Sang e Mah Episode 1 Story Review – A Powerpacked Beginning

Ohkay so, the writing of Mustafa Afridi, the direction of Saife Hassan & the production of Momina Duraid; Sang e Mah began with a bang. The very first episode was enough to promise a gripping storyline with some very interesting & never-seen-before type of characters. The thing I found most noticeable was how the team created a completely different ambiance that didn’t even for a second remind me of Sang e Marmar, although there were so many notable actors who have been a part of both the projects. The first episode set a perfect foundation for what is yet to come & I can not wait to see each of these characters & their journeys.

Cast & Characters

Haji Marjan Khan (Nauman Ejaz) & Zarsanga (Samiya Mumtaz) are parents of Hilmand (Atif Aslam) & Hikmat (Zaviyar Noman). Hikmat being the youngest & probably the well-loved child has a very simple approach & perspective towards life. However, the eldest Hilmand is aloof to the world around him & doesn’t shy away from letting others know where he stands & what his approach is. Marjan being one of the reputable members of the tribe has a say in the matters concerning their tribesmen, whereas the only person he has zero control over happens to be his own son Hilmand. It was interesting to note how both Marjan & Hilmand stood against each other where Marjan found himself losing in front of his son.

Sang e Mah Episode 1 Story Review - A Powerpacked Beginning

Zarghona (Sania Saeed) has denounced her tribe & has been living life her way. She is a single parent of Gulmeena (Hania Amir) who happens to be in love with her cousin Hikmat. Zarghona & her sister Zarsanga are not on talking terms anymore. Although Gulmeena & Hikmat do think they can get married, Zarghona has made it very clear that it can never happen. Hikmat & Gulmeena’s interactions were some of the highlights of this episode which showed how two people in love can not see things any other way. Hikmat’s relationship with his mother was shown beautifully where he always brings out the child in his mother who on the other hand has very staunch views & belief system. Zarghona also has an assistant Badam Gul (Hassan Noman), who obviously will have a very strong role to play in the story. The brief introduction that he got showed that he was capable of so much more & definitely knows his tribe really well.

We also got introduced to Harshali (Najiba Faiz) & her fiance (Omair Rana), they both belong to the Sikh community & despite being engaged for 20 years, they still have not gotten married. Harshali is still waiting for him but he has been involved in self-inflicted punishment where he has turned a blind eye towards any happiness that may come his way. Their introduction was brief but enough to pique interest in what their story is & how it will be linked to the tribe of Marjan Khan.

Sang e Mah Episode 1 Story Review - A Powerpacked Beginning

The first episode also started a conversation about the concept of Gagh, which is deemed punishable in the current times. Gagh is something that a guy does when he likes a girl. He fires bullets outside the vicinity of that girl to let everyone know that she belongs to him & that no one should even think about getting married to her. Currently, Sabz Ali committed Gagh apparently when he was intoxicated & the jirga is now going to decide his fate. I found Zarsangha’s take on this entire matter quite grave & extreme. That was a peek into the kind of person she was & how her mind worked. In the first look, who would’ve thought that Zarsangha could think on such lengths but the things she said related to Gagh not shocked Marjan Khan but also showed that these emotions were erupting from a wound she herself has probably endured. The note at which the episode ended where Hikmat casually spoke about Gagh to claim Gulmeena very clearly laid a foundation of what the future holds for this family.

Well well well, talking about Hilmand Khan; undoubtedly he is going to be a very interesting character to see & explore. The layers that he has were barely touched upon in this episode but were enough to make me look forward to his journey. His dialogues were written beautifully & showed the kind of deep thinker, poetic & philosophical Hilmand was. No wonder why he finds himself detached from the circus around him & finds solace in the silence of the graveyard. While watching this episode & a few scenes of Hilmand, all I could think of was how beautifully this grand character was written just for Atif Aslam. The kind of character Hilmand is, it had to be portrayed by someone with this kind of aura, uniqueness & screen presence. Atif Aslam has portrayed Hilmand effortlessly & I could also see some of his own personality reflected in this character.

