Throughout, as I’ve been watching Talkhiyan, my feelings have wavered here and there about any number of characters, but never in a million years did I think that I would ever, ever, ever, walk away hating Bibi!! She was my hero – a victim of parental and spousal abuse, a divorcee who rises above the mazloom aurat syndrome so prevalent in our society, and a woman who empowers herself and sets out to be a double parent to her two beautiful and intelligent children. But, alas …
….. my hero had feet of clay. Bibi, Bibi, how could you?! Just how could you leave Jugnu alone? Ek tau the poor child was waisey hi not feeling well, oopar se Appo had been complaining about this thing and that throughout during the car ride, and then you leave him and walk away??!! That guy was such an obvious a creep! Agar Mamaji ka violin string was ever so necessary then you should’ve at least let the feisty Zoyee behind… she’s such a mother tigress.. she could’ve taken care of him?! Then when you return, you’re so out if it ke you don’t even notice Jugnu’s downcast demeanor?! Tum se tau Zoyee acchi nikli, she picked up on Jugnu’s vibe right away.
Later, as if all this was not enough, you give poor Zoyee a lecture and scare the life out of her. Bibi, you’ve seriously disappointed me today. You hate Jaanu and go on about his hypocrisies and double standards, but today you proved yourself to be a certified member of the Silverwood clan. You give such highfalutin lectures about people’s feelings and how precious they are, but look at you… are you any different? You are so caught up in your own world, which has undoubtedly received several huge blows in the past few weeks, that you are totally blind to the havoc that Lizzie’s arrival has caused in Zoyee and Jugnu’s already complicated lives? At that moment, when you were merrily scolding Zoyee, I wish you’d recorded yourself – you sounded just as cold and mean as Appo – clearly the apple hasn’t fallen very far from the tree!
With the once happy family portrait now so sadly messed up, its no surprise to see Zoyee looking to those beyond the high walls of Silverwood for comfort and solace. She finds an unlikely friend in Baloo. While their bonding is very sweet, I loved the aatey ki bori scene, the mother in me cringed at the physical proximity between this man from the sweeper class and the girl from the lah-di-da Silverwood clan. What surprised me here was that Bibi appeared oblivious yet again. Rather than chiding Zoyee for playing touchy-feely games with a grown man, she scolds her for playing with someone from the other side of the tracks. Aah Bibi, you are such a product of the Silverwood clan! Does it even begin to occur to you that this friendship could be a breeding ground for other real problems, none of which have anything to do with class difference?!
So caught up is Bibi in her own private pain-filled world that she seems unaware of the impact her harsh words, and seemingly indifferent behavior, are leaving on the children. Jugnu has retreated into his own private hell, and Zoyee is left to wander these Silverwood grounds, perhaps forever alone.
While Zoya’s family is teetering on the edge of a precipice, Lizzie baby’s family is coming closer. But like the other two kids, Lizzie too has seen more than her fair share of life’s talkhiyan. Unlike Zoyee and Jugnu, though, who have always been made to feel unwelcome, Lizzie is accorded a red-carpet welcome; the greeting party led by none other than the formidable Appo. In sharp contrast to Bibi’s kids, however, Lizzie is not into family bonding and spending quality time. She’s a mean, hurtful child (Appo ki jaa nashin!) who doesn’t look beyond her haughty nose to see how her behavior might reflect on her mother’s upbringing. Zoyee and Jugnu on the other hand are being constantly reprimanded, not just by others, but this time around, their mother too has joined in the chorus. Bibi, tum ko bhi goron ko impress karney ki beemari lag gayi??
Needless to say this latest episode was the darkest of all that we’ve seen so far. Even the few moments of sweetness, between Zoyee and Baloo, had darker underpinnings. Given its shocking content, the writer and director deserve a huge round of applause for their very mature and classy handing of a very sensitive and taboo topic in our serials. The fact that I hated Bibi today is again a testament to the quality of writing, directing and acting. The children once again were the true heroes of this episode. Zoyee, Jugnu and Zoya, the trio makes me want to spirit them away to some farway safe place, away from all of life’s talkhis. Kudos to the entire team for telling a compelling tale so movingly!
Looking forward to the next chapter in Zoya’s story!
Written by SZ~
Talkhiyan ~ Episode 14