Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 23 Story Review – Difficult Decisions

Tonight’s episode of Pehli Si Mohabbat yet again focused on the internal turmoil of all the leading characters and the weight of expectations! The drama continues to be on track, the execution is also on point but as a viewer, it can be frustrating watching such slow development in the story. The writer however has made sure that every single scene is either meaningful or adds to the anticipation of the viewers. All the actors deserve due credit for their natural performances. The biggest strength of Pehli Si Mohabbat continues to be the way the story literally flows. Every scene looks and feels real. When Rakhshi finally decided to leave, I was literally at the edge of my seat. However, the promo of the next episode gave away so much!! We know exactly what is going to happen in the upcoming episode with the exception of a few details which were obviously missing from the promo! The story really should move forward now since Rakhshi and Aslam have been suffering long enough.

The Emotional Turmoil

Pehli Si Mohabbat has throughout been more about the emotional turmoil of different characters than anything else. I absolutely love how honestly the writer has penned down the feelings of these characters and hasn’t sugar-coated anything. Whether it is Zainab or Nargis (two women who come from really different backgrounds), their feelings have been shown with the utmost honesty even though the general viewer might not want to watch women who are still in love with their exes! Rakhshi’s constant sobbing is definitely getting annoying but I like how it has been shown that she feels pressurized by the expectations his father has from her. There is definitely more showing than telling which makes Pehli Si Mohabbat engaging even with the slow pace.

Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 23 Story Review – Difficult Decisions

This recent episode opened with Zainab reading Sikandar’s message. Zainab continues to be the most important character in the drama. She managed to live through the most difficult phase of her life but she does not have the emotional or physical strength to bear another trauma. Zainab holds Aslam really dear and over the years she has learned to take action when it is needed the most. Nargis confessed her love for Farooq and just when she did that Faiz Ullah reminded her of how much she meant to him. Nargis made the decision to marry Faiz Ullah in haste but now she is constantly trying to stay committed to him even though she is inclined towards Farooq. Faiz Ullah’s interactions with her added further pressure, if she leaves him he will be heartbroken! I am waiting to hear more from Nargis since I find her dialogues so interesting. There are barely any emotions involved yet you feel exactly what she has been through all these years and everything she has learned along the way.

Right till the end it was difficult to tell whether Rakhshi will be able to muster up the courage to leave her home or not. Nadeem’s conversation with Aslam added to the doubt! When she finally decided to leave it came as a surprise but the preview of the next episode definitely ruined the element of surprise. Aslam’s concern for his friend and his faith in Rakhshi showed the mature side of a character which also has a playful side to it. I am already dreading watching him being beaten yet again! This is turning into a Zohra and Moosa situation, where the hero is trying harder than the heroine. Even though the pressures on Rakhshi are real but her inability to make a final decision has put Aslam through even more turmoil. Also, why didn’t Rakhshi use the mobile handed over to her by Zainab? Some kind of communication between Aslam and Rakhshi would have been good.

Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 23 Story Review – Difficult Decisions

Zainab and Murad’s scene yet again showed how desperately Murad wanted Zainab to have some actual feelings for him. Zainab was only trying to make him stay because she did not want him to witness the wedding and he was confused for all the right reasons! Zainab has gone from having absolutely no conversation with Murad to convincing him to do certain things according to her wishes. Interestingly enough, she is doing it for her brother and perhaps also because she knows she might not live for too long. Many of her dialogues suggest just that. Although Ishrat’s character gets little screen time, she always has a screen presence.

Final Remarks

I hope that we get to see a major shift in the story soon. All the actors deserve tons of appreciation for doing complete justice to their respective characters and breathing life into every single scene. I am already feeling for Aslam and want his trials to end! Apart from the complete lack of communication between Aslam and Rakhshi, everything else makes perfect sense.

Did you watch tonight’s episode of Pehli Si Mohabbat? 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.

  • Pehli Si Mohabbat is special. You are the only reviewer who understands this drama. Every review is insightful and detailed. Thank you for pointing out every detail & especially those points which I miss sometimes. The performances are outstanding, so is the direction. Faiza Iftikhar is one of the few quality writers whose dramas have so much meaning. Well done team Pehli Si Mohabbat.

  • Hi Fatima, commenting after so long. How are you? Excellent review. Every character and track in this drama is best. Shehryar Munawar outshines in every scene. Nargis should leave Faiz Ullah. So many of us stuck in unhappy marriages. Social pressures and as you mentioned expectations, the heavy weight. Such dramas are rare. Thank you for the amazing reviews. Pehli Si Mohabbat is my favorite right now.

  • Perfect review. PSM is only drama that has remained true to its storyline even though its pace has been considerably slow.. but there is still uncertainty about its ending. That’s is positive sign.. one thing is sure that they may not be together but the point is will Rakhshi repeat the history of Zainab or not? This remains to be seen..

    Ps: Neeli Zinda hai is an interesting watch too. First time we are experiencing horror drama which is well-written, well-acted and well-directed.

  • Perfect review fatima mam,
    Only you can understand the meaning of this story and you are the only reviewer who appreciate this.
    Faiza ifitkhaar definitely deserves credit for always writing meaningful stories.
    The story of psm should be wrapped up to 25 or 26 episodes
    Raqse bismil and dunk ki tarha dragg na ho to behtar hoga

    • You said it! I have noticed most reviewers either praise the drama too much or lose interest and see nothing productive in dramas. I appreciate Fatima’s keen sense of observation and the interest that is needed to understand the story till the end. Raqse Bismil and Dunk are perfect examples of dramas that hooked viewers first then disappointed. Pehli Si Mohabbat is something special.

  • Uffff please show us what will happen. Curiosity is killing me. Shehryar’s performance lajawab and the characters kya kehne hein. Best drama. I stopped watching it and started after reading your reviews. Thanks

  • Drama should be wrapped up in max two weeks as jo dikhana chahtey thay enough dikha chukay. Or else it will bore. Aslam mian has wasted plenty of red color throughout. What I think at this point that Rakhshi and Sikendar marriage won’t take place as per FI previous scripts where she takes suspense at maximum level and concludes with happy ending. I wait for a dialogue now where Faiz mian says to Rakhshi “Ja Jee Lai Apnee Zindagi”. Let’s see.

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