Good things come to those who wait … an old adage, but so true in Rafia’s case. Finally us ke din phir gaye. Kashaf cleared her CSS exams, and is now all set to climb up the ladder of success. Sidra is happily married and settled in Virginia, and Shehnila is apparently still studying to be an engineer. Rafia is now sitting pretty and reaping the fruits of her hard work all these years. What makes this moment all the more sweeter is that Murtaza is back in the family portrait, ready to claim his spot as the head of this family, teen betiyaan n all. All in all, a gulzar episode in terms of Rafia’s family.
On Zaroon’s end though, things are not as gul o gulzar. Ghazala remains a cliche, and even when she tries to behave like a real person, her son shoots her down. Junaid barely makes his presence felt, either on his family or the viewers. Sara is on the verge of a divorce. Her high handedness driving her long suffering husband to the very end of his tether. His conversation with Zaroon is not handled very well by Ghazala and Sara, who see it as an insult, that he had the temerity to discuss what should be a private affair between a husband a wife. Apart from all my problems with Zaroon and his family’s characterizations, I was very confused though when Zaroon referred to his sister as a working woman – say what??
Things also seem rocky on the Asmara and Zaroon front. Asmara’s impromptu trip to Dubai does not augur well for her relationship with Zaroon, since he is none too pleased with her behavior. On the professional front, Zaroon has apparently finished his training in Lahore, since he seems to be just hanging around the house, strumming a guitar. So I’m guessing its been about a year, since the last episode, and at least three years since the serial began. Why does it then seem like the whole Zaroon/Asmara and Farhan/Sara track has not moved an inch since the first couple of episodes.
On to Murtaza’s family front, clearly an important angle in this triangulation of households, Nigar too seems be stuck with the same lines and same questions since the first few episodes. The daughters are still MIA, and Hammad is still like an overgrown baby. What has changed though, no real surprise here, is abba’s attitude towards Kashaf. All of a sudden he is the prime contender for the abba of the year award, and Rafia seems quite happy with the change. I think I am more of a Kashaf here, and would prefer to have abba kept at an arm’s length.
The best scene of the episode, for me, was Kashaf’s phone call to her mother. Sanam and Samina were fabulous in that scene. Also, the earlier conversation between the mother and daughter was very sweet, when Kashaf was once again being a Kashaf and talking about how one needs a sifarish and money to get things done in Pakistan. While the scene was well done, I couldn’t help wondering why was Kashaf now complaining about the system of sifarish and references, when she herself had benefited from this system, and gotten her first job through a reference?
From the precap it seems like we are in for yet another leap in time. Kashaf’s training will fly by at warp speed and her din phir jaayenge. Zaroon too will have stopped strumming the guitar and gotten down to joining the foreign service. While these two are shown to be moving ahead, Sara’s track seems to still where it was.. Lets see how it pans out!
What did you all think? Looking forward to reading everybody’s thought on this episode!
Written by SZ~