Bandish wraps up, leaving excessive hopes for horror TV in Pakistan

14 weeks (and 28 episodes later), horror drama Bandish has lastly come to an finish. And the top couldn’t have been higher.

Certain, the drama’s size might have been reduce brief by two episodes however that is a minor quibble after we think about the flawless synergy between the present’s actors, editors, writers and director that resulted in one among Pakistan’s most interesting horror works thus far. Kudos to all the workforce!

A recap

Sania (Hira Mani) is totally beneath the spell of black magic practitioner Sumbul (Farah Shah) – a lot in order that Sumbul is ready to persuade her that household good friend Izhar Uncle is the one casting magic on her household. Sania will get right into a battle together with her mom Madiha (Marina Khan) and runs away to dwell with Sumbal. However quickly she discovers Sumbal’s actual id, who admits that her father Junaid’s betrayal compelled her to curse the household.

All of the whereas, Sumbul’s evil little underling Antosh (Tasbeeha) has Sania’s sisters Haanya and Aleena beneath her management. She makes them additionally depart their mom for his or her father’s home.

When Madiha involves see her, Sumbul tells her the reality too however manipulates her into doing a few of her soiled work (that’s, leaving a voodoo doll at a shrine) in alternate for Sania’s secure return. In a really thrilling scene, she takes Madiha to the room the place she’s holding Sania captive and exhibits her daughter levitating from the ceiling. Madiha agrees to do Madiha’s bidding; nonetheless, Hamza intercedes and takes her to a spiritually gifted scholar who brings about conditions that enable Sania to flee.

Finally Junaid additionally believes that Sumbal is inflicting the upsets in his household life, although each Sumbul and her sister Sandal (who bewitched Junaid into marrying her) deny it. Sandal falls on the steps and goes right into a coma.

Sania will get possessed by Antosh and is taken to Sumbal, who realises that any kin of Madiha’s can be utilized to do her soiled work, however she must sacrifice a member of the family; the one one left, Sandal.

That is Sumbal’s final probability and if she fails, all of the black magic she has forged will backfire on her. Nevertheless, with the scholar’s assist, Madiha is ready to forestall Sania from doing the job and Sumbal’s finish is one thing everybody who’s into these items ought to see for themselves!

A script with many classes

Regardless that the previous few episodes dragged on for a bit, Bandish had a stable script with minimal gaps. From the primary episode to the final, Syed Nabeel and Shahid Nizami co-wrote a horror script that not as soon as misplaced monitor.

Their script additionally deserves reward for not making the ladies beg for any relationships and gave them equal footing as their male counterparts. Neither Sania nor Hania was a damsel in misery. Whether or not it was Hamza, Abyaan and even Izhar Uncle, not one of the males had been dismissive of the ladies.

The one exception is Junaid, however he disrespects Madiha as a result of he was beneath a spell. As quickly because it was lifted, he wasted no time in apologising to her. This is essential as a result of even when males apologise in most dramas, it’s nearly by no means speedy attributable to an inflated sense of self-importance. I want extra writers would write such male characters, particularly feminine writers.

One other vital level concerning the characters is that Syed Nabeel and Shahid Nizami wrote the characters of Izhar Uncle and the opposite scholar who helps Madiha as calm, humble, and non-judgmental folks. They weren’t yelling or placing anybody (particularly girls) down as most so-called students in dramas do. I am unable to emphasise sufficient how a lot we want extra of this in serials. Hats off to Syed Nabeel and Shahid Nizami for writing such an incredible script and characters!

A stellar forged

Marina Khan and Sajid Hassan as Madiha and Junaid had been nice to look at. Whereas Marina is perfection in each shot, I felt that Sajid Hassan’s efficiency suffered in just a few scenes with Sandal the place he seemed to be simply studying his strains and didn’t use his facial expressions successfully sufficient.

Hira Mani and Zubab Rana’s performing stunned me. As Sania, Hira wasn’t simply flawless, however each time she was on display screen, you noticed Sania and never Hira. This, thus far, is her finest work but, particularly within the scene the place she is being stored in Sumbal’s home of horrors and thrown to the wall by Sumbal’s jinns. Zubab Rana is a brand new actor but in addition match her character like a glove.

Farah Shah as Sumbal performed her function nicely, however there have been occasions her costume appeared OTT although. Fahad Sheikh as Hamza and Mani as Abyan each did justice to their roles.

However the winners had been the children, Hoorain and Tasbeeha as Aleena and Antosh. Their function posed fairly a problem to the kid actors, from levitation to being possessed, but they had been flawless. Tasbeeha’s smile nonetheless freaks me out! These weren’t straightforward roles even for adults, however these ladies managed to drag it off effortlessly.