Aas Episode 25:  Rizwan Shames Safeer Publicly In Front of Hania
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Aas Episode 25: Rizwan Shames Safeer Publicly In Front of Hania

Mirza Zain Baig and Hajra Yamin star in this down-to-earth show about the struggles of a middle-class boy in building his career

  • Movie Name Aas
  • Director Zeekay
  • Actor Hajra Yamin, Arsalan Butt
  • Rating
  • Rating 2/5 Stars

“Aas” is a story that’s different from the rest and has its own space and audience.  A show that could be called “slow” (which it certainly is), the show makes a conscious choice to depict the journey of a character (Safeer) and the hardships he faces in order to marry the woman of his affections.  The way the show has been shot does not allow for any masala or dramatics – it’s the simple story of a middle-class boy struggling to create a stable future for himself in order to make himself worthy of his love and that’s exactly what the show depicts.

In previous episodes, we have seen that Hania (Hajra Yamin) is now married to Rizwan (Arsalan Butt), but the two are not living together yet (have not had “Rukhsati”).  Immediately after marriage, Hania begins to realize how incompatible the two are and is shocked to see Rizwan’s manipulative, controlling, insensitive behavior.  Before their life as a couple even begins, Hania is seen rethinking her decision to marry Rizwan – rather, her parents decision that was forced upon her.  Meanwhile, Safeer (Mirza Zain Baig) has been working diligently to support his family and now, after losing his job, he has taken on the task of managing a friend’s pizza home delivery service.  Safeer is so dedicated and committed to his work that he handles deliveries as well.

As episode 25 begins, Safeer is now dealing with the fall-out from his broken engagement, but is seen happily reminiscing about his time with Hania as he still loves her.  He continues to work for his friend’s pizza company and receives a job to deliver 25 pizzas to a farmhouse – not realizing Rizwan has put this plan in place to “expose” Safeer.  When Safeer arrives at the farmhouse, Rizwan not only creates a crowd around Safeer, but introduces Safeer as his “wife’s ex.”  Of course, this earns him a slap when Hania has had enough and she chooses to leave with Safeer.  The execution of this final scene is done in a way that’s reminiscent of a loud Indian serial, complete with zooming and panning motions, loud music and long pauses as everyone looks on.  While Mirza Zain Baig and Hajra Yamin are sincere in their performances, Arsalan Butt is an eyesore in this show.  He is painful to watch, playing the “bad, manipulative” Rizwan with a huge, massive grin on his face – All. The. Time.  The smile never leaves his face and it’s incredibly annoying to watch, leaving the viewer wondering if Arsalan Butt believes this is good acting.

Episode 25 is guilty as charged – it’s slow.  Much of the episode fixates on Safeer’s flashbacks, his memories of his time spent with Hania and these flashbacks easily take up 1/3 of the episode’s airtime.  To add to the issues, the Rizwan character is simply given too much screen time and, like previously mentioned, the character and the actor have come together to create this terrible character/performance straight out of an Ekta Kapoor serial.  Rizwan’s screen time takes up another 1/3 of the episode, which cuts out the viewability of another portion of the show.  That being said, the last scene, regardless of how over-the-top it is, does finally give the show the push it needed to kick-start the proceedings.  Now with the upcoming episode, it seems that Hania’s family will also support her decision to leave Rizwan.

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother