Mannat Murad Last Episode Review

Written by: Nadia Akhter
Directed by: Syed Wajahat Hussain
Produced by: 7th Sky Entertainment
Channel: Geo Entertainment

Mannat Murad is one of the few dramas on Geo that I watched till the end. I opted for binge-watching rather than tuning into it every single week. This approach is perhaps one of the reasons why my perspective is different from the prevalent discussions on social media. In this last episode, Mannat and Murad’s turbulent marriage took a pleasant turn when everything shifted for the better, with Murad finally advocating for Mannat, ultimately bringing about a positive resolution to their challenges. The second last episode hinted towards a happy ending and I liked the way all the tracks ended even though Niggi did not get her heart’s desire, Fazilat’s happy ending was the pleasant surprise I had been looking forward to for the longest time! The culmination of Mannat and Murad’s journey served as a reminder of the profound impact of prioritizing communication and humility within the context of marriage.

Meaningful Storyline 

Problems relating to marriage often take the spotlight in Pakistani dramas. Mannat Murad set itself apart with its distinct approach to addressing these issues. While a significant number of viewers continuously held Murad responsible (and rightfully so), my perspective on the story has consistently differed. The portrayal of Mannat and Murad’s married life served as a vehicle to explore a broader issue—the significant role of elders in the dynamics of a marriage. In a society where adults such as Mannat and Murad are often treated as ‘children’ (ladlay) in their households, the transition into early married life becomes a formidable challenge. This transformative journey becomes even more challenging with the prevailing influence of family dynamics from both sides.

Challenges of a New Marriage 

Mannat and Murad’s journey highlighted the significance of affording the newlyweds the room to forge their unique connection without undue interference. Murad’s mother and Mannat’s brother’s characters embodied conventional familial roles, highlighting complexities that can impede the natural progression of a newly married couple’s bond. This story also showed how the real challenge lay not in dismissing the role of extended family but in striking a delicate balance between support and autonomy.

Mannat and Murad’s story also served as a poignant reminder of the significance of approaching marriage with realistic expectations and a steadfast commitment to nurturing this new relationship. Had Mannat and Murad embarked on their marital journey with a sense of preparedness and a genuine desire to cultivate a lasting and fulfilling partnership instead of thinking that this was going to be a walk in the park, there would not have been so many disappointments. The script also shed light on the importance of emotional intelligence and effective communication in the context of a marital relationship. Mannat and Murad both lacked maturity with Murad taking the lead in that department. Murad’s character served as a cautionary element, emphasizing the detrimental impact that immaturity and a lack of transparency can have on the dynamics of a marriage. It prompted the audience to reflect on how maturity and communication play pivotal roles in nurturing a healthy relationship. It was good to see discussions on social media regarding this character since that I believe was the purpose of showing the immature side of this character.

Reality Checks 

Despite his imperfections, the writer deliberately refrained from showing Murad as a completely negative character. Instead, the narrative hinted at the potential for growth and development, suggesting that his character flaws were not insurmountable obstacles. This portrayal left room for the viewers to anticipate a positive transformation and a realization of his responsibilities. Murad’s journey, despite his flaws, resonated with me and I found myself rooting for Murad’s personal growth for the most part. There were also times when I felt as if Mannat did not try much to understand Murad’s situation even though she already knew what she was getting herself into.

In my opinion, Mannat Murad turned out to be a thought-provoking drama that had a clear-cut message for all the Razia Chaudhrys and Nafees Bhais, to consider the transformative power of acceptance and the liberating act of letting go for the betterment of the people they claim to love. Sabiha’s character, on the other hand, exemplified the role elders are anticipated to play in such a situation. She provided unwavering support and the right advice where Mannat required it, portraying an ideal representation of the guidance and assistance expected from elders.

This drama also served as a reality check for all the Mannats and Murads out there, challenging the notion that marriage automatically transforms everything overnight. Therefore, addressing a prevalent oversight – the failure to communicate to young individuals that marriages are not a sudden ‘happy ending’ but an enduring endeavor that requires persistent hard work and unwavering commitment. I think that some of Murad’s dialogues in the previous few episodes which shouted entitlement could easily have been chopped down because they did not go well with the character as a whole. They could be the result of his frustrations but I feel that those were not needed.

