Airing on Thursdays at 8 pm on Hum TV Network, Hum TV’s Aangan is one play you don’t wanna miss. And you probably know Hum TV won’t be airing Aangan on YouTube – it will be on Netflix though.
Until it comes to Netflix, here’s what you need to know about the first three episodes of Hum TV’s Aangan.
The story begins with the love affair between Subhan (Ahsan Khan) and Salma (Sonya Hussayn). Subhan is a poor worker boy, Salma is the rich employer’s daughter. The person who calls the shot in the haveli is Maalikan (Zaib Rehman) who is angrily dealing with a philandering husband, Muzaffar (Abid Ali).
So far we know of Muzaffar’s two mistresses, Firdos and Akhtari who also have children with Muzaffar. Muzaffar has two daughters in law played by Madiha Rizvi and Uzma Baig. Muzaffar’s son, Mazhar (Omair Rana) is quite mean to his wife (Madiha Rizvi) and Azhar (Mustafa Afridi) is also not particularly fond of being around his wife and child. In the next episodes, we’ll see the generation next growing up.
Salma has ran off with Subhan, had a child and died of tuberculosis, Muzaffar’s illegitimate children have come to live with them (some have died, some have survived), Muzaffar and Azhar’s children have also grown up.
In the next episode we’ll see Chammi and Jameel crossing paths which is very much awaited by Sajal and Ahad’s fans. We’ll also be seeing how Ahsan Khan makes a reappearance as Safdar.
Review, until episodes 1-3:
Aangan began slow and steady but perhaps was too slow and too steady. It was only around its third episode that it finally picked its pace and began to spark some fireworks.
The dynamic is well-plotted and well-knitted so as to depict an age-old era where misogyny and class relations still speak the same language as they do today.
A few elements that go awry are the pitch perfect dresses, hair and makeup of the women who work and sleep and travel across villages – yet never seem to look dirty or muddy.
While that adds a great glamor quotient to the story and the screen itself, it’s quite disconcerting, realistically speaking, and inconsistent with the dialogs.
For example, at a point, Salma says that she has been walking all night to meet Subhan and her chaador is also probably lost somewhere. She says this with a misty smile and not a hair out of place.
What’s really delicious to watch is Zaib Rehman’s anger and angst, her venomous spitful replies to Muzaffar about his wanton ways.
The performance are top-notch, for a period-play production design is authentic. The dialogs are well-crafted and fairly substantial and it does seem that it was hyped for good reason.
Here’s to expecting nothing less than excellence in the upcoming episodes.