Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam
Onto the final new release of the weekend and I have just finished watching the new Pakistani show Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam on Zee5. After the stupendous success of Churails(whose review is also available on Popcorn Reviewss), I was quite looking forward to watching this new show. It promised to be in the neo-noir space and what is more is that it is an anthology with independent stories only loosely connected. While Churails dealt with some important issues related to women that had a universal appeal, this one promised to showcase the deadlier side of women. As the saying goes, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned! So is Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam worth a watch, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam is a 6 part anthology, with each story representing the deadlier side of women. While there is a common thread to connect the stories, what was fascinating to watch was that the women shown are just as common as your mother sister or your wife. The atrocities faced are something that is common as well(unfortunately) by the hands of men. And so quite a few stories stand out incredibly well. But be warned, do not go in this series expecting a Churails. While Churails had a pretty straight forward plot, here the plot is convoluted and requires every bit of your attention. There would be instances were it might be difficult for you to keep pace as well, but do stick through it. As the layers peel off slowly, your answers would be waiting. So patience is the key! Also the screenplay is designed like a pulpy, neo-noir fiction. So there are shades of pink and green used in abundance and at times red too. The violence is depicted in a poetic manner, so with the splatter of blood there is a sense of poetry too. The screenplay is a slow burn throughout. It moves as a leisurely pace which makes the drama a lot more textured. And it does oscillate between the past and present. A couple of my absolute favourites were Zuvi, Massey Ma and Anarkali Aur Main Maalki from the lot. By to be honest, each story holds its ground and uniquely so, ending the drama on a high and something that stays with you long after it has ended. Maybe, a couple of stories over stayed their welcome and could have been edited further but overall, quite an impactful screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are outstanding, some of them communicated through Shayaris(Couplets) that are beautiful to witness. Also I loved the way moments of silence were used to communicate a couple of conflicts. The music is perhaps the strongest pillar of the series. The soundtrack is something that I would personally revisit and each song(some original and some not) are perfectly used in the narrative. The BGM is outstanding and it compliments the screenplay so well. The cinematography is excellent and many of the frames which you a feel of a high budget horror film. The use of pinks and greens just add to the overall ambience and atmosphere. Director Meenu Gaur has done a terrific job showcasing a high voltage drama with utmost authenticity. The poetic nature of the killings are aesthetically shot as well. The direction makes an impact almost instantly tbrough the first scene and maintains its grip throughout with timely twists and turns. Brilliant!
The performances are outstanding. Osman Abid Bhat and Sheheryar are both outstanding but the series belongs to the ladies. Sanam Saeed as Zuvi is one of the most bone chilling killers of the series. Her track has a lot of dark humour as well and she puts forth a deliciously brilliant performance. Sarwat Gillani as Mehek is quietly impactful. Such a nuanced and subtle performance! Faiza Gillani as Nurse Kanwal has an intetesting conflict with a twist and she is simply first rate. Beo Rana Zaffar as Maasey Ma has such a magnetic presence and an amazing sense of dialogue delivery that she manages to hold your attention. Eman Suleman as Zehra looks very pretty and puts forth a noteworthy performance. Samiya Mumtaaz as Mai Maalki is wonderfully restrained and there are moments of silence that she is required to internalize and she makes an instant impact. Mehar Bano as Anarkali was one of my favourite characters here. As a revengeful woman with a bit of a character arc, she is absolutely brilliant here. I loved her in Churails and in a more layered and dark role she is even better here!
Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam is a pulpy, neo-noir drama comprising of a killer of a story! Available on Zee5.