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Chup Raho – Episode 16

I was hoping that tonight’s episode of Chup Raho will not air due to the very tragic, sad and upsetting incident in Peshwar but it did so here I am reviewing it. I was very distracted while watching this episode because my heart and mind were with the families of the victims and I have still not been able to come into terms with the fact that something so horrific has happened! I request all our readers to say a prayer for all those innocent lives which were lost today and a special prayer for the loved ones of the Shuhda.

Tonight’s episode of Chup Raho was extremely disturbing like always. How much more abuse are we going to witness in this drama? And why do the women in this play act so casually when they are subjected to abuse? Rameen’s feelings about Azar and how she felt about what he did was definitely not realistic at all. How can you continue caring about a man who has no faith in you, who claims to love you but beats you up (literally) every other day? The way Manal and Numair reacted to what Azar did to Manal was outrageous! They dealt with it so casually. Not serving breakfast to Azar wasn’t exactly the best way to deal with the situation. I found the reaction simply unbelievable. And as if that was not enough Manal dragging Rameen to her paralyzed mother’s bedside to tell her Rameen’s “karnamas” was just plain stupid!

I have been unable to understand why Azar continues lving in Numair’s house and why couldn’t Rameen stay with her mother in the hospital? Everyone in Manal’s house hates Rameen yet they do not want her to leave their house. They want to make her pay for what she did and they want to see her confessing that she was lying. Talk about dragging the story to a point where it makes absolutely no sense. One minute the characters want to kill each other and the other minute they are having a normal conversation! Manal went to do Rameen’s marham paatti and ended up dragging her to the hospital and what not and minutes later Rameen was asking her sister if she was okay and if she wanted her to check her BP! I am sorry but tonight’s episode was a filler episode which made very little sense. Rameen and Manal’s mother is finally dead so that ought to be a good news for many viewers out there! Is this latest development going to change anything? I am sure it won’t. Rameen has absolutely no reason to live with Manal, if she continues to live with her and get tortured it would be the continuation of the unconvincing turn of events that we have been watching till now.

Numair keeps on saying things to Manal which she should be questioning but we never see her giving it a second thought even. Tonight he told her that Rameen was better than her and all she said was kya matlab hai aap ka! I think we are all fed up of watching Rameen get abused a little more with every passing episode. We all get the message loud and clear – Rameen is the most unlucky and halaat ki sataye hui lrki, can we please move on to the stage where we see things changing for Rameen and for people around her?

Fatima Awan