Ishqiya Episode 3 Story Review – The Nikkah

Tonight’s episode of Ishqiya was slightly more entertaining than the last one. This episode had some important developments to its credit and it was yet again frustrating watching Hamna contemplate whether she should tell Hamza what was actually going on or not. She went ahead with the nikkah without informing Hamza. Although her confusion and fear both were translated convincingly on screen but even then her approach has been immature. I must say that Hania Aamir’s character and her performance is the main attraction of this drama right now. Hania Aamir is one of my favorite actresses who always brings out the best in every character she plays. Having said that, I really wish that she gets a better stylist and that the producers let the actresses with short hair flaunt their natural hair as opposed to forcing them to wear hair pieces. In every other drama the actresses are forced to wear either extensions or hair pieces because somehow it isn’t okay for the leading ladies to have short hair!

Ishqiya Episode 3 Story Review - The Nikkah

Even though some of the scenarios in this drama have done-to-death written all over them but there were also those elements of Hamna and Romaissa’s track which were quite likable. There were times when I wondered what would have happened had Hamna taken her sister or mother in to confidence. The writer has shown how a loving and caring father completely failed to let his daughter make one of the most important decisions of her life.

Hamza and Hamna

Hamza’s commitment towards Hamna seems quite genuine, something more than just crazy love but if you compare him with Azeem, Azeem definitely appears to be a more mature character. Hamza’s conversation with his father in the previous episode suggested that Hamna had never made a commitment with him therefore their relationship status is confusing. Hamna has definitely made quite a few decisions in this one week which show that she is not as certain and confident as her sister is. Hamna was shown crying and ignoring Hamza and she simply brushed this entire affair under the carpet even after the nikkah happened. Some of the flashback scenes were completely unnecessary and it would have been better if instead of showing these scenes, the writer would have given the viewers a more clear insight into what Hamna was thinking. Although she wanted to get married to Hamza but we still don’t know whether she loves Hamza as much as he loves her. While it was relatively easier for Hamza to tell his parents off, Hamna’s situation has been completely different. Feroze Khan’s entire outlook doesn’t go well with his character since Hamza has a more responsible and serious side as well but he looks like the reckless cool dude.

Family Dynamics 

There were quite a few scenes tonight which showed why Hamna decided to do exactly what she was told and why she might have to put up with even more in the future. Romaissa took the medical file from her father but we still don’t know what his medical condition is. Romaissa’s character is a breath of fresh air and definitely different from the one she played in Anaa. Romaissa looks out for her parents and her sole aim in life is to see her father happy. Her relationship with her father in particular is both cute and endearing at the same time. Hania Aamir’s performance has been effortless and on point. She does not overdo the bubbly side of Romaissa’s personality and has made sure that the viewers can see the sensitive and caring side of her character. Shabbir Jan too has translated his character gracefully on screen. Even though he has made some decisions which were too hasty and perhaps not fair but even then you understand where he was coming from.

Ishqiya Episode 3 Story Review - The Nikkah

Azeem and Hamna

Azeem was properly introduced to the viewers tonight. The introduction he gave made me wonder why he mentioned the past. Can he sense that Hamna is hiding something or is there something that he is hiding from her? Or was it just something he said to make Hamna feel comfortable? Waiting to find out! Azeem sounded like someone whose world would revolve around his wife once he got married therefore it would be interesting to watch how this relationship grows. Hamna just sat there, lifeless and sad while Azeem tried to have a conversation with her. He likes Hamna and is looking forward to starting a new life with her but Hamna clearly is not ready for this fresh start, it is more like an ordeal for her. The preview of the next episode suggested that Azeem might find out the truth in the upcoming episode – I really hope that does not happen. Hamna’s situation is actually painful to watch especially because she hardly had any interaction with her friend in this one week. Gohar Rasheed is a brilliant actor, I am waiting to see what his character has in store for us.

Ishqiya Episode 3 Story Review - The Nikkah

Final Remarks

Ishqiya so far is a decent watch, it isn’t remarkable and it is not entirely run-of-the-mill either. The performances and the direction has been on point and even though the story is familiar, the writer has managed to avoid certain clichés. The preview of the next episode showed that Hamza will find out the truth and he will once again show his anger in front of everyone. Will Azeem witness all this? The preview suggested that Hamza will feel betrayed and rightly so too! I guess we all know where the story will go from here but it will be interesting to watch how it is taken forward.

Did you watch tonight’s episode of Ishqiya? Share your views 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.

