Ullu Baraaye Farokht Nahin ~ Episode 3 Review

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Ullu Baraaye Farokht Nahin keeps going from strength to strength. This latest episode was yet another winner from Amna Mufti and Kashif Nisar – thoroughly enjoyed it! The fact that, even though it is based on one of Amna’s short stories, there are no spoilers floating out there makes this one so much more intriguing to watch. Not knowing what to expect when ensures that I am hooked and booked every Tuesday, eagerly looking forward to what is to unfold.

Unlike the last week, where people died left, right and center, this one was a relatively quieter episode. With Ghulam Fareed now formally installed as the head of the family it was no surprise to see him staking his claim as the the family elder. His conversations with each woman in the household, from his eldest sister to the lowly maid, ensured that all knew that things were no longer going to remain the same. An era had come to an end with Ghulam Yaqoob’s passing – Ghulam Fareed was now the lord and master.

 

Though he protested to the contrary and cried crocodile tears to pretend otherwise, this man is nobody’s fool, he very clearly knows what he wants – complete and absolute control.  His one-on-one conversation with his lover/maid/keeper-of-secrets, Sajida, his quiet assurances and promises to his new bride Gul-e Rana, the complete about face in front of his elder sister Kaneez Fatima, and his underhanded effort to keep Asiya at home, all were instances that offered intriguing glimpses into the mind of a very complicated personality. Ghulam Fareed is a man difficult to understand, his every word contradicting his previous one. So far he’s made sure that nobody in the family knows about Nazeer Fatima’s fate, and has played his cards well-enough so that he three women in his life are left guessing as to his true intentions. For the fourth woman, Asiya, he seems to have set into motion a chain of events that do not bode well for her plans to fulfill her father’s desires and finish her MA in English Lit.

While Ghulam Fareed shows complete disregard for what any of the women around him want for themselves, he’s satisfied with imposing his will on them, on the other side of the village, his uncle Ghulam Ishaq proves that he too is cut from the same cloth, very much a member of the same family. Much like his nephew, he too shows an utter disregard for his own daughter’s well-being. He doesn’t seem to be losing any sleep over how she might be faring as a wife to a debauched man. All that matters to men in such feudal setups is that their izzat has been protected and old debts settled in what they perceive as an honorable manner.

 

While the crazed norms of a patriarchal society are well-known and much attention has been focused on women as victims in a feudal setup, what makes this serial so much more interesting is that while in the larger context these women may not have more value than sheep or cattle, none of them can be easily dismissed as becharis. The battle of wills between Sajida and Gul-e Rana, and the quiet but intense showdown between Gul-e Rana and Kaneez Fatima were superbly executed. Similarly, the way Kaneez Fatima coldly disregarded her brother’s dramatics, stood her ground and refused to back down to his demand to keep Asiya at home was a fabulous moment. I am really enjoying how the drama is being played out here, without any resort to loud voices, tears, or horrible background music. The director’s faith in the script and his sound aesthetic sensibility has a lot to do with the classy ambiance of the serial.

 

Another goose-bump worthy moment was that of the discovery of Nazeer Fatima’s body by Saleem Mairaj’s character. Beautifully shot, it was a telling moment indeed when the khala realizes what has happened, but decides to maintain her silence. Looking forward to seeing how and when the news of this murder leaks out; the reaction from the two families will certainly make for a riveting watch.

Overall, the entire team of Ullu Baraaye Farokht Nahin deserve a round of applause for bringing us something different. All the actors are doing a fantastic job. Saba Qamar, Uzma Hassan, Irsa Ghazal, Yamuna, Salim Mairaj, and of course Nauman Ijaz, all are bringing something extra to the table here. Sohail Ahmed left an impression in his brief stint today. We haven’t seen much of Nauman Masood or Omair Rana so far, but from the promos it seems like there is a lot yet to happen – waiting to see how it all pans out!

Written by SZ~

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  1. Awesome drama. I didnt get one thing. How did salim mairaj find the dead body. Are the houses of both brothers so close that he walked and found her body. And y didnt tje maid tell any1 after coming to know about the murder. And y didnt noman ejaz tell any1 bout his sisters murder and why is he behaving too good towards gul e rana. Can anyone answer these questions plzz…

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    • @Zara: Hey! Glad to know I’m not the only one watching this one! 😉 From the looks of it, it does seem that they two brothers lived within walking distance, not sure if there are two small villages close by or if they are in the same one. Seemed like Saleem M found the burial site when he found her necklace half buried in the dirt.. and not exactly sure if he’s exactly processed that she’s dead, but his khala, Nargis Rasheed, definitely senses trouble. Given that she has worked there so long, she knows hows the feudal mind works and is therefore keeping quiet b/c she knows that if the word gets out it is quite possible that she or nephew might get blamed for the murder. As for Ghulam F’s behavior towards Gul-e Rana, I think there is a lot more there than we can see at the moment .. lets see how that relationship works out …
      This my interpretation, would love to read other responses to Zara’s questions 🙂

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    • @Zara: Hey…even i found confusion on does really G.Fareed knows abt Nazeer Fatima’s death… because what i got that he is just careless in knowing about his sister.. and if he knows about the death.. then he is most disgusting villain i have ever come across 😉

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    • Not sure where the wedding took place, but it seems that Gigi was killed as she and her husband were being taken home after the wedding. So somewhere between the two houses I’m guessing. And, as SZ said, the necklace on the ground was the giveaway. Not sure what he was picking up off the ground after he found the necklace. Looked like hair or feathers, or maybe he was just imagining other things there.His khala wants to keep out of it b/c, again as SZ says, in these environments, the servants always catch hell before everyone else.

