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Khae (Review): A Chilling Finale That Left Us With No Winners

“When you seek revenge, you dig two graves: one for your enemy and one for yourself.” – Confucius

Last night aired the 29th and finale episode of ‘Khaie’, arguably the bloodiest, most disturbing show to grace our television screens since, maybe Hum TV’s ‘Sang e Mar Mar’. The 7th sky production became an unlikely hit from the very first episode and managed a consistently high TRP throughout its run. Rest assured, the audience was rewarded for its investment in the show’s characters with a crowd pleasing finale that at times felt rushed, but mostly hit all the right notes.

The Final Deaths

The finale episode saw Channar Khan (Faisal Qureshi), emotionally broken after burying his son Barlas Khan and then upon return, discovering that his father, Duraab Khan (Khalid Butt) has also passed away. This final nail in the coffin for Channar finally breaks him. The scene between the two veteran actors is crushing to say the least. One feels almost sorry for Channar Khan, who, through the course of the drama, seems to have garnered a reluctant sympathy from some viewers. But it may have to do with Faisal Qureshi’s brilliant take on the charming yet brutal character.

But the most goose-bumpy scene of the last final episode of ‘Khaie’ remains the death of Channar Khan, at the hands of Zamda, first by poison, then by gunshots, and ultimately, by her words. The scene summed up their relationship perfectly. Chanaar Khan, even in the final throes of death converses with Zamda as if they were sitting in their bedroom, having tea. He goes down as the martyr of love, which is fitting given his penchant for women, poetic declarations of his love to them and his larger than life ways.

Zamda’s Ghosts

As for Zamda, she gets a perfect revenge arc and manages to preserve her humanity despite performing an almost khaie on Duraab Khan’s clan. She doesn’t kill Channar Khan’s youngest son Aizaaz and thus doesn’t fully commit to the custom that started it all. Dur e fishan offers a compelling performance that could have easily gone overboard but her soft features gave Zamda an honesty. Even as she stealthily conspired to murder her in-laws, a reluctance, a fear is etched on her face.

She is a reluctant killer, forced into it by her trauma. It feels like whenever her true nature threatened to come to the surface, she had to fast-forward her emotions to execute her vengeful plans. In the end, burdened by all the deaths she has brought about, Zamda is unable to move on, and it is hinted, still visits Channar Khan’s grave. Dure is a delight to watch and ‘Khaie’ will undoubtedly remain her most acclaimed performance for many years to come.

Tying Up The Loose Ends

In some aspects, ‘Khaie’ carried the ‘Game Of Thrones’ curse where meticulously crafted characters, plotlines and setting didn’t get a full-fledged conclusion. For example, the last episode didn’t feature a single scene of Gul Bareen or Apana. Even Badal Khan’s death didn’t seem to have an effect on Zamda. In the hurry to wind up the story, these threads were left hanging and it hurts because these characters really deserved a rightful ending. Are we looking towards a season 2? Well, why not?

Written by Tooba M

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