Zindagi Gulzar Hai ~ Episode 16 Review

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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.  Z1 zgh eo 16While 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. k2 ep 16Once 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 zgh ep16Osama 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. sara and hb zgh ep 16Although 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 sidra zgh ep16adamant 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. Z5 zgh ep 16Like 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~

51 replies

  1. No it doesn’t sound Ode at all 🙂 because credit should be given where its due… Fawad Khan was beyond awesomeness, he can indeed make any character lovable despite how terrible the character be… Zaroon was awww right from his gathering strength to call Kashaf -to- showing his desperateness to Sir Abrar… I liked how his thoughts were portrayed about he not being conscious on status.. Loved the dialogues..

    Z-K phone call scene was best one for me… Too good, way Z got surprised on knowing that K remembers all his girlfriends name was beauty:D bechara waqai bohat be-zat hua he kashaf ke hathon;)

    Kashaf was as always rocking ,her anger was so justified and brilliantly shown by Sanam. i am loving Sidra as bridge between zaroon and her family… Finally sidra ki murad poori hui by talking to Zaroon 😉 where sidra was playing her part as a good n supportive sister, Sara was no less, you go girl..siblings interaction in this drama is one other saving grace 🙂

    My 40 mins were really gulzar this time 😉


    • @Rehmat – RE: phone call scene: how cute did he look when he goes “nahi aap to churail hain ” and then the smirk!!

      Kashaf’s anger is justified but she needs to get over it now….its been years! bechara Zaroon ko tarpa rahi hai…

      poore 40 minutes to gulzar nahi hoyen honge…Murtaza and Nigar were stil here and so were Ghazala’s repetitive dialogues! 😉 The woman deserves a “mother of the year ” award who does not even wanna talk to her son..


  2. Loved loved this episode!!! And yes Fawad was awesome, every expression and dialogue was perfect!!
    He is just beyond brilliant! I absolutely loved the nervous wreck calling 4 times to each member of his family…that was just hilarious!
    We are rooting for Zaroon despite his infamous past, osama although nice is just not really a match, there is no spark I feel between them other than just friends.
    Whereas there is a thin line bw love and hate, and Kashaf will find that out pretty soon!
    I love how she questioned who her ideal was, their diary entries were fab…Zaroon ka khair nahin!
    I think wedding will now be in 18…Yeh to kuch lamba hogaya…but did we really think kashaf would give in so easily!!
    But yeah again loved the sibling scenes, loved sidra and Sara…the sidra Zaroon scene was so sweet…Z finally has a helper , I think sidra will root for Zaroon rather than osama now she has talked to him, and that should sway kashaf.
    Thanks SZ…your ode was spot on!! Fawad really has made Zaroon so endearing, was totally team Zaroon today!!


    • @SK – i also loved when she questioned who her ideal was.. When she was going on about how Zaroon was not her ideal, I was thinking ke “woman who is your idealll”” and lucky for me she was also thinking along the same lines!
      Clearly she has no ideal in mind and Zaroon se acha kaun ho sakta hai! 😀
      The diary scene was fab, but i wonder why Kashaf has not bought a laptop now. She must really love writing with her favorite pink pen.

      I hope that Sidra roots for Zaroon., she’s always liked him anyway so he has that working in his favor! 🙂


    • @SK.. Awesome comment.. I so agree with that diary part… It was shown beautifully.. Haha me too now on zaroon side :d


  3. Nice review!

    All I have to say this was Fawad’s episode. I was literally smiling throughout the entire episode while seeing him as Zaroon. He really has made Zaroon so adorable and as mentioned you’re now rooting for Zaroon to win over Kashaf..which at one point seemed hard to do considering Fawad portrayed Zaroon to be a complete douche. (which as an actor is obviously what he had to do). Fawad – no one could have played Zaroon better than you. You never cease to amaze me! I love you ❤ (yes, I do have this obsessed, crazy Fawad fangirl in me)

    I find Usama's character very cute..and while I do feel bad for him. Shehryar needs improvement. He was good in the episode he proposed Kashaf..but I notice he really fails to impress at all when put in the same frame as Fawad. Well, can't even blame him now can we? For some reason, if I had to picture another actor playing Usama, I would go with Danish Taimoor? I don't know why, but I feel he could've pulled off Usama better.

