“Farq” came along with what seemed to be an interesting concept. Following a young girl, Irsa (Sehar Khan), who winds up married to her father’s boss, Kamal (Faysal Qureshi), “Farq” had potential. New entrant Saba Shah as Ayzel seemed particularly promising (and still does). However, as the episodes continued on and Irsa and Kamaal wound up married, it became clear that the premise for this story was severely lacking in common sense. When the foundation is weak, can the audience ever truly be on board? “Farq” stars Faysal Qureshi and Sehar Khan in lead roles with Mehmood Aslam, Adeel Chaudhry, Javeria Abbasi, Sohail Sameer and Saba Shah playing supporting roles. The story has been written by Imran Nazir and directed by Aehsun Talish.
A solid reason is never given for Irsa to agree to marry Kamaal. Her father says so, so Irsa decides it’s what’s best. Kamaal has many other options, including his friend’s sister Faiza (Javeria Abbasi), who is a much better match age-wise. And yet, because Ayzel rejects Faiza, Kamaal decides to listen to her…..and then marry a young girl Ayzel’s age. They try to chalk this decision up to “majboori,” but when were either of the two majboor?
In episode 13, Irha spends her time showing off her new house to her old college friends. This is a status glow up for Irha as she used to pretend to be rich – and she has manifested her words into reality. Unfortunately, can money buy happiness? It’s possible in this case, as both Irha and Kamaal seem fairly happy with their new situation. However Irha, after receiving a call from her friend, runs to the hospital to visit Jamshed (Raeed Muhammad Alam) after he gets into an accident. This whole track is bizarre because while Jamshed has always been true and sincere to Irha, Irha has never shown him any kind of affection – and to be honest, Irha is a complete jerk to him and does not even deserve his love. And yet, Irha lies about her whereabouts and visits him in the hospital. What are we, as an audience, supposed to make of this? To make matters worse, Irha also lies about where she’s going. It’s the lying that is always baffling in dramas. Considering Jamshed is her best friend’s brother, why couldn’t Irha just be honest and say she’s going to be with her friend in the hospital?
Regardless, this is trying to make sense of a show that is already hanging on by a flimsy thread of logic. Throwing Irha and Kamaal together never made sense to begin with, so why would anything else make sense? Honestly, it’s Faysal Qureshi’s likable performance as Kamaal that makes this show watchable, along with Raeed Muhammad Alam’s sweet role. Faysal Qureshi’s performance even makes us root for Irha and Kamaal, despite how odd and unethical their pairing is. “Farq” isn’t a strong show, but it does have an interesting likability factor which keeps viewers hanging on.