Drama Review: Mann O Salwa (By Umera Ahmed)

Drama Details

Title: Mann o Salwa

Author: Umera Ahmed

Directed By: Babar Javed

Produced By: Momina Duraid (Hum TV)


Non Review Rant

I have already read and reviewed the book. I decided to let the drama a pass because most often than not the dramas don’t translate the book. Besides I didn’t want to get my eyes out again.

But I succumbed to the nagging by my sister. More so as I am sick, bedridden and have nothing better to do.

And here is the link of the book review. I have listed the characters, too. It is very important that you understand them all, y’know.


Excerpts / Quotes / Highlights:

محبت ختم نہیں ہوتی، توقع ختم ہو جاتی ہے۔ پھر انسان نہ زندوں میں ہوتا ہے نہ مردوں میں۔


محبت کی ہو تبھی کوئی اتنی نفرت کرتا ہے محبت سے۔


This is a special case. I am including this section now.

  • Shahzad Reza as Zainab’s father – an honest, god fearing, clerk
  • Ismat Zaidi as Zainab’s mother
  • Zohra Ziya – eldest daughter of Mr Ziya, married to her cousin Naeem – who is son of her phupho (paternal aunt). She has two daughters and is constantly tortured for that. A clichéd story, but Umera can turn that into extraordinary by her storytelling abilities.
  • Resham as Zainab / Parizad – the middle daughter and the protagonist (as well as the antagonist, I would say). She is engaged to Sheraz – her cousin and son of maternal aunt #1. loves her fiance crazily and turns literally crazy when the engagement breaks off. She takes all the wrong decisions to make money.
  • Zeba Ali as Ayesha – the youngest of the Ziya household, also engaged with cousin Imran – son of maternal aunt #2.
  • Faisal Qureshi as Sheraz
  • Sajida Syed as Sheraz’s mother
  • Noman Ijaz as Karam Ali
  • Ayesha Khan Jr. as Zari
  • Imran Abbas as Jamal
  • Juggan Kazim as Sheena – Sheraz’s wife. A rich and spoilt brat.
  • Uzma Gillani as Karam’s mother
  • Rashid Farooqi as Sultan
  • Yasir Nawaz as Randhawa
  • Saifi Hassan as Pasha
  • Tipu Sharif as Sohail


The book is brutal, dark and troublesome.

As I have reviewed the story already, I will not cover those aspects here. I will only list the additional observations.

  1. The cast is amazing – like really handpicked for all the characters, of which there’s a lot. Kudos to the casting team.
  2. The drama is fast paced.
  3. I like how glimpses, dark and distant shots of Karam Ali are shown through the first 9 episodes before showing his close up shot.
  4. It lacks the ruthlessness that Zainab portrays in the novel. Maybe it is just in my head.

A few more observations:

It was a long time back everybody looked so different. The fashion was different.

Faisal / Shiraz was wearing oversized jackets all the time and looked funny, despite his handsome face. He was a little overweight, too, back then. He is so fit these days. I love him on Salaam Zindagi.

Ayesha khan looks like a chubby girl who has little gone undergone surgery to get the sharp features.

Imran Abbas looks like a teenager so young and so cute.



Overall rating: 4/5

Shabana Mukhtar

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