Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 11 Story Review – Brilliant Execution

Ohkay so, it was a slow but very interesting episode of Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay. The thing I like the most about this drama is that each & every episode gives you so much to think & talk about. This goes to show that even if a story is simple if it is executed intelligently backed by strong performances, that is enough to make it a drama worth watching. Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay has definitely become one such drama that I actually look forward to every week.

Mehreen Isn’t Guilty

The best moment of this entire episode was how Mehreen was taken back to the thought of her father & the things he would say to her every time she misbehaved with Mashal. This was enough of a hint to prove that Mehreen did not do anything irrational to Mashal, even if she wanted to. It showed that because Mehreen has such high regard for her father, she holds him dear to her heart so much that even after so many years have passed by, she still acts according to what she believes he would’ve said to her. I loved the fact that where everyone around her was bent on proving that she was the culprit, in her heart, Mehreen had this satisfaction that she hasn’t done anything of such sort & she is the only one who knows what her reasons are. No matter what others continue to say, Mehreen will never give away the fact that she still follows her father’s words.

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 11 Story Review - Brilliant Execution

I must also appreciate the fact that no matter what happens, the director never fails to take the viewers back to Mehreen’s childhood events, to connect the dots & keep us reminded of how much she has suffered. These kinds of flashbacks are definitely adding more value to each & every episode for sure. This time around, the flashback of Rabia’s wedding day showed what it was that caused Mehreen to drift away from her mother. Rabia was ‘majboor’ back then & she was ‘majboor’ even now. It is unfortunate that Rabia expects Mehreen to ‘always’ understand her reasons & justifications, without even allowing her to feel upset. Rabia may have been a victim of circumstances too, but the least she could’ve done is being there for her daughter when she needed her the most!

I can not believe that Aswad saw Mehreen’s asthama attack as lying & manipulation. Just when he was thinking about Mehreen after he saw her in that condition, I was kind of happy that he was now going to give Mehreen the benefit of doubt & might start seeing her through her eyes, but at this point, I feel sorry for him. He is so blinded by the lies & is not ready to let go of the things that have been fed to him against Mehreen which makes him a very weak character.

In this episode, I was also disappointed in Saleha. All this while, she has been the voice of reason but she fails to see the kind of destruction her ‘wish’ of seeing Aswad & Mehreen married has brought to this entire family. Saleha now wants Mehreen to settle with Aswad & the reason given to Rabia was that she doesn’t want her entire family to drift apart further? If that was the case, why didn’t she think about breaking hearts when Aswad let her know that he was interested in Mashal? All the flashbacks of video clips that Mashal used to send to Aswad were very heart-breaking. It kind of suggested that apart from having a very dominant trait of hating Mehreen; Mashal was her own person too, where she knew how to be happy & had certain dreams related to Aswad – her special someone. Although it is sad that Mehreen is being made to face the brunt of it, I am glad that Aswad is suffering too due to the guilt of letting Mashal down. Also, all those videos were enough for Aswad to know that Mashal was madly in love with him, therefore for him to come to Pakistan & back out of this equation saying he didn’t make any committments to her make him an evil person. Aswad knew exactly to which extent Mashal was mentally & emotionally involved in him, so what he did only because ‘Ammi nahi maan rahin’ is cruel!

Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay Episode 11 Story Review - Brilliant Execution

As much as I do understand the dishevelment of both Tahir & Shagufta, I would’ve liked if they had shown their reactions to be a bit subdued, considering the amount of time that has passed after Mashal’s death. An ounce of Sabr, some control would’ve been good. This made me think how disrespectful all of this was for Mashal, that even after her passing, her parents were more focused on Mehreen than Mashal. I do believe this is not what has been shown but this is how I perceive it, maybe because as much as their reactions are realistic, I wish their emotions were a bit in control. This also effortlessly highlighted how they both were Mashal’s parents; with extreme reactions & extreme emotions, which is why this is exactly what they taught Mashal as well! At this point, I find Nani’s character irrelevant but let’s see if she has any redeeming qualities because it seems she is going to have a conversation with Aswad!

Mahira Khan Stole The Show

The preview of the next episode was definitely intersting too because it looks like Aswad is going to find out the truth & Shabo will be made to confess too. I can not wait to find out what actually happened. I must say, the director & editors have done a commendable job at keeping it all a mystery & playing along those lines. It actually keeps one guessing, especially those who have not read the novel. I am definitely enjoying Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay & can not wait to see the rest of the episodes. The story of this drama might be a bit predictable but I still enjoy the fact that despite knowing what is going to happen, the thought of what ‘should’ happen keeps you thinking about it more & more. Props to Mahira Khan for being the star of this episode, each & every scene depicted Mehreen’s struggles, her anguish, her disappointments & grief beautifully. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay.

Keep Supporting,
Cheers,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with Reviewit.pk in 2012. After moving to Australia, Pakistani content was a way of staying connected to the roots, language & Pakistani culture because it felt home. Eight years ago, review writing began as a hobby but has now turned into a passion.