    Sanam Saeed was great as usual. Sidra & Zaroon's conversation was adorable. Can't wait till she invites him for chai…too bad there's no chance of them to ending up together. lol. I was smiling throughout their phone call..or maybe it's just the Fawad factor? No clue, regardless – Kashaf and Zaroon for the win it is (obviously). Oh yes, hope Usama doesn't get dragged into this. He's going to feel hurt either way though.

    Excited for next week!


    • @S.A – hehe everyone is team Zaroon now after this ep! FK is just so good at what he does!!
      Usama’s character is cute but the actor playing him just totally ruins it.. Wish they had picked a better actor to do this role.


      • Agreed. Usama would’ve been something else altogether if someone else played him. His character would have had so much more impact.

        I have been team Kashaf all along…but now I am team Zaroon! only Fawad Khan can make me change teams ahaha. I never do this with any other show.


  4. LOVE your review!!
    Zaroon looked like a cute lost puppy in the entire episode waiting to hear what Kashaf’ had to say about the proposal. I mean i am sure he was not expecting her to say YES on the first try but his anxiety, made him look even more adorable! 😀
    FawadKhan rocks!!

    This entire episode was pretty much back and forth between Kashaf and Zaroon. Kashaf is one angry woman, I mean fine she has her reasons to say no, but it has been many years and people do change and mature along the way. Him admitting his mistakes is the biggest change in him and she should see that as a good thing. The man is really really trying and has grown out of his university days behavior.

    One character who always makes the episode a little happier is Sidra. Love her smile and her keen interest in Mr. Zaroon Junaid. Uski toh eid ho gaye when it was Zaroon on the other end. Her face literally lit up! lol.

    I think its high time that Kashaf lets the bitter college days go and move on with her life. Yes she has had differences with Zaroon but cut the guy some slack.

    Good to see Sara has come out of her depression and seems to be more content now, seeing that she was back to wearing western clothes! 😉
    Now that she is over her failed marriage, maybe she should marry Mr. Smiley (O). He is such a boring person to talk to, i dk how Zaroon can talk to such a bore insaan..Yaawwwnnnn…

    Loved the last scene between sir Ibrar and Zaroon.. “Uncle pleassseeeee kyun nahi maan lete meri baat aap”” ahhh so cute! Even Sir Ibrar feels bad for the poor guy now!!

    Lets hurry it up Kashaf, ab haan kardo….Zaroon looks so hot in that bechara look of his but please say yes to him!!
    and also aik laptop bhi khareed lo… itna arsah ho gaya and that pink pen still not outta ink! O.o

    waiting for the next ep and the tea party!! 😀


    • Ash LOL at he pen!! I was also thinking that, ab toh Officer bangayee…laptop nahin afford karsakti???
      And yeah osama will probably still be smiling even when he finds out z and k married:)


    • @Ash… How can you write such hilarious comments always….i had a big lol on pink pen 😀 n seriously osama was such a smiley baby..


  5. Aaaaaaaaaaaa I have been waiting and waiting for the review ! You never fail us! Loved it!! So many comments already !

    I really loved the episode but I was expecting it move forward more!!

    Fawad …. Aaaaaaa his voice.. I swear I can keep listening to him talk 24/7. That conversation with sidra, his voice modulation was amazing . Honey like voice ..:)

    Im just going to pretty much echo eveyone here but i have to before i explode! I don’t know what he did but I have been on his side. I think turning point was his conversation with Osama where he admitted he was insecure ! Whatever whenever he has completely won me over now!!