Performances & Characters That Stood Out

Despite Talha Chahour having already established himself as a commendable actor, Mannat Murad is going to be the project that will elevate him to the recognition and prominence within the industry that he has yet to attain. Iqra Aziz delivered an outstanding performance, harnessing the captivating expressiveness of her beautiful eyes to perfection. Her portrayal was nothing short of impeccable, sustaining brilliance from the opening scenes right till the end. Uzma Hassan once more opted for an unconventional role, shattering stereotypes with her effortless performance. Displaying a remarkable finesse, she brought out the most compelling aspects of her character, skillfully accentuating its positive attributes. I must confess that initially, I found Irsa Ghazal’s performance and character to be quite irksome. However, as the story progressed and her presence on screen lessened, I found myself appreciating the precision with which she infused life into the character. In doing so, she imparted a relatable identity that resonated with many viewers. Noor-ul-Hassan portrayed the over-possessive brother with equal conviction, effectively capturing the struggle to let go. However, his hairstyle was a notable distraction throughout.

Mannat Murad Last Episode Review

It was delightful watching Rabya Kulsoom in a stylish persona and portraying a strong character. Her appearance and portrayal were both impeccably executed, hitting the mark with precision. Sachal Afzal was extremely likable as a non-problematic, supportive, and sensible friend. Both these characters offered viewers a refreshing respite from the surrounding toxicity associated with Murad, creating a welcome contrast that added a positive and enjoyable dimension to the narrative. Sana Nadir also delivered a noteworthy performance in her portrayal of Niggi. Tipu Sharif’s standout performance as the cool brother demonstrated his versatility and talent.

Mannat Murad Last Episode Review

Though not without its imperfections in script and execution, Mannat Murad managed to resonate as a meaningful and enjoyable drama overall. The different approach to storytelling, coupled with convincing portrayals, contributed to a meaningful viewing experience. However, Geo Entertainment needs to cut down on the flashback scenes unless they believe that the majority of their viewers have short-term memory loss! This hinders the entertainment value and flow of their dramas and the repetitiveness is annoying.

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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.

5 comments

  • I thought the concept was good but execution was bad…and I found talha’s performance to be bad and even feel he doesn’t have any screen presence in front of powerful performers like iqra…iqra was outstanding..it was a different role for her and she didn’t go overboard as usual….isra ghazal was too ott and whenever she goes for a different accent..she is unbearable….I thought the ending was too rushed. They never made the mother realise her mistakes or I didn’t even see her accepting mannat wholeheartedly….the change I’m behaviour of sisters was also abrupt….in any case…i feel wajahat husain is not a good story teller..he messes up all his dramas.

  • Assalam o Alaikum Fatima

    Nice to see the drama reviews are coming more frequently. I have not watched ‘Mannat Murad’ completely but I appreciate that despite weekly reviews we got a complete overall review of the drama.

    Fatima Pakistani dramas are making waves globally. It can be my bias, I love your way of reviewing dramas (thought process and writing). I just want to add a suggestion, if a good drama which can’t be reviewed weekly but deserves an overall review which definitely encourage the viewers to watch those dramas, please do review them which you watch but didn’t review. I personally started watching the dramas you have reviewed in the past and enjoyed it a lot off course with the reviews you shared.

  • Ajeeb drama tha. Ajeeb harkatain karte huye kuch log. Murad was a big bluffer, albeit Talha potrayed amazingly. Talha has now joined league of new-yet-established actors of our industry. Irsa Ghazal ki acting barri typical aur mazedar thee. She was awesomely irritating as Murad’s insecure mother. 😊

    Although Iqra’s fan following was main audience attraction here, i didn’t find her character as impactful as her past roles. Noor as big B of mannat was irrationally awful most of the times. Bhai aisa ajeeb laga. A widower baap dikhate, overpossesive for her only daughter.

    Tipu, uzma, rabia were the mature persons jo throughout sirf samjhate aur cheekhtay rahe jis ka asar koi khaas naheen parra…

    Theme keh sakte hain k acha hoga lekin the way story was treated and presented – sans acting – was not pleasant and dragged as well..

