Kuch Ankahi Episode 1 Review

Written by: Syed Mohammad Ahmed
Directed by: Nadeem Baig
Produced by: Six Sigma Plus & Kashf Foundation
Schedule: Every Saturday 8 pm on ARY Digital

Kashf Foundation has a remarkable history of producing dramas that are meaningful and engaging. Dil Na Umeed Tu Nahin was one of the best dramas we got to watch on Pakistani television lately therefore the biggest reason why I was looking forward to Kuch Ankahi was the fact that Kashf Foundation is among one of the producers. Bilal Abbas Khan and Sajal Aly’s perfect on-screen chemistry was another reason why I knew I had to watch and review this one. Syed Mohammad Ahmed has also penned down a script for a drama after a long time therefore that was definitely another plus. The promos of the drama also promised an entertaining and meaningful show such as Hum Tum, which I absolutely loved, and would really like to see more such dramas on Pakistani television. In short, I found myself looking forward to a drama with the utmost excitement after a long time.

Did the first episode of Kuch Ankahi blow me away completely? Well, not really. Are first impressions really the last ones? Definitely not! Was there enough to tune into the next one? I would say unquestionably yes. Therefore, I am going to keep an open mind and will be watching and reviewing this one.

Agha Jaan’s Family Dynamics

Like any other first episode, this one also introduced the viewers to the main characters. The first thing I couldn’t help but instantly notice was that Agha Jaan’s family house is the same one as Laiq Ahmed’s character’s house in ‘Betiyaan’. Since Syed Mohammad Ahmed played both these characters, to begin with, it took me time to warm up to this new character especially because one of the betis (Qudsia Ali) is the same too. Not only is the actress the same but the character is also similar. It would have been nice if the director had made some changes, especially in the outdoors of this house since everything is the same as it was in Betiyaan; the color of the entrance door, the paint on the railings, and even the plants and pots outside are identical. It was like being back in Laiq Ahmed’s house where we witnessed so much forced emotional trauma that most people perhaps are still finding it hard to get over it. Having said that, Agha Jaan’s character, for now, was different from that of Laiq Ahmed since he is not a single parent and has a playful relationship with his daughters. I just hope things don’t get too serious too soon.

I absolutely adore Syed Mohammad Ahmed but he did not stand out in this first episode as much as he usually does instantly. For instance in ‘Hum Tum’ his character won me over instantly. Irsa Ghazal is playing a role that came across as ‘typical’ in this first episode. There was nothing refreshing about this character, in fact, some of the dialogues and scenarios were clichéd. The family dynamics did not have anything new to offer either; the oldest daughter being the Allah mian ki gaye, the middle one a go-getter (definitely better than Allah mian ki gaye), and the youngest one outspoken and lively. Unfortunately, this reminded me of the betiyaan in ‘Betiyaan’ as well except for Ayeza who was gladly missing from the equation.

Mira Sethi looked great for the role; her performance was on point but her character is one which we have seen a million times in Pakistani dramas. I really liked Qudsia Ali in Aulaad but I feel she needs to experiment more and perhaps tone down a notch too. Sajal Aly couldn’t have been more well-suited for the role she is playing. It seemed as if she was the main breadwinner of the family but that was not clearly spelled out in this first episode. Agha Jaan’s family dynamics were that of a typical middle-class household which is usually shown in Pakistani dramas, the most positive aspect was that the writer managed to dodge certain unbearable toxic stereotypes such as a greedy daughter waiting for a rich man to change her destiny but failed to dodge certain others such as the mother who belittles her daughters like its ‘normal’.

Kuch Ankahi Episode 1 Review

Salman and Aliya

While there was a great deal of focus on Aliya’s household, Salman’s family dynamics were covered in a single scene. Other than that, Salman’s character was revealed through his interactions with Aliya and his friend. Salman and Aliya’s scenes were fiery; well-written and acted out. However, these scenes were not “new” for someone who had watched all the promos of the show in excitement namely me ;) I think the production house shouldn’t have shown so many of these interactions in all the promos. I am certain, there is a lot to unravel and look forward to but the fact that I had already watched these scenes took away the novelty from them. I found Salman’s friend’s comment about his insecurities quite interesting, was that really the case? Was Salman really trying so hard because the competitor was a female? Bilal Abbas Khan is a phenomenal performer. He makes sure that every character he plays has a different vibe altogether. I especially enjoyed watching his scenes; his energy and screen presence was faultless. I am waiting to find out more about both these main characters.

