Ahsan Khan excels in negative roles and so all eyes are on “Qayamat,” as Ahsan Khan will be playing a negative role after a long gap. Starring Ahsan Khan, Neelam Muneer, Amar Khan, Haaris Waheed and Haroon Shahid in lead roles, “Qayamat” has been written by Sarwat Nazeer and directed by Ali Faizan. The first episode aired on Geo today. Let’s discuss the first episode.
In episode 1, we are introduced to Ifra (Neelam Muneer) and Samra (Amar Khan), sisters with very different personalities. While Ifra is loud, outspoken and confident, Samra is kind-hearted, quiet and timid. Ifra has dreams of a good life after marriage while Samra wants to support her parents as a son should. However, love finds Samra in the form of her friend’s brother, Saad (Haaris Waheed), a genuine, kind-hearted man who wants Samra as his life partner and appears to be her perfect match. Ifra plays the part of a good sister and makes it clear to her mother that Samra and Saad should get married, happy with the idea. Unfortunately, on the other side of town, Samra and Ifra’s cousin Rashid (Ahsan Khan) Is getting himself into trouble, causing his father to search for potential proposals for him. Rashid is a rough character and has a reputation for spending time in the “wrong part” of the city, so much so that his proposals are rejected when he is recognized. Desperate, his father (Shabbir Jan) is left trying to find any woman who will marry his son and bring him back to the right path – because women are “saviors,” after all, even if the man is not fit for marriage.
“Qayamat” is not the sort of show that gives off positive vibes, despite having some very positive characters in it. Within the first episode, viewers get a clear idea as to which direction the show is heading in and if there’s any room for doubt left, the preview for episode 2 spells it out directly. There are many thoughts that would and could race through one’s mind regarding the storyline, but personally, this show appears to be rather triggering. There’s a notion in South Asian society where parents believe they “own” their children and can throw their children in whatever direction they choose for the child. Fortunately, that notion has been disappearing in many circles, but it’s certainly still prevalent. In this show, Samra and Ifra’s parents seem like perfectly kind, nice individuals, but will have to arrange Samra’s marriage to Rashid due to “circumstances.” Quite honestly, there is no circumstance that could make this choice acceptable. If parents cannot protect their children, they should not have children. Samra and Saad genuinely like each other and want to marry each other. Their relationship is like a ray of sunlight in this show, shining through and putting a smile on the viewer’s face. This is what makes it so much more difficult to process the thought that Samra’s own parents will “surrender” her over to her uneducated, womanizing, abusive cousin instead of marrying her to the appropriate man of her choice.
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Ahsan Khan is performing well and nothing less is expected of him. He tends to shine in these complex, grey to black sort of characters and he shines again in the first episode of “Qayamat” as this unlikable, ill-mannered man with problems controlling his temper. Neelam Munir has been seen in a similar character this year in “Bikhray Moti” and is playing Ifra, a very positive, outspoken character. This type of character suits her. One has to wonder how Ifra will react when her sister is pushed into a forced marriage, considering Ifra is very much pro-Saad. Amar Khan is an underrated actress and this role will give her scope to perform. At present, Samra is a very timid, cowardly sort of character, but one that the audience will root for – but will she have a happy ending? Haris Waheed tends to play a lot of negative roles, but he’s oh-so-likable as the sweet, loyal Saad who has eyes only for Samra. So far, the story of “Qayamat” is interesting, but it’s definitely going to be a heavy show. We will have to wait and watch to see how the narrative falls into place, but it’s off to a good start.