Episode 4 was yet another fun-filled outing; Qabacha made his much-awaited entry and I’m happy to report that he is as fabulous today as he was so many years ago, his bad-hawasees and baukhlahats are as funny today as they were then, and his chemistry with Miss Sania is as potent as it ever was. So yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this same but better than before Qabacha, and was overjoyed at this fond reunion between two of my most favorite TV characters. Behroze Sabzwari and Marina Khan are magical together!
Qabacha’s arrival has certainly stirred the pot in more ways than one. To begin with Sania is smiling more frequently, Aani seems relieved, Bibi and Chandni have new things to gossip about, and Serena has Shamsuddin Iltutmish to wonder about. As if all this is not enough, the local daakus too have a new murgha to go zibah – after all Dubai return asaami hain, koi kam cheez to hain nahin hamarey Qabacha sahab!
No, but seriously, I love the way Qutbuddin Qabacha’s entry has been utilized in so many ways, to not only move the story forward into new directions, but also help resolve so many of our questions about the unknown past. I like how the mysteries are being unveiled, one gossamer thin layer at a time, just enough to keep us riveted – tension being built up even as answers are slowly revealed – excellent writing this!
Since this serial is about the Naye Silsilay, it behooves me to move on from Qabacha Sr. to Qabacha Jr. the oh so adorable Shamsuddin Iltutmish – could Shahroz be anymore cuter??!! His stiff, awkward and serious demeanor is in brilliant contrast to his father’s more laid back manner. I was smiling throughout their very warm father-son moment, the father shyly talking about his affection/infatuation for Miss Sania – awww!!!
Another memorable scene was the one with the daakus – this was Durdana Butt’s moment and she did not disappoint for even a second. To begin with the daakus‘ entry was hilarious. Like Bibi, I too thought they were bodyguards, but kyonke yeh Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay hai, is liye halka nahin lena chahiye, nothing is at it seems. But of course the uninvited guests were not there to upset Chandni’s khaane ka hisaab kitaab, rather they were there to take care of their own business! I loved Bibi scolding the daakus, to hold their horses and be patient while Qabacha and Farhan saw each other after ages. Underlying the humor was of course a more serious commentary on the precarious law and order situation. Zain, who was eagerly looking forward to re-settling in Pakistan, is now reconsidering his decision. Similarly Zenia too sees all her fears, about life in Pakistan, coming true. Daaku bhaiyo, khuda ke liye sudhar jao !
This episode also marked Shehryar Munawar’s entry. He not only walked into the Youth Center but also straight into Mona’s heart – if this were a cartoon we would have surely seen hearts popping up all around her! Salma Hasan is so fab – I don’t understand why she doesn’t get more screen time – I hope we get to see more of her in the coming episodes. The episode ended on a very filmy note with Zenia falling into Shehryar Munawar’s arms – a trite clichéd, and some editing issues, but it worked and I am now looking forward to seeing sparks fly between this pair!
Overall this was another entertaining installment. The writers have done a fabulous job – and once again I must commend their command of the language. I am literally savoring each and every line – kaan taras gaye the itni acchi Urdu sunney ko – a huge thank you to the writers for reminding us all about the sheerini and the baankpan of the Urdu language. In terms of acting, all actors have done a superb job, its hard to pick one over the other. But among the newer lot, Syra Yousuf and Kaif Ghaznavi are standouts. The stalwarts are all class acts – not much new to add to what all’s been said already. So yes, another great one from Marina & Co. Looking forward to more!
Written by SZ~