Parizaad Episode 14 Story Review – Gender Identity & Discrimination

Parizaad’s story is moving forward at a steady pace and the drama highlights different social issues as it progresses. It has moved from focusing entirely on Parizaad to adding characters that have completely different stories to tell. Tonight’s episode highlighted an issue that is rarely taken up by writers i.e. gender identity. It also showed quite convincingly how a woman has to work twice as much to get an acceptance! The performances continue to be impressive. On the one hand, Ahmed Ali Akbar and Saboor Aly impress you with their faultless portrayals and on the other hand, Nauman Ijaz manages to make his presence felt effortlessly. He is such a remarkable actor who literally becomes the characters he plays on screen and he can make you love or hate these characters with the utmost ease! What a brilliant performer!

Bubbly and Parizaad’s scenes were the highlight of this episode; they have the kind of connection which is both rare and heart-warming. Apart from the hairpiece, Saboor Aly was seen wearing in this episode, everything about this track was on point.

Parizaad and Raqs-e-Bismil

I have always felt that there have always been certain similarities between Parizaad and Raqs-e-Bismil. So far, these similarities were definitely the strength of both the shows. As the story is progressing there is a vacuum in this story as well just as there was in Raqs-e-Bismil. When Moosa left his family, he also ‘fixed’ everyone’s problems and was clearly a really loving and sensitive person yet he was never shown missing his family! The same is the case with Parizaad, now that he is on this new journey, his family, especially his sister who was the closest to him has disappeared into thin air!! It is highly unconvincing how these compassionate heroes just leave people they love behind and never look back! The writer should have kept Parizaad’s family in the picture. Few conversations with Saeeda every now and then would have helped connect with the journey and would have added to the flow of this track. Also, in so many episodes the bhabhis were given excessive screen time and we were left wondering why that was the case. As it turns out there wasn’t an actual reason for showing their repetitive scenes! Although I love Badar Munir’s character and Nadia Afghan’s performance, I feel that she is also being given more screen time than is necessary. This investigation should be wrapped up soon because it has been given more screen time than any other newly introduced track.

Hashim Nadeem tends to leave some of the characters and relationships he makes the viewers fall in love with which I feel is a big weakness. He did the same with Esa/Moosa relationship in Raqs-e-Bismil! Although Parizaad is still on track, I have a bad feeling that it might go the Raqs-e-Bismil way very soon! ‘

Important Developments

Even though Parizaad set out on a journey to earn money but so far he is on a mission to help others out. He tried to help Laila and got into trouble, he helped his friend Janu and now his priority is to help Bubbly out in whichever way he can. He is someone who lives for others and he derives happiness from doing so. There are times when this character seems too good to be true but the dialogues are so well written and Ahmed Ali Akbar’s performance is so impressive that you can’t help but root for Parizaad. His conversations with the Guru made the Guru change his perspective about things. He also made Bubbly realize that she had been selfish and she needed to get in touch with her parents. These conversations were penned down beautifully. Parizaad is gifted because he is not just intelligent but he also knows how to speak his mind in such a way that it leaves an impact on others. He is on a mission now and I am looking forward to Bubbly’s reunion with her parents. The entire discussion about the gender identity crisis was also penned down sensitively. It is good to see this issue being addressed in such a manner.

Parizaad Episode 14 Story Review – Gender Identity & Discrimination

Badar Munir got a lot of screen time in this episode. Through this track, the writer highlighted the problems women face at the workplace. Aakhir Kab Tak highlighted this issue as well therefore it is good to see another drama showing the difficulties women face but they are rarely shown in dramas. Badar Munir was however undeterred even after all the rejection and just like the protagonist she was more eager than ever to find her way through this. She also thought that Parizaad and she had something in common – as this track is progressing it seems they have more in common than their unusual names! Badar’s meeting with Behroze Karim was another surprise tonight since it seemed as if Behroze had given up and might not be able to cover up for himself. However, he was more than ready for this meeting. He did not only put the kind of pressure which could have cost her more than she bargained for but he also tried his best to impress her away with his charm! I cannot praise Nauman Ijaz enough for making sure that every single scene counts and leaves an impact.

