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Pyar Ke Sadqay Episode 22 Story Review – Mahjabeen Deserves Better

With this episode, Pyar Ke Sadqay has officially entered a phase that is painful to watched and has done-to-death written all over it. Although everything makes sense, it is definitely upsetting watching a drama like Pyar Ke Sadqay banking solely on a man’s lack of good judgment just like so many other dramas. It happens a little too often in our dramas that the man, whether he is an intelligent businessman or someone as gullible as Abdullah falls for the trap set by the ‘other woman’ and her ‘accomplices’ of course! This drama had plenty of tracks that could have been used to take the story forward. Mahjabeen and Abdullah could have joined hands against Sarwar, Mansoora could have been the opposing party but unfortunately, the writer took the same old route. Abdullah has such a caring and sensitive side, watching him drop Mahjabeen like that was such a disappointment.

Abdullah and Mansoora Disappoint

A lot of people talk about the negative portrayal of women in dramas but I feel that the way men are portrayed in dramas is equally regressive. Abdullah was such an appealing grey character, his flaws made him human and his strengths made him likable. In the past whenever he was confused or in need Washma, Pho, and sometimes even his mother were there for him. This time around there was absolutely no one to guide him in the right direction, as a consequence Sarwar and Shanzay took over! This entire process of changing Abdullah’s mind took a lot of days yet no one intervened. Mansoora has clearly changed sides and given up on Mahjabeen completely which is yet another disappointing development. Basically, the writer did everything in her power to ensure that Shanzay and Sarwar will eventually be able to manipulate Abdullah. Abdullah remembered what Munshi sahab said to him about Mahjabeen being a liar but he completely forgot everything he had said to him in the recent past.

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While it is understandable that there is so much pressure on Abdullah he chose to ‘get rid’ of the woman who was not blackmailing him since that was the easier choice. Shanzay’s suicide obviously played a major role in all this. Her desperation tonight was yet again terribly annoying. She is turning out to be a pest!! Her reason for forcing her way into Abdullah’s life is that he makes her happy! The loser makes her happy, we can only wonder how?! Abdullah has barely interacted with his mother in all these weeks and tonight Sarwar convinced Mansoora that Shanzay is a better ‘option’! So basically Mansoora’s scenes in the previous episode were pointless. She is once again doing exactly what Sarwar asks her to do. Mansoora’s character too had so much potential, the way she was willing to help Mahjabeen learn their ways and she had a caring side too, now it seems she is back to being the irresponsible person who takes orders from her good-for-nothing husband.

Abdullah’s weaknesses and his ‘majburis’ made sense but even then the writer ruined a beautiful character by turning him into yet another irresponsible and insensitive husband. Abdullah and Mahjabeen could have been a force to reckon with yet we have watched only a few scenes covering their happiness and companionship. The flashback scenes, Abdullah and Mahjabeen’s expressions and feeling after Abdullah dropped her off to her parent’s house showed that they were both in love with each other. Abdullah did something he did not want to do, he was also hurt and broken but right now I feel for Mahjabeen more than I do for Abdullah. I am waiting for Washma to knock some sense into him. Even though Abdullah’s behavior was extremely disappointing tonight but Bilal Abbas Khan’s performance was topnotch like every other week.

Washma and Pho

Washma and Pho are finally back in the picture, thank God for that!! Tonight’s episode focused on Washma personality for a change. Her conversation with Pho and reflected her opinion about love and men in general. These conversations also gave the viewers an insight into her dead father’s personality. Washma is finally thinking about getting married but she was clearly more concerned about what she witnessed on her way than anything else. Washma’s character continues to be the most refreshing element of Pyar Ke Sadqay. Srha Asghar and Sharmeen Ali have played their respective roles really well. Both of them are independent and intelligent women who always find an easy way out of the most difficult situations. Most importantly they look out for each other and the people they love. Such positive characters should definitely be given more screen time and shouldn’t be sidelined.

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Poor Mahjabeen

I always saw Mahjabeen as a strong character even with all her shortcomings. She always managed to find a way out and no matter what happened she stayed positive and happy. For the first time tonight, it seemed like Mahjabeen was truly sad! This time around she couldn’t rescue herself or cheer herself up like she always does. I truly felt for her tonight and there were times when I thought that she deserved better than Abdullah!

She has literally begged everyone in the house to let her stay for all these weeks yet she was asked to leave! Mahjabeen’s mother yet again said something tonight which she shouldn’t have said in front of her. Whatever she said confirmed her fears and that was probably why her confidence was completely shaken when she was trying to convince Abdullah once again! Yumna Zaidi has been absolutely phenomenal as Mahjabeen, she translates Mahjabeen’s innocence exceptionally well on screen.

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Final Remarks

Tonight’s episode was terribly upsetting, a drama such as this one shouldn’t have taken this turn. The preview of the next episode was even more upsetting. Hopefully, Washma will be able to turn things around since Abdullah does love Mahjabeen, he only needs someone to make him realize that. I am also hoping that we will get to watch Abdullah’s character development since it is much-needed. I am waiting to see how Sarwar is punished in the end and Mansoora should be shown setting a good example for her daughter!

