Kuch Ankahi Episode 2 Review

This second episode of Kuch Ankahi gave old PTV dramas vibe, it highlighted the struggles of middle-class families, some of the scenarios were not the least bit refreshing especially ‘not having the beta’ bit and there are so far a lot of situations which can not be termed as ‘brand new’. Salman and Aliya add life to the show and Sehrish’s track adds the element of intrigue. I have watched many Pakistani dramas recently hoping one of them will give me the incentive to start writing reviews regularly again. Apart from Pinjra, every single drama revolves around desperate parents dying to marry their unmarried daughters and wishing they had a son. Therefore, watching similar scenarios in Kuch Ankahi is somewhat frustrating and disappointing.

The sisters’ dynamics continued to remind me of so many such scenarios we have already seen in Pakistani dramas. Most recently Habs was one such example as well. Whether it is dramas such as Betiyaan or one like Habs, the dynamics of sisters in a middle-class household remain the same! Kuch Ankahi does not offer the novelty that Hum Tum did but the good part is that these sisters love each other and there is no sibling rivalry. While the writer Mohammad Ahmed definitely succeeded in ensuring that these characters were free of toxicity, he has not been able to add the nuances needed to add newness to the dynamics. So far, Bilal Abbas Khan and Mira Sethi’s performance is standing out more than any other. The characters, their dynamics as well as their struggles are being revealed gradually which is another promising aspect since most dramas that are too fast-paced in the beginning; die down after a few weeks.

Main Characters

This latest episode opened with Samiya and Alia’s conversation which reflected their concern for their father and Alia’s relentless efforts over the years. While Samiya plays her part by being the ‘good daughter’ who does not want to burden her parents in any way, Alia is the one who is practically doing everything in her power to change the situation her family is in at the moment. It was nice to see these sisters bonding in an organic manner. They have been raised well and there are times when you wonder how they turned out to be like that because clearly, they are not ‘valued’ as much. Their mother is constantly complaining about one thing or the other and the father doesn’t think he has enough support because he does not have a son. Although Samiya’s character is a lot like the bari behans we have seen in Pakistani dramas, Mira Sethi’s performance makes it likable and you don’t want to forward her scenes. Tania’s scenes in this episode were much more interesting than the previous one. I liked her equation with her friend; it was good to see a girl and a boy being just friends. Even Tania’s mother was quite open-minded about the situation. In old PTV dramas, the helpers in the house used to have a personality and presence of their own and I think Mohammad Ahmed has tried to achieve just that by adding Meena’s character to this track.

Kuch Ankahi Episode 2 Review

Salman’s scene with his mother was a lot like Samiya’s scene in the previous episode involving grey hair. Salman’s mother comes across as an easygoing parent who desperately wants her son to get married. The dynamics in this household seem to be different from that of Alia’s because so far there are no serious financial worries. These conversations/scenes could have been more diverse. I am wondering if the situation is as ‘simple’ as it seems or if there is more to this track.

Salman and Alia

Salman and Alia deserve a special mention in this review as well because their scenes change the overall mood of the drama. The second these two come face-to-face they turn into completely different individuals; it would be safe to say that they bring out the fierceness in each other. Once again Salman’s friends’ dialogues helped the viewers see Alia from a third person’s point of view – someone who is neutral. Salman, however, fails to see any positive aspect in Alia’s personality and is bent on winning. It is interesting how Salman and Alia both are at the end of the day working to make ends meet yet they don’t see the ‘human’ element of each other’s circumstances. Perhaps once Salman moves into Aliya’s house, he will see that part of her life that is completely hidden from him. Sajal Aly is at her best when she shares the screen with Bilal Abbas Khan; there are very few actors who make such remarkable on-screen couples and these two definitely take the lead.

Sehrish and Azfar

Sehrish’s track is intriguing, we still don’t know why she is living with her father and why is she trying to sell these properties. All we know so far is that she is a caring and intuitive individual who is trying to make things right but is failing. She is trying to mediate between her father and Azfar continuously. She is also another one of those characters in the drama trying hard to hide her pain from the world by showing her strong side only. Azfar holds a grudge against his father but even the father has no clue what the reason for that is. I am waiting to find out more about both of these characters.

Final Remarks

After watching these two episodes, I feel that Kuch Ankahi could be the kind of drama that slowly grows on you. It is not an all-out winner but it has enough going for it to keep me coming back for more. Also, I am waiting to find out what is the actual purpose behind the story because dramas produced by Kashf Foundation always have a definite purpose. I am one of those people who do not watch interviews in which people involved share what they were attempting to achieve by telling a certain story because I like to watch and understand the drama from a viewer’s perspective without any preconceived notions based on these interviews. Therefore, if you are someone who has watched all these interviews and finds it strange that I am clueless, please bear with me :)

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.

  • Fatima Ji,

    You said it.
    “Not an all out winner but it has enough going for it.”

    Yes, this has the old PTV drama feel to it….

    The 3 daughters and not having a son, the issue of the inheritance of the property, gave rise to the rumour and a notion that Kuch Ankahi is based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Except for each and every character in this drama having the traits of Mr. Darcy in him or her… Kuch Ankahi isn’t Pride & Prejudice.

    Appreciate your idea of watching a drama from a viewer’s perspective and reviewing it, this brings immense value and clarity to your reviews.

