Oh what a tangled web we weave…
It all started off with Romana phupho’s well meaning attempt to find a rishta for her beloved niece – bohot pyar se itna accha rishta dhoondha tha … so what if she had to fib a little here and there.. her heart was in the right place … after all Zaib was not growing any younger … a little push was all that phupho was providing … aaage us ki qismat … magar haye bechari Zaib!
The best laid plans of mice and men …
Ab phupho nay to apna part play kar diya, found ek adad Amreeka ka larka, complete with a gora maali and a Mexican bathroom saaf karney waali, magar, but what to do… hamari Zaib bhi tau ek alag sample hai … just couldn’t leave well enough alone… she just had to go and give the pot an extra stir… a little too much as it turned out! Her thinking and over-thinking churned up a little too much emotion in the otherwise very placid Bilal who decided ke ab come what may, chulbuli magar samjhdar Natasha se milna hi hai, aur shaadi bhi us hi say karni hai … now, Zaib is in a stew… ek taraf she has to deal with the fact that she has been rejected due to her own over-smartness, and doosri taraf she has to now find a way to save face… aakhir ko izzat-i nafs bhi koi cheez hoti hai!
On the other end, Natasha is no seedhi saadhi sharmeeli larki either, she has her own funda going… a muhallay ka Romeo is ready to slit his wrists for her… the poor thing, not only does she have to worry about her aashiq awaara, she also has a ton of unresolved issues with her sister… both of them are still arguing about a bhoola bisra bacchpan ka birthday cake and who dropped it why… and then oopar se, to add to an already full plate, Natasha also has to figure out what’s going on with this Bilal ka rishta that’s fallen into her lap… Should she be excited or not? Is she the lucky one or not? Sab se bari baat.. Is Bilal a great catch or not? After all, she has to one up her sister here, sab agle picchle hisaab barabar karne hain... indeed for Natasha the stakes are very high! A psychiatrist would have field day with these absolutely whacky sisters.
Six Sigma, Samira Fazal and Shehrazade Sheikh, the three S’s, deserve a huge round of applause for providing us a much needed respite from the moralizing and mazloom sagas. Silvatein is cohesive, intelligent and funny. The script is vintage Samira, and Shehrazade continues to impress, particularly in the performances that she draws out from her new actors. Mira and Daniyal are very impressive and so cute together. Aamina is excellent as Zaib, and I am loving her look for this character. Maheen Rizvi is great as the confused older sister. I enjoyed the scene where Bilal and Muneeza were telling their mom about their evening with Natasha and Zaib – it was all so real and relatable. This is where Silvatein shines, these characters are drawn from among and around us, flawed and contradictory. This whole comedy of errors, about the names etc, would have sounded implausible and far-fetched if I had read it on paper, but Shehrazade and her actors make it come alive with so much conviction that one can easily give the grey cells a rest… and, I like that!
Yes, I’m on board for the ride!
Written by SZ~