Final Remarks

Parizaad continues to be entertaining and it will even more engaging if some of the sidetracks are not given excessive screen time. The preview of the next episode suggested that Badar Munir will perhaps be able to get a witness against Behroze. I am wondering if he will get arrested and if he does then what will be Parizaad’s fate? I am waiting to find out.

Did you watch tonight’s episode of Parizaad? Do 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.

  • Hi Fatima, Thanks for the review. You are very correct about Nouman Ijaz’s scene as very calculated & impressive. Before a scene with Feroze, it seems he has lost total control but in next scene he was very much in the game. Still i wonder, how come Nouman Ijaz decided to take such a role which is one of the several parts of the stories of another main lead. I am also impressed with Feroz’s performance, i don’t remember his real name but he was one of the character in Lashkara drama. There he was very lame but here he is quite impressive in dialogue & body language. Parizaad’s conversation with Bubbly about her parents was touching. when Bubbly eloped & how the father says about society, was my favorite part. I felt it very much then and in next scene when Shauky says that they moved to Karachi to look for Bubbly then i felt again because last time it was said that they will move to their hometown. May be later they decided to look out for Bubbly in Karachi. Not to forget, Shauky’s small time presence in this episode made me feel refreshing. He is gem from inside who knows what Parizaad is actually & he has respect for him. I don’t know why but I have feeling that you have decided that you will not give any one credit except Parizaad in the drama, otherwise Asim Mumtaz malik Aka Guru should have been discussed. Anyways. This episode is just his second episode but he left the impression very deeply. This was his first performance ever, before he was Director of Photography for many dramas. In first character, he impressed a lot & delivered the performance up to the level playing the middle man character as Guru. His body language & dialogue were too good. And in Today’s epsiode when he discussed with Parizaad about Body & Soul’s struggle in the society was so touchy. He relates this with himself first then he felt bad for Bubbly that she has to deal it a lot being born as a girl and he does not want her to go through it. In Parizaad’s journey, Guru is my second most impressive character after Lubna.

    • Hello Aamer, you’re welcome :) I enjoyed reading your detailed comment, I can tell that you are completely invested in this drama and I understand why ;) I am the odd one out here because even though I love how Guru’s character and the track are written, I have not warmed up to the actor playing the role just yet. Bubbly on the other hand is my absolute favorite perhaps because I know someone like her and I am so impressed by Saboor’s performance as well as the characterization – so on point, beautifully done. I would have loved to see Saeeda or even a few seconds of the bhabhis or whatever is happening back home – the complete disappearance of characters that get so much attention in the first 10 weeks really puts me off and does not allow me to connect to the story in the same way.

      I still think Parizaad is grand and refreshing, the performances and dialogues are enough to impress the viewers. About Nauman Ijaz, I am so glad he decided to take this up and not let it go because he is not the lead, intelligent man. Feroze’s name is Saad Azher, he was in Ishq Zahe Naseeb as well, he is usually the main lead’s brother LOL!! He was also in the films Bacchana and Balu Mahi. I have always liked his performances, I am glad we are getting to see him doing something new this time around.

      • When you say Saad Azher is lead’s brother, i was googling out if he is the brother of Ahmed Ali Akbar. Then i read your comment again & laughed at myself. Regarding Guru’s performance, i will give one more detail; the way he smoke Beedi, is like a true Beedi smoker. The way he holds the Beedi, inhaled in & out, was not acting but he was really consuming it.

        • Oops sorry about that ;) Hahaha Aamer interesting insight about the beedi ;) See there are different aspects of performances that impress us, since I have no clue about beedi, I wouldn’t know. While watching the episode though I asked my husband if he was just smoking or was he smoking pot LOL!!! He also said it does look like he is smoking pot LOL!! Thank you for sharing the detail, made me understand your perspective :)

  • Parizaad should win the best Drama of 2021 in the merit of this episode alone. It emphasis how the supporting actors are magnificent & outstanding. The casting director got out of his way to discover those amazing talents (salute to him). The bold subject is a brave step also

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