Zaroon: Kuch kaho tum
Kashaf: Kis qisam ki bataein karte ho tum
Zaroon: Jis tarah ki tum sun rahi ho
Kashaf: Bari bacchon jaisi harkatein karte ho tum
Zaroon: Haiii…. Kafi ziyada der ke baad ja kar pataa chala
This opening exchange between our two protagonists set the theme for the rest of the episode. It was like watching two new dancers in the process of adjustment, accommodating each other idiosyncrasies and insecurities, as they learned how to Tango, a fascinating, very intricate and not to forget sensual dance, which requires the partners to trust each other completely and absolutely. Who ends up leading whom in this very complex partnership is something yet to determined. Or is it really about leading and being led? Looks like Zaroon and Kashaf both have their work cut for them in the coming weeks.
Though Zaroon made his stance clear last week, the man was the head of the household and as such deserved a special protocol, what he is doing in actuality belies the firmness of that very bald pronouncement. Throughout this latest installment we saw him continually bending to accommodate Kashaf’s continuous main na maanoon gi attitude. For a man who is a self confessed chauvinist and flirt, a conservative at heart, I must say I find this softness, this willingness to bend a little hard to swallow, but going with the flow I am happy to see that Zaroon is a lot more flexible than he gives himself credit for. Unlike Kashaf, who does not appear to value this incredibly warm and generous gem of a guy, I, on the other hand, am fully aware of the rarity of such a species – where do I stand in line to order up a Zaroon for moi?!
Kashaf, while I am annoyed with her for continually spurning Zaroon’s advances, I have to say, is the one character for whom I have felt throughout this serial. Forced to take on the mantle of responsibility at a very early age, in many ways she never had the luxury of allowing herself to be a girlie-girl for even a second. Having grown up hearing the constant refrain of mehngai, tangi, tooti hui chapal, abba ke dukhray - a lifetime of insecurities and unfulfilled desires - how is she expected to put all that behind her and move on to a happily ever after with Zaroon. She has been so hurt in the past; abba’s broken promises and Rafia’s tears of helplessness are not going to be easy to forget in the span of a few days. It will take time, and all of Zaroon’s love and understanding to help her move past her complexes. For now, even though she looks on lovingly at her sleeping husband in the darkness of the night, by day she is back to being the prickly Kashaf we all are so familiar with.
The only time we see a breach in Kashaf’s taciturn facade is when Zaroon offers her money. An exquisitely sensitive moment, beautifully, written, directed and acted, this short and sweet scene was the pick of the episode for me. Rather than rings and roses, and endless conversations about the moon and stars, it is these thoughtful gestures that make and sustain a relationship. That Zaroon cares enough to go beyond his me-myself-and-I attitude, and look out for his wife’s financial well-being, speaks volumes about his maturity, and that Kashaf breaks down at this gesture says so much about all her pent-up fears. Whether Zaroon has the patience and the fortitude to hang in and break down each and every barrier of Kashaf’s defenses is something I am eagerly looking forward to.
Needless to say this episode offered a much more realistic look at what a marital relationship is all about – going beyond the cheesy lines and the fluffy moments, we saw the newly married couple actually taking the time to listen to each other. Much as they might claim to know what makes for an ideal spouse, both are gradually learning to look beyond the obvious. And, this to me is what makes this serial special. Far more than the heavy handed lecturers and the constant repetitions we were subjected to earlier on, the subtlety of this latest episode spoke far louder in terms of getting the message across – yes marriages are much more than the I-love-yous and khidmats, they are based on mutual trust and respect.
While Zaroon and Kashaf still have a long way to go, Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed are so fabulous in their portrayals that you cannot help but root for this couple. Their chemistry is smoldering, so much so that even the longest of scenes (the jhoola scene went on forever!) is forgiven. The heat generated is enough to almost make you overlook the bloopers: Err.. where did Zaroon get an overnight bag from? Wasn’t his stay at Rafia’s house an unplanned one? Also, did anybody else wonder as to why Rafia’s advice never includes anything about how Kashaf should behave towards her in-laws? Why didn’t Kashaf leave with Zaroon when he went home?
Despite bloopers, questions, my irritation with Rafia and her lectures, and the horribly loud bagpipes in the background, I did enjoy this episode. My joy was all that much more when Sidra FINALLY announced that she was returning to the US. I loved how, with an imminent reunion with hubby in sight, she primly went on to add a bhai after Zaroon’s name – wonder how much her trip to her in-laws, and the finally confirmed return trip to the US, had to do with that reality check!
Overall, this was another engaging episode, made much more so by the continued absence of Abba, Hammad n Co. But even as we celebrate their exit, seems like Asmara, the other fly in the ointment, is all set to make her return next week. Given the haphazard manner in which she was cut out from the narrative some weeks ago, I wonder how her return in Zaroon’s life will be justified now. Aunty Ghazala too seems to be ready and willing to stir the pot. Will Zaroon and Kashaf’s romance extend beyond the two week vacation and withstand the pressures of real life is something we will have to wait to see …
Looking forward to reading your take on this episode!
Written by SZ~