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Sabaat Episode 23 Story Review – Hamsafar Vibes

Tonight’s episode of Sabaat was emotional and just like every other episode of this drama, there were some situations that did not make much sense. Harris continues to be the most disappointing character in the drama, Miraal’s blatant disregard of other people’s feelings continues to be the same and this shift in Hassan’s character is unbearable, to say the least. It is good to have Anaya’s parents back in the picture. Syed Muhammad Ahmed and Mawra Hocane were stars of the show tonight. Syed Muhammad Ahmed is exceptional and he is definitely not the kind of actor who needs a director to guide him. That is probably the only reason why his scenes always leave an impact irrespective of who he works with. I truly felt for Anaya tonight and her reaction was translated really well on screen by Mawra Hocane. Ameer Gillani acted well considering this was his first such scene but the director failed to do justice to his scenes. The background score in this drama is most inappropriate at times. Although Shahzad Kashmiri is a skillful director yet there are so many scenes in Sabaat which fall completely flat because of his direction. The script has many loopholes and it isn’t impressive but the director has also failed to capture some of the emotions in such a way that they leave an impact. I couldn’t feel Hassan’s pain because his scenes were not captured properly. Some of the scenes were too slow which affected the overall tempo of this episode.

The Heartbreak

The turn Hassan/Anaya track was emotional and in a way pleasantly surprising considering the fact that Anaya so far has been doing whatever it took to ‘please’ her husband. This track also had Hamsafar vibes, Anaya is expecting, Hassan doesn’t know and he accused her of cheating! Ami aap kya keh rahi hei was replaced by a more powerful response by the writer. Anaya chose not to explain herself or even question Hassan. This for her was the end! I liked Anaya’s reaction and her anger was justified. The way she demanded that her father should be there for her was another refreshing aspect of this entire development. The fact that his father is unwell and she cannot share this tragedy with him was however a done-to-death scenario. I really want a happy ending for at least one of Muhammad Ahmed’s characters. He always makes us fall in love with the characters he plays but most of these characters exit the drama and leave us really sad. Anaya’s father is such an amazing human, he would have been her biggest support and together they could fight all odds but it was not meant to be!

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Hassan has joined the long line of all those husbands who fell for the trap set for them and doubted their wives. This is another scenario that we have seen in our dramas so many times. The writer has relied on too many clichés, sadly. He managed to avoid the ‘mein tumhei talaq deta hu’ part and now we are left wondering if Hassan will be able to redeem himself. The role Hassan’s mother played tonight was also a positive one which makes me wonder if she will eventually be able to knock some sense into him. It was actually frustrating watching someone as sensible as Hassan believing Atif. Even though Miraal made it pretty obvious that she couldn’t care less about Hassan’s feelings, he did not react to it.

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Miraal and Harris

We all know by now that Miraal is unreasonable, controlling, self-obsessed, and insensitive but Harris was introduced as an honest man with certain values. However, recently he comes across as someone who doesn’t even have a personality of his own. He doesn’t act like someone who guides other people through their emotional turmoil. He completely fails to see Miraal’s negative traits. When Miraal was ecstatic because her brother’s marriage failed Harris was somehow okay with that! He answered Miraal’s call and lied to her in the middle of his session, which was highly unprofessional. Had he turned out to be a negative character who wanted revenge or had issues of his own, this character would have been more interesting. Harris is Miraal no. 2 because he is equally shallow!

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Miraal’s conversation with her father was equally confusing. When they started talking it seemed like he did not know what Miraal had been planning but after a while whatever he said suggested that he was fully aware of everything. He is another character who is just as an enabler, nothing more and nothing less. By the end of this episode, Miraal found out that her husband lied to her and she will send Atif to verify whether that really is the case or not. Atif got the job he wanted so he will continue trying to please Miraal.

Final Remarks

I just hope that this drama wraps up soon because some of the tracks have stopped making sense altogether. This was a relatively better episode since there were some emotions involved but it was slow nevertheless.

Did you watch this episode? 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.

  • Excellent review Fatima. Why didn’t I think of Hamsafar while watching this episode, you are so right!! LOL @ ami aap kya keh rahi hein😂😂 I liked Anaya’s reaction but like you mentioned the scenes are so slow. I was expecting better from the director. Usman Mukhtar chose the worse drama. Thank you for the reviews. I wait for them.

