Sangat – Episode 18

Repetitive, predictable, lame, sickening and extremely disappointing – these few words explain this particular episode more than any other! It was quite obvious that the “saza” Ayesha had in her mind for Shahwez would be that he stays in her mother’s house in “that” room for the rest of his life. Although the writer and the director have tried their best to convince the viewers that this indeed would be the ultimate “saza” for this man but somehow I find it extremely lame and can’t relate to this man’s misery. The scenes between Ayesha and Shahwez make me cringe now, although Ayesha is doing all of this to make him suffer but they are spending a little too much time together considering their history! Sometimes less is more therefore it would’ve been better if all of this could have been summed up in one final confrontation instead of showing Ayesha “punishing” this man over and over again because no matter how many times she does it I still don’t feel for him and I still am very sure that this “saza” is not “saza” enough!!!

After watching this episode and many more before it I am wondering if this drama really was about Ayesha’s “saza” or was it about Shahwez’s “saza”!! The way Shahwez treats Salma goes to show that he has actually learned nothing from his “mistake”!! He still has absolutely no respect for women, even if that woman is crazy enough to love him even after knowing everything about him. The way Shahwez told Salma off every single time he talked to her made me wonder what was going through the writer’s mind when he penned down those scenes. The focus on Salma’s “love” for Shahwez is sickening. I always thought that Salma will be the one who will help Ayesha punish Shahwez in some way that might resonate with the viewers but now I fail to understand why Salma’s character is there. Is the writer trying to show that Shahwez is still the bad guy but he is a totally different person around Ayesha – is that supposed to be impressive in some odd, sickening way??

Adnan is still “struggling”, well at least we got to see a glimpse of him too doing whatever he has been doing for the past 4 episodes or so. Therefore the entire episode wasn’t just dedicated to the new found relationship Ayesha has with her rapist! I am extremely disappointed with the recklessness with which this script has been written and handled. Next time our writers want to create some controversies to gain the attention of viewers they should be kind and sensitive enough not to base such a story on a highly sensitive topic like rape.

As if watching what is unfolding in this drama is not depressing enough, when you see the promos of upcoming dramas or even those that are currently on air in the break you’re even more disgusted to watch that every other drama shows women crying and pleading sometimes because they are helpless and at other times because their husband sold themselves off to another woman!! Our writers and directors rely heavily on showing women being insulted in some way in dramas to gain trps. I am utterly disappointed, appalled and disgusted by the everything that is being shown in Sangat and by everything else that is being shown in our dramas nowadays.

Feel free to vent out!!


Fatima Awan

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 in detail. An enthusiastic writer, thinker, and political scientist, constantly trying to look beyond the obvious. Full-time mom.