Did you watch this latest episode? 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 to detail.
An enthusiastic writer, thinker and a political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full time mom.

  • Top notch review, Fatima. Abdullah’s confusion and lack of resilience and Shanzay’s desperation is annoying the hell out of me. Although Bilal Abbas has played Abdullah brilliantly but out of all dramas, I expected PKS to be different since it had such refreshing characterizations but sadly the writer has taken it down the same irksome route. Yashma Gill is super annoying as Shanzay…..and Atiqa Odho is reminding me of her character in Besharam where she was a senseless old lady making wrong decisions….how ridiculous! Yumna Zaidi has made me fall in love with Mahjabeen. She has literally breathed life into her character….her portrayal is sincere and poignant….my heart goes out to Mahjabeen….hope Washma drives some sense into her stupid brother or Mahjabeen calls Washma and tells her about Sarwar’s antics.

    • Yumna Zaidi is just amazing. Mahjabeen for many of us is the reason we keep on watching this play. Yumna is much older in real life but she looks the right age and her cuteness is out of this world. Love your reviews Fatima.

      • My sweet mom was like haye Mahjabeen da ki bane ga. Her character and Yumna’s acting is outclass. It is almost like we personally know her and we can relate to what she is going through. Abdullah please come to your senses soon.

    • Thank you so much Mehreen. Even though Abdullah’s decisions in this episode were annoying and disappointing, I love Bilal Abbas’ portrayal. Mansoora is another disappointment, hopefully all the characters will get a much-needed wake-up call soon. Mahjabeen is amazing because of Yumna, the innocence is on point, love her completely.

      Yes, same here, hoping that will happen soon. I enjoyed reading your thoughts, keep giving your feedback :)

  • Your review is everything that was going through my mind while watching this episode. I have been reading your reviews since beginning and I feel exactly the same way about Abdullah. Why did they have to do that? He loves Mahjabeen there is no doubt about that but stupid Shanzay’s emotional blackmail has confused him so much. They should make Abdullah change his stance otherwise Mahjabeen like you said deserves better. She is innocent but she is a strong girl, she deserves a man who can fulfill his promises. I am so involved in this play. That last scene made me cry.

    • Me and my sister watched this episode together and that scene got us so emotional. Like Fatima said this episode was upsetting and distressing. Don’t and can’t watch Mahjabeen going through this.

    • I am glad we are on the same page Asma. Thank you so much for reading the reviews regularly, I really appreciate your weekly feedback. So true about the emotional blackmail being terribly annoying. The last scene was really emotional and needed, such a good way of letting the viewers know that Abdullah loves Mahjabeen.

      Keep reading and commenting.

  • Ufff yessss Mahjabeen deserves better than the treatment she got today. Abdullah disappointed. What you wrote about Mansoora is exactly what we were discussing in our house today. She makes me more angry than Sarwar. PKS is a good show, I am liking it and your reviews are cherry on top. Thanks

    • Thank you so much for liking the reviews Shaz, I am actually enjoying reviewing this drama. I still feel there are so many possible turns the story can take. Thank you for the feedback, keep reading, and commenting.

  • You’re right about ruining a beautiful, layered character like Abdullah and turning the story into a regular bewafai, dusri shadi story. For all you know, out of nowhere, Mahjabeen will be pregnant just so that Abdullah finds an excuse to not divorce her. I laughed when I heard the word ‘iddat’. Shanzay got engaged during her apparent ‘iddat’. The only reason I am not hating Abdullah right now is that he gives in to pressure easily and that he has been molded like that since childhood. Personalities can’t change easily – not unless a person hits a major roadblock which is sometimes too late. He has never earned a prize and Shanzay is his prize who – on the exterior – holds more value than someone like Mahjabeen. I don’t know how it doesn’t occur to him that he was the victim of humiliation and mockery once and Mahjabeen was the one that placed him on a high pedestal. Shanzay and Sarwar are going to teach him the lesson of his life. Unfortunately, by that time we wouldn’t want to forgive the bewafa husband. I really hope that’s not the case.

    • Well said about midday. When Sawar mentioned that, I was like dude she is roaming around and fancing around a guy in this situation

    • LOL!! True about the iddat! I agree with you, I have always found Abdullah’s actions logical, his character is brilliantly etched-out. Even though I was disappointed with his actions because I felt for Mahjabeen but yes everything made sense and the writer could have taken the story in a different direction by showing that Abdullah’s sensitive and caring side took over instead of his confusion. That would have made perfect sense too. I think that is the terrific thing about layered characters, there are so many different ways to make them react to a certain situation while keeping it real.

      I really hope that is not the case but yes seems like they might go down that path.

