Review By TV KAHAANI
I am one of the few people who were aware of Rehaai when it was in the development stage. I remember having a conversation with one of HUM TV’s heads where I said I wasn’t sure if Farhat Ishtiaq could pull off this story and I was referred to one of her novels.
Nonetheless, moving on I was excited about this only because I was willing to see how Farhat would take on such a story and of course Mehreen Jabbar’s direction. Rehaai is dark and provocative. It tells the story of a man who married a girl around 10-12 years of age in order to get a son. The story then focuses on her misery and life.
Those who were drawing parallels with India’s Balika Vudhu need to know that the two stories are as different as chalk and cheese. Rehaai looks very simple onscreen, even though the writer has added a few twists just to make the happenings exciting, even though none of them work.
This has to be among Farhat’s most accomplished work as far as writing is concerned. She has given us Humsafar but I have yet to be a fan of her as her writing often falls below expectations. Nonetheless, here she tries something different and comes out well. She tells a dark story in the best possible manner and the message gets conveyed. However, I wish how she had improved the dialogues as there was a lot of potential. This has no point being here but someone like Maha Malik would’ve written this better, IMO.
Moving on, Mehreen’s direction is brilliant. She executes scenes brilliantly. My only problem is the slow pacing and unnecessary twists. Still, they couldn’t have done much about it. The OST goes well with the show and the message clearly gets delivered. The Ngo references might be too much at times though and could’ve easily been toned down.
As far as the acting is concerned it is difficult to pinpoint anyone as everyone is incredible here. Nauman Ijaz has done almost everything in his career including playing negative roles. However, how he sinks into the character in this one is incredible. You’d love to hate him. Watch his body language, misery, pain and anger… brilliant! Samina Pirzada is undoubtedly one of the best actors we have today. I cannot even imagine who else could’ve played this role the way Samina does. Her character goes through so much and she plays it so beautifully that you actually feel for her. Award worthy performance!
Maria Wasti is in a small but significant role. She plays it well but doesn’t get a chance to show histrionics. Saaniya Shamshad has a huge opportunity but she is a little restrained here, which is a bit understandable. Nonetheless, she is fine; however, I hope she’d look a little more confident in her next few outings.
Nausheen has been doing negative roles for a while now and this one too is amazing. She is one of the few actresses who can play roles this different and make them believable. Lastly, Danish Taimoor plays his part sincerely. He actually leaves you impressed and is very believable. Good call to cast him. However, his makeup is a bit too much. The rest of the cast including the children is good as well.
Overall, Rehaai is good; however, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. It will make you think and entertain you as well. But, above all it educated you somewhere. It has been made with good intentions that come across well. A good attempt!