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Sabaat Episode 18 Story Review – Lackluster

Sabaat has been on air for 18 weeks and we have barely seen a couple of good episodes. The drama continues to be unimpressive and the story is moving forward at a snail’s pace. Even the dialogue delivery of some of the actors has been ‘slow’! It was good to see Anaya’s parents in the opening scene tonight since they are the best part of the drama, clearly, all the other characters are not interesting enough. They are positive individuals who always have the right approach towards everything. Overall, however, this was another uninteresting episode in which the story progressed without leaving much impact. It is definitely not the kind of drama that keeps you on the edge or looking forward to more. Sabaat can easily be termed as the most meaningless play which has been presented in such a way as if it has something bigger to offer! You keep on waiting for some depth and meaning but most often there is none! Miraal got married in this episode and her sole purpose in life still is to separate Hasan and Anaya. The whole ‘naani track’ has been relegated to the background therefore that served no purpose either except that because of it Miraal met her ‘soulmate’.

Miraal and Harris

Miraal and Harris got married in this episode but there was nothing exciting about this marriage or how it was covered. Like every other important development in Sabaat, this marriage was also just another event! Harris is yet another person in Miraal’s life who does whatever he can to please her majesty! Harris’ house seems to be in the same place as Miraal’s father, a different location would have been a good change. Perhaps that is why Miraal feels that nothing has changed since she got married! The ‘misunderstanding’ at the wedding when Harris was joking with his friends might have reflected Harris’ actual intentions but then he seems to be quite well-off himself. I hope there is more to this character and it isn’t as plain as it appears to be.

There has been absolutely no change in Miraal’s personality. Those sessions with Harris were obviously pointless. Apart from the fact that naani is not haunting Miraal anymore, everything else is pretty much the same. Miraal chose not to invite Hasan to her wedding herself and his friend is putting in a lot of effort to brainwash him. The marriage was covered nicely, the big hall and the guests made it look like it was a real wedding but Miraal and Harris’ relationship was more typical and shallow than anything else. Miraal wants Harris to be her ‘psychiatrist’ as well as her husband now and he is more than willing to comply *yawn*!

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Anaya and Hasan

When Anaya and Hasan moved out of the house, I was actually looking forward to how their life would be without interference from Miraal but guess what, Miraal is still pretty much influencing their lives. Hasan’s situation is understandable and his frustrations make sense. It is however frustrating watching this extremely cute on-screen couple in situations that are a little too realistic. Some light romantic scenes between these two would have made this track more entertaining. Right now Anaya comes across more like a motherly figure than Hasan’s wife! The writer should have focused a little more on the romantic aspect of their relationship.

Some of the scenes tonight suggested that Hasan was not happy with the way things turned out. It was Anaya who motivated him to give everything up and start a new life and that was when he did not even know Anaya. Now that he is in love with her and she is his wife, it is almost as if being with her is not rewarding enough. While the struggles and the disappointments these two have faced have been shown logically, watching this track take such a sad turn is upsetting. Miraal did not feel for Hasan even when she found out what he was going through. She is so convinced that she is doing her brother a favor by making him suffer since this would ultimately lead to creating a rift between him and Anaya.

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Hasan has joined Yasir Qureshi’s company and in the next episode his father will find that out too. I am wondering how this track will be taken forward although just like many other previous developments which had potential, this one may not be exploited in an interesting manner.

Final Remarks

Miraal and Harris’ track has been penned down in such a manner that it is just plain unappealing. I still feel like I don’t know Harris at all and whatever I have watched so far suggests that he is a really boring character, to stay the least. I am still wondering why Fareed is shown putting his wife down in every single episode, is it even necessary? Hasan and Anaya’s character is going downhill as well, Hasan has turned into an angry young man and Anaya is constantly giving him advice which was slightly annoying. Having said that, I think Mawra Hocane has performed really well. I wish the characters and their tracks were more meaningful.

Did you watch tonight’s episode of Sabaat? 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 to detail.
An enthusiastic writer, thinker and a political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full time mom.

  • Okay so I had a tough time putting my finger on what was it that was not right about Anaya Hassan track. After reading this review I know it! You said it, it was because of Anaya’s lectures. She is a good girl but hey this was a cute couple not anymore. Your review is on point. Please review Ghissi Pitti Mohabbat soon.

