Aangan episode 09 has recently aired and it stars Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir, Hira Mani, Mawra Hocane and Zaib Rehman. The play is not on YouTube or any other digital media platform so far. So here’s our review and recap for those who are curious as to what’s happening!
The Story So Far til Episode 09
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.
Salma runs off with Subhan, gives birth to Safdar and dies of tuberculosis. Muzaffar’s illegitimate children come to live with them. Some have died, only Israr (Hasan Noman) has have survived. Muzaffar and Azhar’s children have also grown up. In this episode we see these generational conflicts coming to front.
Safdar is now living with Mazhar and his family much to the chagrin of his wife. Najma has gone to study. Israr, Malik Muzaffar’s illegitimate son is also living with Azhar and his family with Maalkan. Mazhar has two daughters, Tehmina (Hira Mani) and Aalia (Mawra Hocane). Tehmina has fallen in love with Safdar and confides about this to Kusum, a Hindu widow living nearby. Kusum is in love with a young man as well who has fallen in love with her despite knowing that Kusum is a widow. In Aangan’s episode 6, Tehmina and Safdar meet each other in the dead of the night (ahem) and Tehmina’s father finds out that Safdar and Tehmina are in love. He approves of the match but asks Tehmina not to meet Safdar secretly.
Chammi and Jamil:
Chammi (Sajal Aly) has grown up to be a spirited firecracker who gets money from her father, Zafar, back in Hyderabad. She’s full of life, not like the other girls in the house. Chammi is often the cause for lament for Maalikan (Zaib Rehman) who is mostly bed-ridden. Chammi gives her hard-saved money to Jamil to pay for his fees for FA. Jamil (Ahad Raza Mir) is Azhar’s son, attempting to do FA as the revolution roars and Azhar refuses to pay for any of Jamil’s college and education.
Chammi and Jamil have an odd relationship as Chammi helps Jamil pay for his BA. Jamil likes to take advantage of Chammi’s kindness and seeking of love. Jamil’s mother asks Maalkan/Dadi to talk to Choti Bahu and ask for Tehmina’s hand in marriage for Jamil now that he’s completed his BA. This leaves Chammi heartbroken – as she sees how Jamil is barely protesting at this. On the flipside, Choti Bahu and Mazhar are constantly fighting. Tehmina continues to be heartbroken. Hindu widow Kusum had flouted moral code and married Manoj. But Manoj leaves her and runs away. All this has a very strong impact on Tehmina who watches the whole family go through social infamy due to Kusum’s running away. Tehmina has also not heard back from Safdar who had gone to Aligarh to study.
Review Aangan Episode 09:
The biggest problem with Aangan is the overly done makeup and clothing. Everyone looks so bright and well dressed even when they don’t have food to eat and are squabbling over meat pieces, in Azhar’s abode especially. While Ahad Raza Mir tries to bring some justice to his role, there are a few problems in how this role is written. There is little understanding as to why and how is Jamil behaving this way. Yes, he’s not seen any proper relationship between his mother and his father which is what has probably turned him into a bit of a user – okay, a GIANT user – but there should have been more light shed on this.
Another weak angle is Rabia Butt’s storyline, aka Kusum’s storyline. It’s a little too Devdas-y and it doesn’t manage to create the impact it should have. Considering how Tehmina is taking this in. Hira Mani is looking and acting beautifully. But she should have had more dialog and communication about how Kusum’s story is taking a toll on her. She is also under the pressure of Safdar being completely out from her life.
Sajal Aly’s performance, as always, is breathtaking and she’s the most layered character written as well. Zab Rehman, Madiha Rizvi and Omair Rana are, without fail, excellent. Mawra Hocane’s performance is quite improved from the past episodes and the storyline has managed to pick up its pace.
Episode 10 promo: