Woh Episode 1 – A Promising Start

Woh is the first drama serial of its kind, which means that it will set the precedent for any upcoming horror dramas in the future. I am a big fan of horror shows but usually make belief scary creatures never scare me in the true sense of the word. I find plots revolving around demons, ghosts or black magic more chilling because such stories seem more believable. Honestly speaking, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a horror drama but the names attached to the show seemed very promising which made me give it a go. Angeline Malik has directed the show, it has been written by Syed Atif Ali and it has been produced by Angelic Films. I must appreciate Angeline Malik for coming up with innovative ideas; The Kitni Girhein Baaki Hei series was the first series of its kind too. Apart from that Shamoon Abbasi is the director of photography and he seemed quite happy with the work that the team had done. This first installment was perfect in every way; the horror factor was definitely there, the story sounded very realistic, the introduction to the characters was done very well, the scenes were short and to the point and by the end of the episode I felt like there was more to the story.

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The first episode opened with a very well put together horror scene in which Mehr the main protagonist is woken up by a nightmare; a dead woman in a grave asks her to rescue her, the woman perhaps is the one who has possessed her. Every time Mehr is about to get married the evil spirit that has possessed her retaliates and for some reason or the other the marriage is called off. The turn of events is not different this time around too; very soon the marriage is called off. Everything about the first scene was perfect except that when Mehr’s mother was thinking about what will happen next, it did not sound like Rubina Ashraf at all but it sounded like Angeline Malik.

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Arij Fatima surprised me with her acting in this episode; she most certainly outdid herself while playing a very difficult character. Her body language of a dead person walking when she is Mehr and not the possessed being was perfect. Her eyes were expressionless and her body was stiff like she wasn’t a real person. Mehr’s sister in law does not believe in supernatural beings, she thinks that Mehr should be taken to a psychiatrist. Despite of direct evidence of the presence of a supernatural being in the house, she is not convinced. I really liked her character because there are many people who think the way she does so that makes the story more relatable.

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Mehr’s mother decides that from now on she will inform people about Mehr’s condition before going ahead with the proposals. Things finally fall into place and Mehr gets engaged to Faisal (Shamoon Abbasi) who has a little girl. Saba, the little girl is very spoiled but this side of her character could have been shown in a better way.

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The scene at the mazar where Mehr’s brother meets the mystery man and the one afterwards in which he is on the roof when he is trying to find out more about Mehr’s condition was very well done.

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Woh appears to have a lot of potential, the direction, camerawork, background score, acting and the plot seems perfect for a horror drama. If you are tired of watching dramas based on the same themes; shadi shuda zindagi being our writer’s favorite, then this is a must watch for you. And even if you like the saas bahu jhagra stories, this one will definitely leave a good taste in your mouth. But if horror themes are not your cup of tea then you should most certainly give it a pass because it definitely is scary. It is one of those dramas that make you want to pen down your thoughts.

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Did you watch the first episode? please share your views about it.

 

Fatima Awan

 

 

 

  • fahad

    good review.yes i watched its first episode and i just want to say one thing superb.arij did an outstanding job and when she was a possessed girl tab arij ki to aankhein dekhne wali thi.and i am so much happy ke pakistan mein koi horror drama to bana waise mein ne yeh bhi suna hai ke is se pehle aik aur horror drama tha haqeeqat woh kaisa tha aur us ki story kya thi.

    • zam zam

      yeah i have also heard about haqeeqat drama a lottt. my elder cousins and auntie told me about that drama . and there was some girl muqaddas in it . in my neighbourhood(village) those days a girl born and her parents named her muqaddas . now she is grown up girl dont know she is possessed or she has some sort of psychiatric problem but she definitely have episodes of seizures and odd behaviour they call it some sort of “dora” (i my self seen those once). some people (villager women ) relate that wid drama …
      they stated that was a nice horror drama.

      • FatimaAwan

        Hi Zam zam it is always great to hear from you. Did you watch the first episode of Woh? Please share your thoughts about it here.

        • zam zam

          havent seen it yet .but looking forward to it. thats why grabbed a view of review and now i am more eager to watch it… 🙂 Actually waiting for my sis to come home from hostel so that we can sit and watch it together. really a big fan of horrors but cant handle these alone….lolzz .
          after having a glimpse of these pics i would love to watch making of this show…it would b really difficult to shoot such scenes . (talking about qabar scenes) or may b they used camera tactics …..seems good work though . exited to watch just want a drama buddy ..hahaha

          • FatimaAwan

            That is sweet. I haven’t watched a play with one of my sisters for ages! Do give us your feedback whenever you watch it:)

      • Rashid Nazir Ali

        zam zam, u r rite, haqeeqat was named as a horror drama perhaps the first one of our country, it was written, produced and directed by Zulqarnain Haider who is also a famous actor. It was telecasted on NTM in late 90’s and then re-telecasted on PTV World (PTV2) after NTM was shutdown.