    • Thank you so much for liking the review Kanwal. I will review GPM, not sure if soon or a little later but will review it IA. Thanks a lot for liking the review and commenting.

  • They had shown promos as if this will some drama focusing on social issues including workplace harassment but more than half of the drama has been completed but nothing has happened. It was a boring episode. While Hasan was a student, he was able to earn 3K per week via freelancing so why doesn’t he start that again? And he can teach math and physics tuitions. With all that in along with call centre join why would he need to join Yasir Quershi when he knows the guy may hold grudges against his family.
    It’s good that while they showed there are girls like Atif’s colleague who use other means to go up, there are also girls like Anaya who work hard to get their way up.

    • Yeah one thing I didn’t understand. Why join a guy who has been your parents’, your family’s enemy. But I guess he feels desperate…I don’t know…

      • He feels desperate indeed and that is why he agreed to join. But he should spoken to Anaya’s father for advice. Yasir can destroy Hasan’s career. Such people do exist in our society

    • Yes, the promos did suggest that this was going to be a really meaningful drama. So true! It has happened more than once that some of these problems have been ‘self-created’! I found that bit convincing since Hasan was so desperate but like you mentioned, why not work from home, good point.

  • Hey Fatima, I would also suggest you to review ghissi pitti mohabbat and also some old classical dramas which were a hit yet no reviewed you ppl. Also, we would love to read the collaborated critical articles of you and zahra. They were fantastic. I follow alot of reviews and find yours very critical and unbiased. keep up your good work. I have been a major yet concealed fan since the very beginning. Last request, please consider doing video reviews. I would love to see you lading actually talking and presenting your analysis. But suit yourselves. Much Love to you guys.

    • Hello Hamna, we did review classic dramas a few years back titled Drama of the Week, it was like an overview and yes that was a lot of fun. I actually want to review Mushk as well therefore so confused right now LOL!! We are going to start writing those articles again so watch this space ;) Video reviews are not on the list, apologies for that.

      Thank you so much for all the love and support. Keep reading and commenting.

  • the episode moved forward but nothing new that we didn’t know would happen tonight, i have a feeling that Miraal doesn’t know whom Hassan works for because i’m sure he hasn’t mentioned the bosses name in front of Miraal
    Miraal looked beautiful one her wedding day & she wore lovely clothes the next few days but when she went to her parents house she wore english clothes but even they were not up to her usual style
    it will be interesting to watch now that Miraal expects Dr Harris to go along with whatever she decides on, lets see how he likes it

  • Love your reviews Fatima. You always say what is on my mind. How I wish you were reviewing more dramas. Will you review Mushk? How stupid is this that Miraal doesn’t know where detective Atif works. Sabaat’s script is the worse and you are the only reviewer who picked that up in the initial episodes. Stay blessed.

    • Aww thank you so much Momina for all the love, right back at ya;) So happy to know that we are on the same page. I want to review Mushk, I think I will. LOL @ detective Atif. Thank you once again for the kind words, keep reading and commenting.

  • Yess the episode was quite boring. Miraal has no respect for anyone. In the previous episode when they had the conversation at the golf course I thought she finally got someone who she looks up to n respects.. but aal she wants in her life is to have puppets saying yess boss your always right..🙄🙄

  • Liked the ep. Really enjoyed the conversation between Miraal and Haaris because men when they do fall in love initially dooo try to bend over backwards to please the women. And it was nice to see his helplessness and her wanting to do ladai because she was being authentic about being upset. Enjoyed it.

  • Anaya’s just frustrating… like Hasan wanted to do the housework she was like ‘NO’ and then Hasan, trying to get rid of his boredom and uselessness wanted to work in a call center she was like ‘NO’ I mean what do you even want woman? Anaya started off as my favourite and ended up as my least favourite character

  • Okay so I wanna say this… I have never commented so much on any drama like I have in sabaat… we all watch the drama and although we don’t love it… we still watch it and come here to talk about it… everyone can express their opinions and no one will challenge them rudely… whether we like it or not we have become a kind of a fandom, We come here, some of us fangirl over Usman and wonder why he would choose this script, whether we hate miral more or anaya for being a bechari… I think thats pretty cool. Being a fandom.
    Sorry I’m feeling really cheesy here.

