“Amanat” is one of those shows that doesn’t necessarily pull the audience in with its storyline, but has something that keeps its viewers coming back for more. “Amanat” stars Imran Abbas, Urwa Hocane, Saboor Aly, Haroon Shahid, Saba Hameed, Tara Mehmood, Srha Asghar and many others. It has been directed by Shahid Shafaat and written by Rukhsana Nigar. What “Amanat” has going for it is its wonderful ensemble cast – but is the story worthy of that cast?
A lot happens in episode 5 and yet, despite being action-packed, it’s all illogical nonsense, which only diminishes the enjoyability of the show. To be frank, the era of “It’s not what you think” are long over. The audience expects logical arguments and discussions. In this age, what sort of individual cannot put forth their thoughts clearly and explain their actions? Zaraar conveniently tries to pin his actions on his father, who quickly clarifies that Zaraar only told him half-truths and he cannot put his lies on him. Quite honestly, this is true, and Zaraar only looks foolish saying this. It’s even more frustrating as Zaraar loves Zunaira, so why couldn’t he have at least explained things to her? But Zamin isn’t the only foolish, frustrating character.
Even more nauseating is Junaid (Haroon Shahid) happily getting dressed, overjoyed at having gotten “revenge” on Zamin for years of neglect….by marrying Zamin’s love, who literally treated Junaid like dirt. Why would any sane individual want this? Why is every character on this show the exact opposite of sane? Zunaira jumps to conclusions, marrying a man she considered her younger brother – and for what? Why would a modern girl like Zunaira trap herself in a marriage like this to “save face”? She’s already regretting it, realizing she can never love anyone but Zaraar…so what was the point? Zunaira’s entire family is equally insane and it’s not hard to see where she gets her personality traits from.
Of course, adding insult to injury, Zunaira’s brother and Zaraar’s sister get married as planned, but are robbed on the way home, causing everyone in the house to call the young bride “bad luck.” Again…..what sort of families are being depicted here?
Meanwhile, Malik (Babar Ali) is on a hunt for his missing niece, Meher (Urwa Hocane), having hired a henchman to murder her. Meher is hanging out in the hospital after injuring her foot and is worried after Zaraar does not arrive to check in on her. It’s actually Imran Abbas’s acting and character that are keeping this show going, as almost every other character is illogical to the core – including Meher, who does not even try to clarify her stance or marital status to Zunaira, which is irritating. Imran Abbas is giving an endearing performance as a young man who loves passionately, but is unable to make correct decisions to protect that love. It’s interesting, because Imran usually takes on unlikable characters – and yet this time, he is the likable one amongst unlikable characters. Will “Amanat” pick up? It’s unlikely, considering the foundation is so weak, but it’s hard to abandon a show like this with such great actors.