Kadurat Episode 01 – A Good Start

After watching the promos and reading the synopsis of the story of Kadurat online, I guess we all had a fair idea what we were in for. For me Sanam Saeed and Deepak Perwani in particular had to be the key reason for looking forward to this show. Besides that the promos seemed very enticing, mainly because they made it look like this was going to be a very happening play! I haven’t watched another play written by Zoha Hassan, so I am not sure what to expect, which actually is a good feeling. The play has been directed by Aabis Raza – the same director who has directed Kankar. Apart from Kankar, he has directed many other plays as well for instance Zard Mausam and Mujhe Roothne Na Dena.

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One thing that I wasn’t expecting at all was that the first episode actually reminded me of Zard Mausam quite a lot – yes the circumstances of this particular household are world apart but the fact that the same child star who played Aimen is playing the character of Meena brought back a lot of memories because the two characters are very similar. The only difference is that the father’s attitude is completely different towards her daughter in this particular play.

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Kadurat is the story of Mahmood’s (Deepak Perwani) household. Mahmood had a happy, stable life until his wife Zainab (Zhalay Sarhadi) passed away in an accident. We didn’t find out just how much time has elapsed since his wife passed away but it seemed like she died only recently. Mahmood marries another woman (Angeline Malik) mainly because he needs someone to look after his daughter. His second wife had an abusive husband who never trusted her and he divorced her over a petty issue. She has two kids Asad (Fazal Hussain) and Aleena (Yashal Nadeem) and as his second wife points out she got married to Mahmood only because of “zarurat”. Mahmood’s daughter Meena is not willing to accept her step mother and siblings; she turns violent and resorts to all kinds of mischievous tactics to get the kids and the mother out of her house. Meena’s father never even told her before bringing this new family in the house and it was quite evident that Meena is not ready for such a big change. I definitely hold the father’s wrong decision partially responsible for the outcome. She was very fond of her mother and would not allow any other woman to take her place. Mahmood finds it very difficult to deal with this complicated situation especially because Meena’s behavior goes from bad to worse.Her step mother also tries her utmost to deal with the situation in an apt manner but Meena turns into a stubborn child who won’t listen to any amount of reasoning. Her greatest fear is that “these people” will take her father away from her and that fear is going to come true in the next episode. She is too young to understand that it is her own behavior that will lead to what is coming ahead.The preview of the next episode showed that Mahmood decides to send Meena to the hostel.

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Mahmood’s inability to deal with the situation was actually quite relatable. Women are far better at dealing with children than men. Overall, this first episode was well directed and very well acted out. All the child stars in particular did an outstanding job but I do feel for the child star playing Meena because this young girl is so talented but the producers seem to be typecasting her.I especially noticed the way the flashbacks were shown in black and white , that added a good effect to the overall feel of this first episode. I really liked the fact that the story starts from Meena’s childhood, that way the viewers will understand better why Meena is the way she is. Having said that Meena’s character is a little on the extreme side, I wish we could have seen a gradual worsening of behavior as opposed to this evil child who has actually been raised by two very good hearted people. I know that something so tragic as a mother’s sudden death can be very disturbing for a child and he or she can react in any possible manner but even then Meena’s character did seem a little unbelievable since she wasn’t always so evil. Meena, even with all her negativity seemed like a child who wanted attention and did not know what to do to fill the void in her life that was left by her mother’s demise.

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Did you watch the first episode of Kadurat? Share your views about it. I am really looking forward to Sanam Saeed’s “entry” in the next episode and all the drama that will ensue!


Fatima Awan

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.

  • Yes, it did remind me of Zard Mausam too & just because of that I didn't get carried away, because nothing seemed different & everything was pretty much the same. Father & the only child, a divorcée woman with more than a single kid, dead mother & what not. The only difference was that the step mother seems to be nice unlike Sania Saeed who was totally evil. I hope things turn out to be completely different than they did in Zard Mausam. Let's wait for more!

    • I can assure you, things will take a turn in such a way like you have never ever seen.Sepcially in Paksitan :)

    • Zahra there were things that were very different too like Mahmood's financial status, his relationship with his new wife and kids and most of all the decision he will make in the next episode. In ZM , Mehru's kids were always deprived, in Kadurat our heroine will have more of a reason to be malicious and I think her character will be much more evil than Aimen. Now only if the sane child star was not playing the role and there weren't two step kids maybe it would not have seem so similar. Maybe the fact that the main story was the same was the reason why Aabis Raza was chosen to direct this project. I must say though that he has improved a lot, what do you think? Thanks a ton for your feedback, it is always great to hear from you:)

      • Yes! This drama has a much more production value than that of Zard Mausam so it definitely looks better & promising. I am sure things are going to get a lot more interesting ahead. First episodes are usually just shown to set the plot. I can't wait to see what happens next. :D

  • It was nice but like you said Fatima, I was constantly reminded of zard mausam & I completely agree about the typecasting of the girl playing young meena. One thing I don't like is the way these harsh & violent characters are given to children. I think that the writers should avoid that, first the scenes of Rehaai & now the scene where Meena gets a knife & tries to attack were too much. :/ It's pretty disgusting, Other than that, yes I'm looking forward to the entry of sanam saeed b/c frankly speaking she's the only reason why I decided to watch this drama.

