EK JHOOTI LOVE STORY SEASON 1 REVIEW
STORY: Salma and Sohail belong to middle-class families but have exalted expectations for their ideal life partner. So, in the pursuit to find ‘true love’, they both take to creating fake social media persona for themselves to realise their fantasies.
REVIEW: Set in a middle-class Pakistani neighbourhood, in Karachi, ‘Ek Jhooti Love Story’ deals with the adolescents’ unhealthy obsession with social networking and being fascinated by the fake world it peddles. In a simple household, with three unmarried siblings and an over-eager mother, the youngest is plain-looking Salma aka Choti (Madiha Imam), and dreams of an ideal romance but is stuck in her monotonous existence. On the other end, Sohail (Bilal Abbas Khan) manages his dead father’s computer and electronics repair shop and daydreams about Natalia (the most attractive girl in the city) and stalks her online only to be ignored by her.
Their humble existence is the common thread between the protagonists living in the same locality. An interesting turn comes when both of them create fake identities on a social networking site to find romance through their alter egos. So, Salma turns into a rich and high-class girl, Natalia, and enjoys the attention she gets from America-bread Nofil, who is infact nonother than Sohail. Will they continue to live a lie or will they discover true love in each other is what this series is about.
Directed by Mehreen Jabbar, this 18-episode series begins well with the straightforward story of four siblings and their obsession with an ideal match for themselves. However, the ongoing fixation on marriage turns into a repetitive watch after a couple of episodes. Written by Umera Ahmed (famously known for writing Pakistani series, ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’), this show is excessively long and tedious to watch. The narrative is slow-paced and direly requires crisp writing in order to leave a deeper impact its viewers. Subplots of Shabana (Kiran Haq), a college lecturer, and Shazia (Mariam Saleem), an adjunct faculty member at the local school, being constantly rejected by potential suitors and a middle-class concern with getting girls married off as soon as they hit 18 years of age is the constant feature haunting the entire series, to the extent of making it unnecessarily repetitive without any value added to the entire narrative.
Bilal Abbas Khan and Madiha Imam have rendered natural portrayals of Sohail and Salma respectively. Their simplicity and innocence quickly touch our hearts and they make us feel the emotions their characters are experiencing. Beo Raana Zafar’s performance as the nagging mother of the four Saluiddin, Shabana, Shaziha and Salma, is arresting. At first, her one-liners added the required humour quotient to the ongoing drama, however, after a few episodes her act begins to feel loud and exaggerated. Sohail’s mother (Hina Khawaja Bayat) is a breath of fresh air – she is jolly and friendly with everyone in the neighbourhood. The rest of the cast pulled off decent acts.
All said, ‘Ek Jhooti Love Story’ can be touted to be a refreshing break from all other emotionally draining dramas. But it eventually turns out to be an average romantic tale with a certain Pakistani flavour in it.
Ek Jhooti Love Story full Cast
- Syed Muhammad Ahmed
- Madiha Imam
- Bilal Abbas Khan
- Beo Raana Zafar