Is Jaisay Aapki Marzi Taking A Different Route To Dysfunctional Relationships? Here’s 5 Reasons You can Give Episode One A Go ...
Jaisay Aapki Marzi is the new drama on the very happening Pakistani Dramas scene and while the teasers revealed glimpses of an abusive relationship, (how many have we seen so far, let’s count …???), the first episode was wonderfully free of toxicity aka from Sherry, the male lead played by Mikaal Zulfiqar. That’s not to say they changed the story line, but the fact that our hero seems to be very much in control of his anger issues, in fact, even praising female workers in the office for being more efficient, makes us curious as to how he’s going to “flip it” very soon after marriage!
Jaisay Aapki Marzi has been produced by Six Sigma Plus. The project is penned by Naila Jaffri and directed by Saba Hameed. The cast includes Mikaal Zulfiqar as Sherry, Dur e Fishan Saleem, Javed Sheikh and Kiran Malik, Ali Tahir, Ali Safina in leading roles as part of an ensemble cast. This drama is set to air every Wednesday evening on ARY Digital.
Here’s 5 reasons why the first episode deserves a second glance:
1. Dure Fishan and Mikaal Starring Together Onscreen
While both leads have paired up with other actors, this casting is a new one onscreen and seems promising. Dure Fishan aka Alizeh brings with her, the innocence, simplicity yet determination of a young girl who wants to rise above the ranks and challenge patriarchy head on (we get the drift in an opening TED Talk). Mikaal aka Sherry is your eligible bachelor who seems to have no hang ups whatsoever, not in a relationship, and happy to walk into an arranged marriage for all the right reasons – his dad says so! It’s good to see an uncomplicated backstory to both leads. However, it seems that the two will give us appealing onscreen chemistry to keep the story afloat, even through the intensely challenging moments when Sherry loses it, which he will (thanks to the teasers).
2. A Relatable First Episode
There is no toxicity, no forced parental pressure, or yeh shaadi nahi ho sakto vibes when Alizeh tells her mother that there might be a college mate interested in her and she would prefer to marry him than some unknown person, regardless of how wealthy or well settled the official proposal sounds. Her mother isn’t too happy but gives in quite easily, as desi mothers go, and announces she’ll accept Alizeh’s choice if the guy’s parents come over with a proposal or at least call up to start the process. What? No meltdown, no play on our izzat and family reputation, zaat, background, income status? What a refreshing first for Pakistani dramas. We think this reason in itself gives goals – an attempt to create conflict in the story in other, more meaningful ways. So go watch!
3. Complex Characters
Hold on, all is not hunky dory in the Jaisay Aapki Marzi household as Sherry’s sister Natasha played by Kiran Malik is a control freak to top all control freaks – micro managing the lives of her father and brother, Natasha is the grand challenge Alizeh will have to overcome if she wants to have the grand prize – Sherry? But jokes apart, Natasha’s character comes off as deeply caring, deeply controlling and deeply invested in her brother’s life – this one is a tough cookie, it will add conflict to the most unassuming situations and keep you on your toes, as she does her nucleus family right now (and household help, God help them)!
4. Pleasant On The Eyes
The frames are clear, the scene transitions smooth and the sets, backdrops, attention to detail makes the episode pleasing to watch. From Natasha pouring honey at breakfast, to Alizeh delivering a TED Talk earlier in the episode, the frames deliver an eye for detail and keep the watch interesting. Although one would argue that story matters most, but it is the overall impression, the package, the full product that hits or misses. And the first episode seemed to hit right on target.
5. Rishta Matters – Storytelling Originals
If arranged marriage proposals were anything to go by, this drama just trashed the original as the boy’s family (despite being the more wealthy one), awaits the girl’s family to show any interest and wonders why they haven’t called yet? The detail might be minor, but let us tell you, changing mindsets is a crazy kind of one baby step at a time game. Just the fact that Alizeh’s parents received Sherry’s photograph and CV first and then sent their daughter’s photograph to the boy’s family, was a great message to girl’s parents not to always be the first ones to show too much eagerness in the rishta proceedings and subsequently perhaps, undervalue their daughter’s position before the groom’s family.
So there you have it, Jaisay Aapki Marzi episode one in a nutshell! The story might just pick up with a fast paced first episode that laid the background to two people who will end up together to let the real drama begin!
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