I don’t know how many more episodes Kashaf needs to complete her journey from shikwa to shukar, but I know that my journey from shukar (yay the serial finally started) to shikwa (can it end already??) ended quite a few episodes ago. After sitting through yet another painful episode, despite amazing performances, I am at an absolute loss to understand the point of this drag-fest.
This latest episode revolved around yet another contrived situation, which with any other couple would’ve been sorted out and dealt with within a span of 15 or so minutes. Instead what we got was a weird scenario of yet another drawn out argument which ended with Kashaf storming out of Zaroon’s house in Islamabad and landing up at Rafia’s house in Karachi. Earlier we saw bechara Zaroon trying to get Kashaf to open up to him for the umpteenth time. I’m not sure what reserves of patience this guy is drawing on, but more power to him – I’m beyond fed up. Can we pass around a hat and collect funds to pay for a good psychologist for our girl Kashaf?!?!
I get that Zaroon is not doodh ka dhula hua either; we know the guy is deeply flawed and has his own share of issues, but still in comparison to Kashaf he seems to be the epitome of maturity. His very thoughtful suggestion of inviting Rafia to move in with them was very rudely shot down by his beloved wife. Later, when he was trying to explain about Asmara, Kashaf refused to listen to him. Then, when he was big enough to admit ke he had been stupid about Osama, she refused to relent – arrey bibi us ki baat tau sun lo! Once upon a time I used to like and even empathize with Kashaf, but now this girl has made it impossible to feel anything but aggravation for her. I could not believe that she was going through drawers and looking behind books… what did she think she was going to find? Kuch sookhe huey gulab aur khushboo waley khat?? Aargh!!
Interwoven with this couple’s story was the Murtaza-Rafia-Nigar triangle. I know there are many who feel for Rafia, I did too, for the first three or four episodes, but now that we are in week 25, I’m sorry but I really don’t care whether Murtaza used to be a nafees man, how unhappy he is with Nigar, and how Rafia has been wronged – enough already!!! We’ve heard the same story in so many ways throughout the last six months that at this point all these scenes, again despite fabulous performances, carry no meaning at all, at least not for me.
To wrap up a non-review of a non-episode we are basically where we were two weeks ago. Kashaf is still pregnant, she and Zaroon are still fighting, Rafia is still crying, Murtaza is still the ass he always was, Shehnila is still unmarried, Hammad is still not sudhroed, his two sisters are still MIA… There was a time when I used to get genuinely upset with all the incoherence, the loose ends and timeline bloopers, but those were days when I cared, when I took Zindagi Gulzar Hai seriously. Ab, my only interest in ZGH: yeh kab khatam hoga??
Written by SZ~