This latest episode brought us one step closer to what is now shaping up to the showdown of the decade: Kashaf’s explosive response to Zaroon’s proposal. The final scene, where Zaroon was sitting in Sir Ibrar’s library, admitting to his past mistakes and finally acknowledging his attraction to Kashaf was very well executed. Behroze Sabzwari and Fawad Khan are so good together. The camaraderie between Zaroon and Sir Ibrar was beautifully essayed with Zaroon’s respectful but casual usage of yaar uncle, and his frank reasons for why he wanted to marry Kashaf. Clearly he’s given it a good deal of thought and knows that winning Kashaf’s hand (forget about her heart!), is going to be no easy task. His likening her to K2 rather than Everest indicates that this is a man who knows the almost impossible task he’s set out for himself. After all how many among us are even aware that K-2 is the harder of the two peaks to scale and conquer! Ja beta tera Allah nigahbaan!!
This latest episode brought us the stunning news that Sara’s divorce was not only finalized, but that somewhere in the last two weeks, Farhan’s life had moved along at the speed of light. Not only was he married, but also the proud father of a baby?! Along with Sara’s broken marriage, Zaroon too seemed to have gotten himself un-engaged at some point. While I’m not too sad to see Madamara’s exit, I would’ve liked to have seen at least one reference to the broken engagement somewhere in the last episode. But oh well, in the interest of keeping the narrative moving along, we met a very depressed and introspective Sara. Repenting her previous mistakes, she seems to have found an all too easy out by blaming Ghazala for everything that has gone wrong in her life.
While I didn’t care much for scenes of Sara’s never-ending depression, I did enjoy watching Ayesha Omar relishing her more fleshed out role. She was very effective in essaying Sara’s jumbled state of mind, as she struggled to come to terms with the mess she had made of her relatively easy and comfortable life. It was also good to see more Zaroon and Sara moments. Fawad and Ayesha have great chemistry and they gel well together as siblings. The scene where Zaroon opened up to share his choice for a wife, with his sister, and earlier when he consoled her were very well done. The fact that he brought Sara to Islamabad with him, to alleviate her depression, and the bond he shares with his mother, they discussed his career moves and were genuinely concerned for Sara, shows up in these small gestures. Even though he complains about having being brought up in a sterile household,one which is devoid of love, I think it is not as bad he makes it out to be. At least he’s had two parents who have always been concerned about him and his sister.
Unlike Zaroon, however, Kashaf’s never enjoyed the sense of security that a two-parent family can bring. This insecurity has impacted her life and her thought processes to the extent that she is now dead set against marriage. Her reaction to Osama’s proposal is an outcome of her decision to never marry. After all, she’s never had a good male role model placed in front of her. Yes, Sidra’s happy, but then to Kashaf’s way of thinking, how can anyone guarantee that her marriage would not turn out to be like her mother’s. No matter what Rafia or Sidra say, Kashaf is so far pretty stubborn and set in her stance against marriage. Samina Peerzada, Sanam Saeed and Mansha Pasha are such a joy to watch. The warmth between the three ladies is very real and heart warming.
In Murtaza’s household, we saw Murtaza now accepting that his second marriage was a wrong idea. Not sure, what this acknowledgement does for Rafia and her family, but khair, dair aayad durust aayad. At least Rafia finally gets some acknowledgment of her hard work, and honest effort she put into raising her daughters to be good and productive human beings.
In terms of balancing the story line, I think this episode did a much better job of giving equal time to Zaroon and Kashaf’s side of the story. However, while time seemed to fly in Zaroon’s household, it moved at snail’s pace in Kashaf’s family. Its been around 4-5 years, but Shehnila is still in college. Hammad’s admission is still an issue… surely Nigar and Murtaza have not been having the same conversation for at least a year (going by Sara’s divorce and Farhan’s baby)?
Next week’s episode holds out the promise of real fireworks between Kashaf and Zaroon. It was easy for Kashaf to walk out on bechara Osamna’s proposal, but its not going to be as easy for her to reject the determined wannabe K-2 conqueror Zaroon’s proposal. Looking forward!
Written by SZ~