Daldal was a highly anticipated drama from the first photos that Zahid Ahmed posted. Although the duo of him and Armeena Rana Khan was doubtful for me at first, let’s just say time does tell! Daldal (English translation: Earthquake) follows the lives of the six members of a poor but honest family, including Shuja and Kamran. Generally, these seven episodes have focused primarily on the lives of these two and the people that revolve around them.
To wrap it up to the present, Shuja has arrived in London after travelling illegally and going through a lot of trouble. The scenes in the containers and during their stay in Iran were raw and emotional, but could be executed better. I think the way the camera was positioned just didn’t do justice to how brilliant these scenes could be. I may be exaggerating it but after taking a co-op course in directing I wish it had been done better.
Meanwhile Saniya and Kamran’s track have come to a bit of a close. They had their nikkah done when Saniya’s father was arrested and her baraat left. Most of that part was really fast but well done, and the scene where her in-laws came back to ask for money was so outrightly disgusting! I’m also not sure why Saniya’s Mother is always excused for being “too sick”.
Kamran, on his own, has found a sturdy job and is receiving success in his work life. It was nice to see that he has become an independent yet considerate individual. He is an epitome of maturity, and I think Muneeb Butt has done his fair share in making this innocent, smart young man come to life. Kamran has grown to become so much like his father and it really is pleasant to see someone who has contrasted a lot from his brother yet still has success in life.
Sakina, ever herself, is one of the two OTT and annoying characters in this drama. If anything, the actress has made me hate her with extreme passion. I just don’t understand her state of mind as to not accepting Saniya as her daughter-in-law. If it was anything, it would have been that Sakina wants her last son to strike gold in terms of wealth (like Shuja did with Hira) but Saniya comes from a good family. Her extent of trying taveez on Saniya and Kamran’s relationship was shocking, but not unexpected as Sakina is shown to do whatever, whenever.