EK JHOOTI LOVE STORY SEASON 1 REVIEW
Story: Salma and Suhail belong to middle-class families but have high expectations for their ideal partner. Therefore, in the quest to find “true love”, they both create a fictitious social media character for themselves to fulfill their fantasies.
Review: “Ek Jhooti Love Story” takes place in a middle-class Pakistani neighborhood in Karachi and deals with teens’ unhealthy obsession with social networks and their fascination with the fake world it promotes. In a simple house, with three unmarried siblings and a very passionate mother, the youngest of them is simple-looking Salma, nicknamed Choti (Madiha Imam), dreams of a perfect romance but stuck in her monotonous existence. On the other hand, Sohail (Bilal Abbas Khan) runs a computer and electronics repair shop for his deceased father and manages to daydream about Natalia (the sexiest girl in town) and stalk her online to ignore her.
Their humble presence is the common denominator between the protagonists who live in the same area. An interesting turn comes when they both create fake identities on a social media site to find romance through their changing egos. So, Salma turns into a wealthy and classy girl, Natalia, who enjoys the attention she gets from America’s Nouvel bread, which only befalls Sohail. Will they continue to live a lie or will they discover true love in one another is what this series is all about.
Directed by Mehrin Jabbar, this 18-episode episode starts well with the straightforward story of four brothers and their obsession with the perfect match for themselves. However, the continued focus on marriage turns into a frequent watch after a few episodes. Written by Umeira Ahmed (known for writing the Pakistani series “Zindagi Gulzar Hai”), this show is too long and boring to watch. The narration is slow-paced and badly requires clear writing in order to leave a deeper impact on the viewers. The sub-plots of Shabana (Kiran Haq), a university lecturer, and Shazia (Maryam Selim), an assistant faculty member at the local school, are constantly rejected by potential suitors and the middle-class interest in marrying girls as soon as they are beaten. 18 years is the constant trait that haunts the entire series, to the point of making it unnecessarily repetitive with no added value to the entire narrative.
Bilal Abbas Khan and Madiha Imam provided landscape portraits of Suhail and Salma respectively. Their simplicity and innocence quickly touch our hearts and make us feel the emotions their characters go through. Beo Raana Zafar’s performance as the annoying mother of four from Saluiddin, Shabana, Shaziha and Salma, is an arrest. Initially, her individual characters added the desired humor quotient to the ongoing drama, however, after a few episodes, her acting began to feel loud and exaggerated. Sohail’s mother (Hina Khawaja Bayat) breathes a fresh scent – she is fun and friendly with everyone in the neighborhood. The rest of the cast performed decent.
That being said, “Ek Jhooti Love Story” can be described as a refreshing break from all the other emotionally draining dramas. But in the end it turned out to be an average romance tale with a specific Pakistani flavor.
Ek Jhooti Love Story full Cast
- Syed Muhammad Ahmed
- Madiha Imam
- Bilal Abbas Khan
- Beo Raana Zafar