  • I have had watched initial one or two episodes but them left due to lack of time. Later, given the positive review from you, my mother and friend, I began watching it again. I feel Washma and Pho are really amazing, especially Washma. I really felt for Mahjabeen when she was hugging her mom and hiding her tears.
    I feel now the story should have focused for developlement of main leads, Abdullah becoming more confident and decisive and Mahjabeen tunring little wiser. And mansoora take charge of situation. But no we have to watch Shanzey.
    Yumna and Bilal are doing great job.

    • Hello Pakistani, I hope you are doing well. Yes, they are doing really well and their characters are beautifully etched-out, always logical, and convincing. I appreciate your feedback.

  • This is what Zanjabeel Asim does always…in balaa and cheekh too… initially plot is engaging but then she ruins it by dragging in the wrong way..

  • Assalam ulikum
    Fatima mam are you follow Deewangi abi main ne YouTube ti pay uski kal raat wali episode daiki. Every week iam impatiently waiting for Deewangi but kal raat wali episode daik kar and next ka promo daik kar to yahi lagta hai k uski story ab dragg honay wali hai

    • Waelukum Asalam Ayaz, I am not watching Deewangi, I think that most of the good dramas are being dragged now, it is like a new trend and definitely not a good one.

  • Well we all knew this is going to happen. Otherwise 30 episodes kesy niklen gi? You know after 17th episode i am not watching it regularly. I watch 2 to 3 episodes after every 2 week and skip the scenes of Abdullah and Shanzay. Washma gill and her fake accent is horrendous. Idk but they could have given her more screen time in the start and would have made her character justifiable. It was easy but they choose not to do it. They had limited options though. They could have taken Sarwar’s character to another direction and turning this into a rape story but that would have been even more terrible than this. I’m not bothered that much. For me this drama is ended. Now i will watch it after every other week. Your reviews are enough to tell me whether a episode is good or not

    • No we didn’t know because there were so many different directions in which PKS could have gone. Rape was not needed, involving mahjabeen and abdullah in uncovering sarwar’s misdoings at work would have been enough. This is not the end, this is the downward trend in the drama and we will see a good ending.

      • But can you stretch that to 30 episodes? This would have only taken 2 to 3 episodes to uncover Sarwar’s misdoings.

    • Thank you for reading the reviews and commenting Ahsan. I know! Yashma’s acting and her make-up both are unbearable. I am still looking forward to the upcoming episodes and find some of the characters really appealing even now which makes this drama way better than many other dramas that were dragged recently IMO.

  • Fatima I have read all your reviews of this drama. I like your character analysis a lot. You don’t leave anything unexplained. You are right we are all disappointed in Abdullah but what he did makes sense because of his personality. Well done. While many bloggers are bashing Abdullah, you are giving intelligent reviews. Kudos

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Kiran, you appreciation means a lot to me. I don’t know about others but I find no reason to criticize Abdullah, his personality is such that his confusion and the wrong decisions he is taking make sense. Although yes I am disappointed in him!

      Keep reading and commenting.

  • Thanks for the review Fatima.. i think Shanzay is desperate to get married to Abdullah not because he makes her feel loved but he is is someone she could boss around.. she can’t stand someone who would go against her wishes and she knows Abdullah is easy to handle. I hope Abdullah realises this and back to his senses soon.

  • Thanks for the review Fatima.. i think Shanzay is desperate to get married to Abdullah not because he makes her feel loved but he is is someone she could boss around.. she can’t stand someone who would go against her wishes and she knows Abdullah is easy to handle. I hope Washma and Po knocks some sense into Abdullah and he gets a realisation.

    • You’re welcome Maimoona. I think so too, she wants someone who will do things the way she wants but even then that element of her personality has not been highlighted enough. I really hope so too.

      Keep reading and commenting:)

  • You’ve said it Fatima! The scenarios that you’ve mentioned in your review could have been better choices to take this drama forward. In fact, when Mahjabeen and Abdullah got married, I was thinking that this drama is going to be about how well these two support each other against the evils….may be Mahjabeen supporting Abdullah to get hold of his business and property or Abdullah supporting Mahjabeen to save her from Sarwar and the couple emerging as ‘made for each other’. But this entire Shanzay’s desperation and her constant blackmailing is just cliche and annoying.

    I felt for Mahjabeen and Yumna has really done a commendable job in playing this character. You don’t feel much for Abdullah as he gives in to Shanzay’s emotional blackmail too often.

    When Mahjabeen’s father has Told Abdullah that she is a liar, I knew that this is going to cost her heavily whenever she tells people about Sarwar. At this point, I just felt that Abdullah should be kept away from Mahjabeen so that he realizes ‘he’ needs her as much as she needs ‘him’. With Washma and Pho coming back in the picture, may be this will happen but not sure how many episodes Abdullah will take to realize her worth and Shanzay’s meanness.

    • I love reading your comments, so detailed and well put together. Exactly! That is what I was expecting too. You’re absolutely right, ultimately Abdullah will have to realize how much he needs Mahjabeen no one else can make that decision for him. That sounds perfect, I hope the story progresses like you mentioned.

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