    “Ab to khair se watta satta hogaya. Waisay bhee sequel ka doar hai kaheen MM season 2 main wattay satay ki larryan na dikhadein…”

  • I don’t know why it has become a common practice in our drama industry to excessively prolong the storyline initially and then hasten towards an ending. I wish they had opted to conclude the narrative in the last couple of episodes instead of needlessly extending the story with meaningless scenarios and lengthy flashbacks. This approach would have prevented the ending from appearing rushed.

  • The drama had the potential to be something great and never seen before. Instead it started off nicely but then became a typical illogical story of saas bahu with all the huge plot holes and inconsistent storylines. The marriage between mannat and Murad never made sense. He showed early on, he was a manchild, a mummy’s boy. She knew this going in. Despite being educated, strong, intelligent and privileged, she chose to disregard everything including the jahez demand and married and jumped into living in the common joint family system and crying and bluffing and eventually she settles. With her background this was unrealistic and seperate housing would have been demanded and provided. Later when problems begin and she returns to her own home, instead of forcing Murad to address and resolve the fundamental issue between them (mainly incompatibility and the fact that spineless Murad is already married to Razia, his mother) she falls for his pathetic emotional blackmail and fruitknife drama and secretly dates him at their friends house (who being newly wed have no problem vacating their home to Mannat and Murad). With matters unresolved she even gets herself pregnant (because Mannat seems to think saex and pregnancy will magically make all their issues vanish and hasn’t heard of contraception) and then sheepishly exclaims to her bhabi, “I didnt do anything wrong”. Then why are you sneaking around, filing for divorce, the drama, the fights and crying when you have no intention to actually divorce or address the fundamental issues? Ultimately Mannat ended up behaving like a typical married girl in dramas with zero common sense or functioning brain cells. Her mother in law is sitting in her house repeatedly raising questioning Mannat’s character and paternity of the baby while Murad says nothing until too late. Still Mannat went back to him and to the same house to live with the unapologetic and unremorseful Razia who now taunts her on having a baby girl and Murad’s solution is to silence Mannat and usher her away because it’s his mother and he still has not grown a spine or found his balls. She didn’t even demand a seperate home which even Murad’s friend mentions to him must happen if they are reconciling. Imagine raising a daughter under that roof and Razia filling that child up with inferiority complexes and restricting/ controlling her because that’s the view she holds of girls. The ending was unexpected, wrong, illogical and so disappointing. Murad was 100% responsible for the issues and there was no admission not actual change or compromise on his part. He went from the romantic boy to the misogynist in no time even resorting to slapping her, forcing her to apologize to hjs sisters and mother and accusing her of preferring Hammad over him and Mannat knew all this yet kept challenging the situation as if expecting Murad would suddenly magically man up one day and treat her right. I was not as impressed with Sabiha because she also behaves typically by being more concerned with Mannat slapping Murad back then the fact that Murad slapped her in the first place as if she thinks a boy can get angry but a girl can’t. Fazeelat marrying Mannat’s oldest brother made no sense and for me very unexpected. Almost as if they are promoting watta satta so to have leverage over Razia so she won’t torture Mannat further Mannat’s brother hates Razia and yet he married her daughter. Makes no sense. The ending should have been divorce for Murad and Mannat and serve as a lesson for mummy’s boys that marriage comes with rest responsibilities and it is the duty of the man to balance all his relationships and provide (and not asking for jahez) and protect his wife (he was busy attacking her) and Mannat should have remarried and Murad should have realized he can not keep a woman against her will in a marriage by cruelly and unlawfully withholding divorce (as he intended to). He mentions the word “freedom” which is very misogynistic as he knows a woman can not remarry without being divorced. He was abusing his right to give divorce than letting her go honorably. Later he should have realized he ruined a good thing for his mother who sees him as her ATM and replacement husband. They ruined something that had potentiale to be thought provoking, ground breaking and a game changer and opted for the stereotypical plot and ending. Compatibility matters. So does respect. Even though Mannat first in a poignant scene demanded from Murad respect over his socalled love and then proceeds to leave her self-respect at the door at the end. Where there is no respect, there is no marriage. You can have physical chemistry but be completely wrong for each other, as in the case of Mannat and Murad. Also mummy’s boys are married to their mothers and nothing can change them. The only explanation is the writer, Nadia Akhter, was high when writing this mess.