Shadi Mubarak Ho Episode 1 Review – Decent Beginning

Writer: Yasir Hussain
Director: Wajahat Rauf
Producer: Wajahat Rauf & Shazia Wajahat
Channel & Schedule: ARY Digital – Every Thursday at 8pm

Shadi Mubarak Ho’s double launch episode gave it a decent start by giving the viewers a basic insight into all the characters, some of which were rather typical but there were others which are going to be the reason why most viewers will tune into it this drama in the future. I have to say that I was expecting the drama and the characters to be slightly more comical but it seems like it is going to be a light comedy which will focus more on emotions and relationships. Bushra Ansari’s potential however has not been exploited to the maximum and the main focus was on Nyle’s (Yasir Hussain) character. This is the first time I watched Yasir Hussain perform and while he nailed the comic scenes especially the Pathan act, he did not fit into his role as the “boy” who did not have a lot of say in his house and was pushed around by his mother. Overall however Nyle’s character is interesting as long as it does not get too serious.

Shadi Mubarak is the story of Nyle whose mother (Bushra Ansari) is looking for the “perfect” girl she can get her son married to. No one has been able to meet her impossible standards even though her son is sick and tired of visiting people for the said purpose. The helper Ikhtiyar (Asad Siddiqui) also plays a major role in the household by concentrating more on keeping himself well-informed than his job! Nyle’s phupo (Gull-e-Rana) also lives with them and is usually the one supervising the house while the mom is busy looking for a rishta. Nyle’s friend Ahsan (Abdullah Farhat Ullah) is very close to him and in this episode he constantly showed his discontent with his married life, which was way too typical and these conversations weren’t exactly the best part of this episode. Ahsan’s wife Nimrah’s cousin Zoya meets Nyle when he comes to pick her from the airport and from there on Nyle decides to fool her. I have to say that Zoya and Nyle’s interactions were the best part of this episode, they were funny and entertaining. I was hoping that Kubra Khan will be playing a different role this time around since this was after all a comic serial but Kubra Khan’s character is a serious one and isn’t very different from many other roles she has played in the recent past. Yasir Hussain and Kubra Khan’s chemistry on the other hand makes this track one I would be looking forward to the most in the upcoming episodes. The actress playing Nimrah’s role is a fine addition to the industry, she is pleasant looking and she is a good actress too but her role so far is too plain.

This episode was directed really well and the production values were superb too, the script as a whole however is more fun than comical. The drama as a whole will provide lighthearted entertainment and most of the viewers will find themselves more involved in the track which covers the leads more than anything else. Some of the jokes which involved various illnesses were in bad taste and I feel that the jokes about shadi shuda zindagi have been done-to-death other than that the script as a whole seems decent enough. This drama could prove to be a light entertainment for the whole family but it could have been so much more entertaining if Bushra Ansari’s character was more humorous. Yasir Hussain’s Pathan act was the highlight of this episode. It was well written and nicely executed. This first episode was fast paced and if the drama maintains the same pace then it will be interesting to watch. In Nyle’s house however, there was more focus on Ikhtiyar’s relationship with everyone in the house instead of showing in detail how the family spent Eid together.

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