THE WEEK THAT WAS
Prem Gali | ARY, Mondays 8.00pm
Realistic situations are spun on a lighter note here. So when Haseena’s (Farah Shah) daughter Farri’s (Anoushay Abbasi) jahez [dowry] gets destroyed in a fire on her mehndi night, all the residents of Prem Gali turn up with gifts in cash and kind to save Haseena from embarrassment in front of the groom’s family. But the outspoken Farri, backed by the charming new neighbour Hamza (Farhan Saeed), convince them that if Farri’s in-laws are only interested in material goods, there can’t be a better opportunity to get rid of them. Fortunately, the groom’s family are not greedy and understand the situation. Since Hamza had found these kindred souls for Farri’s proposal, his heartthrob Joya’s (Sohai Ali Abro) mother Shireen (Saba Parvaiz) is much impressed, and calls him over to talk. Hamza arrives falling over his feet in excitement, anticipating Shireen to talk to him about marrying Joya. Little does he know that Shireen would only ask him to find some nice rishta for Joya. Shireen, meanwhile, does not anticipate such a vehement reaction from Hamza. Faiza Iftikhar’s punchy script and Qasim Ali Mureed’s direction make this light rom-com the perfect way out of the Monday blues.
Ghissi Piti Mohabbat | ARY, Thursdays 8.00pm
Samia (Ramsha Khan) talks her errant husband Riz (Wahaj Ali) into hypnotising him, and discovers that he has stolen her wedding jewellery for another woman. When Samia protests, Riz insists that Samia is making a mountain out of a molehill, but Samia resolves to leave him. When she calls to tell him her decision, he becomes angry, divorces her and the very next moment he spots Noor (Arjumand Rahim), the femme fatale and the reason behind the divorce, enjoying an evening out with some people. Director Ali Bhatti is consistently dishing out one entertaining episode after another. Kudos to Faseeh Bari for penning the character of Samia, a refreshing depiction of a young, independent and empowered woman who intelligently tackles verbal or physical abuse from her in-laws, earns her own living and doesn’t give two hoots about loag kya kahenge [what will people say].
What To Watch Out For (Or Not)
Bandhay Ek Dor Se | Geo TV, Wed-Thurs 8.00pm
Roshni’s (Hina Altaf) devious plans to break up her best friend Maheen’s (Ushna Shah) marriage are working for sure. While Maheen’s husband Umar (Ahsan Khan), like a complete idiot, fails to see through Roshni, who pulls the strings and Umar performs, Maheen watches the whole performance and decides to walk out of a relationship that means nothing to her. Umar, instead of understanding the situation, blames Maheen for being selfish. The family is shocked and there is a furore. While Umar is all set to play the victim whose wife left him, oshni is not quite prepared to marry a divorced Umar, for he isn’t rich enough and it was all just a game for her. The bottom line of this serial has to be how gullible some men can be!
Published in Dawn, ICON, October 18th, 2020