Now this is what I call an engrossing episode! Complementing Zaroon and Kashaf’s explosive chemistry, we had Sidra and her cool-headedness, Asmara and her badtameezis, Osama and his vacuous smiles, Maria and her sighing over Zaroon, Rafia and her naseehats, Hammad as the anokha ladla, the nameless second wife being her usual, I-want-everything-and-the-moon, self, and Murtaza playing the indulgent dad to a Tee. For once, all the threads were woven together just right – a perfect blending of the various tracks to give a smooth, balanced look to the episode. Finally!!
Today’s episode confirmed the Zaroon indeed has double standards of the worst kind – a different set of rules for women close to him and a whole other worldview for the women who fall outside that esteemed realm. As Kashaf is gradually discovering, Mr. Zaroon wants to keep his sister and girl friend covered, but all other women, even if they are fully covered are fair game. I guess the moral of the story here is that its not just about keeping your physical attributes covered, but also hide your intelligence – kiya pata kab a guy like Zaroon might take it on as a personal challenge! While Zaroon and his evilness is still bugging me and he will have to do a 720° turn to show that he is reformed, it is to Fawad’s credit that he makes a rake like Zaroon so much fun to watch. Fawad Khan is superb!
Sanam Saeed was a personal favorite before this serial, and her very strong performance here has sealed the deal. Kashaf is such a prickly character, but Sanam makes her come alive so vividly that one cannot help but fall in love with this angry young woman. Here scenes with Fawad were a joy to watch today. She is matching him, actually outshines him at times, every step of the way. Apart from Fawad, she has great chemistry with Mansha Pasha. I wait to see their scenes together. It was so much fun to watch Kashaf pacing angrily in the kitchen while Sidra tried to calm her down, after her showdown with Asmara. Similarly the scene in the swing, Kashaf chiding Sidra for her cheap harkats, was very sweet.
Asmara was slightly better in this episode primarily because she actually said a bit more than just whine endlessly Mehreen is doing a good job with a very annoying character. The library scene with Kashaf was interesting to watch, although in terms of scripting I couldn’t understand why was there only one copy of what sounded like an important book. Also, they way they keep raising their voices in the library seems odd, particularly for advanced graduate students. The scene that followed, Asmara going up to Zaroon and Osama, seemed out of sync with the earlier library scene. Another thing which stuck out like a sore thumb, particularly after the never ending fuss in the last couple of episodes, was Asmara’s outfit in the concert scene. It was the same watermelon combo that had roused Zaroon’s ire a couple of weeks ago. Given that the makers had spent so much time on this serial, I wish the continuity of clothes was looked at a bit more carefully. Zaroon was wearing a white-lettered T-shirt, when he gives Kashaf the present, and then the next day he has the same exact T-shirt again. Now that we all know that our guy Zaroon is not much of a shopper, I sincerely hope Sara and Aunty Ghazala will take time out from trousseau shopping and buy him some new clothes from London.
And now to the BIG scene. I had been waiting for this since it was announced they were going to shoot a concert for ZGH. A friend and her two daughter attended this taping session so I got the blow by blow account. After having anticipated so much, I have to confess to being disappointed. Why, Why, Why?? Why dub Fawad’s rendition of Satrangi (lip synced) and Bolo Bolo (live) with Junaid Jamshed’s very dated track. All the energy and enthusiasm conveyed by Fawad and the crazy fans – yes, all that really did happen! – was washed away by the selection of a curiously vapid track. Check this video of the “real” concert!
This disappointment aside, a very fun episode – so much so that even Murtaza’s laad piyaar session with his wife and son didn’t bother me, and I actually missed seeing more of Rafia and Sara! This balance is what had been missing in the previous episodes. Keeping fingers crossed that the story continues to move forward without further hitches…
Written by SZ~