Even though I did not have any expectations from this play but after watching the first episode, I was expecting it to be fast paced. Unfortunately, the story is moving forward slowly and some of the minor details leave me baffled every single time. Apart from that, there are some glaring flaws in the screenplay as well. The way Hamza and his friends ‘manhandle’ the ladies is not okay or cool!! Although the overall feel and theme of the play is filmy but showing these boys grab the girls and drag them wherever they want is completely uncalled for. Apart from this, Roomi’s complete aloofness when it comes to her sister’s frame of mind makes her come across as insensitive and dumb – which she is definitely not! Whatever happened to Siddiqui sahab’s illness? His illness has been used as an excuse, a majboori because of which Hamnah went ahead with the nikkah but after that no one even talked about his medical condition. Azeem’s character is still a mystery and at this point, I am feeling for him more than anyone else.
Hamza and Hamnah
Hamza and Hamnah’s sweet romance and love has not been given enough screen time. There are times when you feel that Hamnah is more scared of Hamza than she is in love with him. This mad love and ishq could have been translated on screen in a less aggressive manner. The way Hamza confronts or even interacts with Hamnah at the university campus is simply unrealistic. Hamza comes from an affluent family therefore this must be a well-reputed university with proper rules in place, watching Hamza getting away with bullying everyone and not being held accountable for it, makes no sense! The way he tore that page out of the register was simply unacceptable and watching him walk out and creating a scene after that was just plain ridiculous. Hamnah has wronged Hamza but there are times when you understand why Hamnah is scared of him and did not have the courage to share what was going on in her life.
In the beginning Hamza came across as the cool kid who took his love for Hamnah really seriously but after watching this episode it seems like he is just plain mad! Feroze Khan is definitely being typecast – Gul-e-Rana, Khaani and now this drama – all the characters he played were more or less the same. I would love to see him in a role which is more balanced. In Dil Kya Kare, he was another extreme. Hamnah has hardly any dialogues and her expressions remain the same in every situation since she is going through hell and that’s it! Ramsha Khan is a solid performer but so far the character she is playing hasn’t given her the opportunity to showcase her acting skills.
Roomi and Rest of The Characters
Roomi’s character is fun and cool but when she simply fails to acknowledge her sister’s feelings, she comes across as insensitive. Not once have we seen Roomi trying to figure out exactly what is wrong with Hamnah. Although she is a happy-go-lucky person who does not believe in falling in love but there is definitely a caring side to her personality as well. These sisters are close to one another, they share a room and they did share some jokes and emotional moments as well. The way these characters were introduced suggested that this was a close-knit family but apart from Hamnah’s mother, no one is bothered about Hamnah’s sudden silence and her passive mood. Azeem is another extreme who I hope would start noticing that his wife is not happy with the marriage! The scene covering Azeem’s meeting with Hamnah in the university was strange! Last time I checked, there was no such waiting area or ‘visiting facilities’ for students who were not living in the hostel. This scene did not work for me at all.
Alishba’s character and this track has done-to-death written all over it. In every other drama we have a good looking, educated girl from an affluent background who is so desperate to marry the hero that even after he gets married, she would gladly wait for the divorce so that they can finally be together!
Tonight’s episode had some really important developments to its credit but they were not handled well at all. The characters have not been fleshed out properly. The background score at times can be excessive but there were some scenes tonight when the background score helped me understand what Hamnah was going through. The flashback scenes are not enough to make the viewers understand what Hamnah is thinking. It seems like Hamza will turn in to Mir Hadi after all! I am waiting to find out more about Azeem since so far he has been quite ‘patient’!
Did you watch tonight’s episode of Ishqiya? Share your thoughts about it.
Amazing actings, strong directions with nice flow of story.
I was a little annoyed today with the flashbacks. They kept showing the same thing over and over. I’m possibly also annoyed by how wishy-washy and passive Hamna is being.
I’ve never been fond of all this grabbing in dramas, so I really don’t enjoy the aggressive way these college boys are behaving.
I don’t understand the disconnect between Hamna and Roomi- is Roomi just that oblivious? But earlier she was quite intuitive about her boss wanting to marry her- so what is it? Also, I thought they said Hamna said she was the older sister? It’s not impossible- but Hamna’s still doing a BBA when Roomi has a job that she would need a degree and some experience for? (These are the inconsequential details I focus on when they keep showing me the confrontation scene over and over).
Sigh, I was hoping we wouldn’t see Alishba, but you were right. Looks like she’s here to stay.
Same thoughts Maya ;)
Ya,I was also wondering that how could be this possible that older sister is doing BBA and the younger one got a job😕
Do u watch mera dil mera dushman ? What’s your review on it ?