  • I love to read your weekly reviews about this drama, but I noticed you missed one important thing about the recording of this drama. As soon as dialogues time comes between actors, the noise of surroundings goes high and it feels weird to ears and now it has reached the point that it has started irritating me. Maybe I am using a sound system that helped me to notice a big flaw in the dubbing and sound quality of this drama. I feel Pakistani directors sometimes have to pay attention to these important parts of recording. I am highly selective in investing my time in any drama…probably two to three in a year so I expect good quality of the recording and sound. I watch on Youtube but I intentionally do not skip ads so some money benefits reach the team too. Thank you for writing good reviews.

  • Suggestion for you… Start video recording your reviews about dramas as you post on this website and embed that recording along with your writing post. I hope this will help many who will like to watch but can not read well. and indirectly you will start some earnings from Youtube and FaceBook channel ads too. Good luck!

  • Very well written review Zahra! I agree with you on all the points that you have talked about above.

    The moment Mashal’s video from the beach was played, I could actually feel that this girl was so much more but her mother’s aspirations ruined it all for her. The expectations that her mother had set for her were too harsh on her personality. Even after seeing Aswad feeling guilty, I don’t feel an ounce of sympathy for this character. Not sure if it is intentional, as Usman has definitely acted it out well.

    I felt Mashal’s parents had exactly the same attitude, the same expressions (especially Taahir) that they had on the day Mashal died, and it looked like it was all shot together and the actors failed to bring out the element of time lapse.

    I am unsure of how I feel about Nani, wonder if she also has played a role in Mashal getting poisoned. She as ruined Mehreen’s childhood completely. She has always been insensitive to Mehreen’s existence and has thought of her more as a burden than anything else. She did agree to have her in the house only because she wanted her own daughter to settle down with a family but has never thought of doing anything for Mehreen even though she is the only one who takes care of her day to day needs (atleast that is what was shown).

    The shocking element of the episode was Saleha’s attitude. The way she said that she can’t force Aswad, I felt like saying….”M’am, you did exactly that few days ago”. Though she still cares for Mehreen, but her sudden change of attitude towards Aswad and Mehreen’s relation was shocking.

    The preview looked quite interesting but I guess Shabbo will make Mehreen the scapegoat and once again Mehreen will face the brunt of it all. The OST did suggest that Aswad and Mehreen will get married but not sure what will be the convincing factor for Aswad.

    Don’t know why, but I feel Mehreen was seeking comfort and support from Aswad, and I felt that was a bit too much, given the harsh treatment she has been receiving from him. I felt it was unlike her true self to take everything from him without saying anything in return (may be because of the situation she is in).

    Mahira’s cracked lips looked a bit too much in the face in the close-up shot, when she was lying on the hospital bed. After that, suddenly she had a made-up look (though light) in the scene with her mother.

  • To an extent I agree with the review of the episode done above, but there is one aspect that bothers me quite a bit, and that is the loooong loooong shots of characters ‘s faces. Especially when it comes to Mahira. There is no doubt that she is pretty and worth looking at, but not so often, in a close up and for soo long. It reminds me of the star plus dramas where every character’ s face is shown with loud music and the camera panning in and out.
    I request the director to pay attention to this aspect please.

    • Totally agree with you about the long close-ups…
      In Pakistani drama’s we are used to the story moving forward without long long pauses on each person faces to show the sad or lost expressions over and over again ..
      Again – agree that Mahira is a treat to look at… however I would prefer for the story to move forward…
      for a person who has read the novel .. the last 3 episodes have all been alterations made for the drama.. I would really like the story of the drama to stir back to the original story ..

  • Nice review, Zahra. Just to add further, Mahira Khan’s scene in black dress at window was marvelously done by her for her emotions & crying.

  • Love reading your reviews but there is something I disagree with. Mehreen thinks of her Dad and blames her Mom and yes, Mom could have stood up for her daughter but if we pause for a minute and think….all of this suffering started with Dad. Instead of taking responsibility, he chose to take his own life! Mom had to marry someone else because society did not leave her a choice. Even today, how many women can say that they will independently bring up their daughters after the husband is gone? Mom suffered and Mehreen suffered and I find it revolting that Dad is still shown in a good light and she thinks of him with love? While Mom, who continues to try despite her situation, is bad? Maybe, she should have committed suicide too so Mehreen would love her? I just don’t understand….

    • I guess Mehreen’s attitude towards her mom is justified in its own way, though I agree she is too bitter at times. Mehreen has been through a traumatic childhood where she saw her father succumb to the pressures…yes, he was at fault but she was too close to her father and loved him a lot to be effected by that. Moreover, she had seen him trying to make peace with her mother. I do understand her mother’s reasons of marrying again, but what caused Mehreen to turn bitter towards her is the fact that she almost abandoned Mehreen post her marriage. Even if she did get married (that’s her fair right), she did not fulfil her responsibilities towards Mehreen. She just left her at the mercy of her mom and brother, where the entire family didn’t leave any stone unturned to make life hell for her.
      Mehreen’s love for her father and bitterness for her mother is not just because he is no more and her mother is alive, it is because even through difficult times her father thought of her whereas her mother almost left her alone. They even showed Mehreen remembering the good times with her mother, its just that she went too far away and got too busy with her new life.

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