Sang e Mah Episode 12 & 13 Story Review – The Blame Game

Ohkay so, Sang e Mah continues to be intriguing & gripping, just like how it started. Although the story has definitely come to a standstill; the characters & their perspectives have come to the forefront. It is definitely interesting to witness what each one of them is feeling & going through. The thing that sets Sang e Mah apart is that despite being complex, these characters have been written & translated on screen with so much clarity & finesse that you find understanding them quite easy.

The Blame Game

The members of the Jirga are still in a fix about what should be done considering Haji Marjan is an integral & definitive part of it. However, they also find themselves torn between what should be done because this is the first time their credibility is being questioned by the entire Las Peeran. Their conversations always make an interesting part of the episode because it shows how they are faced with such an issue that they have never witnessed before.

Hilmand was stabbed & once again, it has torn everyone apart. Some are feeling guilty, whereas some are being suspected. In this whole scenario, no one actually knows who is responsible but somehow the blame game has started. Hilmand’s perspective is again clouded by his hatted towards Marjan which makes him think he is behind this attack. Marjan as well as Zarsanga think that Hikmat has done this. It is unfortunate that the moment Hikmat decided to do something for himself, he is being held responsible. It simply goes to show that the transition in Hikmat was definitely not well received by both Marjan & Zarsanga, that is why they have no faith in him & believe he is capable of doing something this grave. Then comes Zarghona, who also felt she played a part in what happened to Hilmand, once again assuming it is only because of Gulmeena that Hikmat decided to kill his own brother.

Badam Gul has always had a soft corner for Mastaan Singh. He has spent years serving Zarghona along with Mastaan. Therefore for him to figure out who was behind the attack was a particularly important development. Badam Gul will definitely do what it takes to protect Mastaan because he of all the people will understand Mastaan’s motive as well as emotions for doing what he did!

Mastaan Singh has spent years & years serving Zarghona, however more than her, he feels strongly for Gulmeena because, during those tough times, she was the only relief he would feel while being tested. Gulmrena has also treated Mastaan with respect & affection, therefore Mastaan couldn’t see her being disgraced like that. Part of it also feels like he wanted to once again prove his loyalty to Zarghona & also compensate for the loss he caused to her. So far Zarghona has at least this part sorted that all of this happened because of Gulmeena but little does she know that it is not exactly what she thinks it is.

Shehrzaad continues to find herself entangled in Marjan’s family affairs. However, it is clear that despite her article being her priority, her focal point now is Hilmand because of the strong feelings she has for him. Shehrzaad has become quite involved in this matter & more so because both Marjan & Zarsanga have given her the confidence to do so. She has yet to learn about Hilmand’s side of the story & then it will be interesting to see what her reaction would be. So far, she truly believes everything that Zarsanga has told her but finding out the other side of the story will be bewildering for her.

I must say, although there are a lot of supporting characters in Sang e Mah, they all get the credit for filling up the scenes with strong performances & screen presence. Be it Awal Khan or Hilmand’s friends, Sabz Ali’s mother, members of the Jirga, or even the servant at Hikmat’s place who gave him a piece of his mind – they all may have a minor role to play in the entire story but their presence is felt & their emotions are also conveyed loud & clear. This highlights the in-depth writing of Sang e Mah as well as the keen eye of the director to put all the characters to good use to tell the story. It has never felt unnecessary or unimportant seeing what all these supporting characters have to say & that adds more to the episode.

Phenomenally Directed

These episodes of Sang e Mah were purely based on the personal struggles, doubts, questions & complexities of all the characters of the story. Some took the front seat whereas a few were in the background however, they all were concerned about one & only Hilmand, who is definitely ruling their lives for now. It is interesting how each one of them has one thing or the other to do with him. I enjoyed seeing Shehrzaad around Hilmand, it was like in this harsh scenario, she brought calm & relief that is missing from Hilmand’s life. He has yet to learn about how she feels but he will also be moved by her & I can not wait to see that. All the actors deserve full points for such brilliant & strong portrayal of all these complex characters. Sang e Mah has been written & directed phenomenally well. Team Sang e Mah definitely should take a bow for bringing a drama like this to our TV screens. I can not wait to see what more do they have in store for us. Please share your thoughts about these episodes of Sang e Mah.

