We’ve crossed the halfway mark in this serial and apparently five to six years have passed since the story began. I am marking time by Hammad’s education, he was in ninth/tenth grade when we began. Since then he’s passed his Matric, Intermediate exams, and today we learnt that somewhere along the way he had passed his Bachelors as well. Given the passage of time, I’m surprised that its taken someone this long to hold the mirror up to Zaroon.
Khair, as they say dair aayed durust aayed, and finally Osama found the wherewithal to confront our hero sahab about his hypocrisy and double standards. Needless to say hero sahab has no answer. When asked about his ideal, he puts forth Kashaf’s name. I would’ve liked it even more, if rather than laughing at Zaroon, Osama had gone a little bit further and pointed out Zaroon’s own behavior towards Kashaf during their university days. Moreover, if Zaroon is now citing as the perfect wife material now, wasn’t it because Kashaf had rebuffed him then? And, if Kashaf’s standoffishness is being held up as the ideal now, then why is it that the moment he meets her after so many years, he picks up right where left off?
Mr. Zaroon, I so hope Kashaf pulls you down more than a peg or too- your ego is becoming a little more than huge! I continue having problems with Zaroon, but Fawad brings this contradictory character to life fabulously!
This episode revolved primarily around Zaroon’s family, and we saw and heard a lot more from Ghazala, Junaid and Sara. What was interesting here was that even though there was a lot of discussion about liberalism and conservatism, stay-at-home wives vs the working women, we are yet to be told about the real problem between Sara and Farhan. Yes, Sara is obstinate, headstrong and whatnot, but still a sentence or two about Farhan’s exact issue would’ve helped us understand the root cause. Also, given that time seems to have elapsed between this episode and the last one, has Sara been staying with her parents for all this time? If so, clearly the problems between the two are already insurmountable then why drag this track out?
Zaroon and Asmara’s is the other track being dragged out. Again, they’ve been friends forever, and engaged for at least two years, why are they still together? If we’ve figured it out in thirteen weeks, well, actually we knew it right away, surely Asmara should’ve gotten it by now? Zaroon is no catch – all his arguments, that he has put forth to her so far, have more holes than a sieve. What does she see in him? Surely there are other guys in her circle, who would be better matches for Asmara. Girl, I think for your own sanity, you should break off with him. If you need more convincing, just play back that dinner conversation from this latest episode and you will see his contradictions shine through. I thought Mehreen essayed Asmara’s feelings and frustrations really well here.
From Zaroon to Kashaf’s part of the family, here too time continues to pass in spurts. Shehnila is still studying? How long does an engineering degree take? Hadn’t she gone away to study? If so, why was she now living with Rafia? On the Nigar-Murtaza front, while there was once again talk of Hammad, the two daughters continued being MIA. Considering that this serial revolves around the issue of the girl-child, societal attitudes towards their education and empowerment etc, Murtaza’s other two daughters’ continued absence sticks out like a sore thumb.
In a more positive development, abba is now proudly acknowledging Rafia’s daughters’ accomplishments, and apparently Rafia has “forgiven” him. Like Kashaf, I too don’t know what forgiven means in this context, but I guess different strokes for different people. I like Kashaf’s stance on Murtaza,and agree that forgiveness does not happen overnight or at will. As for Kashaf, time is passing by just fine for her. She has finished her training, and has been posted in a small town, and is now happily living on her own. I really liked her confidence here. I think Sanam conveyed that change in Kashaf’s attitude very well.
To nobody’s surprise, the Zaroon-Kashaf confrontation was left till the very end of the episode. In terms of Zaroon’s behavior it was more of the same old same old, except that now there is a conscious awareness that there is something appealing about Kashaf. Kashaf’s behavior, on the other hand, was a little strange. She was acting smug, which I can understand – she was finally talking to Zaroon as his equal. But what I couldn’t quite get was why was she acting coy around him? That smile on her face, didn’t it almost seem joyful/flirtatious? Also, when did they ever become such good friends that they were now addressing each other very familiarly as tum? I thought they left the university on barely speaking terms?
Overall, I thought this was interesting episode primarily because we finally saw Zaroon being brought face to face with his hypocrisies. Apart from this development, and the final two/three minutes between Zaroon and Kashaf, there was still a lot of beating about the bush on the Zaroon-Asmara and Sara-Farhan track. We really need some tighter editing here. Also, could the sound editor please fix the volume of background tracks, particularly during the Zaroon and Kashaf scenes. Thank you!
Written by SZ~