So, there it was. Another complete package from Aunn Zara’s team. But this time I must say it was good to see the focus shift to the seriousness of their relation & expectations the two have from one & other. It dealt with the issues Zara is facing because of Aunn’s ego. I; like always, enjoyed the whole episode but did find a few things over the top. Plus I feel the comic touch has subsided tinsyyyy bit but I am hoping we get to share more laughs ahead & for that I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Finally Manzar & Shella have begun their mission to help their two friends in distress, however, Shella has no idea where Manzar’s intentions are progressing. Shella may seem to ignore a lot of his gibberish but will eventually understand his hits on her. I like how they both are trying to eradicate the problems of their friends & want to fill in the gaps they think Aunn Zara have in terms of communication. At times, I find Manzar’s flirt a lot more cheeky but always love Shella’s ‘not-bothered’ attitude towards him.
At this moment, Zara’s father is just not getting the point that Zara loves the new turn in her life & she is completely happy with everything she is experiencing, I feel it is his upbringing which has made her so stern in what she wants, which for sure is a good thing. Jamshed being the ‘Army wala’ always wanted his daughter to be focused, disciplined & someone who can make the right decisions & stick to them. Well, there he has it. All his values paid off & he has done his job perfectly as a father because Zara has taken everything good from her only parent. At this point, where Jamshed still feels Zara is a young little girl who can’t handle the Zoo-like in-laws, he is mistaking her endurance & the capability to extend & grab the love she had, all her life, longed for. I admired how Zara clearly reminded Jamshed of what she always wanted & how content she it. Even though, Jamshed had his own idea planned for Zara’s life & is kind of taken aback by what Zara has to go through but eventually he will get hold of the reality.
It was interesting how the scenario of an accident was unfolded just in order to make them draw more closer to each other. Aunn’s lifelong supervision by the women has made him incapable of understanding the needs & wants of every lady related to him. To Aunn, every woman of his family is either there to boss him over, is there to be ignored by him or is there to be in a competition with. In Zara’s case, unwillingly he formed some prejudices too. He is seen competing with Zara or always was on his own trip where he wanted to get rid of all the attention & used Zara as a shield to hide behind. He never really took her seriously (vice versa) & never really understood her position.
What made the situation more tangled was when he just tried to prove a point to Zara, which was unnecessary on his part, leading to the accident just because he couldn’t take how Husna trusted Zara more than him with her car. At first, he wanted Zara to take all the attention but now when she is happily doing that he has started to have certain issues. Zara’s cover up for him once again did make a few things clear to him & he was seen sympathizing with her & restless because he then understood what actually he did. I liked that he understood the whole situation & was willing to fix it with an apology.
The whole ‘naraz’ case was a treat & each & everyone’s idea of ‘narazgi’ & ‘manana’ was worth a laugh. Nighat, being too thick headed couldn’t really help him. Chacha tried to show how hard it was but he had his own ideas because you just can’t get away without apologizing & then Parveen Bano pe to narazgi hi khatam thi. Aunn’s response ‘kahin appko Dada manatay manatay hi to nahi khatam ho gaye’ was such a thigh-slapper. I think it has to be my favorite conversation rather the whole ‘kisi ko manatay kaisay hain’? issue was funny. I feel that the utmost attention & limitations of Aunn has made him a bit more sensitive then he would’ve been & for that reason he was being so considerate towards Zara, which I totally enjoyed. The flower gesture was way too cute & was probably the best way to prove a point of apology but alas! Zara’s allergy, her not being able to get the right picture & her misapprehension took it a whole new level of misery for them both. :)
I like the pace of the drama for sure & how they are making the characters grow each & every time. I feel it’s a high time that we get to see more of Husna as well because she has gone in the background & needs to be brought forth a little bit. I really want to see what hardships she had to go through after Aunn’s father left & what ‘bharam’ she spoke about when Aunn got married. Her character is so peacefully mysterious that I just want to know more about her.
