Sang e Mar Mar: Truly a masterpiece

Published: January 21, 2017

As most of you already must know, Sang e Mar Mar is now inching towards its finale with its plotline coming to a heartbreaking and poignant end.

(Warning: spoilers ahead.)

In a shattering episode, three deaths simultaneously occur: Safiullah kills Saifurrehman to take revenge of his brother Gauhar’s death, Torah Khan kills Safiullah at the same time to avenge the cruelty Safiullah’s father inflicted upon Torah Khan’s mother – and he does this to make it look as it was Saifurrehman who killed Safiullah. In another place, Gulalai is hit by a bus as she is coming back to the city after speaking to a doctor about her fertility problems.

This heartbreaking series of events, this Game of Thrones level of gore shocked and shook up the audiences and it was definitely one of the biggest tearjerker episodes that we saw in these run of dramas.

The crucial aspect in the 20-21st episodes is the exposition of Daaji’s character: his backstory is revealed as he speaks to his son, Aurang, about how his father used to beat his mother and he never spoke up about it. This is how the dynamics of abuse are ingrained in men when they see their fathers being abusive and exploiting their power in front of their wives and other women around the house. Daaji confesses to Aurang that he did not have the courage that Aurang had to stop an authority figure – however, Daaji also tells his son that since then, he has not hit his wife.

Another important element is how Shamim, Daaji’s wife, never was addressed by her name in the past 18 or so episodes and it always struck me as odd that we didn’t know her name. It turned out to be a crucial plot point that her identity was always forsaken by her father and then by her husband. And now after the loss of two sons, her husband finally realised the futility of his abuse and arrogance and called her by her name – that was the breaking point for her character.

The drama heartrendingly explains how abuse becomes a set dynamic in households and how it ruins so many families and lives. The performances are categorically flawless and no doubt we see that Sania Saeed and Noman Ijaz are one of the best actors of our generation.

Full points to the director, Saif e Hassan and writer, Mustafa Afridi, for creating a masterpiece. The audience was hooked, lined, and sunk deep into this tragic yet strikingly beautiful drama that will definitely make every man introspect and rethink his behaviour around those less powerful than him. Kudos, and more power to playwrights and directors who are making dramas like these that have substance, heart, and a story that relates to and resonates with everyone on a deep and personal level.


Mahwash Badar

The author is a clinical psychologist, a mum to two boys and permanently in a state of flux. She tweets @mahwashajaz_ (

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