After this latest episode Samira and Shehrazade’s Silvatein has me hooked and booked for every Thursday. This one is so much fun! A perfect blend of humor, romance, emotions, sibling rivalry, gharelu tensions, social issues, this serial is one to be savored and enjoyed. There are no clear cut heroes, but then villains are not as easily identifiable either. Is Zaib really nasty or is Natasha more immature than she should be? Is Romana phupo a difficult person or is Durdana bhabhi just not dealing well with her nand? Is Durdana really an oblivious mother or is it that her daughters are really strong-headed? Is Bilal as much a laloo as Natasha makes him out to be or is he just a shareef guy jis ko us ki nayee naweli biwi samjhna hi nahin chahti? Are Raayan & Co. deliberately lording it out over Bilal or is it just that for them he is still a chotoo, hence at the lowest rung of the hierarchical setup? I love that answers to all these questions are not spelled out in back and white. Thoroughly enjoying all these characters, generously colored as they are in varying shades of grey.
Moving along at a rapid pace, this latest episode revolved around Natasha’s marriage to Bilal. Though earlier they seem to like each other well enough, this is clearly not a marriage made in heaven. Even before the I-dos were said Natasha was having second thoughts. She, who had had enough of being the second best in her family, had initially thought that her marriage to Bilal would be her ticket out. However, as events unfolded, it became clear that Bilal was not the person she had mistakenly imagined him to be. He was the youngest in the family and worked for his brother, to make a long story short he was not the prize she thought he was. Manipulated by her older sister, Natasha, who had earlier been so eager to marry Bilal, tried her level best to back out, but by then it was too late and she was caught in a trap of her own making. Based as this hasty marriage was on a rocky foundation of half-truths, misinformation, and who said what to whom, it was not a huge surprise then to see Natasha back home the very next morning, dramatically informing her stunned parents that she’d had enough and was ready to call it quits.
While the younger sister is gradually emerging as sharp but immature, hasty to judge and quick to jump to conclusions, the older Zaib is coming across as a level-headed, mature and sensitive, overall a more thoughtful person. Interestingly though, all these admirable qualities seem to fly out the window the moment she is with her younger sister – everything then is turned into a contest. That this competition between siblings has been fed and nurtured through the years by overindulgent relatives and not so attuned parents is a sobering reality, one that has been beautifully illustrated here.
This bare bones synopsis does not do justice to this fun-filled episode. Natasha’s reasons for why she left Bilal were beyond insane. Mira was really funny as she seriously listed her grievances against the poor Bilal. As for the bechara Bilal, all the beeba baccha qualities that make him an ideal son and brother are coming back to haunt him in his capacity as a good husband. Clearly his newly-wed wife has already deemed him as a loser. I felt so sorry for him as he was left holding on to the grossly ugly and humongous red jewelry box. Daniyal Raheal is fabulous as Bilal.
Aamina Sheikh continues to impress as the multi-faceted Zaib. Its so hard to discern where Zaib is spinning a yarn and when she’s genuinely telling the truth. What were very real though were her hurt feelings when Natasha refused to hug at her rukhsati – loved Aamina’s expressions there. The quicksilver change in Zaib’s demeanor when her mother confides her feelings of disquiet was very well done. Here there was no faulting Zaib as the very mature older daughter. Zaib’s first encounter with Raayan was interesting to say the least. Can’t wait to see how this couple gets together. So far, Raayan seems to be happily settled with his family, while Zaib is merrily coasting along with Mikaal, a great cameo by Vasay Chaudhry. Adeel Husain hasn’t had much to do so far, but looking forward to seeing how his character pans out in later episodes.
I like that Silvatein is not just focused on the two lead pairs. The rest of the characters are equally fleshed out and knitted beautifully into the main narrative such that we see bits and pieces of their quirky personalities peek out as well. The Romana-Farhan-Durdana sequences are always funny and I love the chemistry between the three. Here too, as Natasha was going on and on about her day-old sour marriage, all Durdana could think about was Romana and her gossip. Romana’s interpretation of Zaib’s disappearance and how Durdana was directly responsible for a 29 year old’s behavior was very funny. Mohammed Ahmed, Parveen Akbar and Rabia Naureen are very good together. Maheen Rizvi too makes her presence felt as the dominating older sister. Her reaction, when Natasha refused the kheer, was very well done. Muneeza does not seem like she is the kind who would forget such a big diss so easily – looking forward to seeing how Natasha and her nand get along.
Yes, this one is crazy and convoluted, but I’m enjoying it so far!
Written by SZ~