I was wondering, was it just me who found the ‘Sahir Lodhi’ thing a bit un-necessary? I think Osman Khalid Butt has some dislikes towards him (like all of us) because even in one of his advert’s he spoke about the guy too. I know all the sane Pakistanis get creeps from him but to openly pin point Mr. Loathe-ee is like giving him the undivided attention (which he yearns for), isn’t it? I feel if you don’t like anyone, never give them the pleasure of your attention even – be it in a negative way or in your even in your critique. But yeah I agree, because of SRK people dislike SL or vice versa, but yeah, you just can’t ignore him, haha!
Ohkay, the thing which I found a bit over the top was a lot of comfortable skin-ship in the episode. I feel the story is so strong, the characters & actors are strong as well & by keeping this sole reason in mind they could have skipped the whole ‘raat wali harkat’, ‘subha wali harkat’, ‘koi aisi waisi harkat’ flick easily, because it seemed unnecessary. I feel even if this whole thought wasn’t stirred in the first place, my mind wouldn’t have even gone there because they are too innocent & I love the story & the show irrespective of all this as well. I feel everyone knows the beauty of a relation that the husband & wife share, so there’s definitely no need of any such constant reminder. I must say I was never really a fan of ‘Humsafar’ but what I appreciate the most about the drama is the strong chemistry which spoke volumes where they didn’t have to rely on any such meaningless contact between the couple. I know, I am talking about two completely different dramas with the different genres but let’s keep in mind the newly wedded couple for this instance. Aunn Zara, ever since it started, has an innocence etched in it & if they’d maintain it, I feel people would still love it – in fact a bit more. I would for sure.
Anyhow, I love the show & how the director has taken out the best in every actor. Every single thing is awe-inspiring & I love how our realities & the beauty of our culture is portrayed so nicely without any negativity as well. There have been so many moments where you can relate to each one of them by absolutely enjoying them in a whole new perspective & light. That’s the beauty of this drama & for this I give them all a ‘THUMBS UP’.
It is not so much of an amazing review of this amazing drama. I personally think AZ requires a review from an intelligent critic. The subtletes of building romance over here is far brilliance, the best i have seen on TV.
Thanks a lot for your feedback Sara, why don't you give me some pointers? ;)
Just because I have pin-pointed certain things doesn't mean the drama is beneath than any other, I still feel it's the best one on air through out our channels these days!
No zahra we cannot say that this is tha best bcz we also hv kankar,kadurat. And others but all ov them are of different genres But. U can say that this is the best in the genre of rom-com
Agree with Zahra. AunnZara is tube best one.
I agree to your point too 'ABC' but it is my personal opinion like anyone else out here have their own. The comparison seems out of the question because everyone watches what they like & wish for. To me, the lighter the entertainment, the better. Therefore, for me, Aunn Zara for sure is the best one. :)
Yes Sara intelligent critic such as Fatima Awan … Zahra makes a review so lengthy and I become bored
Qwerty & Sara, next time I'll ask you guys to proof-read a review & will post after you have edited it. ;)
Thanks for detailed review.
Enjoyed the episode thoroughly. Full of fun, laughter along with sad and subtle undertones here and there.
I feel OKButt acted really well in this episode.
Also enjoyed the dialoges between Zara and her father.
Well done AunnZara team.
Yes Sahir Lodhi reference was rather unnecessary. But then perhaps inadvertently, you have devoted entire paragraph
Agree, we don't need constant reminders of husband/wife relationship. It's not adding much to the charm.
Looking forward to next episode.
Thanks a lot for your regular feedback Anwar Suhail, I am glad you understood what I mentioned but yeah, I did wrote about him in detail because like I said, you can't ignore him & the fact that made me write about him was obviously the say in the drama. Haha!
Perhaps the BEST drama currently. It's free from lectures, sermons and speeches.
With apologies, Kanker deserves a miss, too repetitive, familiar and boring. Have seen hundreds of dramas with same story and similar characters.
