I had become a fan of. Even Gulistan Khan’s character seems a little shaky. Whereas , the last few episodes showed a sea change in him , this week he was to be back to his old dictatorial ways , demanding Aurang marry Shireen immediately.
The best part of the episode this week was Pari bhabi getting her well-deserved comeuppance. The woman was so sure of herself and so full of spite that she thought she was invincible. Kaif Ghazanavi is a wonderful, versatile actress who gave a great performance as this small minded, vindictive woman. The best thing about Afridi’s writing is the beautifully subtle way each protagonist chooses their own punishment. From next week’s promo it looks like it will be game over for Bano too, as Shireen gives her a taste of her own medicine. I used to feel sorry for Bano but her character has nothing to do with Tora or her situation, she is just a nasty bully who revels in making people miserable. Let’s see what karma has in store for the richly deserving Bano played by another fabulous actress, Uzma Hassan.
So this week the backbone of this story, Tora Khan was back, subdued and silently fermenting more revenge. I love watching Tora, Paras Masroor is such a great actor he makes every twist in this character so believable. What helps is that Afridi has not written him as some strange invincible tactician , rather luck and the other character’s own prejudices and flaws help him succeed. Tora was hoping BulBul would help him spread the rumors about Shireen but instead ends up using his own sister. Just like Shireen, Palwasha stands at a fork in the road. Normally Palwasha doesn’t seem the sort to spread such innuendo about another woman’s reputation but her love for Aurang is her undoing. So let’s see if Palwasha succumbs to her basest instincts next week.
The last two episodes of Sange Mar mar had been a bit of a wash, almost fillers but this week had a lot more going on and was a lot more interesting. I am just worried that this great serial isn’t ruined by stretching and ridiculous ad hoc twists. This has happened to another serial I am watching called Pinjara where a serious drama about a similar Vanni situation has taken a silly turn with the entry of the “hero”. If we include Sammi, it is literally raining Vannis in Tv land ; but the desperation to write in love triangles etc is undermining the authenticity and grave nature of this practice.