If this review sounds like an ode to Fawad Khan it is because that is what this is meant to be. Fawad Khan is often referred to as the superstar of our generation, and today he proved to all and sundry that he is indeed worthy of the title. To take on a character with more shades of black than white and then to turn it around, into someone we all root for to win the girl’s hand, is no mean feat. While watching this latest episode I was so taken in by Fawad’s portrayal of Zaroon’s desperation, despondency and determination, that I was compelled to put aside all my ongoing problems with this character, his hypocrisies, double standards, immaturity, and flip-flopping. Forgetting about everything else, all I could do was watch and be in awe of this man’s talent and charisma. Fawad was magnificent, Zaroon, I’m still not sold on.
Of course, no show can run on one man’s star power alone, even if its Fawad Khan. The other actor matching him every step of the way, shining just as brightly and equally deserving of praise, is Sanam Saeed. Once again, whether you agree or disagree with Kashaf, you cannot help but feel for her. Sanam has done an excellent job portraying a very sensitive girl, who has developed a very hard protective shell around her. After having witnessed all the humiliation she suffered during her university days at Zaroon’s hands, I’m not surprised to see her wariness and anger at his proposal. How dare he?! I for one, have been on Kashaf’s side all along, and agree that she could so much better than Zaroon.
But then whether Osama is a better option for Kashaf is a whole other question. Osama is such a bechara sa… I don’t know how he could even think that he could ever stand up to Kashaf and her fiery temper. He looked scared to death even when he was proposing to her! Now I sincerely hope that the poor guy is not dragged into the battle between Zaroon and Kashaf. Poor Shehryar, at times I feel as sorry for him as I feel for his character. Much like Osama, he too looks lost between his two more experienced co-actors, Fawad and Sanam.
Ayesha Omar on the other hand, is comfortably holding her own, living her character as Sara. Today, I thought she was very good as the younger supportive sister to Zaroon, and a good daughter to Ghazala. I loved the mother daughter scenes. Although watching her advise Ghazala to let Zaroon be, let him make his own decisions, was funny. Wasn’t she the one who blamed her mother last week for not being a good parent, not guiding and advising her about her marriage with Farhan? As for Ghazala, I’m seriously perplexed. The woman has her issues, but after watching her in the past few episodes, one can definitely not call her a neglectful mother or a career woman not interested in her children’s lives. In fact, in the last couple of weeks, it is Junaid who has revealed himself to be the more absent parent in his children’s lives. Last week, he announced that he had found a rishta for Sara and it was up to Ghazala to talk to her about it. And this week, Ghazala had to ask him to speak up in Zaroon’s case. Generally dads do tend to be like that, but then don’t go around blaming their wives for being bad mothers.
From Kashaf’s side of the family, I love seeing Mansha Pasha as Sidra. I enjoyed her adamant refusal to engage in a protracted polite conversation with her now back-in-the-picture father, Murtaza. Her phone call with Zaroon was really sweet. While most of the scenes were a repetition of the same old same old, but I appreciate that for once we had a Hammad-free episode. Is it too much to ask for this positive trend to continue?
Overall, while not much “new” happened, this was a fun episode in terms of the Zaroon and Kashaf clash. We did see more of Zaroon’s mental state, now that he’s decided he wants to marry Kashaf. Like an impatient child who can barely wait for Christmas morning to come, Zaroon was finding it hard to kill time, while he waiting to hear from Kashaf. His desperation and all the phone-calling was superbly directed and acted. I really felt Zaroon’s impatience and barely contained excitement. Much as he hated her refusal and was expecting it, I don’t think he would’ve respected Kashaf one bit if she would’ve given in at first go… Lage Raho Zaroon miyaan… Abhi ishq ke imtehaan aur bhi hain!
Finally, a huge round of applause for the editors for the maintaining a brisk pace and keeping a balance in the scenes between Zaroon and Kashaf and their families. Thank you!
Looking forward to reading about your favorite moments from this episode!
Written by SZ~