Silvatein is really funny, and I mean seriously funny, as in not OTT funny, but in a very dry, dark kind of a way funny. From abba to amma to phupo to Zaib to Natasha, all are ek doosrey e barh kar… Apart from the bechary [not so] masoom abba, who is more often than not relegated to playing referee, everybody in this crazy family wants to not only have the last word, but also be the winner in this craziness of one-upmanship. Come what may, the nand and bhabhi are not going to quit their petty fights – how dare she give her itna sa kabab and itni si roti! Haww!!! Even though are well into their middle ages, these two women are not going to give up on their now routine arguments about kis ne kis ke be-izzati ki… I was chuckling as I watched Rabia Naureen and Parveen Akbar go at it with full gusto as the aggrieved bhabhi and nand. Muhammad Ahmed is fabulous as the abba, who’s otherwise useless and easily ignored interjections are beautifully utilized by the writer and director to underscore the inanity of the ladies’ arguments.
With the older generation being so whacky, it is no surprise then that the ladies of the younger generation are also a bit off their rocker. The way in which Natasha sweet-talked herself out of a potentially dangerous situation with the crazy Yawar was absolutely hilarious. Clearly this girl has gumption and tons and tons of it! Not only did she protect her naam and izzat, but somehow also managed to walk away from this whole scenario smelling like a rose… wah! Mira Sethi is excellent as Natasha, and its really hard to believe this is her maiden outing as an actor. Her costar, the actor playing Yawar, didn’t impress as much with his acting skills, but the sincerity with which he played his part was very endearing. Shehrazade Sheikh deserves a lot of applause for her handling of that confrontation scene, which although very far-fetched was made very believable by the way it was executed. Samira’s witty lines took on a life all their own as Natasha spun the story so fast ke becharey Yawar ko tau ghuma hi diya!
While Natasha might have succeeded in making poor Yawar’s head spin, her own head is not on so straight either. Just look at the all garbar ghotala surrounding her rishta with Bilal. Poor, shareef Bilal is very happily engaged to Natasha, and thinks himself in love with her, Natasha likes him well enough as well, but what to do ke her lifelong habit competitiveness with her older sister will not allow Natasha to enjoy this very romantic time in her life chain araam se … no, she just HAS to know why is it that Zaib turned Bilal down, or rather who turned whom down! Poor Bilal – the guy has absolutely no clue what he’s signing up for – yeh rishta bohot mehnga parega is becharey masoom ko !!! Daniyal Raheal is perfectly cast as the very charming, romantic and low key chotoo, who seems to be happily reconciled to his place in the family hierarchy, and has no problem living under the shadow of his more accomplished older brother, Raayan. Yes! Finally Adeel Husain has made his much awaited entry! Given that there is so much latent chemistry between Mikaal and Zaib, I cannot help but wonder how Raayan will fit into this family portrait, and who are Mahjabeen and Shamroz? Can hardly wait to see what happens next week!
With Silvatein we have Samira Fazal back in full form, with a very well-knit story populated with complicated but very real characters. So far most of what we’ve seen here has been instantly recognizable and inherently relatable. Shehrazade has done a great job with narrating this convoluted story, which turns a routine formula on its head, and bringing these complex characters to life, without losing any of their subtlety and nuance. Her actors are doing a great job; the veterans are all performing well, but its the newcomer Mira and the relatively new Daniyal who are stealing the show so far. Overall, Silvatein has been a really fun ride so far, and here’s to hoping it stays its course.
Written by SZ~