So far we’d been hearing and talking about new beginnings and new directions, but today we actually saw the naye silsilay taking shape. Shrugging off the lingering mists of the past, the story moved on to new beginnings with Serena voicing her love for Shamsuddin Iltutmish, Bibi talking about Chandni ke liye aaya hua rishta, Zenia grudgingly acknowledging her interest in Zarak, all the ladies of the household ganging up on Sania for her shaadi, and finally Qabacha manning up, albeit in disguise, and confessing his love for Miss Sania. Going hand in hand with the new beginnings were new directions. Leaving behind the comfort of the familiar past and moving into unfamiliar territory, we were formally introduced to Zarak Khan, his tribal background and his noble aspirations, and saw Qabacha trying to find a resolution to Farhan Sir’s problems. All in all, a significant episode in terms of progress in the story along with plenty of fun and laughter thrown in for good measure.
While on laughter and fun, how can I not rave about my fave pair Chandni and Bibi – they’re just too adorable. Ever since Chandni’s heard of the possibility of a film role, madam is har ghari taiyyar kamran, har waqt practice shuru. That’s all well and good, magar Chandni, girl, my friend, please set your sights on somebody other than Fawad Khan or Shahid Kapoor. Kuch to doston key armaanon ka khayal karo, please!! Waisey, seriously, I think Chandni has the potential to be a great actress, perfect Lollywood material! Who else but our esteemed film actresses would consider thinking to be a takhliqi amal!! Kaif Ghaznavi is a riot and Durdana Butt’s Bibi is the perfect Heckle to Chandni’s Jeckle!
As for pairings, oh yes, there were a whole bunch of them today. The Kishmish and Serena moment was very sweet, as was the bedtime conversation between Serena and Zenia. Zenia seems to have subconsciously reconciled herself to living in Karachi; now if only the subconscious could hurry up and deliver this message to her conscious mind, she would stop going on and on about the passport issue. I understand that the passport drama was meant to serve as a means to introduce Zenia and Zarak, but ab tau Zarak mil gaya na, now can we please not talk about the passport any more? That peeve aside, I am loving Shahroz, Syra and Alishba here.
On Zarak, we saw a lot more of him today and heard about his noble aspirations for building schools etc, all interesting, but I’m still not entirely on board with Shehryar Munawar as Zarak. He was unimpressive in his scenes with Parveen Akbar, and his accent seemed to come and go randomly. The only moments I enjoyed in that whole Youth Center sequence were when Zarak entered the Youth facility and Mona’s face lit up like a beacon – Salma was fab once again. The other noteworthy moment was between Zarak and Zenia while she was arranging books in the library at the Youth Center. Shehryar is very charming and is definitely effective is shorter scenes, but fails to make an impression in the longer scenes. Also, I’m not quite sure as to when and how did Zenia’s heart melt towards Zarak, so much so that she got practically engaged to him today. That whole scenario, beginning with Zenia leaving with Zarak to Gul Jaan covering Zenia’s head, seemed off somehow. I’m not sure I was entirely sold.
Moving on to Qabacha, though he was fab, and made me laugh, I didn’t quite get the reason for his disguise the first time around. I kept wondering why the resort to using disguises? Was he trying to build up courage to come out in the open and make an official declaration of his romantic interest in Miss Sania? But wait, I did get it the second time around. He must’ve been doing his own brand of sleuthing that other time as well, and Qabacha being the Qabacha that he is must’ve thought to kill two birds with one stone and make his intentions knows to all and sundry while still in disguise. The fact that everybody other than Bibi recognized him is beside the point. Don’t think Qabacha is losing any sleep over that minor fact. He’s probably too busy plotting his next move in his quest to get justice for Farhan sir. I am enjoying these intriguing insights in Qabacha’s multifaceted personality. Working wonders with a beautifully scripted part, Behroze Sabzwari is really good here.
Even as I enjoyed this foray into the new silsilas, I couldn’t help but wonder about the as yet unfinished other silsilas. What’s up with Sophia and Zain? I missed seeing more of that track in this episode, and hope we can catch up with Zain’s story next week. Not that the girls’ seemed to miss him. There was no mention of him till they sneaked into his room to open up the metaphorical Pandora’s Box. What lies inside is anybody’s guess. Do the contents have the potential to turn the story on its head? Guess we’ll just have to wait and wonder. What great hook to bring us back next Saturday! Great stuff from Marina Khan and her TNS gang! Looking forward to the next installment!
Written by SZ~