Keep Supporting,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with 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 have below comments for Episode-12.
    I like the slow pace the drama is going through. Actually, it is building up the story very nicely. The part Shaherzad played Today to end the Gagh through talk & not through gun or revenge, was good. She convinced Gulmeena to interfere in between so she will not get married to a murderer. Referring Hikmat, she has chosen not just a murderer word but “murderer of innocence/Masoomiyat ka qatil” if he kills Hilmand. Gulmeena immediately catches this because his innocence is the most liked characteristic by her, which made her fall in love. And then she strongly instructs Hikamt that she will marry him, only when he brings his father, mother & brother, Hilmand. bringing Hilmand means no killing. That’s a good plan. The discussion between Shahji & Hilmand was also interesting. Seeing the way he talks to a growing plant like his own kid, looks nice that some people really care for plants & enjoy gardening. “Khudko manna aur khudka manna, yehi sabse bada dhoka hai” what a dialogue! Self-pride & act on this pride is the real deceit to the life which Allah makes you follow. And not only that, through the plant he warns Hilmand not to go against the wind (against Haji/on Gagh/follow his self-made pride), which at the end will ruin you, like the plant. The advice Kaka gave to Mastan singh to go to Zarghona after marriage, was sensible & mature advice. Then it will not make Zarghona any angrier as soon as sees face the killer of her husband. When Shaherzad bows & kisses Haji Marjaan’s hand, he says to himself, “tu mar kion nahi gaya bad bakht”, I think this is because when someone kisses the hand & touches the eye, means she is giving respect to him. And deep-down Haji Marjaan knows that he is not worthy of such respect as he has done grave mistakes in the past, hence uttered those dialogues to himself. Lastly, the song by Hilmand, is so well narrated his own situation through the geographical location of Pakistan. Pakistan is in between Russia & China, not exactly in between but its border touches both and is always in between the clashes between the two. Pakistan fought with Russia while befriending China. The same situation is for Hilmand here. Haji Marjan is like Russia & like Naag who bites and Hikmat is like China who is a friend & calls him through his “been/Pungi” means actually loves him a lot. Like to iterate the actual words, “ Mehfil rangeen hai, mehfil rangeen hai, mamla sangeen hai, ek taraf roos hai ek taraf cheen hai”.

  • And below are the comments for Episode-13.
    This episode was just the aftermath of the attack on Hilmand. For some, Shahezaad’s reaction looks over because of the way she cries & worries for Hilmand. But in my way she has not yet announced her feelings to Hilmand or not even any of the family members. All these feelings are deep inside her like a one-sided lover. So, her worrying & crying scene is justified because it was with her Boss to whom she has expressed her one-sided feeling. Zarghona discussing with Badam Gul, made good logic with time calculation that Hilmand is alive & getting treated in hospital. Hikmat’s scene with his housemaid was good to show that you need to treat the elderly with respect though they serve you silently, but if they speak, it will be a bitter truth. Hilmand’s dialogue about his tongue as a dead body needing for final bath like an actual dead body was a great example of resemblance. Finally, though he is much weak after the attack, he wanted to show Haji Marjan that he is stronger & still his enemy, was a great show put up by Hilmand that a fight is always between two stronger person and he is no way going to give up this fight. As it was just a show put up, but as he is actually weak bodily, he fell down immediately which Shaherzaad found when she entered the room.

  • SeM keeps one on their feet with twists and turns. I liked the conversation between Shah g and Hilmand where Shah g was actually saying to Hilmand by talking to plant “kaha bhi tha jald baazi na dikhao”.
    Thanks for review Zahra. Like you said the supporting actors have their own space and all of them are also preforming brilliantly. Good casting by the production house.