As of this week, “Mushk” has a new timeslot, now airing on Saturday nights (in place of “Dil Ruba”) rather than competing against the likes of “Prem Gali” and “Muqaddar” on Monday nights. This is a wise move, because “Mushk” deserves a night that awards it the attention it deserves and now, hopefully, it will receive the soaring ratings it deserves. Starring Imran Ashraf, Urwa Hocane, Momal Sheikh and Osama Tahir in lead roles, “Mushk” has been written by Imran Ashraf and directed by Aehsun Talish. Telling the story of Mehak and her return to her village after a secret marriage with a baby, the show follows several characters that are interwoven into an intriguing story that goes from strength to strength with each episode.
Episode 7 sheds light upon a complaint that was discussed last week and makes Mehak’s behavior more understandable. Zulekha (Zara Tareen) wastes no time in pitting Dada against Mehak (Momal Sheikh), sprinkling salt on the wound of mistrust that has already been cut in last week’s episode. Roshni and Saqib’s (Raza Talish) meeting has resulted in catastrophic results for Mehak as Dada now believes Mehak has been meeting a boy in secret. His reaction is a clear indicator that while he loves and respects Mehak, he is deeply conservative by nature and cares a great deal about public image and “izzat. His fear of his public image being ruined causes him to mistreat Mehak repeatedly through this episode, which is clearly why Mehak, despite being confident and progressive enough to marry and have a baby, was unable to tell Dada about the relationship – though the question still exists that why didn’t she simply ask his permission before doing so? The curtain has been pulled from Dada’s loving nature to reveal the “rooted in tradition” individual underneath – and it’s not a particularly likable personality.
Zulekha has been through a lot in life with her husband, his abuse and his neglect. Now that she has an upper-hand, she has become ruthless as a result. She fights to protect herself and her daughter, Roshni. Knowing that Roshn is to blame for the mess, she is shielding her by placing blame on Mehak – and to keep Roshni safe, she meets with Saqib and pays him off with 10 lakh for him to leave the city. Saqib’s “love” has always been fickle and seemed self-serving, but now it’s clear that he believes the money will erase any residual feelings for Roshni. On the other end, Zulekha tells Roshni that Saqib never showed up and has abandoned Roshni. Roshni, for her part, seems very different from her mother, innocent and loyal, and this is why Zulekha does her best to keep her from blurting out the truth to Dada. The doctor is another character on this show, secretly involved with Zulekha and the two working together – but for what exactly? This is where Guddi (Urwa Hocane) comes in. Seeing the doctor’s interest in Guddi, it’s clear that Guddi will use him for her vendetta against Zulekha in the future. Urwa Hocane is playing Guddi in a way that makes her both unlikable and lovable at the same time. She’s a character that recognizes the true nature of those around her, though she isn’t a perfect person herself and has a sadistic side, completely lacking empathy for others – specifically Mehak, the woman who helped her out of her pressing situation. And yet, viewers find themselves rooting for Guddi when she decides to turn Roshni against Zulekha by helping her elope with Saqib.
Shayaan (Osama Tahir) has agreed to marry his young cousin, but Sajjad (Sohail Sameer) talks him out of it, telling him to pursue a reunion with his wife. He tells him that he should not give up, because his win will help Sajjad find his way as well. Shayaan had admitted defeat, but it seems he will now move forward to escape once again and attempt a reunion with Mehak.
As the episode comes to a close, we see Dada pushing forth his plan when he requests Adam (Imran Ashraf) to marry Mehak. While it’s great that Imran Ashraf is allowing his cast to take the wheel and is taking the backseat, Adam is one of the best characters on the show and one would love to see more of him in each episode. Adam is the only one other than Guddi who knows Mehak’s secret, so he is visibly shocked by Dada’s request, knowing this is not possible. How will Mehak and Adam get through this situation? Will Mehak finally tell Dada the truth or will this mess continue to pile up into a bigger lie? Whatever the outcome, the direction and storytelling in “Mushk” is solid. It’s not an action-packed show, but the proceedings keep the viewer’s eyes fixed on the screen and the story has been unfolding in a highly appealing manner. “Mushk” is quality content that is several notches above the rest.