    I’m ok for the most part with kashaf and her anger but I wanted to kill her when said she will marry Osama ! Why this not so zabardast twist now? Was this in the book too? Won’t it make everything awkward in the future? Sidra sooo wants kashaf to dump Osama ! For her zaroon is family already! Lol…. I simply loved his conversation with her, looks like they are going to be good friends. She has been waiting for years now!!
    Impatient nervous anxious fawad was soo awwww worthy .. I might have drooled all over while watching him today !!

    I have no clue what he has done but since his convo with sir abrar last week about wanting to marry her and him telling his sister “yeh ek burayi mujhe baari padne wali hai” he has been looking extra hot

    @ ash I think her anger will fizzle out the minute she realizes Zaroon is a good husband . Till then we have to endure it 🙂

    Murtaza is back to his snakey self.. Gah !!

    So much to say but don’t know what to say !!

    Can’t wait for tea time next week! I was swooning when he promised rafia that he will take good care of her


  6. How I wish he had dwelled a bit more on the “kyun?” While he was typing his thoughts. The romantic in me was sooooo hoping he would admit he has always been attracted to her .


  7. So what did Zaroon and sidra talk about after he said he wants to talk? Was that scene cut off? I looked at do many videos . Not one of them had that.

    How can they end that scene do abruptly ?


  8. One great review after another , great read SZ ,but that is nothing New . mmmmmm just floating at this moment ..That final telephone conversation with kashaf …sigh …maar dala and finally Sanam matched him 🙂 BTW I am so glad Murtaza the Snake is back slithering here slithering there between his two wives , I could not stomache a sudden conversion to good guy not after the misery he has caused . Kashaf deserves happiness without him .


  9. Amazing Reviewwww 🙂
    I Must say u summed it up so beautifully.. and there isn’t a line where i can disagree with u, FK ki stou kia hee baat hai. :*
    Charmer, Amazing acting.. He is blessed mA!


  10. Kal mere ghareeb khanay peh dopahar 2 bajay, hamare hardil azeez Fawad ki nazar utaari jaegi. SZ behen apni khaas duaon se mehfil sajaen gi…
    Aap sub ko shamooliat ki dawat hai.
    Aapki muntazir!


  11. Loved this absolutely eloquently written review:)

    You wrote about all those points which I thought I would add to my comment. I simply loved today’s episode. It was very entertaining and the scenes showing his apprehensions and his desperation were excellently done and Fawad Khan stole,today’s show. He was simply too cute when he was discussing the matter withnSir-Abrar. And yes that churail scene too. Had always liked the ‘churail’ sequence.

    Kashaf’s disapproval is ‘bajaa’ but Sidra’s slight inclination towards Zaroon was very well done. I believe she is the only supporting character along with Falak’s Nani who has made a mark on my mind in the recently aired dramas. ( excluding HS:p)
    Osama keh to din ban Gaye. Zaroon ke zid sey us bechare ki zindagi na un-gulzar hojaye:p

    After this episode , 18 episode mein the wedding doesn’t seem like it will take place. Let’s wait!
    I am so glad the story moved on today and it has become an interesting watch. Waiting anxiously for the best episode/ review:D


  12. Ash, thanks so much for the link to that scene and the link to this concert ad. I so envy his wife 🙂
    Hopefully this concert will be uploaded online!

    Did you all notice, they didnt show that scene in the promo where Sara says ‘what is she going to say ? and he says ‘isi ka tho andaaza nahin’ ..they showed the conversation but they cut out this line!
    cant. wait.


    • They did show it. When he calls Sara from the couch and says baath nahin ho pariye then she says that and so does he. Lol go watch it again and listen carefully, zaroon kinda muttered it!


    • @Aish this has the full convo uploaded by hum. I realized some uploads cut part of that convo out, that’s why you didnt see it!