    Yes, Kuch Ankahi leaves us wanting for more.

    Please allow me to write this….

    Aik Thi Laila is simply mind blowing….. I enjoyed watching all the 6 episodes of this drama at one go over the weekend….
    Brilliant script writing this…
    Has to be Faiza Iftikhar Ji’s best till date.

    Never imagined that Yassir Hussain Ji would have this hidden talent of direction in him…

    Amazing direction and consistency in screen play.

    What a performance from the entire star cast…enthralling.

    And the OST… Uff!!!

    ” Sajan kuch bol”

    this OST just soothes one’s frayed nerves.

    This is a drama not to be missed.

    Looking forward to your reviews of Kuch Ankahi.

    Thank You and Regards,
    Ketan

    • Hello Ketan, I agree with you, it isn’t! Thank God for Bilal Abbas Khan and Sajal Aly.
      Loved reading your thoughts about Aik Thi Laila, you write so well. I started watching it today and have only watched 2 episodes so far, it is quite interesting. I just feel that Yasir Hussain does not look like a rough n tough police wala, he looks way too cool and well-styled for the role LOL! I like the concept, so far it has Netflix vibes.

      Thank you so much for always being so kind and appreciative, means the world to me.

      I look forward to your feedback as well.

      Thanks

  • Nice to see ur review after a long time, I also hardly follow anything, all the dramas whether its Fraud, Wabaal, bakhtawar etc have been disapp and some hit shows like mere humnasheen, kaisi teri khudgarzi, etc are not my types. started Tere bin and mujhe pyar hua tha, still lets c how they turn out to be, as the directors are not good. The only good drama was by my fav writer faiza ifikhar who bounced back after some bad dramas, would like to know ur opinion, the last episode was fantastic.

    Regarding kuch ankahi, I had high expectations bcoz of Sajal and Nadeem Baig, but sadly they are not met. The background music and situations at times are similar to hum tum , suno chanda, but scenes are not funny at all. Sajal for a change is going a little ott. Bilal is ok. there is absolutely nothing new in this drama, it just doesnt touch ur heart, and looks like a ix of humtum and zindagi gulzar hai. Hope that it becomes funnier with entry of more characters.

    • Thank you, tiger. Good to hear from you as well. I agree with you, none of the dramas right now are a must-watch. I am finding it so difficult to sit through MPHT, Hania Aamir in particular needs to choose better projects. Zaviyar Nauman’s performance is shaky. Wahaj definitely deserves meatier roles…not too many of those around nowadays, unfortunately. I just started watching Aik Thi Laila, interesting stuff.

      I agree with you, Kuch Ankahi isn’t as exciting as I was hoping it would be. I wish it was more of Hum Tum, I absolutely loved that drama but it isn’t diverse enough. It has potential and can turn out to be really interesting, let’s see. I am watching so many dramas right now and honestly most of them are utterly dissapointing. Pinjra fits the bill but it isn’t faultless. Waiting for something epic like Parizaad or Ranjha Ranjha Kardi.

  • hi, i am thoroughly enjoying watching this drama, what a different vibe while watching “Kuch Ankahi” how the writer supported the minority, 1st time in history saw something like that to show case HINDU family, wow, keep up with the good work team.

  • Salaam does anyone know where Zarah is. Love reviewit as it used to be the best place to come to for review. Sadly now only a handful not even that lol and only industry news. This is so.sad as zahras reviews were amazing. Hope.shes OK. I’ve just noticed she hasn’t posted since July 😔
    Fatima.is great too but why so less review.
    Wish they could review tere bin and mere banjao.

    • Yeah! So many memories attached to this site. At one point it become a drama discussion site. The comment section was full of life. I think admin continues to change the formate now it’s more like ads and insta news. Good old days.

  • I am watching a Pakistani drama after so long, opened reviewit randomly today and saw your reviews, MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!
    I just love the simplicity of KA and the dynamics between the characters, bcz I am so done with the dhoom taana and social issue route we have gone to. I like the actress playing Sehrish too as you mentioned.
    I have always been a fan of M Ahmed’s writing, be it Coke Kahani, Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay or Teri Meri Jodi, so Kuch Ankahi was a must-watch for me. I am glad I have somehthing to look forward to on TV after months!
    I hope Younhi lives up to expectations too because I have always LOVED Sarwat Nazir’s scripts, I am already in love with OST and of course, then there is Maya Ali.
    Anyways, I hope that you keep reviewing this one and Zahra comes back soon too.

    • Hi Pakistani Po, so glad you are watching this one :) I feel dramas nowadays fall short in so many ways, perhaps there is a lot of pressure on the writers by the production houses and not enough freedom to write what they want. I miss dramas such as Dobara and Parizaad. It is always good to hear from you, keep reading and commenting.
      I intend to continue reviewing. I am watching so many dramas but there are so few that actually make you want to write something. Pinjra is amazing but I feel they are stretching it. They should have kept it to the point.
      InshaAllah

  • I think there is no scene of reviewing this drama every week by you. Aur aisa hona bhee chahiye k reviewer needs to have enough material to talk about. Because i personally don’t find this drama itna khaas.

    • I agree it isn’t khaas, I feel no drama right now is. But I will be reviewing it regularly since it does give you something to write if not every week then every other week :) I look forward to your feedback Urs.

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