    • Thank you so much Nimra. Same here, I expected better from the director and I also feel that HUM should invest in writers instead of the star cast, at the end of the day content is the king. You’re most welcome, I wait for your feedback too.

  • My Favorite Dialgoue in Today’s Episode:

    “Mai Samajhti Thi Keh Miraal Apne Baap Pe Gayi Hai Aur Tum Mujh Par Magar Mujhe Aaj Andaza Hua, Tum Bhi Apne Baap Par He Gaye Ho”

  • Another balanced review by you Fatima. I had to forward some scene because they were unnecessary and as you pointed out slow. I am waiting for this drama to end! Your thoughts about husbands in Pakistani dramas are in line with mine. Keep writing these honest reviews. I used to be Usman Mukhtar fan, not anymore.

    • Thank you so much Hamnah. I agree with you, some of the scenes were literally dragged. I intend to ;) Yes! These husbands are normalizing something which shouldn’t be normalized. I was also so excited to watch Usman Mukhtar on screen again but not sure what to think now.

  • I totally second you. This episode was better only because Anaya’s reaction. I couldn’t agree more with Hasan’s mother when she said he turned to be like his father.

  • I think Hasan was a jerk initially… and changed only for a while with Anaya.

    I’m getting a humsafar vibe too. Why are all the rich, good looking men so insecure?

    Anyhow, Anaya should run far far away from this crazy family ….

  • Drama to intahai fuzul hochuka hai…. Bechara director bhee kiya karay jab script main hee jaan na ho. Agar ye log psychological issues per focus kertay to kafi patients hain is dramay main jin ko ilaj ki zaroorat hai…!!!

  • You nailed it fatima.same thoughts crossed my mind while watching this drama.humsafar vibes were all there with some shifting of characters.drama.had lot of expectations but it turned out to be mediocre drama nothing new.May it wrap soon.

  • You’ve said it all Fatima! This episode was slightly better than the previous few, may be because of the emotional quotient.

    The scenes at Anaya’s house were once again the best part of the episode. Miraal is suddenly back to her home and is all happy and this doesn’t ring a bell in Hassan’s head. The way Fareed talked about his ‘dukh’, made me laugh a bit. He and Miraal are anything but ‘dukhi’. It was also shocking to see Harris being happy with Miraal when Hassan got back home, though i’m sure he isn’t aware of the whole situation but still being happy at someone’s separation is not a psychiatrist thing.

    Hassan seems to be as unreasonable as other members of his family (barring his mom). He is believing Atif more than his wife. Anaya’s reaction made sense and I guessed that probably she wouldn’t say anything to him at the moment. I am now tired of seeing Miraal winning and want to see her downfall. I hope they make it happen soon as its getting unbearable by the day.

    • So true about Hassan’s family Sheetal. Yes, finally an episode with some emotions otherwise this drama is so void of emotions. Same here, sick and tired of Miraal, same old!

      Thank you for reading the reviews every week and commenting.

  • This proves that u dont get married to a guy but to a family.. The day hassan’s father disrespected anaya’s family, anaya should have broken all ties with him.. If she was truly a doting daughter, nothing but her father’s respect should have been the first thing

  • Thanks for the brilliant review Fatima, what a pathetic story!
    I fast forward the whole episode and it would be better if they hadn’t shown Harris in this episode, he was there just for one minute. Don’t know why Usman chose this horrible horrible project
    ( cameo role)
    I am not going to watch anything of this writer and director, 🤔 this duo should be banned as they made such a silly and rubbish play.
    It’s all about Miraal’s dressing, her make up and her snobbish attitude, she does nothing in the office except doing domestic saazish with full make up on.
    Writer hasn’t shown her qualification but she is running a big corporate business 😳without any experience. WEIRD!
    Also, writer should take some classes for writing ✍️ because he committed plagiarism.
    Hope this torture ends soon.

    • You’re most welcome Simi. Even Miraal’s dressing is so weird most of the time. LOL Yes! The way she took over the business made no sense, I thought at that time perhaps this would be the fall of the company but in this drama nothing leads anywhere, a little too simple to the extent of being shallow.

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