Mrs and Mr Shameem Review: Saba Qamar-Nauman Ijaz Starrer Deals With Marriage and Manhood

Zee5’s A Zindagi Original Series, Mrs and Mr Shameem is directed by Kashif Nisar, who we know for popular Pakistani dramas such as Dumpukht – Aatish E Ishq and O Rangreza, with a screenplay from Sajjad Gul. The star cast features Saba Qamar as Umaina, Nauman Ijaz as Shameem, Gul E Rana as Bay Ji, Faiza Gillani as Ruksana and Amna Malik as Wajeeha. The Hindi web series consists of 20 episodes with an approximate runtime of 40-50 minutes.

– Zee5’s Mrs and Mr Shameem Review Does Not Contain Spoilers –

Mrs and Mr Shameem: Is Breaking Stereotypes Everything?

Zee Zindagi’s new original, Mrs and Mr Shameem is ambitious and thoughtful. It tries to break the stereotypes and fight against the definition of ‘what a man is’ set by the society against the backdrop of love, co-parenting, marriage and, a friendship unlike any other. But, as commendable as the attempt is, the delivery of the message is feeble and far less impactful than you would want it to be.

Mrs and Mr Shameem put the friendship of rebellious Umaina and docile Shameem on a pedestal. Their friendship is what forms the core of the story and takes it forward. Shameem is portrayed as a man who airs feminine traits whereas Umaina lives with a hot-headed bro-vibe, which makes them the unlikely but perfect pair to help evolve through the series. After Umaina’s ideal man leaves her for a reason as petty as money, she is hurt, rejected and almost ostracized by society.

The only ray of hope in her life at that time is Shameem, who takes her in and helps her in ways only a selfless friend ever would. This forms the gist of the story which explores how Shameem and Umaina go down the lane of getting married, sharing a child and much more. The way society treats a feminine Shameem and how it tries to embed the concept that manhood is not acting like a hotshot but, being a genuine, brave and loving human being is addressed in this series.

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Irrespective of its intentions, the series lags when it comes to putting forward an idea correctly. At times it is confusing and unacceptable to see how Umaina behaves with Shameem and, then later goes on to defend him when someone else misbehaves with her friend. She is a character who surely shows a lot of growth throughout the series and, Saba Qamar’s amazing performance is put across beautifully. Nonetheless, it does not take away from the fact that her character sometimes becomes a misleading beacon to rely on.

The series also offers an unseen twist towards the end and, yes, it really puts a poetic element to the plot. But, the amount of time it takes to reach that quintessential point is extremely tiring. Sure, Pakistani web shows are well versed in having intense and long runtimes. But, given how late an important plot reveal came into existence, it sure did not make sense to have such a long runtime.

The actors were a delight to watch and, that made all the twenty episodes worth the time. The music is another aspect of the series that was truly touching and beautiful.

Mrs and Mr Shameem: Final Verdict

Mrs and Mr Shameem is a good show with a good script but, somewhere the execution becomes a dicey place for the series to stand out. It feels like a mix of the romantic genre films we have watched and, the patriarchal aspect is represented in a more structured and less toxic manner. Overall, it is an enjoyable and valuable web series but, only if you are patient enough.

You can stream all the episodes of Mrs and Mr Shameem now on Zee5.

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Zee5's A Zindagi Original Series, Mrs and Mr Shameem is directed by Kashif Nisar, who we know for popular Pakistani dramas such as Dumpukht - Aatish E Ishq and O Rangreza, with a screenplay from Sajjad Gul. The star cast features Saba Qamar as...Mrs and Mr Shameem Review: Saba Qamar-Nauman Ijaz Starrer Deals With Marriage and Manhood