I agree. I myself am a huge fan of Umera Ahmed but then I think a little excess of anything is too bad & this is what has happened to her amazing writings. All the channels especially Hum Tv have understood the fan following she has therefore have put her writings to their commercial use. Kankar may be nice but I ain't following because I get to hear the story from either one of my family members therefore, I don't feel like putting my time into it.
Zahra g it's a very interesting drama which is based on a very serious social issue and has a very good moral and message as far as i know and think it is based on those men who beat women cz i have read the novel and in novel it's the father who has beaten his wife who was very nicer when he beats him cz she leaves him bcz of beating him and when his son from his 2nd wife grows up ,also one time comes that he raises his hand to slap his wife but his father stops him !!! it's a short story by umera ahmed named as WO DIL K THEHAR JAANAY KA MAUSAM which she wrote right after zindagi gulzar hai though the drama changes in it but as far as i think the main issue is at the same place where it was in the novel…………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! baat karnay say pehlay aapko ghor kar lena chahiye tha dramay par
I agree with the reviewer. AunnZara is the best and most enjoyable drama at present. If only it was being aired on HUM or GEO, wiener ship will increase many times.
Thanks a lot Farah, yeah it for sure is, at least it broke the monotony of Rona Dhona that prevailed on our screens since last year. Phew!!!
Hello Zahra. Regular reader of your reviews here. I felt I had to clarify one bit you mentioned in this particular review, which pertains to my supposed dislike of Sahir Lodhi.
Please know that the Omore ad I did, which featured the dialogue about SL, was written from the client's end, and not an addition on my part. I was also informed and assured that Mr. Lodhi had been contacted and had agreed to have his name featured in the advertisement, because I felt uncomfortable initially with the punchline.
Similarly, the line about him in 'Aunn Zara' was also Faiza jee's creation, and not a personal opinion I had Zara (Maya's character) say in the play.
I have no grudges against SL, and in the one time I met him, for the promotion of Aunn Zara in his show, I found him quite an affable, learned man. I know this might seem like a second strike because of association or whatever, but just felt I needed to clarify that.
Regards, and looking forward to your forthcoming reviews,
Thanks a lot for your feedback Osman. I know being an actor you just had to act out the script given to you without any of your say in it but it's just that I heard his name whenever you were in the picture – hence, I had an opinion without intending any harm & I take responsibility for what I have said, so please don't feel burdened.
I know people have formed some strong opinions about SL & he is responsible for that himself. He may be nice for sure but I choose to see what he portrays himself as. ;)
Looking forward to you as Aunn!
Hey Osman I really really like ur acting u are a versatile actor .. iA one day u will be on the top of your career!!!keep up the good work
I've recently started watching the drama myself and i have to say that OKB, as always has been thoroughly entertaining for me. having previously watched his hilarious parodies of issues that have plagued our society more or less, i started the show , expecting light entertainment at most, but his brilliant acting kept making me come back for more. his priceless expressions to every situation were off the hook, and i believe his is the only character that doesn't try to be unnecessarily funny whereas the others do at times appear to be trying a bit too hard. the best part about the show is that it radiates optimism for our culture and people. Rather than getting into the typical issues of women never being happy in their new home, this sheds light on how the little things do matter and can indeed be something truly beautiful if you look hard enough.
regarding this epi though, i did find the whole sleeping in each others arms bit a little off with the theme, since they've been shown to be so innocent and typically married. not that it made their characters any less innocent, but i believe the family entertainment would slowly erode with such little surprises every now and then. nevertheless i loved how their chemistry is building so naturally and effortlessly, for it made me appreciate how special 'normal' can be.
Thanks a lot for your detailed say about the whole drama. I feel you've written my feelings precisely about the play. Even I love how naturally they have depicted the daily household routines of our families with mediocre backgrounds & the added perk is obviously the ease & the humor in every situation.
I love how their chemistry is growing because they do look perfectly cute together. Some of the scenes make you cloud your judgement but if we ignore even what is being shown to us on those lines, I think this drama is PERFECTO!