  • perfect review fatima, i too surrender, i have been enjoying the drama so far and still had some good expectations but things continue to go downhill. we can understand that hassan is too desperate but still to work in his father’s biggest enemy’s company who is a fraud, is difficult to digest, and why to take all those insults from him, he has not come on road and even if that happens he has family to support him, he doesnt want favours from his parents or inlaws and now taking favours from a cheat.

    dr haris is another cartoon, for the first time in my life i saw someone joking with a doctor that he got married into a rich family for money, this was another disgusting thing, he is a doctor, a famous one, is he some poor guy. i hope he really starts getting some self respect and straighten out miraal.

    farid is also unbearable now, no explanation abt his bias towards his daughter and his pathetic behaviour with his wife.

    i will watch the next few episodes in fast forward mode, until story starts taking a positive turn.

    fatima, pls review ghisi pitti mohabbat, and also prem gali, thats going to be awesome, written by faiza iftikhar. i dont have high expectations from mushk, imran ashraf is a good writer, but his stories are little slow, and agn collaborating with drag king ahson talish. their last outing tabeer was a good story but too slow and boring. and cant forgive ahson talish who messed up a farhat ishtiaq story- ye dil mera.

    • Thank you so much tiger for liking the review, akhir aap ki patience bhi khatam ho gaye ;) LOL @ cartoon, that is actually the right word for him. What a badly written character. I am not sure which one I am going to review, will watch the first episode of Mushk and decide. GPM was really interesting, waiting for the second episode.

  • Perfect depiction of the episode Fatima!

    Miraal and Haaris’s wedding was covered in a very unimpressive way. Except for their outfits and venue, nothing else made it look like a wedding. Miraal definitely takes after her father, they both are very self-centered. The same Fareed who shied away from his responsibilities when Hassan was getting married is now giving his wife lessons on how she should participate. These two characters are shown as the ones who always go downhill with each passing episode.

    Hassan’s friend is another such character. If he is feeling so bad to see his friend taking lift to come meet him, why didn’t he care to pick his friend up himself. Every time he meets Hassan, he goes on to do the reporting to his cunning sister! He has to be the worst friend, who is doing all this for his own selfish motive.

    I think Anaya is being a little unreasonable. Why does she think it is wrong for Hassan to work in a call centre, the lines were delivered in a way that puts the profession at a lower level. I have seen many people opting for call centre jobs to make a living and then they go on to make it their full time career by choice. I understand the purpose of that dialogue “Aapne degree isliye to nahi ki thi’ and I understand they are engineers, I am one myself, but its not ok to talk about other professions like that. Besides, if he wants to do this for the time being, what’s wrong!

    I was delighted to see Anaya’s parents opening the episode too. I think Harris’s personality is yet to unfold but its high time its done now as more than half of the drama episodes have been aired already. If it is true that Miraal and Harris’s track has been modified, they need to up their game and let Harris shine, because right now his addition to this drama seems very redundant.

    • Thank you so much, Sheetal. Well I hope so, there must/should be more to Harris otherwise his character will be too boring. That’s right Anaya is not helping for sure and I am getting tired of the lectures.

      I enjoyed reading your comment, keep reading, and commenting.

  • Fatima Are you watching Log Kya Kahenge? Its looking intriguing and Aijaz Aslam has been Beyond exceptional Please review it after PKS ends please

  • One more thing I cant understand that howcome haris got married to miraal, and he is not even asking abt her brother, why he is not staying with them, why the bhabho didnt attend the marriage…..etc such details are just being ignored by the makers for their convinience. At the moment it seems difficult that haris will be able to change miraal, bcoz she doesnt seem to be madly in love with haris, to listen to him or respect him. She is dominating him the same way as she does with others.

  • Hi Fatima, great review as always. Anaya started off as character with lots of potential but she is so irritating now, the sabaat trailers and OST made the drama seem really interesting and as if it was going to be dealing with social problems and harassment but we’ve seen one speech and a woman who’s allowed herself to become the “bechari”
    Btw I know you used to review ishqiya- what were your thoughts on the ending. I was shocked!

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