When I saw the promos of Mastana Mahi, I was excited. A drama with
backdrop of politics, set in a city instantly grabbed my attention. The
visual of Fahad Mustufa wearing an ajrak and doing his things left me
Thursdays were boring so I managed to catch the first episode
drama, and I was hooked. Today, in this review you'll know why.
It is the story of Adal(Fahad Mustufa) who is son of a martyred
politician. Adil is living in South Africa where he meets Aleen(Mehreen
Raheel) and instantly falls in love, but Aleen is in love with Mike-an
older man- to whom she gets married against her father wish, ultimately
divorcing, and marrying Adil.
The drama takes a turn when Adil returns to Pakistan with his wife, and
has to face Suhai(Sajal Ali)-1 10 year old child-whom he had to marry
for political reasons . The leap happens, and the drama continues…
An interesting story indeed it is. We have hardly seen such stories on
our screen, and it is a welcome change. The drama packs in many twists,
and turns, and a lot of characters (A LOT!), and keeps you hooked.
Written by Samira Fazal the screenplay is beautiful,
and keeps you hooked for most of the time. The happenings are easy, and
fun to watch. The dialogues aren't happy, and easy on the ear. Roomi
Insha is the director of the ship, and does full justice. The direction
is simple. It is a not so simple story told in a very simple way.
Brownie points to the director for pulling that off.
The editing is good, and the camera work is of first rate. The beauty
is nicely captured. OST is beautifully sung-but unfortunately is hardly
played. The background music adds to the happenings.
Adal : He is a much in love man with responsibilities. The
grows from a fun loving boy to an understanding husband, and a man who
has responsibilities over his shoulder. It is a beautifully written
Aaleen : Another beautifully written character. From the confused doll
to an understanding wife. The character slowly evolves ultimately
reaching the jealous woman. It again has many layers to it, and grows
Suhai : The girl grows up but does not grow on you. The character lacks
depth, and the power to keep you hooked. Weak.
There are many more characters like Lily(Deepti Gupta), and
Pirzada) but they are short lived, and this is the complain I have. Why
did our writer write off Lily like that? There must have been a better
Acting : Fahad Mustufa in the
role of Adal is great. The man plays the role with sincerity and comes
out a winner. Mehreen
Raheel has improved as an actor but has to work
on her expressions that go haywire at times, and her dialogue delivery
is also weak. One must mention the crackling chemistry shared by the
lead pair. It adds a lot to the drama.
Sajal Ali as Suhaai
fails to impress. She looks confused initially, and
in the latter stage lacks the fire to carry off the role. Sakina Sammo
impresses in her small role, and looks totally the part she is playing.
Deepti Gupta is a
brilliant actress, and she proves it again. Imran
Pirzada plays his part well, and his diction goes well
character. Anita Camphor
Over All : This is
an entertaining drama which makes for
some good TV. It has the power to keep you hooked on to your screen
thanks to the great screenplay, and the amazing chemistry shared by the