Ashk – Episode 1 – Review.

So the much awaited drama serial Ashk is finally on air. After Hamsafar we all had our eyes on this upcoming project by the director who rocked our television screens with his brilliantly executed play. And of course there were so many out there who just could not wait to see Fawad Khan on screen again. I for one do not believe in the notion that one actor or a couple of actors can make a play a success but it is the entire team and how well they work together that makes classics. I have to admit I was really looking forward to seeing Resham in a more substantial role since her performance in Sanjha impressed me but her character vanished in the middle of the play. The play has been written by Zafar Mairaj and produced by 7th Sky Entertinment. I did not like how the writer was hardly mentioned in the promos , the focus was on the director and the producers.


The first episode was definitely interesting and I liked how we were not just introduced to the characters but the story moved forward right from the onset. Ashk truly is the story of relationships just like promised, it is the story of Major Mansoor and his ties with his two daughters Mehrunissa and Zebu, played by Resham and Neelum Muneer respectively. It is the story of the love the two sisters have for each other and the love between Major Mansoor and his sister kalsoom being played by Seemi Raheel, it is good to see her on screen too, I last watched her perform in Mastani Mahi. Ashk is also the story of Rohail and the relationship he has with Madiha ( Maheen Raheel), another love triangle. So, surely a lot of closely knit relationships and I can guess it will make an interesting story.


Major Mansoor is a well respected person in his community and his elder daughter Mehru took over the duties of looking after the house, her father and sister after her mother passed away. Major Mansoor feels guilty and holds himself responsible for not marrying Mehru and talks to his sister, who lives in Turkey, regarding the matter. Kalsoom is very willing to take Mehru’s hand in marriage for her son Rohail, who is younger than Mehru but that is not an issue…good to know! i really liked how the sense of guilt hits Major Mansoor while he is in the middle of hearing a case in the Panchait. The relationship between Mehru and Zebu is somewhat like that of a mother with her daughter and it has been very nicely portrayed. I especially liked Resham’s acting, she did a wonderful job of convincing us what a graceful girl Mehru is and I honestly thought Neelum may have been over doing it. No doubt she has been shown as a spoiled jubilant young girl but I wish grown up girls would stop acting like nine year olds on-screen, I find it rather distasteful and annoying.


I really liked the camera work in this episode, the way the fields were covered and how we were ‘introduced’ to turkey was very well done. The scene where Rohail and his Sikh friend are having a ‘drink’ and chatting was totally uncalled for, i found it rather objectionable. I guess because the image of a very dignified Fawad Khan is still alive in my mind from his last performance.  The great actor that Fawad Khan is, I am sure his character will grow on me soon enough. At the same time i am hoping that we would not be seeing more of such “merrymaking’ in the future episodes.


Overall, the play seems very engrossing and the characters are very well defined too, right from the start. The acting, direction, dialogues and camera work is spot on. I have to give credit to the way the credits were shown at the end, they mentioned everyone who was anyone in the cast and crew and they rolled by slow enough for us to grasp who was who. I am hoping Ashk will give me a reason to tune in to Geo at least once a week since no other play on this channel has been able to get my attention till now. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of Ashk!


Watch Ashk Episode 1


Author: Fatima Awan.

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  • Kitty

    agree with the comment on zebu:)she was quite an over actor!

  • adiba

    fazoal story hai, albata cast ache hai

  • javeria

    fatims you didnt tell us about the drinking scene

    • Fatima Awan

      Javeria I did mention it in the second last para, plz read.

  • Umariya

    Fazool drama

  • Sabeen

    i dont agree with your review at all, it was quite a boring episode.

  • javeria

    well thanks for clearing that up…well actually i thought i read your open distaste about it on the other site that i thought it would make it here too, in any case.Well i really wanted someone to openly criticize,well the beer scene and the dancing scene were just done for some cheap kind of publicity generating tricks.And then to say many people think its 7 up,its like they are challenging my intelligence.In any case were i see this play heading its going to be a train wreck with many open scenes between fawad and neelam.And they will throw it in our faces.So do we really all need to jump on the liberalism bandwagon. Fatima i think you made a mistake in leaving the review of Mate Jan for this play as i think it is a far better play than this, and your reviews are far better that reviews of dramabuff.Trust me i am not pitting one against other in fact basing it on many weeks of observation

    • Fatima Awan

      Thank you Javeria for your comment. I did not want to openly discuss the drinking scene on DOL , if you know what i mean. The other page is more 'open' so i thought i should take out my annoyance/ distaste for it there. I did not leave MeJ for Ashk, i honestly did not feel that people were actually following my reviews but obviously u guys were into it because i got many other people asking me why i quit writing it… My bad! Well if Ashk is going to be what you say it will be than i will definitely be speaking my mind and stating what i don't like. I hope its not though! Let's wait and see. And thank you again for your comment:) keep them coming.

  • Irfan

    Totally agree,, really good comments. I was not looking forward Resham against fawad. As I have read so many bad comments about it. But really inspired by the direction n story n we were told Mehur is Elder than Rohail. Thanks Fatima it's good review. Overall story was good though n it wil catch up attention. GOOD TO SEE Resham in the rule we weee not expecting but now every one is praising her Resham was really good she is totally fit for this rule her way of delivering dialogues is min blowing. Fawad rule is different n he is also doing his best.

  • Zainab

    Hey I really like ur review but just wanna add my point of view regarding the scene between Rohail and his friend i guess the scene was not uncalled for because the scene gives us the sense of who and what rohail is and what he thinks for example they talk about madiha and his friend says that she might be sitting in some corner and crying to that rohails repy was that madiha and i will always be the way we are and were and he will not let it change so it shows that what he thinks…secondly when he talks about mehru and girls back home being covered all the time Rohail instantly defended Mehru because he knew a bit about her that shows his strength over a discussion that he is someone to put a point forward if he knows its valid and right…

    I am a film – making student myself and i specialise in the writing , story and cinematography so askh has full power to keep the audiences glued…

    loveeee the show and fawad :):)

    • Fatima Awan

      Zainab, to the best of my knowledge some of the scenes were chopped off because of which this particular scene seemed irrelevant. Thank you for leaving a comment and its good to know that you are enjoying the show:)

      • Zainab

        Hey that was the way I perceived the show…I felt that the episode was in complete flow…

        I guess we should give the show to frow rather making up our mind…its too soon

        each character still has to grow the cofusion in most people is bacause its a complex show and each character is tangled with the other and that is y the confusiond occur to the audience beacuse the characters are so complex that every situation brings forth a different side of then just the way it happens in real life we mite appear to be confused by the way we react in different situation and thats the same with the characters….

        Human Psychology is what is needed to understand the show the thought process of the audience shud be wide and open…

        It was great to hear from u :)