        It was story of a little girl named muqqadas, who was adopted daughter of a couple living in hills. Muqaddas was not a human she was daughter of some super natural creature like Jin, so evil forces keep on following her. Though the idea was good, it was executed very badly in a childish manner, it was a substandard production and the drama was mostly liked by children instead of grownups. if you see this drama now, you will find many flaws. But the drama was popular at that time and due to its popularity its episodes were increased. I think it has around 30 episodes in total.

        The main character muqqadis was played by daughter of filmstar Humayun Qureshi’s daughter and her real name is also muqaddas.

        • zam zam

          thanks for info. i ll try to watch few episodes of it….just heard a lott about it

    • FatimaAwan

      Yes, it really is something to be proud of because we really needed to explore more genres, so this would be a step in the right direction. Never heard of the play you mentioned Fahad but as Zam Zam mentioned it was a good drama. I am so excited about this show and yes definitely a proud moment for our drama industry. Thank you for following the reviews so regularly and sparing time to share your thoughts.

  • Aqeel Ahmed

    good…. i watched the whole episode and wasn’t scared until the scene in the Kitchen where cupboards open by themselves and (possessed) Mehr appears out of nowhere when mehr’s sister in law faces the other way.

    • FatimaAwan

      There weren’t too many scary scenes but those that were meant to be so were good, lets hope the next episode s just as good.

  • Aiman

    Excellent review…bilkul mere khayalat ko alfaz ki shakal dedi aapne…I wz nt sure k yeh drama acha hoga ya experiment fail ho jai ga..but wz pleasently surprised…and would give credit to Angeline…sirf inke name ki wajah se mjhe thori achi umeed thi..bcz m big fan of her cuz of ‘kitne girhain’…& as u said it she always comes with innovative ideas…
    1st epi wz amazing…sub se achi baat yeh lagi k kuch ‘story’ hai..aap usse connect kar skte ho..stupid creatures ko dikha kar nai dara rai….ek reality touch hai drama main…i hope keh k agli epis aur bhi achi hoon…and ya agree with u totally abt Arij’s acting…she wz jst a pretty face in Marjain Bhi To Kia but ab to boss CHAH GAI YEH LARKI…esp jab woh apni bari bari aankhen ghomati hai…wah wah..maza aajata hai….
    And lastly would thank Hum Tv and Angeline…kisi ne to regular saas-bahu drama se bahir nikala humko…

    • FatimaAwan

      Thank you Aiman, shukar hai aap ne comment tu krna shru kiya;) Don’t disappear now. Lol true that Arij Fatima was superb. Yes, a big thank you to the entire team. I didn’t plan to review this play but when I watched the first episode, I wanted to share how i felt about it with all of you. It is always great to have a discussion here, the drama watching experience isn’t the same without the discussions:)

  • Guest

    Excellent review…bilkul mere khayalat ko alfaz ki shakal dedi aapne…I wz nt sure k yeh drama acha hoga ya experiment fail ho jai ga..but wz pleasently surprised…and would give credit to Angeline…sirf inke name ki wajah se mjhe thori achi umeed thi..bcz m big fan of her cuz of ‘kitne girhain’…& as u said it she always comes with innovative ideas…
    1st epi wz amazing…sub se achi baat yeh lagi k kuch ‘story’ hai..aap usse connect kar skte ho..stupid creatures ko dikha kar nai dara rai….ek reality touch hai drama main…i hope keh k agli epis aur bhi achi hoon…and ya agree with u totally abt Arij’s acting…she wz jst a pretty face in Marjain Bhi To Kia but ab to boss CHAH GAI YEH LARKI…esp jab woh apni bari bari aankhen ghomati hai…wah wah..maza aajata hai….
    And lastly would thank Hum Tv and Angeline…kisi ne to regular saas-bahu drama se bahir nikala humko…

    • Arij fatima

      Hahahah! i loved reading this comment specially.

      Thank you everyone.

      -Arij

      • FatimaAwan

        Hello Arij Fatima, great to see you here. You did very well in this first episode. Our expectations are very high now:)

      • Syed Atif Ali

        Me too 🙂

  • azka

    greaattt
    but
    scarry
    🙁

  • Silver Eyes

    I luv horror movies and dramas 😀 this is definitely my type … !! A good start… High hopes… !! The horror is definitely not going to be like Hollywood movies but still it sounds great to have a horror drama on our favourite channel 😀 I was not scared in the first episode at all.. lets see what comes in future to make me feel scared :p Review was as usual great Fatima… u had covered every important detail… Ur reviews are always so detailed that i luv reading them… 🙂

    • FatimaAwan

      I love horror shows and movies too. Have you watched the movie insidious? If you haven’t you must watch it. Everyone who likes horror movies must give it a go. I could feel the dark nature of the demon that had possessed Mehr and I thought the cupboard scene was scary – not the sort of scary that keeps you up at night but it was convincing enough. Thanks a ton for liking the reviews. I look forward to your feedback now, don’t be a stranger:)

      • Silver Eyes

        no, i wont b… but tests ahead so might get busy for some time… but watching dramas n reading reviews is like an addiction so dont worry.. 😉 yeah i watched insidious… it was a great movie… recently the same director made another movie “the conjuring” … ppl said that its best ever scary movie….. but it was not that scary that much trust me 😀 …. watch it.. highly recommended… u will luv it !!

