Tanhaiyan aur mohabbatein azal se jaari hain aur abad tak jaari rahengi…
Raaston mein andherey aatey rahenge
magar chiragh bhi jalte rahenge….
What a perfect end to this lovely serial! Loved the sentimentality of it all – the nostalgic look back was beautifully juxtaposed against the optimistic, but resolute march towards a brighter, better future. The puraney silsilay smoothly gave way to the newer ones. Yes, our hope for a better, brighter future lies in the younger generation’s hands. Though they often lose their way and seem immature at times, but with proper guidance it is these youngsters who will bring about change in our society, and revive our sagging fortunes. Yes, Zarak’s schools will help educate our children, and Iltutmish’s film will give a new lease of life to our local film industry – bring it on guys!
As a final episode, this one was enjoyable for most part. I LOVED the final scene, but the pick of the episode, for me at least, was the scene between Iltutmish and Sania. Superbly written, directed and acted, this scene was a class act all the way. Finally, for once we are shown that not all relationships between a man and woman need to end in marriage. Also, unlike what we are generally shown, I really appreciated that Sania did not agree to get married simply because duniya kya kahegi. I am so very glad that Sania did not change her mantra at the very last moment and decide to go filmi and do a full on muhabbat ka izhar… thank you team TNS for keeping it real! This one scene illustrated beautifully why Marina is loved by one and all. Oh how I wish we could see more of Her Fabulousness on our TV screens!
Along with Marina, Behroze Sabzwari is another actor whose performance as Qabacha was like watching a master class of acting. Going from silly to serious in the blink of an eye, this seemingly simple role demanded a lot from the actor, and Behroze Sabzwari did not disappoint even for a second. I was teary-eyed as I watched him tell Faran Uncle that these days khud ko bhi khud se chhupa raha hoon… loga hanstey hain Sir… log hanstey hain tau mujhe accha lagta hai .. bohot acha lagta hai Sir! Beautiful poetic lines, delivered with just the right amount of sensitivity! How I wish our directors and producers would get more creative, think out of the box and look beyond the usual parent/uncle roles for our extremely talented senior actors.
From father to son, Shahroz has clearly inherited more than just good looks from his parents. He was fabulous today in the scene with Marina. Throughout, all his scenes with Syra have been very skweet. Earlier, the romantic dinner and the film auditions with Serena and Chandni were hilarious. He was impressive in the more serious scenes as well. Along with Shahroz, his now better half Syra was the show stealer here. Playing the chirpy Serena to perfection, with her armload of bangles, her flowy dupattas and her colorful joras, Syra was the perfect Serena. Iltutmsh and Serena made the cutest pair ever!
Along with Serena, Chandni’s was the other character that stood out for her colorful persona. Even though she seemed to hate changing clothes, she was so great with her lisp and her filmi-pana. Uff, kab baney gi Kishmish ki film?! Can hardly wait to see my girl Chandni on the silver screen, complete with all her adas and nakhras. Kaif Ghaznavi was fab! I was sad though that we hardly got to see her today. Chalo, Sania didn’t want to get married, magar Chandni ko tau shauq tha na! Uski mangni kyon nahin karai? Not fair!
We did not see much of Asif Raza Mir in this serial, but he was a standout in all his scenes. I loved how creatively and subtly we were shown the change in Zain and Sania’s relationship today; they were back to calling each other King Kong and Pink Panther, just like in the old days. I am so glad the director and writer combo did not waste time on more ma’afi talaafi in this episode.
Now, to come to what I did not care for in this episode. The whole Zarak/Zenia track fell completely flat for me. I have said enough about Shehryar’s acting, so no need to rehash it, but the the amount of time devoted to this track in the final episode just did not work for me. I liked Alishba as Zenia, and thought she did well with her subdued character. Her scenes with Syra were always fun, I just wish there had been a more mature actor paired against her. Apart from this one track, the scene at Zarak’s house seemed never-ending, I enjoyed the rest of the episode.
Overall, in these days of serials with self-conscious heavy-handed social messages, I really enjoyed the simplicity and sincerity with which this story was narrated. For me the success of Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay lay in the fact that it did not rely upon fancy locations, designer wardrobes, technical wizadry, or any other bells and whistles. Here was a straightforward story of a regular middle-class family, told in a forthright manner. A huge round of applause for Jaleel Akhtar, Marina Khan, Mohammed Ahmed, and the cast and crew of TNS. Excellently done!! I hope other producers and TV channels are taking notes and seeing that ratings sirf aurat ko rulaney say hi nahin aati. Could we please be done with endless tears, physical and verbal abuse, and vulgar dialogues?
Though I had started watching this serial with considerable trepidation, after thirteen weeks I bid farewell to Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay with a heavy heart and a smile on my face. Never thought I’d say this about our dramas, but this one could’ve gone a bit longer…. TNS you will be missed!
Written by SZ~