Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 9 Story Review – Valid Arguments

I love how every episode of Pehli Si Mohabbat has a valid argument against the age-old customs and the writer convincingly questions different norms. Faiza Iftikhar has given us many memorable female characters before as well and this time around Zainab and Nargis are two such characters. The main lead Rakhshi is a rather typical character but she has never been one of those annoying female characters who have nothing but bechargi to offer. Zainab and Nargis however stand out for completely different reasons. Their tracks have been used convincingly to question stereotypes and most importantly to question the kind of expectations families have from women. Aslam is as flawed as many of the heroes penned down by a writer who is not afraid to tell the story of such people. There were so many heart-warming moments tonight and this episode also had many of those discussions which would definitely give parents so much to reflect upon. Niggi’s track yet again provided some comic relief since the way it was handled and played out was amusing. Rakhshi finally accepted Nargis as her mother and Aslam decided to take practical measures without thinking about the consequences. It seems as if this story is also headed in the same direction as Zainab’s story.

Feelings Matter

I am going to be really honest and say that Zainab’s conversations with her mother stood out for me more than any other in this episode. In fact, all her dialogues and conversations have been penned down beautifully throughout. She tends to point out things that are seldom pointed out in our dramas with such honesty. Uzma Hassan has been outstanding in this role since you feel everything her character is going through at a given moment. Her reaction and dialogues when her mother showered her with love after finding out that her husband had hurt her physically were precious. Her mother is a ‘caring’ person who will not allow anyone to ‘hurt’ her daughter yet she did not even try to stop her son from forcing Zainab to live a life she did not want to live. This track has done such an amazing job of highlighting how troublesome such arranged marriages can be. It also shows that parents should understand that their children’s feelings matter since most often parents think their only role is to ‘protect’ their children and sometimes they take on this role so seriously that they end up making such decisions. Even in this day and age so many women are forced to marry against their will and they are expected to do so since they ‘owe’ it to their family, Pehli Si Mohabbat is highlighting just how problematic this trend is.

Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 9 Story Review – Valid Arguments

Even after everything Zainab has said to her mother, she still instantly refused to get Aslam married to Rakhshi. Once again the reason was that these two were already romantically involved! Besides that, pleasing family members at the expense of children’s happiness is considered something perfectly normal by many! Nargis’ conversation with Faiz Ullah about consent was another such exchange that showed how ‘casually’ the girl’s consent is taken in such a situation. All these tracks point out the hypocrisy of a society which proudly boasts of a strong family system yet the feelings of the youngsters in a household are given absolutely no importance. There is a hierarchy in every house and like Faiz Ullah pointed out it is considered ‘inappropriate’ for the older brother or father to ask for the girl’s consent. I am glad we have characters such as Zainab and Nargis to educate those around them.

The Blackmail Ends

Niggi’s blackmail which had been going on for two weeks ended with some intense and amusing scenes. Nargis is a strong woman who knows how to handle such situations and I must say that this scene was shot so well. Rabia Butt and the actress playing Niggi’s role did exceptionally well in this scene. Maya Ali was equally convincing as the scared young girl who did not know how to handle this situation. The way Niggi backed out was hilarious! Aslam also decided to put his foot down this time around and he came up with a plan of his own to counter Niggi’s ongoing blackmail. This scene was amusing and Shehryar Munawar acted so well in it. Rakhshi finally trusts Nargis and now she has someone to confide in. We saw a step-mother taking a stand for her step-daughter and not judging her – that was parenting done right! This was such a powerful and emotional scene.

Pehli Si Mohabbat Episode 9 Story Review – Valid Arguments

Breaking The Engagement

Aslam decided to break the engagement tonight, a step that will get him into a lot of trouble yet he knows that he doesn’t have a lot of time now therefore he needed to do something quickly. I felt for poor Bushra since as Zainab pointed out she was completely innocent. Aslam was as ‘polite’ and honest as he could be but obviously his mamoo and family are not going to ‘understand’ the situation. The preview of the next episode showed that this time around Aslam’s mother will not repeat the mistake she made last time.