Yes I am. Wohi same old story, ek bechari aur buhat se zulm krne walay I am watching it online so that I can forward the rona dhona. What surprised me was that Yasir said in the morning show that his character was comic – I am wondering why he said that!
Fed up with the lead… have seen many becharis but she is taking it to another level.
Fatima Ji, I was hoping you would review Pyar Kay Sadkay. How well have the makers touched upon the topic of Autism, to create awareness of this syndrome. The decission to restrict reviewing dramas to four is bad. The management of reviewit should reconsider….. Thank You, Ketan P.S. Sorry for sending this message to this group which is for Ishqiya….
Hello Ketan, I watched a few episodes of PKS and yes you are right, they are doing just that. Yumna and Bilal have acted so well. Unfortunately most people don’t understand autism and other such developmental disorders therefore I have seen even the most educated people asking ye dikha kya rahe hei!
Not at all Ketan. I am glad you talked about this. I have close family members who are on the autism spectrum and it is a topic which is really close to my heart.
Mujhay to autistic nhi lga bilal ka character.wo to apne step father k behaviour ki wja se esa hai🤔
I watched 3 episodes and the social awkwardness, lagging behind in studies, being great in Maths and his body language suggested that he is on the spectrum. Need to catch up.
Good work picking up on it. But, the characteristics showed align better with Asperger’s Syndrome. But that is only my opinion.
Thank you. I agree Rayna, I think that Asperger and highly functioning autism are more or less the same..a lot of similarities that is why most therapists do not like to ‘label’ kids facing such developmental delays and target the problematic areas.
Fatima you said everything that was on my mind. Seriously that grabbing the girls was annoying me too. Why do actors even play along when asked to do such things. Your observations are perfect. I also noticed the same expressions and what you said about roomi. I keep coming back for your reviews. Keep writing. Stay blessed.
I am so glad we agree Sadia and yes it is unfortunate that directors and actors take these things so lightly. Aww thank you so much, means a lot to me. Keep reading and commenting.
ary is into copying. either a whole Hollywood film or just the basic concept. n now a character. hamza is as angry as kabir singh (shahid kapur). the film was criticized for (mis) treatment meted out to women.
WELL, Kabir Singh was india ka MerePaasTumHo, watched by all, understood (the misogyny) by none!!
I haven’t watched the film but this drama definitely has a filmy feel.
fatima please review faisal qureshi’s drama Muqaddar
Sami, thank you for the request, I just started reviewing Ishqiya therefore I am going to stick to it for now. Thanks.
I have heard that Ehd e Wafa is going to end soon so please after Ehd e Wafa ends please review Muqaddar or Jhooti please please please
Yes Sami, seems like they will end it soon, I hope not too soon! The way they are promoting it, it seems next episode might be the last which would be so strange!
Ehd e Wafa will end on 15 March please after that drama ends please start to review Muqaddar or Jhooti please I Love you are the best reviewer of all time
I mean I love your reviews
Didn’t like the episode watched it on 2x speed. Guzari hai bs. Lg rha h k dekhna chor doon ga. Itna fazool loud background score. Roomi ka itna be prwa hona ek trf kehna k bnde ki shkl dekh k sb jan leti hun behn ka nhi pta chl rha 4 saal se wo relationship mn h wow. Or lrki ko pkr k idr khech do udr dhaka de de do fazool ki her giri. I am definitely not liking it.
Apt review FA.
I know right! Roomi ke character ko kharab kr diya aisa dikha ke, itna bhi kon man moji hota hei ke behan ki roni surat dikhai nahi deti LOL!! Lrkiyo ko aise ghaseet rahe hote hei jese qurbani ki gaye bakriyo ko khench ke le ke jati hei for qurbani – I mean seriously what was the director thinking! Is this supposed to be romantic?
Thank you so much AH. Keep reading and commenting:)
I am not enjoying this drama at all. Might leave it or binge watch it. As you say Fatima, illness was an excuse and Hamza seems obsessive and slightly scary. No build up of Hamna/Hamza love story.
I know that this is off topic slightly, but I dont know the answer and its bugging me. Could someone tell me why ARY are posting some of their dramas like ishqiya on YouTube but not bewafa or thora sa haq for couple of weeks.
I do know this week there was o episode of thora sa haq but last week I could not find episode, ended up watching a copy.
Good to know that we are on the same page Azmat. I think that’s because they want more viewership on TV, ARY is really after the ratings and both these dramas are getting a lot of viewership.
Thank you so much for telling me the reason. It has been very frustrating!