Unlike the norm, where writers and directors prefer to milk the suspense till the very last frame, Team TNS opted for innovation and provided answers in the second last episode, an unexpected twist bringing a tearful closure to the puraney silsilay. We had been waiting to know about the circumstances surrounding Zara’s death and hear more about her years with Zain, and today we got our questions answered. Zara had not lived the happily ever-after we had wished for her all those years ago, rather she had had a bumpy ride through life. While I was shocked at the amount of pain Zara had suffered, in a strange way her trials and travails made her more real to me. Most importantly, Zara was not shown as a lesser person for succumbing to an addiction. Kudos to the writer, Mohammad Ahmed, and director Marina Khan for handling these very important issues subtly and sensitively.
With the reasons for Zara’s death out in the open and Zain admitting to his culpability, it was now left to Zeniya to give vent to her feelings and finally clear the air between Zain and her. I loved the way Serena cajoled her sister to apologize to their dad. The make-up scene, between Zain and his oldest daughter and the group hug that followed, was beautifully executed. The shot of Zain standing by the latticed window was stunning. While all this was great, I still couldn’t find a solid reason for the two sisters to have not communicated for ten years. Yes, Zara did not want to appear weak in front of her family, but surely in the beginning they must have talked? How come Sania never once visited her beloved older sister in the US? Serious depressions, the kind Zara had, do not happen overnight and neither do addictions… what then came in between them? Or, was the estrangement between the sisters a recent thing?
My questions notwithstanding, that whole sequence about Zara’s death was beautifully handled. The brief Chandni-Bibi kitchen interlude provided a respite from the heavy duty emotional conversation in the living room. The conversation later between Zain and Sania was done to perfection. Loved the framing of that scene with Zara’s picture between the two. Also enjoyed that Zain was shown having individual conversations with his daughters, Sania and Aani. They all had different bonds with Zara and deserved individual answers. What I thoroughly appreciated was that though this was an emotional episode, it was sans the usual OTT crying or screaming – mellow but not melodramatic. The unthinking smile on Zain’s face, as he reminisced about the time when Zara had given him the rose, had me smiling but teary-eyed. Aah! Romance! Where art thou?
Just I was musing about the lack of romance on our TV screens, Iltutmish saved the day and threw that beautiful dinner party for Serena. Loved, loved the gorgeous setting!! How cute is this couple!!! Iltutmish finally got Serena to admit her feelings for him. This has to be one of the most romantic scenes in recent memory – Ashar, I hope you’re taking notes! Special kudos to the writer for his beautiful lines. I’m not sure how he did it, but we got a very creative proposal and acceptance without resorting to the cliched I-love-yous. Marina deserves credit for her handling of this scene; loved that even though there was no physical intimacy, not even a holding of hands, there was enough heat generated to light a roaring fire. Can’t wait for their happy ending in the finale! Syra and Shahroz are so skweet!!!
Since I’ve used the word “loved” so many times already, I guess there is no need to reiterate that I LOVED this episode! Writing, directing, acting, cinematography, all came together perfectly. We saw a lot more of Asif Raza Mir today, and it was a pleasure to see him do what he does so beautifully. Marina is absolutely fabulous. Behroze Sabzwari makes it all seem so effortless, and the younger Sabzwari is clearly staking his claim for super-stardom. Syra Yousuf is the brightest star among the younger lot of our actors, and I hope she continues being selective about her roles. Alishba was also very good today, particularly in her scenes with Syra and Qazi Wajid, when she opened up to Faran Uncle. I love how she has formed an unsaid bond with him, perhaps a case of two troubled people understanding each other better. I just wish Alishba had been paired with a more experienced co-star.
Now that mysteries of the purana silsilas have been resolved, I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how the kharab mangnis of the naye silsilay will be addressed and fixed in the final episode. Will Zenia have a change of heart about Zarak Barak? Will Zain approve of Iltutmish? Will Qabacha finally win Miss Sania’s heart?
Written by SZ~