      It came as a surprise to me that Fareed knows about his sister’s death, but his keeping quiet about it is not really a surprise. He wants to use whatever information he has to his advantage and will only reveal things he knows when he can most benefit from them.(like a chess game!) He’s drunk on power and doesn’t really care for the long term well-being of any of his sisters or his wife. (everyone got the fact that it was he who killed the man his Appa was supposed to marry, right? Not the thaya as the chacha seems to believe) Gul e Rana is also a pawn to Fareed, to be used as he sees fit. He was initially taken off guard by her beauty, and he may give in on some level to it, but I don’t think he’s a man capable of falling in love. He’ll use her and she’ll use him equally well. 🙂

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      • I dont think Gh. Fareed knows the exact details, but the conversation with his uncle was quite telling as his uncle told him to give up on his sister, and I think Gh. Fareed being nobody’s fool knows that his sister is definitely in serous trouble. He might not know about her death now, but I’m sure he suspects the worse. For me that entire conversation was laden with meaning as they spoken in almost a jagirdari code.. one woman in exchange for the other … lets just say that we are even now and move on and bury old rivalries. Gh. Fareed knows that if he allows anybody to go and check on jiji’s well being the truth will come out and old family feuds will flare up again so hes keeping quiet about it. He knows that his uncle is a greater potential ally so doesnt want to do anything to jeopardize that equation.

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  2. This drama is so full of mystery…loving every bit of it and to add more excitement are SZ reviews 🙂 v.well written!

    I liked the fact that they mentioned whats the purpose of owl is actually…and was stunned to know that they use for doing magic :O my goodness and thats the reason it says owls not for sale! Brilliant..
    Ghulam Fareed is one cunning guy,totally knows how to ‘qaboo’ women in his haveli.. and to see women treated like mere objects which are not even considered for living and are counted as zero when the so -called Maliks have their ego issues.. 😦

    Sajida the flirty servant or Gul-e-Raana till now the obedient wife.. both seems to have one on one in future..Wali gives some kind of fishy fishy vibe.. might be its too early to judge but whenever he comes on screen its like ‘dikhawe pe na jaao apni akal larao” .. lol 😀 Saleem Miraj as Zaid was outstanding in portraying mentally ill person..loved his scene of finding other accessories of Nazeer Fatima.

    I did one folly after watching the episode and that was watching the OST.. and mannn there are awesome scenes to look forward to 🙂 🙂

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    • **Ghulam Fareed is one cunning guy,totally knows how to ‘qaboo’ women in his haveli.. and to see women treated like mere objects which are not even considered for living and are counted as zero when the so -called Maliks have their ego issues makes you so disappointed 😦

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  3. Great review! Yes, one standout feature of this drama is that none of the women are cast as helpless victims. Her own father, as cold as he may be, described Gul e rana as the daughter of a malqa, able to fend for herself at all costs. Yes, the men in power are evil but how refreshing to hear a father refer to a daughter lthat way! He installed her in that house because he trusted her to stay strong, not because he doesn’t value her life (which we have yet to see him tested on)

    And how cool was the part about Kaneez leaving Gigi’s chadar with Gul, to make it easier in case she managed to escape. I have a feeling the women in this drama are going to be the most smart and powerful women we’ve ever seen.

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    • @Zarqa: Indeed leaving that burqa behind was very meaningful. On the one hand she was telling her her escape was expected, but then also telling her that the burqa belonged to Nazeer Fatima was a stroke of brilliance, telling her that if she ran away she was jeopardizing Nazeer Fatima’s s well-being in her father’s house. I think the precap conversation b/w Iras and Saba sounded so fascinating as the two women talked about talas and chaabis being merely symbolic … looking fwd to seeing what that was all abt!

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  4. Oooooh, I love this drama !
    It’s so riveting , everyone’s evil and conniving on some level , no goody goody nauseating characters .
    Isn’t owl meat used in black magic or its blood ??

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  5. Are you not watching this one anymore SZ? Very interesting developments in the last episode. Blows me away how unique and downright Shakespearean this drama is!

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    • @Zarqa: I lost track of this one when I went away for vacation.. and since then I havent quite managed to find the time to watch the missed episodes. I am definitely planning on watching this one, and will write it up as soon as I am done catching up… good to know this one hasn’t gone off track as yet!

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  6. @SZ. I confess, I watched it all. Of course FFwding towards the end. It started off well. On one level it was the same old evil zamindar story. Yet the cinematography, rich characters and the mysterious (metaphorical & allegorical) Ullu kept me watching. This is not the first drama where I’ve seen some kind of (not so) subtle commentary on dargahs. This one, settled under the shade of a beautifully framed tree where the venerated are all murder victims, and the saien is a fraud. Many interesting and bold themes but eventually it got OTT for me towards (and in) the end.

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