Muqaddar Episode 6:  As Haaris Searches, Raima Continues to Be Held Hostage By Saif
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Muqaddar Episode 6: As Haaris Searches, Raima Continues to Be Held Hostage By Saif

Faysal Quraishi’s drama “Muqaddar” narrates a tale of a feudal lord and his obsession with a young girl, refusing to take no for an answer

Episode 6 of Muqaddar can’t be classified as particularly fast-paced.  The show has been following Sardar Saif (Faysal Quraishi), a modern feudal lord, and his obsession with Raima (Madiha Imam), a young college-going girl who works as an RJ in the evenings.  After being interviewed by Raima, Saif falls head over heels for her.  He is indifferent to her rejection and makes it clear that he does not care about Raima’s engagement to her cousin Haaris (Ali Ansari).  In the last episode, Raima had been kidnapped by Saif as her family struggled to find her. See updates on Episode 5 here.

In episode 6, Raima continues to be held at Saif’s second residence, in order to keep her away from his own family.  As Raima comes face to face with Saif, she realizes who her captor is and makes her contempt for him clear – but Saif does not care.  While her words of hatred cut through the heart, Saif still does not back down and views Raima as a piece of property, something to be acquired – and he wants to acquire her, consent or not.  His obsession with Raima begins to trickle into his family life as he ignores Abeera (Sabeena Farooq), a daughter he has doted upon.  There are side-tracks of course with Abeera’s romance with the actor continuing and Saad’s (Haroon Shahid) concern for Raima’s absence during exams. See updates on Episode 4 here.

Meanwhile Haaris proves to be a devoted hero, refusing to back down or believe anything negative about Raima.  Convinced Saif has her, he confronts him, only to face Saif’s lies as Saif denies having Raima.  Frustrated, he threatens Saif before leaving – which may have come back to harm him.  As the episode ends, the doorbell rings and an angry Haaris heads out to see who it is.  Haaris’s parents wonder about his whereabouts and his father looks outside, only to find the gate open with Haaris’s cellphone left on the floor.  With Raima still trapped at Saif’s second residence, now Haaris has been kidnapped, clearly by Saif’s men.  It’s clear that Saif will either threaten Haaris with his parents or use Haaris as a tool to force Raima to marry him by threatening his safety.

Again, this is the second episode that is fairly slow-paced and not particularly interesting.  However, with Haaris’s disappearance, the next episode may pick up the pace and set the story in motion.  The performances in this episode aren’t particularly stand-out either, barring Madiha Imam’s performance, an actress who always comes across as a natural when she acts.  Ali Ansari is also doing a good job in this role and manages to make an impact in this episode.  How exactly the story will progress from here on is not known, but I am intrigued to find out.

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