  • I melt a little every time Shabbir Jan says ‘beta ji’ in that very confused tone to Romi, lol. I also liked the new look we got into Hamza’s dad too. So far he’s been overly easy-going and happy-go-lucky, so it was nice to see him take control of his family and taking Hamza to task for his bad behaviour.
    I’ve not seen a lot of dramas with Gohar Rasheed, but I found the times he let his playful side show in this episode a bit of a revelation. Azeem looks like a promising character. It seems too soon for him to find out about Hamza but I also don’t want it to drag and be teased for the next ten episodes.

    I absolutely agree that Humna is dealing with it the wrong way. She needs to get Hamza and his dramas over as soon as possible. The way it looks like he’ll find out is going to make everything infinitely worse.
    Baqi, Romi is brilliant. Her unfortunate marriage to Hamza better not kill her spark.

    P.S. I thought I’d catch you on here, Fatima, but I started re-watching Ehd-e-Wafa after you recommended it two weeks ago, and I have to say, I have absolutely no regrets. So, thank you!

    • Absolutely! It basically went to show just how serious Hamza is about Hamna – imagine if Hamza was the female here! I feel for him but perhaps not in a way I would have felt if this was a girl haha!! Yes, me too looking forward to finding out more about Azeem and hoping that it will be a layered character and not a serious kharoos husband type.

      That’s great Maya. I am so glad you decided to give it a go and even more happy that you are liking it now. You’re most welcome. Thank you for having faith in the reviews, means a lot.

  • Fatima I started watching this drama because of you. You review only two dramas a week so how is it possible that I don’t watch one of them. Your review covered everything perfectly. I think Hamza’s dual sides are intriguing. He is an interesting character but also afraid he may change to Mir Hadi mode. You are so right about Hania, she is a sweetheart. Love your reviews. Always so well articulated. Keep up the amazing work.

    • Aww thanks a ton Mehwish, that means a lot to me. I am glad you liked the review and yessss so with you on that, I hope Hamza doesn’t turn in to Mir Hadi, that won’t be good.

      Thank you so so much. You are very kind.

  • Hi Fatima, didn’t start watching this one , just reading your reviews. Don’t like the cast. I feel you shouldn’t have selected this drama to review, as yesterday Muqaddar started and its definitely worth it, but you and Zahra wont be able to review it. I just watched baba jaani recently and m in awwe of it, excellent writing by Faiza Iftikhar as usual, wat a unique story and characters, outstanding performances by Faisal Qureshi, Madiha Imam and Savera Nadeem. I read ur reviews too and glad that you also loved that drama. Pls see if possible to review muqaddar.

    • Hello Tiger, Appreciate your feedback but honestly speaking I didn’t find Muqaddar’s teaser’s enticing enough. FQ of course is a brilliant actor and Madiha Imam too therefore I will definitely be watching it. Yes! Baba Jani was amazing, loved it! I am waiting for the Danish/Ayeza drama, I want to review it. Zahra might review Muqaddar after Alif ends so stay tuned for the reviews ;)

      • Ayeza Khan’s drama choice is really bad and that too when a drama is of 7th sky (chewing gum stretched SaaS bahoo bhabhi sagas). I remember how excited I was for Yaariyan and how disappointed I was after watching it.
        I am waiting for Faiza Iftikhar’s next on Geo though. It has huge star cast like ahsan Khan, Noor ul Hassan, saba Hameed, Saba Faisal, samina Ahmed, Qavi Khan etc. And I trust Faiza Iftikhar.
        Also looking forward to Khuda aur Muhabbat 3 but I am worried alot after watching Iqra in Jhooti and Feroz doing Meer Hadi again.

        • I agree with you Pakistan Po about 7th Sky therefore no expectations for sure. Yes, I am waiting for that drama too starring Ahsan Khan, I trust Faiza Iftikhar too. Prem Gali should be on air soon too.

          LOL!! Well, hopefully they will have a surprise in store. I haven’t watched KuM at all. One of those dramas I always start watching and somehow never continue watching it. I haven’t even watched Pyare Afzal.

  • Fatima please review Faisal Qureshi’s drama Muqaddar please please please please please please please please please

  • The only best thing about thia drama is hamza and his dad , othen than that director has really lost control of the script , not sure why didnt hamna took her sister rumi’s help , why noone could sense how unhappy hamna looks .I had great expectations from this drama but im losing interest so far.

  • i give up watching this drama after half way through this episode, couldn’t see any more of Ramsha’s sad face, she just doesn’t bother saying anything & just sits there

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