Sehrish’s Family

Sehrish and Azfar’s track was poles apart from the other two middle-class households, which was definitely good because it means we will get to see characters from different backgrounds. However, I hope and pray there isn’t a love triangle involving these three characters; Azfar, Salman and Aliya. Shehryar Munawar’s entry was a bit funny, his outfit was slightly tacky: I am waiting to find out more about the character though…there must be a reason why he carried that look. Sehrish’s character had my undivided attention right from the get-go, the actress playing the role is a nice addition; new and pleasant. There was an air of mystery about this particular track which I found interesting.

Final Remarks

Personally, I found Bilal Abbas Khan’s performance more impressive than any other. Sajal Aly is a fantastic actress, no denying that, but we recently watched her play a similar role in Ishq e Laa, and honestly Aliya at times came across as the odd one out in the house. Sajal Aly and Bilal Abbas Khan together however are definitely a force to reckon with. The ‘Betiyaan’ house, unfortunately, proved to be a major distraction. The kind of Urdu we heard in the drama was definitely music to my ears. Some of the dialogues were beautifully written even when the scenarios were not equally impressive. Although this first episode was not an all-out winner, it definitely had enough going for it to tune into the next one. I hope we get to see more of ‘Hum Tum’ in the upcoming episodes and less of ‘Betiyaan’ ;)

Did you watch this first episode? Please 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.

  • Salam Fatima mam
    Mujay Yaqeen tha k Ap isko review karogi
    Muhammad Ahmed sahab ka koi drama likha drama nahi. daika tha pehlay so mujay ziyada nadeem. Baig sahab ki waja se wait tha.
    teaser ane k baad pata chala k ye kasf foundation ka. hai to ziyada excitement thi.
    I didn’t watch Betiyaan because I don’t watch Soap Serials
    so I didn’t say anything about that laiq sahab house.
    however I enjoy the episode
    and hope so next this drama wouldn’t disspoint us.
    I think couple koi aur bi ziyada acha hosakta taa tha for example bilal +ayeza or bilal + Hania
    and
    did u heared tha news that bilal and hania paired up for farhat ishtiyaq next will ne direct by badar mehmood.
    also watch is ur opinion about Tere bin and MPHT because I didn’t watch it.
    also iam enjoying bakhtawar these days such a powerful play it is
    thanks

    • Waelukum Asalam Ayaz, I am glad you enjoyed watching this first episode. I watched Betiyaan because of Syed Mohammad Ahmed, aur ab sochti hu na hi dekhti tu acha tha LOL!
      Yes, I hope so too keh yeh wesa drama ho jesa hm expect kr rahe hein.
      That’s really interesting, Hania and Bilal will look good together.
      I am watching both these dramas. I have not warmed up to Tere Bin yet, don’t like the casting, I feel some of the actors are complete misfits. It does have potential, let’s see.
      MPHT has the most unconvincing scenarios, Hania Aamir’s talent being wasted playing yet another lost character, Zaviyar Noman has a long way to go, and Wahaj deserved a better more central character – in short not impressed at all.
      Bakhtawar is good but Dilawar’s track I don’t really get or care about. I feel it is being stretched.
      You’re welcome :)

  • Fatima Ji,

    Thank you so much for reviwing Kuch Ankahi.

    Your review is perfect….
    It has stated all my concerns with the drama…
    surely looking forward to the up-coming episodes.

    Completely agree with you on the promos… Infact there is a Aliya and Azfar scene in a promo which is a little similar to the Dr. Ahmer and Zoya’s Dhoop Kinaray scene where she is searching for the car keys in Dr. Ahmer’s cabin and he notices Zoya.

    A couple of up-coming dramas to look forward to could be
    Pyari Mona ( Sanam Jung) and Younhi (Maya Ali)

    Nice to see you reviewing after a long time….

    Looking forward to your reviews on Kuch Ankahi.

    Thank You and Regards,
    Ketan

    • Hello Ketan, You’re most welcome :)
      Thank you for being a breath of fresh air, always.
      I need to watch Dhoop Kinaray again because so many people have being saying that it is inspired by it, I had no idea. Now that you have said it too, I am pretty sure that’s the case.
      I am looking forward to Pyari Mona too, something different. Hearing about Younhi from you for the first time, Jo Bichar Gaye restored my faith in Maya, will definitely be watching it.
      Nice to be back Ketan, keep reading and commenting :)

      • Fatima Ji,

        This is what I am thinking….

        Kunch Ankahi could be a mix of both Dhoop Kinaray and Ankahi.

        This is not a spoiler alert from me.

        But,

        My gut feeling is that Azfar is Taimoor of Ankahi and Salman is Faraz of Ankahi.

        Then there is bit of both Zoya and Sana in Aliya.

        Faraz and Sana get back together in Ankahi and my gut feeling is either the same end as Ankahi is the end for Kuch Ankahi.

