Shukar Alhamdullilah! Aap ko sab ko bohot bohot mubarak ho! Munh meetha kar lijeye - Zaroon ki Kashaf se shaadi ho hi gayee aakhir-e kaar! After this latest episode zindagi is indeed gulzar, not just for Zaroon and Kashaf, though she is loathe to admit it as of now, but for all of us as well who’ve hung on to this serial through quite a few trying moments. Hopefully happy days are here to stay!
Call me a sappy fool if you will, but I for one was smiling throughout as Zaroon wed Kashaf – this was the romance we had been promised and this was the story we had been waiting for since the past eighteen weeks. Now that we’re done chalking out the black and white background, its high time we begin filling in the central characters, using some more vivid colors and breathe some life into this story, as we sit back and watch Zaroon’s gulzar zindagi begin to impact Kashaf’s so far barren one. Beginning with the last episode, the seeds have been planted, now lets see how long it takes for the guls to start making Kashaf’s zindagi gulzar as well. For now I was quite happy to awww away as Zaroon resorted to the cheesiest tactic ever – Prince Charming presenting the rose to his Malika Aaliya - yaar Kashaf, ab bas bhi kar do!
Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed were fabulous today as they got a little bit more than a few choppy scenes to interact and showcase their sizzling chemistry – they are smoking hot together! All their scenes were so much fun to watch, even the prolonged wedding night. The car ride was superbly done, as was the whispered conversation at Rafia’s house. The phone call interaction at the beginning of the episode was fun as well. The water running out scene was very poignant. The peeling paint in the bathroom contrasted starkly with the uber refined Zaroon, and Kashaf’s unease seemed justified. For a second there was a Shehr-e Zaat deja vu moment, with the wuzu scene, but Fawad was as brilliant as Mahira had been in conveying the confusion. As for the Shehr-e Zaat flashback, I could not help but smile as I thought of Ghazala aka Mehrunnisa… Mummy yeh aap kya kar rahi hain? Pehle beti and ab beta? No, but seriously, I do wish that class differences were not reinforced in such problematic ways; the tap going dry was enough to make the point very clear.
Even as Ghazala has been much maligned in this story, I have to say since the past few episodes she has emerged as a pretty level headed person. Most of her advice has been what any concerned parent would offer. She asked Zaroon to reconsider and be very sure, because there would be no point in regretting after the wedding. Once the marriage happened, however, the family welcomed the new daughter in law with a lot of affection. It was lovely to see all of the them together at the table, interacting with Kashaf so naturally. Clearly, this upper class family is not as bad as it is made out to be. Even Rafia acknowledged that Zaroon had been taught well by his parents – good job guys!
While the groom’s parents passed with flying colors, his ex-fiancee and ex(?) best-friend failed to make the grade. Asmara’s text was weird and funny and strangely out of sync since we have not heard a peep from/about her in the last couple of episodes. As for Osama, he deserves a gold medal for his split personality. Last week he couldn’t stop smiling as he was jumping for joy while telling Kashaf about his engagement, and today he was crestfallen – say what??? And why was he berating Zaroon for not telling him anything? Did we ever hear Osama tell Zaroon that he had proposed to Kashaf? Kiya yaar, kiya ulta zamana hai – talk about the kettle calling the pot black!
Also unimpressive were Mr Murtaza and his second wife Nigar. They’ve been so busy interfering in Rafia’s life that they’ve lost track of their own children. Thank God Kashaf got married to a rich guy and in turn reminded Nigar of her own daughters. Here, I’ve been screaming myself hoarse asking about the MIA daughters, but nahin Nigar begum ko tau Rafia ki betiyon ki parwah se hi fursat nahin thi! Dekha, isiliye I was telling Nigar madam ke keep track of your daughters – where are they and who are they?? No wonder even Murtaza’s forgotten about their existence!
Wherever the MIA daughters might be, Hammad sahab was very much present and in full form as he bonded with his new brother-in-law. Bechara Hammad, the less said about him the better it is. Though I must say, even if he’s not the brightest bulb around, at least he seems to be making progress in his studies. I wonder if Shehnila is done yet. And speaking of wondering, where was Sidra’s husband? He missed out on how lovely his wife looked at the wedding. Just love Mansha Pasha as Sidra, she truly is the heart of the show.
This has to be one of the most fun episodes of this serial so far – I thoroughly enjoyed it, even the Nigar-Murtaza scene, since the MIA daughters finally made their presence known, albeit in abstentia. Over an above all, in an episode where every actor left their mark, this was the Zaroon and Kashaf show and they delivered big time. Fawad in particular deserves special pat on the back for taking an unlikable character, infusing him with so much charm, and showing his growth in such a way that we are all completely taken in by Zaroon’s sincerity. I don’t know how many people can turn around like that, but Zaroon certainly has and Fawad has me rooting for Zaroon now – so much so that for the first time in eighteen weeks, I am anxiously waiting to see the next chapter in Zaroon and Kashaf’s married life. How long will it take for Kashaf to melt and give in to that killer smile?
Written by SZ~