Sang e Mah Episode 1 Story Review - A Powerpacked Beginning

Full of Surprises

The first episode of Sang e Mah was full of surprises. I loved seeing Omair Rana & Najiba Faiz in one frame yet again, they both made a lovely pair in Sang e Marmar too. Kubra Khan’s entry as a journalist was a good surprise too. For me, the highlight of this entire episode was the insight that was given into Zarsangha’s character, which was beautifully portrayed by Samiya Mumtaz. The change in her tone, her expressions, the anger & all the emotions that she felt while talking about Sabz Ali who committed Gagh was phenomenal. Nauman Ejaz was mesmerizing with his strong screen presence. I really liked how Zaviyar Noman & Hania Amir created the chemistry of Hikmat & Gulmeena on screen. They both actually looked really nice with each other. Sania Saeed’s aura & screen presence was on another level in this drama as Zarghona. Atif Aslam’s performance was spellbinding & I loved all the dialogues that were written for his character.

Sang e Mah’s very first episode has laid a solid foundation for the rest of the episodes. The Pukhtoon culture was brought to life on screen seamlessly. I actually felt like I was moved into another world where they all existed, it was really powerful. I must commend Hania Amir for doing justice to the Pushto accent throughout the episode. Zaviyar Noman tried his best too & it was a decent effort. No one does Pushto accent like Hassan Noman, that’s a done deal. I think the fact that Atif Aslam decided not to sport an accent gave him a grip over his performance. Considering this was his debut drama & very first on-screen appearance, it was the right decision on his part to not take up the accent which otherwise would’ve limited him from performing to the fullest. I could already see the actors struggling to keep up with the accent, therefore, seeing it not coming from Atif Aslam was a relief, otherwise, it would’ve left the audience distracted too.

The very first episode of Sang e Mah was well-directed. I loved the way they created the ambiance & brought it all to life. I loved Zarghona’s house & its interiors, it was simple but beautiful. It won’t be wrong to say that Atif Aslam was the star of the first episode & the entire cast gave power-packed performances. Production value, attention to detail & the overall execution was top-notch as well. Sang e Mah has had a great start & I can not wait to watch the rest of the drama. Please share your thoughts about the very first episode of Sang e Mah.

Keep Supporting,
Cheers,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with Reviewit.pk in 2012. After moving to Australia, Pakistani content was a way of staying connected to the roots, language & Pakistani culture because it felt home. Eight years ago, review writing began as a hobby but has now turned into a passion.

  • I loved the interior of their house too..
    I think no one should’ve been asked to sport an accent.. Aise bhi chal Jata kaam as u can see that sikh girl is actually a pathan in real life but doesn’t have an accent, neither in sang e marmar as gulalai nor in this one but it’s totally okay.. Doesn’t seem odd u know..
    Sania saeed is love ❤️ top level actress koi muqabla nhi inka ya even noman ejaz ka… 👌
    I also loved hilmands shayari
    Thnx Zahra for reviewing it 😍.. Mei koi 3rd time puchne lgi hun, :P ap log jo bichar Gaye dekh rahe hain? Would love to discuss that too with anyone watching…

    • Lucky Ji,

      I was hoping either Zahra Ji or Fatima Ji would review Joh Bichar Gaye, a drama based on Col. (R) Z. I. Faruukh’s book Bichar Gaye.

      I have said this before….
      it will be great to see them writting a review of a drama together….
      Sang E Mah may be……
      not too late….

      Otherwise, with due permission,
      you can watch Hassan Ji and Amnaa Ji’s review of Joh Bichar Gaye on Something Haute, hosted on Youtube on Monday/Tuesday.
      I am presuming you haven’t yet watched this.

      Having said this, I will still want to read the review of Joh Bichar Gaye by Zahra Ji or Fatima Ji.
      It is an awesome drama.

      Thank You and Regards,
      Ketan

  • That was a powerful start indeed! It has set the tone right for what is coming.

    I loved Omain Rana and Gullalai’s scene, it was brilliantly acted by both the actors. All other actors have done justice to the script by effortlessly delivering good performances.

    Hilmand was talking to someone’s grave when Hikmat was asking him to go home with him, can someone tell me whose grave it was?

    • We don’t know yet as the name on gravestone wasn’t mentioned by any of the characters in this epi. I can’t remember the name even. koi boht important nhi laga so didn’t pay attention :)

  • I have a feeling that Hilmand is Marjan Khan’s step son. The whole grave scene and the confrontation with the ‘dushmani’ comment made me think so. Must say Sania Saeed and Samiya Mumtaz are both chameleons. U just forget the person behind the character, they immerse themselves so well! Undoubtedly the first episode had an intrigue element. If Sang e Mar Mar is an example to go by, this one too will be an ‘out of the box’ intelligent serial! Looking forward to how it unfolds.

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