  13. K : saari duniya mein sirf tumhi rehegayi na mere liye
    Z: Nahi mein admit karta hoon ke aur bhi log hongey

    lololololol that was so funny!! 😛

    Kuch zyada hi hogaya mera obsession 😦


  14. Perfect!! That’s how I think this episode was and so is the review:-). An amazing insight into zaroon’s character and Fawad as always took his performace to new heights. For me the best scene(s) was Sidra and Zaroon’s instant trust and light conversation, i think it is Sidra who could pull this off and her smile and dialogue delivery made it all seem so real, followed by the tele con between charming Zaroon and proud Kashaf.

    Maybe because I have see this episode 7-8 times ( of course the key scenes) and I am over analyzing but did anyone notice how Kashaf started off the conversation, sounded as if she has right on Zaroon and switched to ” tum” instead of Aap throughout whereas Zaroon siwtched between tum and Aap, but regardless the scene was superbly enacted, simply loved it and felt the overall episode was bang on!

    Just for the sake of discussion, what do you all think will make Kashaf say ” YES!!” to this charmer who she has no regard for or atleast she thinks he is not worthy of…. comments?

    To me. by the looks of the promo appears she will see a caring man in him because he saves her from hot coffee / tea being spilled over… i think I am thinking way too much :-).. okay–open to you all for discussion,.. sigh~ can’t wait for another 5 days…


    • Well the men in my family are convinced that K is totally into Z and I tend to agree. She’s always been intrigued by him, knows all the names of all his girlfriends even years later, likes to call him ‘tum’, smiles at him sometimes, is eager to call him on the phone- twice till now- that too, in front of the driver, has apparently made him the topic of conversation with Sir Abrar…


      • Yep like i’ve said before as well, Kashaf totally digs Zaroon but shes just playing hard to get… she secretly loves all the attn! 😀


  15. Love the pics Afia!!

    I think so too, she is in love with him ( or at least attracted to) without realizing it!! Drop those barriers Kashaf!!


  16. When is episode 17 review going to be published? I’m bursting 🙂

    BTW, who guessed episode 18? they were spot on!


  17. Assalam behan bhaio
    Men yeh kahungi ke ye drama itna acha he ke men miss karti hun
    Har friday kko lag ta tha ab khatam hogaya
    Aur osama ka real naam kya he
    Woh kahan rehta hai…?
    I like him he is one of the best actors like zaroon yaani fawaad
    Challo phir men abh kehti hoon

    Shabba kheie abb neend ai he 2 bajje

    Bye khush raho saare aur aatif ke gaane sunno
    😉 allah hafiz


    • @Osama fan: Wasalam,.. lovely to hear from a big Shehryar fan – welcome 🙂 Shehryar Munawar lives in Karachi and if you’re a big fan then I’m sure you must have also watched his Meray Dard Ko Jo Zubaan Miley, Kahi Unkahi and Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay.. Would love to hear what you thought of those!


  18. I completely agree with the reviewer. After watching this episode the second time, I realised it was at this point I completely rooted for Zaroon and it was all because of FK’s brilliant portrayal. His acting was top notch. I also liked the fact that he ‘feared’ her, which is a new feeling for him. He never feared a woman or worried about what she would think of him. This made him more conscious and hence more awkward. And FK nailed it. An ‘ode’ is warranted.
    But I do wish she melted a little bit during their interactions at professional level or there was one incident which made her doubt her opinion about him.

    I too am in the camp which wondered, what is the point of Osama’s character (with the annoying jersey t-shirts).
    I think it was to draw a comparison. Zaroon stood up for Kashaf, confronted his parents(even before marriage), fought all the negativism and stood by his decision to marry her. With Osama, Kashaf would not have found the ‘man’ she is looking for. Whether I concur to Zaroon’s point of view on women/marriage is a different discussion, but i do think he was man enough to be by her side for life. The only thing that would come between them was their own ego’s and idiosyncrasies. Anything external, he would stand by her.


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