        Or,

        may be to add a twist to the tale

        Aliya ends up with Azfar and not Salman.

        Thank You and Regards,
        Ketan

        • That sounds really interesting Ketan. And here I was hoping there won’t be a love triangle involving these 3 LOL!!
          I had more recent dramas in my mind ;)
          Most welcome.
          Keep reading and commenting :)

  • Pakistani dramas disappointed to the core last year. I left to watch anything on Pakistani channels. But Kuch Ankahi brought me back to Pakistani drama. I really enjoyed the first episode and shukur hai i had not watched Aulaad 🤪. Looking forward it.

    Balanced review which covers pros and cons.

    • Thank you, Waqar. I agree with you, it was one disappointment after another. Hopefully, this year, will be better. Haha, Aulaad wasn’t all that bad you know ;) Betiyaan was super sad and annoying, regret watching that one for sure.

      Keep reading and commenting. Good to hear from you.

  • Salam Fatima. Shukar hai k ap nay review to kiya kuch. Maine to reviewit.pk dhekhna hi chor di thi jab say ap dono nay reviews choray hain.Aj to main waisay check kar rahi thi to dhekha k ap ka review tha. Aur itni khushi hai k bata nahi sakti. Bohat yaad kiya apko.

    • Waelukum Asalam Janab, aap ke pyar ka buhat shukriya. Kya karein Sana dramas hi aise aa rahe hein, kuch likhne ko ho tu likhein. But now, I will be posting reviews of different dramas instead of sticking to one. I also feel some of the dramas this year shayad behtr hu pichle saal se. Parizaad ne thora spoil kr diya mjhe haha, us ke baad koi drama review krne ka maza nahin aaya.

      Yaad krne ka buhat shukriya, means the world to me. Meinay bhi in discussions ko buhat miss kiya. Ab mile gay hr hafte idhr InshaAllah :)

  • Welcome back!
    I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed the episode.
    Mujhay gate per ladai wala scene thoda over laga. Per abhi insta per daikha yeah scene director and writer nai over karwaya hai..
    Meray khayal hai director Aliya kai is behaviour ka kiya impact agay super aaey ga yeah dikhana chatay hain.
    Ki youn kai hai tou Aliya or Asfer grey.
    As they said in interview all of the characters in drama are grey.
    And after passing time they will learn from their mistakes.
    Hope it’s like that…
    Mai nai baitiyaan kiya long time sai Pakistani drama hi nahi dekha…
    So it gives me refreshing vibes..Hope every character will come out good at the end..

    • Thank you Nisa, good to hear from you.
      That sounds good, grey characters are always the best. Mujhe pasand aya woh wala scene actually, but us waqt socha ke aurat card wala dialogue maybe logon ko bura lage and not so progressive.
      Acha kiya aap ne nahin dekha, hardly hi koi drama dekhne laiq tha lately.
      I hope so too :) So glad you enjoyed the first episode.

  • A silent reader and admirer of Fatima’s and Zahra’s writing from many years.

    Glad I’m reading something from Fatima after a long time.
    Also, missing Zahra.

    Fatima why is she not reviewing anything and completely disappeared from this page?

    Fatima are you watching “Aik thi Laila”?

    • Hi Maria, So glad you decided to comment. None of the dramas were worth reviewing which is why we gave such a long pause. Even if some of the dramas started out well, they went downhill after a few episodes. Zahra is also waiting for a few dramas which will hopefully live up to her expectations.
      I haven’t watched it yet, intend to :)

  • With no discussion on dramas for months, I visited reviewit today as I expected this review to be there due to type of project and people associated with it. 😊

    Dramay main naya kiya tha?? Kuch khaas naheen. Haan purana zaroor tha, wohi Betyan wala ghar in same condition, with same head of family and one same daughter. I have recently seen reels of both Muhammad Ahmed and Qudsiya together. Lagta hai donoan ki real life main bhee kafi banti hai. Female patrogonist involved in property business was one new thing for me. Irsa Ghazal was very repetitive….kuch ziada hee. Aur ye zaroori hai is tarah banana play k barri chup chup si aur buzdil aur rishtay k intizar main bethi ho… kuch change bhee karain.

    I am waiting for Adnan’s character which be special in certain ways.

    Let’s see what happens next. Kab pupho warid hoti hain jis ko bar bar phone kerne k liye choti beqarar huyee ja rahee thee….

    • Hey Urs, good to hear from you :) You guessed right ;)

      Agree with everything you said. Buhat kuch dekha dekha tha lekin phr bhi episode dekhne ke baad dil chaha ke next episode bhi dekhi jaie. I feel Muhammad Ahmed is a great mentor because most young newcomers have great things to say about him.

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