With the thapar that almost was, Zindagi Gulzar Hai seems to have shaken off its stupor, and the much awaited Kashaf and Zaroon track has finally taken off. Sanam Saeed and Fawad Khan were fabulous in the library scene. Their confrontation was intense and held out the promise of other similar explosive interactions in the future. Apart from this big scene, there were other very sweet moments between Kashaf and Sidra, Zaroon and Sara, and even a noteworthy confrontation between Asmara and Zaroon, but apart from a stringing together of these noteworthy moments, there was no appreciable progress in the story.
This latest episode opened with Zaroon consistently creeping up on Kashaf and insisting on zabardasti talking to her. An important social comment, it is interesting to see this kind of public harassment and the fact that not once does Kashaf thinks of complaining to the responsible personnel. Why is this kind of unacceptable behavior tolerated by a strong girl like Kashaf? Why is this being continually referred to as flirtation? Even if this is the norm, I find it very disturbing that not once did the writer or director think of adding in a line or two where either Maria or Osama ever advises Kashaf to go file a complaint. Even one single line to this effect would’ve redeemed this whole disturbing scenario, and could have served as a valuable teaching tool.
Given that Fawad is playing Zaroon, and he has explosive chemistry with Sanam, we are all gaga and going along for the ride. But, if we move the blinkers away then the problems become very clear. During the library confrontation, there were a whole bunch of students milling around, but these “educated” future leaders of our society were just standing around, nobody bothered to call an official. For that matter, there seemed to be no librarian there either. Is this how the “elite” educational institutions function in Pakistan? If I were a mother in Pakistan watching this, I would be having second and third thoughts after watching this particular episode. Clearly, wearing a chadar and minding her own business is not helping Kashaf at all.
Back home, a neighborhood gossip visits Rafia, and upsets her with the latest doings of Nigar and Murtaza. Much like Sidra, I too couldn’t understand why Rafia got so worked up after hearing about the planned renovations in Murtaza’s house. Sidra was absolutely right in saying that all this was nothing new, so why was Rafia now waking up to the unfairness. Even though I couldn’t understand the logic of that scene, after so much that Rafia had already gone through, I couldn’t help but enjoy the interaction between Mansha and Samina. They were both great and their bonding is so warm. While Rafia was being all dukhi. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Kashaf. Clearly the apple hasn’t fallen very far from the tree!
From Kashaf’s family dynamics to Zaroon’s convoluted thought processes, it was interesting to see his discomfort when he heard of Asmara’s impending proposal. Sara and Asmara were both right in calling Zaroon out for his hypocrisy. I am really enjoying Ayesha Omar as Sara here. And speaking of Sara, why did we never see the poor girl’s shaadi? It was really weird how her wedding was passed over so glibly. Considering the amount of attention lavished on every aspects of Kashaf’s family, down to a whole scene about Murtaza buying Hammad a new phone, I cannot help but continue to be puzzled by the skewed story-line.
Zaroon’s reprehensible behavior has shaken Kashaf to the very core of her being. Sanam has done a fabulous job portraying Kashaf’s despondency. After such a big public showdown how does one find the strength to go back and face these same people, even though she is not the one at fault here. Once again, loved the Sidra Kashaf scenes. Mansha is very good as the sweet natured Sidra.
The episode wound up with Zaroon throwing a hissy fit after being scolded by Sir Ibrar. Here, I cannot help but wonder once again why Osama hangs out with Zaroon and Asmara. He seems so out of place and I have yet to see them agree on anything. Another half-baked character, Osama seems to be frustrated by his inability to get his point across, but lacks the will to walk away from the narcissistic Zaroon-Asmara pair. Moving the narrative to the other side of the metaphorical tracks, the episode ended with Kashaf still trying to make sense of Zaroon and his ilk… hope its not too long before she finds the answers to all her shikwas…
All in all an engaging episode if one were to watch just for the Zaroon and Kashaf pair, beyond that the guls are still waiting to become gulzar!
Written by SZ~