Before I begin, let me just put out a warning for any of you who might just be unlucky enough to ever run into Romana phupho: People, stay away from her!! The woman is dangerous with a capital D. Once she gets going, phupho does not pause even for a second to take a breath. Nope, this woman just goes on and on … no commas, colons or periods are allowed to come in her way. Just ask Durdana … no, wait, forget about her … woh khud bhi kisi se kam nahin hain... just ask Mikaal. Bechara kahan phans gaya!!! He knows first hand what it is to be steamrolled! Haye! What a grilling! Vasay Chaudhry was great as the badhawaas Mikaal. Can’t wait to see where and how his relationship with Zaib goes from here on! I totally felt for Zaib, and for once saw her as 100% mazloom in this situation… Allah har ek ko aisi pyaar karne wali phupho say bachaye!! Yes, phupho jaan, you should write dramas – I think there’s a whole other career waiting for you. Do I need to say Parveen Akbar is doing more than enough justice to her character – she is fantastic!
By now we know that phupho is a loony toon, but what’s brilliant here is that its not just her.. the crazy gene is very much a part of the entire family’s genetic makeup, be it the whacko Natasha or the slightly more mature, but equally kooky Zaib. Lets begin with Natasha. Not only does she walk out on her beyond adorable husband, Bilal, but then compounds her idiocy by deciding that she wants to go back to her purana Romeo Yawar – don’t ask why! She’s certifiable is all I can say. Thank God, her awaara aashiq has a brain, pea-sized as it may be, and he decides to bid farewell to Natasha. I hadn’t expected this level of maturity from him, but then I guess Natasha’s immaturity has set the bar so low that even Yawar seems like an Aristotle ki aulad in comparison. Normally, I would find such a behavior from a grown woman beyond ridiculous and pan it harshly, but there is something about the way Natasha’s character is written that makes it delightful to watch. Even though she allows it to flirt with boundaries, Shehrazade keeps the character skillfully reigned in for the most part. Mira, I think, continues to play the brat-in-need-of-a-serious-smack really well.
From Natasha to Zaib… while Zaib might come off looking better as compared to her younger sister, she is equally mad. Her issues with her sister are always at the front and center of her mind. Yes, I feel for her, that as an only child for a while, the world must’ve been her oyster. But come on, how old is Natasha now? Surely, you can’t still be harping on about how your younger sis upset your apple cart?! Zaib, my friend, you’re a grown woman, just build a bridge and get over it … and please stop sharing the story of your “painful” childhood with every aira ghaira nathoo khaira! Aamina Sheikh is so much fun to watch here!
While I make light of this issue, it is nonetheless a very real problem in our societal setup with over indulgent parents and extended family members, all of whom unwittingly participate in the development of such rivalries between siblings. Not sensitized to the damage they are inflicting on children, I have come across many a parent/aunt/grandparent playing favorites and then laughingly brushing off concern with barey ho kar theek ho jaynge, shaadi hogi tau theek ho jayenge… over exaggerated as this scenario might be, between the two sisters, methinks there is a lesson or two skilfully woven throughout the narrative.
Moving on from the insane to Bilal’s so very sane family, let me just say I love the stark contrast. After watching a crazy Natasha arguing with her sister, its feels like one is stepping in to a peaceful oasis. To see the three siblings, Raayan, Muneeza and Bilal, actually, actually discussing things rationally, like adults, is a joy to behold. Loved the way Raayan, a very understated Adeel Husain, unassumingly takes over his role as the protective older brother; a raised eyebrow and a slight nod of the head is enough of a signal to a fully attuned Muneeza, her words are disturbing Bilal and she needs to quit ASAP. What a lovely way of showing the deep bond between these siblings. Thank you for sparing us long dialogues and never-ending scenes to establish the very different relationship these three share. That this closeness is not formed out of the blue is beautifully illustrated when the very hip tech-savvy mom gently rebukes Muneeza, to stop being a zaroorat se ziyada nand! What a samajhdaar mother she is! Uff!! I shudder to even think ke abhi sirf ek ke aaney se Chotoo ka yeh haal hai tau what will happen with both sisters move in lock stock and barrel!! God help them all!
Yes, this was another fun-filled episode. The intelligent story, sparkling lines, crisp direction and great acting make this my pick for what is now turning out to be a jam-packed Thursday.
The one big peeve I have here is that the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not sure if it was just the videos I was watching, but I had to really strain to hear the dialogues in the first half of this episode. What I did hear well and clear were the dialogues in the end … and those lines, beautifully delivered by Daniyal Raheal, made up for all my earlier aggravation with the sound quality. Daniyal has played Bilal so well… somehow Chotoo, even though he’s ever so bechara, seems to have such a sense of dignity and presence about him, ke I cannot help hating Natasha just that much more. Larki qadar karo and cut the guy some slack!!!
Written by SZ~