Aakhir Kab Tak Episode 17 Story Review – Impressive

This was another wholesome and engaging episode of Aakhir Kab Tak. This drama has successfully managed to highlight relevant social issues without getting too serious. Even though tonight’s episode had so many scenes that were emotionally charged and meaningful, there were also those scenes that made me laugh! Even some of the serious scenes were amusing given the circumstances but the message they attempted to covey was not lost. One of the best aspects of this drama is its pace; it has not dragged at all and every episode has tangible developments to its credit. Like any other well-put-together drama, Aakhir Kab Tak’s success is also the result of excellent teamwork. Many well-written dramas lose their impact and significance because the producers get greedy or the directors do not give them the right treatment. Safia’s outburst was definitely the highlight of this episode. Nilofer continues to be a complete disappointment!

Saim, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air! Unlike many other writers that bank on men who are incapable of thinking on their own, Radain Shah has given us a leading man who does not only have a big heart but is also intelligent enough to make his own decisions! Aakhir Kab Tak continues to break stereotypes and always has a pleasant surprise in store

Big Step Forward

Watching Safia take a stand for herself and her daughter in front of the entire family was definitely a first! Her character development has been gradual which is why this newfound confidence is easy to relate to. I am sure I am not the only one who was rooting for Safia when she decided to speak for herself in the loudest way possible. She was unapologetic and sure about her stance which made this scene an absolute treat to watch. The fact that she experienced Bassam’s actions first-hand, there was no doubt left in her mind and that was also the reason why she did not hold back. She was enraged and also felt guilty for not believing her daughter. This was such a good way of showing this development as opposed to showing her witnessing Bassam harass Fajar. Through this track, the writer has shown that girls are not even safe in their own homes. While parents are busy protecting their daughters from the outside world by not letting them go out, such predators are right there in the house and no one believes the girls when they come out with the truth.

Later on, Safia was also scared of the consequences which made this entire development even more realistic. Had she not shared her concerns and fears with Noor, she wouldn’t have asked Nasir for help. Nasir is also helping her otherwise because it seemed as if that deal was done at a higher rate due to his pressure. Nasir’s character keeps you guessing but overall I am enjoying watching this slightly twisted but extremely amusing character on screen. Adeel Hussein clearly enjoyed playing this character because he looks so comfortable playing the role.

Noor’s conversation with her father was another big step forward since she never tried to communicate with her father, the way she did today. For the first time, she wanted his blessings and was sure that she actually could look out for her family. Even though her tone and overall approach were the same as before but there was more warmth in her behavior than before. Ehtesham is watching everything that is going on and it remains to be seen what he deducts from it in the end. He can already see that Noor has done a great deal single-handedly and watching his brother’s behavior will give him reasons to re-evaluate his expectations from him.

Meaningful Conversations

The opening conversation between Fajar and her mother was definitely one we have all been waiting for. Safia was finally willing to listen to her daughter and Fajar had the courage to speak her mind.  Even though Fajar has always been timid but she has also been shown as an intelligent girl who understands her situation and the lack of support. Everything that she said to her mother tonight showed how sensitive and receptive she was all these years but no one wanted to listen to what she had to say. This time around too Noor was the one who convinced Safia to listen to her, for a change instead of telling her off! The writer highlighted the importance of the role of a mother and how she can turn things around for her children.

Saim’s conversation with his mother was one of the best in this episode. It is refreshing watching a male character that does not let the women in his life dictate to him. Even though Saim is a loving and sensitive man, he will never allow anyone to manipulate him. It is good to see a leading man who is loving and intelligent at the same time! He does not give in to the pressure at all; he could have lied to his mother tonight but he was honest about who he was with because he does not feel that he is doing anything wrong. The conversation that he had with his mother highlighted the double standards that exist in our society and most importantly the significance of consent in marriage. These dialogues which repeatedly assert the fact that women don’t lose their individuality or the right to choose after marriage, win me over every single time. Kudos to the writer and the producer for breaking free from regressive themes and introducing something which is the need of the hour.