Final Remarks

Tonight’s episode of Pehli Si Mohabbat was yet another meaningful episode with a little bit of everything. This was the kind of episode that makes you laugh and cry at the same time! The preview of the next episode was really exciting; I can’t wait to watch what happens next.

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.


  • Not extraordinary but still fun to watch PSM. Niggi Aunty ko parrney walee maar se dil mein thand parr gaee. Is khochal ne saheeh blackmailing shuru ki huyee thee. But I don’t like overall look of Maya. Ajeeb se kappray pehntee hai with untidy hair. Bushra character walee larki on the other hand is such a gorgeous and graceful girl. Waisay ye Paras aur Uzma ka couple kitney dramoan maain aa chuka hai? ☺️

    • Yes, it is! LOL!! Chalei ye bhi ek supporting hit jodi ho gaye hamari industry ki. Loving Paras’ look in this one aur Uzma Hassan ki kya hi baat hei. Maya Ali’s eye make-up is definitely a lot more than was needed. I get what you’re saying, I like her acting though.

  • Fatima Ji,

    The technical issue with the comments section remains…. it’s blocked more often….

    Meanwhile, I have been enjoying reading all your reviews….. keep writing….. it brings zing to an otherwise mundane day.

    The unique selling point of this drama is that Faiza Ifthekar has written a simple storyline….. because of which all the actors got a good chance to portray characters that are real with true emotions.

    With due permission…..

    It is heartening and great to watch women as protagonists with powerful roles in dramas today….

    Sania Saeed, Hadiqa Kiyani, Iqra Aziz and Faryal Mehmood in Raqeeb Se…
    Bee Gul has written an amazing story…. out of the box thinking this.

    Yumna Zaidi and Yasra Rizwi in Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahin. Amna Mufti thank you so much for writing something real, unfortunate and sad….. Pemra needs to take a matured look at this drama…..

    Zaara Noor Abbas in Phaans. Samina Ijaz has written a disturbing but powerful story.

    Rabia Butt, Maya Ali and Uzma Hassan in Pehli Si Mohabbat

    Brilliant, amazing and a powerful performance by each one of them in all these dramas and the writing of these storylines are to be cherished forever.

    Keep reviewing and thank you so much…..


    • Hello Ketan, So happy to see your comment here. I am so sorry about that, I miss the feedback and hope that this issue will be resolved.

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I love reviewing these dramas and would love to review more. I agree with you completely Faiza Iftikhar’s scripts always break stereotypes and question age-old customs. Also, her female characters are always so amazing.

      Yes! Bee Gul is brilliant! She is also an amazing human, I talked to her a few times and her honesty impressed me a lot.

      Me and Zahra will soon be making a list of all the wonderful female characters in our dramas, I am so glad there are so many of them.

      Thanks a lot. Keep reading and commenting.

  • Fatima! I’m back! After ages too! I started watching Pehli si Mohabbat on a whim – just out of the blue and caught with all the episodes over a week….the cherry on the top is to find that you are reviewing it here!
    I’ve really enjoyed all the episodes so far. This particular one was too good. And you nailed the review beautifully.
    I recognised Osama from ZGH and it brought back memories of crazy days watching that together. It has indeed been a long time.
    I love Zainab and Nargis’ characters. So strong in their own way. Very deep messages from both of them in some superb dialogues.
    Rakshi’s father’s character is also very strong and grounded for a lot of things, that seem different from the usual, though he wants his daughter to get “married and settle down” soon.
    I think Rakshi is the same girl who was the younger sister in Durr-e-Shahwar, right? She has come a long way for sure.
    Each person has played their role so well. The episodes have been crisp so far with something meaningful in each of them.
    Looking forward to the next episode and more so, looking forward to watching this with you.

    • Hello, my friend! It has been such a long time and I am so happy to have you back here. Haha yes, he is the same actor from ZGH. Oh yes Maya Ali (Rakhshi) has surely come a long way and yes that’s the same actress. Totally agree with you, all the characters add something meaningful to the story, Zainab and Nargis are amazing!!

      Same here! Totally ecstatic that you’re watching this one and will be commenting.

    • Hello Pakistani, we love watching both his plays which are on air at the moment, and will definitely be sharing our thoughts about both these dramas in our upcoming articles.