The first episode of EK Kasak Reh Gayi aired on Geo today. Produced by Erfan Ghanchi and Imran Sheikh, directed by Dilawar Malik and written by K. Rehman, this serial boasts a star cast which includes names like Javed Shaikh, Hina Bayat, Sanam Saeed, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Naila Jaffrey, Azra Moheyuddin, Sara Khan, Taifoor Khan, and Mehak Khan.
Today we were introduced to Paras, who lives with her widowed mother and college-going sister in her uncle and aunt’s house. Paras’ uncle and aunt are ultra conservative and object to almost everything she and her sister do. On the other hand, we have Rania, the indulged only daughter of a rich father. Paras and Rania are poles apart in terms of their social background, upbringing and approach to life. Though there is nothing in common between them, these girls are connected to each other through their relationship with Bia and her brother Shehryar. Paras works in Bia’s company, and Rania is in love with Shehryar.
As a first episodes go, this one was an average opening. The writer and director did well to introduce their characters and set up the context, but I was very irritated by the easy resort to stereotypes and the unproblematic reinforcement of binaries. The dialogues were heavy-handed and preachy, and the over-loud background score was irritating. In terms of pacing, I’m not quite sure what bus was leaving when, but everybody seemed in a hurry to get on with it. There was too much crammed into one episode and at time scenes seemed rushed.
As far as the cast and crew go, Ek Kasak had initially sounded like a Talkhiyan reunion, with Hina, Sanam, Mehak and the Naveed Alam, the DOP, all together in the same project. But that’s as far as comparisons go – Talkhiyan was a winner from the get go and this one is nowhere near that. Sanam’s Paras was relatable but nothing out of the ordinary; she actually sounded like Kashaf’s long lost sister at times. Mehak, who’s fabulous portrayal of a very haunted Zoya I will remember for a very long time, was okay here. I hope we get to see some more of those Zoya waley flashes of brilliance from Mehak as the story progresses. Hina is good in whatever she does, but here her Bia seemed off-color. Also, not exactly sure what was going on with the lighting and camera angles, but I have never seen Hina look this washed out before. Mikaal, Sara Khan, Naila Jafri and Azra Moheyuddin were all adequate. Javed Shaikh’s maulana sahab, with his long gown, fake beard and the OTT headgear was a little too over done for my liking. His dialogues were enough on their own, there was no need to turn the maulana sahab into a caricature.
In the unlikely event that I had gone gaga over this first episode, this handy dandy synopsis from the Geo website would’ve surely put me off: “The saga of a young assiduous, self confident girl whose life in its self is a challenge. After the death of her parent she is forced to live with her (TAYA) along with her two younger sisters. Sanam has a dream of making it big on her own which his religiously strict uncle javed sheikh doesn’t approve, even if it means to go out and work day and night which she finds in a multinational company of hina bayat. Her life changes when she marries Hina’s brother Meekal and takes a turn foe worse when she finds out that he is suffering from a kidney disease.”
Given that so much of the story has already been given out via the tear-filled promos, and now this spoiler, incorrect details and all, does Geo really expect people to tune in for the first five six episodes? I’m not so sure I will. Even if I do, it would be primarily because of the cast… thanks to Geo and its spoilers, I already know this story is not my cup of tea!
Did you guys watch this one? What did you think?
Written by SZ~
P.S. The Geo spoiler is a straight copy paste from their website, check out http://www.harpalgeo.tv/details.asp?id=453
Ek Kasak Reh Gayee ~ Episode 1