Dhund is the tele-series I had been waiting for since the first promo aired a few weeks ago. Experience has taught me, however, that highly anticipated projects rarely live up to expectations, hence I sat down to watch with consciously low expectations – best be surprised than disappointed is my mantra these days. Well…
40+ minutes later I walked away a very happy camper – the first episode of Dhund had delivered and how!
This hatke series opened with an introduction to Maria, a beautiful, well-read woman with a thriving interior design business. On the surface she has it all. But appearances are decieving. Despite the bright colors that surround her, Maria’s personal life is very dark. She is grieving her missing husband and son both of whom have disappeared without a trace. With passage of time even the police have stopped looking and she cannot help but wonder if she is deluding herself with false hope.
When Maria questions her faith Nana Syed steps in to bolster her falling spirits. He tells her they are safe. Who is he and how does he know this? who is Jahan Ara, this lady he asks Maria to talk to? What does Waqas, a TV drama editor, have to do with Jahan Ara, and why does he come to Maria?
Maria is no ordinary woman. We find out she is a medium, someone with the special ability to see things that lay beyond the ordinary eye and can communicate with those no longer among the living. It is these supernatural abilities that draw the attention of Uzair, an officer of the Special Investigative Branch, and he requests her help in solving his cases. Will she agree?
I loved how the series opened with Maria’s story and then the gradual weaving in of Uzair, Waqas and Jahan Ara’s tracks, all done so very organically, almost effortlessly. In addition to all that we saw I particularly appreciate the subtlety and intelligence with which the trail of bread crumbs is being laid out for us for the future – we now know that Maria’s troubles had started way before Imran’s disappearance.
Mohammed Ahmed sahab is a brilliant storyteller and this first episode was a testament to his abilities. I wasn’t sure how the supernatural aspect would be handled visually and had wondered if it would be as tacky as Woh, another supernatural serial from recent times, but Farrukh Faiz has delivered fabulously. I particularly loved the shot where Uzair’s face is reflected in the child’s photograph.
The overall ambiance and feeling for Dhund is very well done. From the posters to Almas Fidai’s dance number in the promos, the OST, and the attention to detailing in the episode itself has all been done really well. That said, I didn’t care much for the all blue color palette in the scene when Uzair came to meet Maria for the first time. The one thing I must applaud the team for is the judicious use of background music. Loved that my ears were spared – thank you!
The casting of actors is spot on. Maria Wasti is excellent, just wish she had gone easy with her hair and makeup. Sana Askari gave me the chills today and I was reminded of Dareecha and how much I enjoyed it. Asad Siddiqui was very good as Waqas, and Ahmed sahab is as always a delight to watch. And finally, Hasan Ahmed, after watching him flail and flounder hopelessly in Pinjra I had zero expectations here, but I am very pleasantly surprised, he made for a very believable police officer. Casting well indeed is the key.
Team Dhund has hit the ball out of the park with its first episode. Here’s to hoping that it stays the course and we have ourselves a winner of a series. Looking forward to the next installment.
What about you guys? What did you all think?
Written by SZ~
Dhund ~ Episode 1 on TVOne