    • Yes Hamnah I am watching this for Sanam Saeed too, I have a feeling that she will do really well as the malicious Meena. Am I the only One here who really liked Deepak Perwani in MPP, although he played a negative character. I really wanted to see him in another drama again. I just hope that the story progresses nicely and it turns out to be an engaging play.

        • EmmEnn MPP is Mere Pass Pass, it was a drama serial that aired on Hum TV a few years back. If you haven't watched it give it a go because it was a very good drama starring Moammar rana, Nadia Jamil, Sarwat Gillani, Deepak Perwani, Imran Aslam and others. It had a sequel too.

  • good review.i really enjoyed this 1st episode of kadurat and waiting for sanam saeed's entry in next episode.yes it did remind me of zard mausam because of same director and also because of same female child playing the evil step daughter role but i think things will be quite different after this 1st episode.but i have also seen one promo in which sanam is stealing junaid from her step sister momal sheikh so it might be little bit like maat.thanks for a good review.

    • Fahad I think Meena will be out to seek revenge from the entire family and not just Aleena. There will be a lot of plotting and planning – i just hope they show a more human side to Meena's character as well. Thanks a ton for following the reviews and commenting. I look forward to your feedback.

  • Reviews are not written like this! i mean i always wonder why you compromise on writting. you need to maintain some content standards. Even a new blogger can write a better review than this summary kinda thing in name of

    • Rubab why don't you give it a go? Review a play for us, we are always in need of new bloggers. This is how I write reviews, I am sorry if you don't like them. External links are not allowed so I had to delete the link you posted.

    • Yes I felt that way too, it started late and ended early but a lot happened.

    • Razla, I intend to:) Please keep following the reviews, it is always great to have someone new on board.

  • Thank you Fatima for summary of first episode. But where is the review and analysis of this episode? At times we only discuss the story but what about acting, direction, and the rest?
    You as reviewer u should tcomment on other aspects of drama as well. I love your reviews but I feel at times they are incomplete. Also you should rate the episode out of five to make it interesting and meaningful. I hope you don't take it negatively as you know I love your review but you can make them more wholesome.

    • The analysis is there too in the summary lol. It is important to give a summary in the first few episodes because many viewers are still deciding if they want to watch the show or not. Thank you Farah for loving the reviews even though they are not wholesome:)

  • Fatima your reviews are the best. keep up the good work. i am so happy that you are reviewing this play. ab drama dekhne ka maza aye ga :)

    • Thank you Faiqa. Do keep on giving your feedback about each episode, I will look forward to it.

  • Nice drama.selection of child stars is really good especially asad he lookes like the real brother of imran aslam . Angeline played her role beautifully .

  • nice review Ms. Awan, similarities with zard mausam are well matched, as there are many but one thing Aiman in zard mausam was not as much spoiled, rude and authoritarian as meena of kadurat. Perhaps reason of her such attitude is undue love and care by her parents, but it is not clearly shown why she is so over possessive about her father and dont want to share him with anyone. But still her character is reality based, we see many persons around us, feel comfortable while they become a source of discomfort of others. All in all a good drama in every aspect, production, direction, script and acting and will be a treat to watch. Especially seeing sanam vs angeline two well polished actors of our industry

    • Rashid Nazir, yes you have a point there, I agree with you. thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts.

  • Fatima…. no worries… this is an amazing review… you and zahra write wonderful reviews covering each and every detail of the episodes.. in case if we miss any episode we can just read review and get the whole idea of whts going on… Keep up the good work :) (Y)

    • Nazeefa thanks a lot for liking the reviews. This is how I write and honestly speaking I can't change my style of writing even if I try because then it wouldn't be me anymore;) Hope to hear from you more often. Do share your thoughts about the episode.

  • Glad to know you're covering kadoorat too :D
    The first episode was indeed promising, but I'm more of a stereo-typed viewer, would've liked it more if meena wont have been the malicious meena :)
    khair, hoping the story unfolds to be new and exciting!
    And yes as always, bohat he acha review thaa :D

    • Good to have you on board Esha, I am glad you will be watching this one:) Thanks a lot for following the reviews and giving your feedback.

  • I'm not following the show because my exams are just around the corner. But the serial seems interesting as per your review.

  • Salam.
    Yaaaayyyy! You're reviewing this drama, too? :) I'm happy. Now we finally have a good audience. I'm watching this drama as well, and I like the start. Can't say anything else yet. ;)

    • Salam Urva, I am glad that you are going to be watching this play. I will wait for your feedback every week:)

  • Fatima it was a very nice episode and so was ur review!! I dnT like sanam saeed that much but i hve started watching it for deepak parwani nd probably angeline
    Malik too and the synopsis n also the promos seemed to be quite interesting but the key reason for watching it was fatima reviewing it!!! I do agree wid all ov da points u hve depicted nd its surely a good start!! It ws a great review and keep it up fatima

    • Thank you so much for the appreciation Maham. I am glad you decided to watch it:) Yes the story seems different, I am really looking forward to seeing more of Deepak Perwani too. Thanks a lot for reading the review and for commenting.

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