This latest episode has compelled me to turn my review upside down and begin with raving about the last scene – what an epic moment – sentimental fool that I am, I loved it, loved it, loved it!!
Qazi Wajid, Badar Khalil, and Behroze Sabzwari, all three legends and all class acts, there’s not much I can say for them that has not been said already. They are brilliant and we know that, and perhaps after all these years of watching them perform we take their fabulousness for granted. Once in a while though, there come moments when you are reminded all over again of how fantastic they are and how effortless they make it all seem. The manner in which the once embittered Farhan looked up at Qutbuddin with glazed eyes and wordlessly thanked him was a moment to savor – his one look said at all. Sitting across from Farhan, Aani’s silent reaction to her husband’s first genuine smile in years was telling to say the least – finally this very tired woman could stop pretending and allow herself to breathe freely for the first time in ever so many years. One could literally see the weight of the world easing off the shoulders of this very weary couple. They had borne this painful burden with nary a complaint and so much grace, that after a while this silent suffering had become a living breathing part of themselves. But one look at them and Qabacha knew he could not rest till he brought their culprits to justice. And now after all his efforts victory was in sight. He was the hero of the moment, but he was not looking for any awards or rewards – having the old Farhan sir back was more than enough for him. His gratitude at having being finally forgiven was beautifully portrayed. I don’t think anybody who watched the final scene walked away with dry eyes. Beautifully written, directed and acted – this 3+ minute scene was the pick of the episode, if not the serial so far, for me. A huge round of applause for Marina Khan, Mohammad Ahmed, Badar Khalil, Qazi Wajid and Behroze Sabzwari. I will not forget this one for a while!
Now to rewind back to the beginning and back to the box and its mysterious contents. Well, after so much hulabaloo about the daants and the good father vs bad father (the one who scolds is a good father and the one who screams is a bad one) explanation from our resident wannabe heroine Serena, the now annoying mujhe-waapis-jaana-hai routine from Zenia, and Zain being blithely informed that the family had found a possible rishta for his older daughter, we still don’t know nothing about the contents of the box. I am enjoying how the mystery surrounding Zara has been skillfully knitted into the story. All we know so far is that something had happened between Zain and Zara, something which perhaps Zenia witnessed and misinterpreted, and that misunderstanding is now coloring her relationship with her father. Regardless of what might’ve happened between the couple, it is clear that Zain is still trying to get over Zara’s loss. Watching him alone in that room, sifting through letters and cards, surrounded by memories of a once happy time, was a very touching moment. Asif Raza Mir is so good here and I wish we saw more of him. After all the tantalizing hints, I am eagerly waiting to see what transpired between him and Zara in those fateful final years of her life.
From somber moments to the more lighthearted ones, I like how we transition between moods here. Syra is adorable as Serena and her chemistry with Shahroz aka Iltutmish is as natural as it comes. I was laughing at the way she wrangled a dinner invitation out of the poor Kishmish. All their scenes together are so much fun to watch, and once you add in Qabacha to this potent mix there is surefire combustion. Loved the way Qabacha asked Serena to convey his salaam to Miss Sania. And yes, Miss Sania!! The way she interacts with her nieces is fabulous, she laughs with them, shares her own experiences with them, hears them out and counsels them wisely. She has to be coolest, hippest khala around – can she be my khala as well, please?! Marina Khan is excellent!
So far so good. Now to come to what did not work for me. I am sorry to harp on this week after week, but the Zenia-Zarak track is not cutting it with me at all, and all the Zarak Barak scenes are just plain painful. Shehryar Munawar is the weakest link in the chain here. That extra long scene at the coffee shop stretched endlessly. In an otherwise fun episode, this sequence stood out like a sore thumb. Another sequence, though not as bad, but still off-kilter was the one at the Youth Center. Apart from the impossibility of such a silly event ever happening, this Kaun-Banega-Sania-Ka-Jeevan-Saathi meet n greet was funny in parts. Mona telling the overweight guy off was funny, but the writer sahab, great cameo by Saife Hasan, was allowed to go on for too long. Also, the duel between the Munshi Premchand wannabe and Maula Jat redux, a funny idea in theory, was too OTT for my liking. Not sure where Mr. Iftikhar fits in, but I enjoyed watching Adil Wadia, brought back so many happy memories of the fabulous 50/50. It was so sad to see a heartbroken Qabacha peel off his fake mustache and give up on his chance to ask for Miss Sania’s hand in marriage – awww!!! Miss Sania, don’t be so mean! Itna pyar karne wala phir kahan milega!!!
All in all I enjoyed this episode… it had its share of weak moments, but the last scene sealed the deal for me. I have to say I am really enjoying the hooks – the final moments of each episode, that not only ensure that the weaker moments in the episode are overlooked, but also leave us viewers counting days to the next installment- very well done by the TNS team. Looking forward to more next week!
Written by SZ~