Zahra, Your reviews are truly reviews, otherwise art of reviewing anything is lost at Pakistani bloggers these days.
No offence to Fatima, but she sort of throws something together (summary of the whole drama) and calls it a review.
The whole point of reviewing anything is to hi-lite good, bad direction/ acting/script/lines (not just blindly praise it)
Hopefully, you'll continue to do more reviews.
Thank you so much Erum for your appreciation, I respect your feelings & your suggestions but I guess when we can not even compare the two dramas, therefore, similarly two review writers shouldn't be compared. Fatima is my senior in terms of review writing & has her own unique style, plus the essence of the dramas that she reviews is definitely different mostly than the dramas I do. May be that's why you felt the difference. :))) & yes, you'll see my reviews in the future too. :)
Enjoyed reading your review Zara but I have to disagree with you on the whole husband and wife relationship and whether their touching was appropriate or not. I think the level of closeness shown between the two characters is highly relevant. I know in Pakistan, anything more closer would be deemed in appropriate but sometimes you need 'the touch' to move a story along. Aunn lying on the bed with Maya's head on his arm spoke volumes. The way he was trying to protect her and not to disturb her, showed us as viewers that his feelings for his wife were becoming stronger. That he was growing out of his 'Man Child' status to a man who wants to protects his wife, like any other husband. Could you imagine talking about that or making the two characters have a discussion about it. It wouldn't hold the same weight!! I'm glad you bought up Humsafar, because as much as I enjoyed it, those bits that you claimed showed chemistry were so boring! I mean c'mon, when in real life do husbands and wives stand about describing what they would like to do, when they can actually do it.
Going back to my main point, touch, cuddles can speak volumes in a story when placed appropriately. And so far, I believe Aunn Zara has done that. Touch can move a story along far quicker than words.
Keep up the good work, I hope I haven't offended.
No, I did not get hurt nor offended. You're free to share whatever you feel like. :)
Hope to hear more from you. :)
Thank you for your notion Asifa but before I continue please never think that I'd get offended. :) This is a public forum & everyone is free to put forward their opinions. Having said that, I completely understand your disagreement because reading your comment clarified me that you like things a bit differently. I liked Humsafar's no-touch policy & you saw it as boring. :)
I didn't talk about the touch thing just because of the single bed scene in the latest episode but I spoke about the over-all contact we have seen between the protagonists during the course of the drama. Even I like how they have shown their subtle chemistry but it would've been better (for me) if it remained subtle. I know the touch at times is needed but is not mandatory. I found some scenes really cute like when she did his hair & how he tried to stop her from sneezing & then stared at her. Even in these scenes the words weren't needed but that much seemed fine, going a but further than that does get inappropriate.
Anyhow, thanks a lot for your say. It means a lot & I hope I didn't offend you either. Hope to hear more from you in the future. :)
So yes I finally caught up with all the episodes. :)
I agree with you that the comic element was a bit missing in this episode. And personally, I am kind of sick of Aunn's immaturity and childish ways. He really needs to GROW UP already but I must say, OKB has outdone himself.
Yes, they could have done without the 'raat wali harkat'. Zahra's over-reaction literally made me roll my eyes.
The chemistry between OKB and Maya Ali is sizzling and I go all mushy watching their cute scenes.
Thanks for the wonderful review Zahra :)
I agree but anyone who puts in some effort should be appreciated. :)))
Thanks a lot Mariam. Yep, I agree even at some points I love their chemistry as well. But I did feel that Aunn looked so bechara lol, he is like that, he just can't help it & Zara will eventually make him understand how she wants to see him. Hehe.
Ah! Thanks for agreeing, I know they have emphasized on something really unimportant, repeatedly. But apart from that, everything else is AWESOME. :) Keep pouring in more from your side hehe.
@Zahra and I m talking about Kankar sorry i forgot to mention it before in the previous comment