Mannat is a beautiful young girl who hails from a progressive family that values love, care, and mutual respect. Raised in an environment where everyone’s choices are respected, Mannat enjoys the freedom to make her own decisions. Following the untimely demise of her parents, she finds support from her elder brother, Nafees, who showers her with affection.
On the other hand, Murad belongs to a conservative family where his mother, the matriarch, wields significant influence over his life choices. As the only son, Murad is burdened with the responsibility of fulfilling his family’s expectations. Soft-spoken and romantic by nature, Murad finds himself unable to defy his mother’s authority, especially after the passing of his father.
Despite their starkly contrasting backgrounds, Mannat and Murad’s hearts find solace in each other’s presence, and they fall deeply in love. However, their families’ interference creates misunderstandings between Mannat and Murad, testing the strength of their bond.
Will their families agree to their union? Will Mannat’s family, with their open-mindedness, find common ground with Murad’s conservative household? Can Mannat and Murad’s love for each other withstand the motives of their families, who seek to create further misunderstandings between them?
Written by: Nadia Akhtar
Directed by: Syed Wajahat Hussain
Produced by: Abdullah Kadwani & Asad Qureshi
Production House: 7th Sky Entertainment
[Source: GEO TV official channel]
Mannat Murad Episode 1 Written Update and Review
Assalam Alaikum, peeps!
Shabana Mukhtar here, to recap and review the first episode of Mannat Murad. Without much further ado, let’s see what happened in this episode.
We see Murad who’s dreaming of marrying a charming woman. The dream shatters as he hears his mother’s voice. Then, we meet his mother Razia and his youngest sister Niggi. We also see how suffocatingly protective Razia is. The family is quite dysfunctional, if you ask me; or quite normal, if you look at most of desi families. Nudrat, a sister who is married to a good-for-nothing guy and is always looking for ways to extract some money from Murad, Fazeelat, the other who sulks all the time for not able to marry the guy she loved; Itrat who is always at the receiving end of her mother’s “kosne”, and Niggi who is young and single and carefree (it’s only a matter of time, sis).
By the way, isn’t it the same house we saw in Kuch Ankahi? We have seen Salman on these stairs so many times. And in Daasi? I don’t remember if I have any screenshots, but I’m confident that it’s the same house.
On the other hand, Mannat belongs to a rich family; she knows how to deal with people, including creeps. She doesn’t need a job; it’s just her passion. I think her real passion is to change the world and make it a better place to live.
She gets a call from her prospective employer, who hits on her, and she has a befitting reply for him. She records the call, plays it in front of Mr Bossman, and gets the creep fired.
You go, girl!
Murad pretends to enjoy his mother’s attention, but it suffocates him, nonetheless. While talking to Athar, he lets his frustration out.
Murad: Khuli hawa mein saans lena chahta hoon.
A family comes to see Fazeelat, and also approve of her, while the groom-to-be’s sister eyes Murad with shy smile. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what this family has in mind.
Groom-to-be’s mother is like: Aap hamari Shehla ko angoothi pehna dein, hum Fazeelat ko angoothi pehna dete hain.
Razia flips out, but Murad steps in.
Murad: Amma, mujhe manzoor hai.
That’s how sacrifying he is. He puts Fazeelat’s happiness over his own. But we all know it aint gonna happen, so let’s not hold our breaths.
I’ve already said enough on how I feel about this drama (check the First Impression Section in Cast & Characters). I am not too thrilled to watch Iqra, or Talha reprising a slight variaion of Farooq from Jannat Se Aagay. Irsa is a treat to watch with her nosy mother’s character, and Ali Safina’s Faisal seems like the kinda hero I like to watch, but other than that, it doesn’t entice me enough.
Speaking of nosy mother Razia, I’ve an anecdote to share. I started yesterday’s Youtube binge with Mufti Tariq Masood’s Q&A session #343. While replying to one of the questions, he explained how it is frowned upon for a parent to enter their kids’ room once they are adults. And then I watched this drama where Razia has no sense of boundary. It is a sad irony that our qaum is in such a stark contrast from what Islam preaches us. If we follow Islam only 10%, this would be a better world.
Alright, rant is over. Off to watch something else now.
I will add more characters as I watch the series.
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