Bechara Bilal!!! Kahan aur kis ke saath phans gaya! Watching him trying to keep pace with his darling wife’s pal main tola pal main maasha behavior was the most fun part of this latest episode for me. Just as he thought he had calmed her down after her endless complaints about his behen, ke Natasha started off again with questions about whether bhabhi liked her gifts or not. And barely had dust settled down on her tales of woe to me, she called again. This time to tell him, or convince herself more likely, that she loved him and would stay with him no matter what. Abhi he hardly had enough time to digest this, ke she called him again. Now to hurl accusations that his family has been keeping secrets from her. Ab, what is a guy to do with such a wife? Then to make matters worse, big brother Rayaan overhears that he is getting divorced – ab whether bhaijaan is having marital problems or not, or if he wants to share them with the rest of the family, sadly the choice is no longer his to make. Thanks to foot-in-her-mouth Natasha, and her I’ll do-anything-to-have-the last-word sister Zaib, poor Rayaan’s life is now open to familial speculation and public gossip. No wonder Bilal’s hair was sticking up and he kept turning the TV off and on throughout. Ab dekhte hain aage chal kar Rayaan sahab ke balon ka kiya hashar hota hai! Life, as Bilal & Co knew it, is never going to be the same again!
Much as Muneeze is surprised at this turn of events, she really is a major cause of all these problems. To begin with there was the whole confusion with names and her publicly vocal preference for Zaib. Then, just when Chotoo sahab had finally managed to convince his runaway bride, ke nahin bibi, you are my one and only true love, Muneeze madam starts the whole lunching ladies tamasha with Zaib. But naturally Natasha’s mental gears start working overtime. And then Muneeze has the temerity to go around saying we siblings are very close – really?? Is this how one shows closeness? By making your beloved younger brother’s newly wedded wife feel like a third wheel, a glorified maid for the admittedly hip amma? Sorry, Muneeze, you lost my vote there!
While Natasha and Muneeze are responsible for making the men in their family miserable, Ms. Zaib is equally implicated in compounding the mess. Knowing her sister as well as she does, she still goes and blabs about Natasha to her new sister-in-law, who by the way is so in love with Zaib ke she finds even her lame comments hilarious. Then there is the whole Mikaal story. What a sweetheart that guy is! I don’t know why he is still putting up with Zaib… what a pain this girl is?! First, she unceremoniously rejects his proposal, on the pretext that she wants to remain friends. Then takes off for her social work without informing her colleague and friend. Who in their right mind goes off alone to some mid of nowhere goth, and in this day and age with all the security concerns? I have to say her parents deserve a medal for sitting there so calmly while their daughter jaunts off all over the city. Yes, they were concerned, but not enough to give her a piece of their mind, which she so richly deserved. Judging by the parents’ behavior, and the way they are so ineffective in handling their two daughters, once can see why the siblings have the relationship they do.
At the end of the day, this was another fun episode. Shehrazade and Samira are doing a great job keeping us engaged and interested in the going-ons here. That said, I would now like to see some movement in the story. The issues between the sisters have been pretty well established by now, so a lot of what was said today seemed reiterative. I don’t know if it is just me, but this episode also seemed really wordy. Though the lines were witty, there were way too many of them. Also, was that a continuity issue with Aamina’s clothes? She was wearing the same blue outfit throughout, apart from the lunch scene which was a carryover from the last episode. In terms of acting, once again Aamina Sheikh stole the show, with Vasay Chaudhry and Daniyal Raheal chipping in with great performances. Daniyal in particular is very convincing as the originally bedazzled-then-besotted-and-now-befuddled Bilal. Maheen Rizvi is very good as well as the meddling sister-in-law. Mira Sethi is good in the shorter scenes, but her inexperience shows in scenes with too many lines. Eight episodes in and so far Adeel Husain has barely had more than ten to fifteen minutes of screen time. I hope we get to see more of him as the serial progresses.
Will Mikaal bow out gracefully or will he man up and fight for Zaib’s hand? Was Zaib’s clairvoyance spot on and is Rayaan really having marital problems? Will Natasha get over herself? Will Bilal ever get the last word in any conversation with Natasha or will he remain a Chotoo forever? Looking forward to some answers in the next episode!
Written by SZ~