Another conversation that was gelled in so well in this episode was the one between Fajar and Noor. These girls never got the kind of support that they needed from their parents. Fajar longs to be accepted and protected even now. Most kids take this protection for granted but quite often girls, in particular, do not get the kind of love and acceptance that is their birthright, from their parents. Noor and Fajar are such a good representation of all such girls out there who never get something as basic as their parents’ love. This conversation was also meaningful but not too serious which made it even more engaging, overall.

Final Remarks

Aakhir Kab Tak is a must-watch for all those viewers who are tired of watching the same old stories! If you want to watch something other than a ghissa pitta love triangle, tune into this drama and you will not be disappointed. Apart from the confusing day and night scenes, the treatment given to this episode was perfect. The performances, yet again, were on point throughout. I am eagerly looking forward to Noor and Nasir’s track in particular because the preview of the next episode suggested that Noor will find out a few things which Nasir perhaps did not want her to find out. I am also hoping that Saim stays the same and this track does not take a typical turn. So far, Aakhir Kab Tak has not disappointed and every week we get to watch something that is truly refreshing.

Did you watch tonight’s episode of Aakhir Kab Tak? Do share your thoughts about it.

Fatima Awan

Fatima Awan has been a part of reviewit right from its inception. She feels very passionately about Pakistani dramas and loves discussing them in detail. An enthusiastic writer, thinker, and political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full-time mom.

  • Hi Fatima, how are you? I am commenting after a long time. I was busy shifting houses, we are finally settled now so I decided to pay reviewit a visit. I am delighted to see it still as alive today as it was back then. Keep up the great work you guys are doing. I haven’t watched Pakistani dramas for a while. Came here for recommendations and read your reviews. Started watching Parizaad and AKT after reading your reviews. Once again I was impressed by your choice and your praise for the dramas is well deserved. Parizaad is thankfully getting the kind of attention it deserves but IMO Aakhir Kab Tak is an under appreciated gem. It is a drama as good as Dar Si Jati Hei Sila but because it does not have enough star power people are not watching it. It is ironic that we criticize Pakistani dramas for their rotten content but when something as nice as this come along with no Mahira or Saba in it we don’t even watch it! Add the big stars to rotten dramas and they will bring the trps! People also watch dramas with bigger well known writers and don’t give upcoming writers a chance. You always review quality content irrespective of its popularity so lots of respect and regard for your choices. Your review and observations always serve as the third eye for the reader. Thank you.

  • Thank you for your review Fatima. Aakhir Kab Tak is such a breath of fresh air which is interesting considering the very serious topics it has taken head on. Just goes to show (hopefully to the producers) that you don’t need endless scheming and crying to make a drama worthy of a watch. I for one am struggling to decide which one of the male leads I like better. Saim, with his honesty and wall like support for his wife or Nasir with his rather twisted but extremely entertaining version of justice. Absolutely loving Adeel Hussain’s portrayal. That scene when he arrests the father, son duo had me in splits! The scene stealer for me tonight was undoubtedly Javeria Abbasi. Her outburst was worthy of whistles and claps had this been a big screen venture. Looking forward to further progress of the story and really really hoping that the writer/ director don’t succumb to the usual bechari larki/ shakki shohar trope! Have a lovely week ahead.

  • Impressive indeed! I laughed through so many scenes. Watching chacha being dragged was absolute delight haha!! Loving this drama. I would have missed out had it not been for your reviews therefore a big thanks to you. Saim is the kind of man we should be shown more of In Pakistani dramas sick of toxic love stories glorifying men who put women through hell by judging them, case in point hum kahan ke which is a regressive script with a nice packaging. Our writers should glorifying toxicity through such dramas. Akhir Kab Tak is setting good examples, as you mentioned is not regressive. Sisters who bond, men who have brains, more of this and less of girls fighting over useless men. Thank you for choosing it and doing justice to it.

  • Excellent drama from all aspects, the story, direction and performance, up till now there-is no loophole, I hope it will keep the viewers in tact.

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