Ishq-e-Laa Episode 12 Story Review – Tragedy

With this episode, Shanaya’s journey came to a tragic end and Azlan’s actual journey has just started. This episode was penned down well but some of the performances and execution of a few of the scenes were not up to the mark. Shanaya’s exit from the drama was somewhat predictable right from the beginning since there was always a great deal of focus on the dangers involved in her line of work. Azaan Sami Khan performed well in the post-marriage episodes but tonight he failed to add the kind of intensity that would have made Shanaya’s death as impactful as the writer wanted it to appear on the screen.

Azka’s reaction was also the most disappointing element of this episode. Her practical approach at such a time did not go well with her character at all! This was a meaningful episode for the most part but it could have been far more powerful had the director compromised slightly on the ‘visual’ aspect of some of the scenes such as Azlan carrying Shanaya and running to the car and no bloodstains on Shanaya’s clothes after being shot! Some of the senior actors performed way better than the leading cast! Sajal Aly gave a solid performance but her overall look did not go well with the situations yet again which definitely affected the overall feel of these scenes and took away the realistic touch from them. Who goes after kidnappers and killers with a semi-formal look?

Tragic Ending

Azlan and Shanaya’s couple turned out to be a breath of fresh air for a few weeks. The gradual change in Azlan’s character ever since these two got married along with the kind of understanding these two had made this on-screen couple one of my favorites. It was quite evident that this beautiful love story was going to be interrupted by a tragedy. It was also clear right from the beginning that this would eventually turn out to be a transformation journey for Azlan. The “definition” of Ishq-e-Laa in the first two episodes suggested that the story will have a strong spiritual element to it as it moves forward.

Even though some of the most important aspects of the plot have been predictable, Ishq-e-Laa has for the most part kept my interest alive. Tonight’s episode showed how Shanaya put herself in a dangerous situation yet again without thinking about the circumstances. Shanaya’s faith in Allah was so strong that at times she relied solely on Allah for protection without taking adequate security measures even when they were a must! I always felt that this aspect of her personality was a bit extreme but her intentions were always pure therefore I found myself worrying for her than finding her annoying. Azlan’s reaction to Shanaya getting shot and fighting for her life was undoubtedly the most interesting element of this episode even though Azaan Sami Khan’s performance in this episode left a lot to be desired.

Ishq-e-Laa Episode 12 Story Review – Tragedy

Azlan was always shown as someone who liked to be in complete control. Unlike Shanaya, he did not leave things to God or fate, he was sure that he was completely capable of running his life the way he wanted. Therefore losing control was a contributing factor to the anger and frustration he felt, apart from the loss of his wife who he loved dearly. Even when he prayed to Allah, his tone and choice of words were wrong. Azlan’s feelings were penned down so well by the writer, it would have been so great had Azaan Sami Khan breathed life into these scenes in an apt manner. The clarity in the writing helped me understand his reaction to this loss.

I was expecting a completely different reaction from Azka after hearing about Shanaya’s murder. She is an intelligent young lady who could have easily put two and two together yet she was too busy thinking about things which should have been the least of her worries. Her daadi’s reaction made a lot more sense and therefore was easy to relate to.

Final Remarks

The story took an interesting turn with this episode of Ishq e Laa. From now on the Azlan and Azka will perhaps be the main focus. While I am still interested in Azlan’s track, even after Azaan Sami Khan’s average performance tonight, Azka’s track has completely failed to impress. She is giving the viewers mixed signals for now! Also, I feel that even though Azlan did not have a strong faith in Allah, he was gradually transforming into a better person. The writer perhaps should have kept the negative elements of his personality alive right till this point in order to make people relate to the “lesson” he is about to be taught. Surely, he still has a lot to learn, and eventually, this loss might be a blessing in disguise for him. I just hope that Azaan Sami Khan will do justice to the character since the focus will be more on Azlan now than ever. I am looking forward to what the writer has in store for us next. The camera on the scene of the crime must have captured everything; will Azlan and his father succeed in getting Shanaya’s murderers punished? In which circumstances will Azlan and Azka meet next? I am waiting to find out.

Did you watch this latest episode of Ishq-e-Laa? 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.

  • why shanaya is dead now may i will not see this drama when shanaya was in this drama i watch it again and again now how i will see this drama i cant control my tears to see shanaya die and azlan crying still now when i see her dying in the drama cant control tears no problem she is not dead in real but when i see her dying cant control tears

  • After shanaya’s death i m not gonna watch it anymore ……. Sajjal ne keya acting ke he lajwab tar mind-blowing superduper jetne b tareefy kar lo kam par jae ge ….. And after sajjal’s death ye drama esa lagy ga jese bina maslay ke biryani ……. And rahe bat epsiode ke to it is one of the best episode ever…. I cried after a long time after “Dastaan” “KAM1” “baaghi” and now on ishq laa …..

  • Trust me u wrote what i felt ! Love u for that …
    Azlaan acting was too weak and eventually it effected sajal acting also in that particular scene ..
    azlaan acting throughout the episode was too weak and seriously I couldn’t connect to the episode . Even I didn’t feel for shanaya death . That scene was not impressive..

    yumna acting was also weak when she knew about shanaya death was like “ she really doesn’t care about her “ she should be shocked at that time . And sorrow should be expressed on her face .. but emotionless plane face ..

    Direction was also weak ..

    In short i didn’t like this episode

  • This episode was OK. I’ll ignore the Azka track. But it was apparent that ASK was not up to the mark acting-wise. And when he had to go through such turmoil as a character – one should have hired someone more capable. I never felt his grief at all – and these scenes should have made me cry!

  • The reaction which Azka gave was pathetic, she should have felt bad the most, everyone in in trouble bcoz of Azka, even Sultan suffered bcoz of her, and now Shanaya died bcoz of Azka’s stupidity. Shanaya was going to sponsor Azka’s studies too, but there was no shock or sadness on her face,didnt expect this from sich a big drama, overall it always fails to make the desired impact.

  • I am watching episodes of Ishq elaa from Saudi and the story is going good. However as the reviwer rightly commented I was shocked to see many instances which wasn’t executed well. Like Azlan crying in the operation theatre. His reaction should be intense but felt he was laughing. The scene that didn’t go well was Azlans car stopping far from Shanayas car and then he runs to grab shanaya. Then shanaya being shot and no blood and then azlan running with shanaya in his hand, where shanaya must have passed out but she was lifting her head making it appear it was a scene acted not like a real feel to it. Over all I expect that next episodes would bring some chemistry between azlan and azka to bring a spark in the show.

  • I think overall performance of all characters was good enough to carry out the episode and shanya was semi formal cuz she was dressed up for her husband but all of sudden she went out to sultan family when she heard they they took the case away

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