Silvatein — of all the two sisters sagas, this is the one I am really liking! The highly entertaining second episode proved that director Shehrazade Sheikh’s narrative skills were no flash in the pan. Samira Fazal’s story is cohesive and well-knitted, and her lines as witty as ever. The lead pair, the two sisters, Zaib and Natasha are so much fun. Both are deliciously useless, its hard to find anything “perfect” about them, and perhaps that is where the charm lies. Given the surfeit of the ideal larki/bahu/beti models shown on the TV, I am thoroughly enjoying these two paragons of imperfection. Sassy and sharp, with neither willing to budge an inch, Aamina and Mira are fabulous together!
The second episode revolved around the too-good-to-be-true rishta from Amreeka that phupho brought for her beloved Zaib. What ensued was hilarious.. without being OTT funny. Thank you Samira and Shehrazade for keeping the narrative meaningful but lighthearted. I loved how it was enough for phupho that her beloved niece would be happy with a family which was rich enough to afford a gora mali and a maid who came from Mexico to clean their bathrooms. It is clear that there is something off with Bilal, but phupho is so gung ho about her laaya hua rishta, that every objection raised by Durdana, the girls’ mother, is swept away with a wave of her hand and her ab main yahan hamesha ke liye aa gayi hoon is liye meri baat nahin maante attitude. As for Durdana, while she promises Zaib she would do the best by her, it is evident that despite her protestations to the contrary, this woman is no seedhi saadhi sati savitri. Wonder how long before she loses it with phupho and her high-handed ways. Rabia Naureen is doing well as the harried mother, I just wish her hair didn’t look as frazzled as her character.
Looking somewhat lost among all these strong-willed ladies is becharay Farhan Sahab – the girls’ dad. Though he has hardly any lines, Mohammed Ahmed Sahab is hilarious with his deadpan expressions. The way he pointed to himself, when Aapa ordered him and Durdana to get the trolley ready, was too good. That whole sequence, where Bilal comes to see Natasha was very well executed.
Even as the Amreeka waley larkey ka rishta aaya hai scenario was unfolding, we got a glimpse of some of the darker parts of the story. While talking to her time-pass boyfriend, Natasha mentioned how Zaib always got the best of everything and the manner in which she exploited her position as the eldest. These by-the-way lines hint at a long standing sibling rivalry which in time will take on ominous tones. Given that this rishta has started off with a confusion of names, I wonder how Natasha will later deal with the knowledge that it was Zaib not her, the real Natasha, that had initially intrigued Bilal. Speaking of which, no matter how they eventually get to that point, I am so annoyed with the promo editors for giving away the fact that Natasha will marry Bilal… Why?? Why give out so much of the initial story?? Although I enjoyed this episode, I do wish that the suspense, which has been so successfully built up by the writer and director, had been left intact. Now, all this buildup to the third, and probably the fourth episode as well, as has been pretty much rendered ineffective.
This huge peeve aside, I am enjoying Silvatein so far. I am intrigued by the Meekal, Vasay Chaudhry, track. I wonder how he fits into this scenario. Shamim Hilali is such a classy actress and it always a pleasure to see her on screen. I loved her here as the Facebooking senior citizen mom. Daniyal Raheel was very good as Bilal. I am looking forward to seeing how this seemingly quiet guy gets along with the sharp-tongued and willful Natasha. Maheen Rizvi was effective as Muneeza, the indulgent older sister bent on getting her younger brother married. She is so much better here, in a more subdued role, as compared to her hyper Maria in Zindagi Gulzar Hai. I wonder why Muneeza doesn’t seem as concerned about her older brother… hmmm … I like that there is much to anticipate here.
Finally, on the issue of anticipating, how much longer before Adeel Husain makes his entrance?
Written by SZ~