All Star Plus and Pakistani drama serials wali saas-es and bahus need to take a hike. Their evil saazish-es and old school chaalein: yahan ki wahan lagana aur wahan ki yahan sunana, all have been made to look like child’s play by the newest phapha kutni(a) in town. Ladies and Gentlemen a huge round of applause for the beeba baccha turned Aunty Farida ka jaa-nashin — hamara aur apka apna Aunn!
Ab we all know ke staking a claim to Aunty Farida’s throne is no easy task – Khirad aur Ashar se pooch lain, kiya cheez theen woh… and so our [not so] bechara and [not so] masoom Aunn also used up quite a number of his admittedly limited grey cells to come up with a scheme worthy of winning him this ultimate title. Although Aunn claims to have accomplished this all on his own merit, a little birdie told me that his BFF, Pir Manzar, helped him out considerably here … ab yeh alag baat hai ke in donon ke dimaghon ki phirki phiri hui hai … so its more a case of blind leading the blind, but khair for that one fleeting moment Aunn was happy. Happily puffing away on his cigarette, he saw himself as this genius who was going to set the ladies of his house right. Of course, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out ke apna Aunn is way out of his depth here… seems like ek baar ki pitai se baat nahin bani … he needs another one!
While Aunn’s same old same old, mujhe Zara ke saath waqt guzarna hai, refrain is now getting tiresome, there were thankfully other happenings that saved this episode from becoming completely boring. Poor Nighat got jilted rather rudely in front of the entire family. While my heart went out to her and to the oh-so-very dignified fauji sahab as well, I don’t get why this family keeps on repeating these ghaltis again and again. The confusion, the overhearing, aadhi adhoori baat sunna and then baat se baat banana was funny the first time it happened, but to have it happen again and again makes it so very un-funny and not to say predictable. Nighat and Jamshed were not children that the adults in the family took it upon themselves to arrange their shaadi, blithely going along with their very “mature” bahu’s advice. Everybody in the family knows ke Zara can hardly manage her own life, how could they all go through with her hare-brained mangni ka plan? Does this family see no difference between throwing a surprise birthday party for a child and a surprise engagement for two middle-aged adults? I’m sorry, but couldn’t buy into that scenario at all. We’ve been calling for Aunn to grow up, but it seems like he’s not the one at fault… poora khandaan hi aisa hai!
The one sweet moment came at the very end when Husna did some soul searching. Why is it that she is the only person in the family who takes the time to look inside herself? The rest of the family just seem to be very wrapped up in going ons in the here and now. I think its high time that Husna stops keeping things bottled up inside and stop living a lie. Aunn’s harkats are only adding to her grey hair count, why can’t she see that her son is not a child any more. She is not doing him any favors by not coming clean. Telling the truth will not only set Husna free but also allow Aunn to become a man.
Aunn Zara continues to be one of the very few good serials on air these days, the kind where you look forward to the next episode, waiting to see what happens next. That said, rather than its 20 episode run, I really wish this one had been between 15-17 episodes, making for a tighter narrative. While the story is still fun and I laugh at Aunn’s idiocies, enjoy daadi’s particular brand of home grown wisdom and humor, and feel Husna’s pain, it is time for the story to wind up. It high time Aunn got over himself and he and Zara moved on with their lives. Among the others, Husna deserves some kind of a closure, Jamshed owes Nighat an apology for his behavior and the entire family owes both of them a huge apology, and Manzar and Shehna need to get married – lets hope we are not kept waiting till the very last episode for these things to happen. So far Haissam, Faiza and the very talented cast have done a fabulous job keeping us engaged and entertained. Lets hope the story stays its course and does not run out of steam towards the end – fingers crossed!
Written by SZ~