There are actors and then there’s Ahmed Ali Akbar – you see, when talent picks a time to come out, it is only able to fully flaunt itself when it connects with the story, the character, the feel, the overall message that is being conveyed with the project.
Shahzad Kashmiri has, among others, Yakeen Ka Safar & Bin Roye under his belt, of course the directional intelligence can be sensed in Parizaad & the project is coming together quite admirably with all cast members giving it their best!
Ahmed’s work perhaps, stands out more when we witness the forging of successful onscreen pairings with each and every actor they share the screen with, and Parizaad is no exception.
Not just that, but Ahmed is able to complement his co-actors & allow them space to perform within the same frame. Last night, it was both Saboor Aly (Bubbly) & Adeel Afzal (Nasaaz) who hit a homerun. Not only were their performances riveting, but their chemistry with Ahmed allowed us to sit back and enjoy a visual treat that deserves resounding applause. Ahmed responded on the right cue, smiled at the right time, wept when we wanted him to … we felt for Nasaaz when he bid farewell, and we smiled at Bubbly when she caressed Ahmed’s forehead as he shyly peered out at her with those bashful eyes!
Even sister Saeeda (Kiran Tabeer) shares a fond onscreen relationship with a brother who is both loving, teasing & supportive.
And with that celebration of an artist who deserves to take a bow, onwards to the review of last night’s episode!
Sad to see Nasaaz exiting Parizaad’s life. We hope we will see his return later in the drama. Adeel Afzal has shown us that it is not the size of the role that matters, but how it is performed, scripted & ultimately delivered onscreen. A shout out to writer Hashim Nadeem for writing a character that pulled at our heart strings in the subtlest possible ways – with thought provoking dialogues & an original narrative.
In Nasaaz, we also experienced a much needed revisit to Urdu Literature, and we hope Parizaad can carry on the good work in future episodes.
The story very poignantly points out the discriminating attitude society has towards a girl leaving her house & a boy running away. Larki nay izzat kharab kerdee aur larkay ki khair hai, wapis aa jaye ga.
Bubbly represents the complex issues many people face due to society & family. Their personalities are shaped, their inner selves moulded due to experiences in life or upbringing… and then they are considered misfits in society.
What is the future of such people? The writer is serving up some serious food for thought.
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