        • FatimaAwan

          i will make sure I watch it. Did you watch Jeepers creepers? It was very very entertaining but it didn’t scare me the way insidious did. Good Luck with your exams, I am sure you will do great:)

          • Silver Eyes

            Thank u :)…. yup i watched jeepers creepers ,…. waqai it was not scary…

  • Rashid Nazir Ali

    A comprehensive and indepth review, I would say its an experimental effort by HUM TV. horror, thriller, suspense drama series are quite popular genre on English channels, but such dramas have not got much success in our local environment, Such dramas require great expertise in fiction writing, camera work and script writing of such serials is totally different from our normally social issues based dramas.
    In past there was a drama haqeeqat produced by Zulqarnain Haider, which was perhaps one of the sub standard execution of term horror drama. Idont remember any other one, perhaps Ainak wala jin falls in horror category:-)

    • FatimaAwan

      Thank you Rashid Nazir Ali. If this play is a success, I am sure that many will follow. Like after Kitni Girhein Baaki Hein many such series started on other channels too. It is definitely a step towards the right direction.

      • Syed Atif Ali

        Thank you.

        • FatimaAwan

          Hello Syed Atif Ali, welcome to reviewit. We are all hoping that your script will prove to be very entertaining. After watching the first episode a viewer can safely conclude that Woh appears to be a remarkable team effort, I hope it continues to be so. Can you please tell us that how many episodes will there be in total? Thanks.

          • Syed Atif Ali

            Thank you Fatima, yeh aik tajerbati mini serial hai , rating ki iss dorr mai yeh dekha jarha hai k kia pakistani tv industries mia Horror serials ki gunjaish hai ya nahee, yeh sawal app apny dosston sy bhee poch sakti hain.
            mini serial six or seven episodes pr mushtamil hoti hai.

            mujhy buhat khushi hoo rhee hai apki mehfil mai aakr , buhat husla mil rha hai sab logoon ki raaye jan kr .

            Buhat shukar guzar hun .
            Syed Atif Ali.

          • FatimaAwan

            Thank you so much for your reply. We really hope that people watch this show, so that we can pave way for other serials of this kind. It is an honor to have you here.

          • Syed Atif Ali

            My pleasure 🙂

  • Mrs Adnan

    Very nice idea and captured with lots of creativity. Good job by HUM TV and Angeline. A different kind of thing for entertainment especially after having so many love triangle soaps !

    • FatimaAwan

      Totally agree with you Mrs. Adnan. We have so much talent in our industry but I think people are afraid of experimenting with new ideas.

  • Asma Ali

    i am very happy for this effort from HUM tv because i love to watch horror movies and drama but in Pakistani TV didn’t provide me the chance to scare me ,i am happy now i don’t want to go for horror drama in Indian channel..THANKS HUM TV

  • Mehak

    the first Pakistani horror drama i saw ‘Haqeeqat’ left a lasting impression on me even though i would watch it from under my bed covers…. Since then all i have wanted is another series with real horror and now the promo and first episode of “woh” seemed really promising… I do hope that this turns out to be the foundation for more horror dramas in our drama industry

  • kashaf anu

    I realy realy like & found or horror films,dramas & paramormal Activity realty show i saw 1st episode of this drama (Y) realy a good work you done agar achy horror dramas banay jany to public zaroor dykhy ge PAKISTAN me bohat telented writers & dirctrs han or achi cast bhi mil sakti ha bus achi story line honi chy realty ha ye bhi humary mashry ki even jinat or in tamam batuo ka taluq humary deen e islam me bhi milta ha so well done good luck ..

  • Sadaf Haider

    i am surprised that I really like it .From the promos I had a good laugh but your recommendation made me think of watching it . well I am glad I did …I love Mysteries and horror movies and this was definitely above par. There were a few weak points in the story line but that is typical for this genre. I love Arij fatima , I always thought she was pretty but could not act , however she proved me wrong in this drama . so far so good .I am big fan of Shamoon as well so this is a must watch

    • FatimaAwan

      I was surprised too Sadaf, I wasn’t planning to watch it but just decided to take a look out of curiosity and ended up watching the entire episode. So agree with you, I have always thought that Arij wasn’t a very convincing actress but she was superb in this first episode. Shamoon Abbasi was one of the main reasons for giving it a shot, he is a good actor and he chooses the projects he works in wisely. the fact that he is also the DOP also gave me the feeling that it will be something different. Thanks a lot for reading the review and for commenting:)

      • Sadaf Haider

        Fatima , your reccomendations are always good ..I end up watching so much stuff you reccomend 🙂

  • Sbz

    kindly correct the cast list nirwaan, khalid ahmed and irsa ghazal are not in it

    please check the page and correct the rest of the details

    project DOP SBZ

  • Silver Eyes

    Fatimaaaaaaa !! i read the recent reviews but can’t comment… even the comments by others are not visible to me…. can’t login with the disqus account… help me !! :/ i think the site has major changes… i visited today 🙁