Zindagi main sirf bura waqt nahin hota
aur buri cheezain nahin hotein
Burey dinon ke baad acha waqt bhi aata hai
aur rehta bhi hai…..
This sage advice from Sidra to Kashaf might as well have been directed at all of us, the entire section of the female audience who had been eagerly waiting for the Zaroon and Kashaf magic to set our screens on fire, and WOW! Did we get a conflagration! Someone please call the fire engines to hose down our still smoldering screens…
Let’s cut to the chase and not waste time beating around the bush on this one. Zindagi is very gulzar and Fawad Khan is indeed a superstar. The way he’s made us all fall hopelessly in love with the very flawed Zaroon is something very few could’ve accomplished with so much finesse. We’ve felt his irritation with Kashaf – how dare she not call him and check on his khairiyat, after all kuch bhi ho sakta hai (Easy Zaroon sahab, hosla rakhen – ghar hi jaa rahe hain na, kisi mahaz paye nahin jaa rahe aap), how dare she ignore him when he comes to pick her up, and most of all how dare she NOT respond immediately to his deceptively simple: Do you love me??
Cheesefest indeed (feed me gum, seriously?!), but awww!!! Come on now, which living breathing female can resist this brand of filmy romance? At least I can’t! Intellectually, I have several issues with this serial – but for now, I am happily luxuriating in the afterglow of Zaroon’s never ending charm – his killer smile and Shahzad Kashmiri’s to-die-for tight closeups – yes, I am a sap – I admit it!
And no, this was not just the Zaroon show, Kashaf was right alongside with him, more than matching him every step of the way. Though her mehndi has been playing hide and seek since the last episode, and the über chic Ghazala needs to take her new bahu shopping asap, Sanam Saeed was fabulous as the reluctantly falling in love Kashaf. Her stern expressions and the stiff body language gradually giving way to a softer, more relaxed Kashaf. Much like the coconut she sips from, Kashaf’s hard exterior hides a very soft untouched interior. Never having known what it feels like to be cherished, the way Zaroon is making her feel now, Kashaf is gradually melting. Hey! he even managed to coax a first ever heartfelt smile from her – sadly he was not there to witness it, happened while he was at the other end of town, but it was a happy beginning to their life together. Yes, she might be a harder sell than the rest of us female population put together, magar lage raho, kyonke yeh mitti bohot zarkhaiz hai Zaroon!
Even as I watched this episode like a besotted idiot, I did appreciate that it was not just about the candyfloss hearts and flowers moments, but embedded in there were also some insights into how Zaroon and Kashaf are going to approach their new relationship – what role will they assign to their spouse? The dinner conversation highlighted their very differing points of view; more than that though, it was really nice to see both of them begin their relationship on a serious note – yes, the roses and texts are all hot and heavy for now, but once the blinkers are off, it does take a little more than heat to sustain a relationship in the long term. For me, to see a chauvinist like Zaroon and a headstrong girl like Kashaf sit there and listen attentively to each other is what real romance is all about -respecting the other as an intellectually equal partner.
Where they go from here, and how long will Zaroon and Kashaf keep their patience with each other’s idiosyncrasies is what will be interesting from this point on. For now I’m happy watching them stroll around hand in hand.
Mansha Pasha was fabulous once again as the extremely patient and loving sister, but really Sidra, yaar you need to let Kashaf baaji fumble through this one on her own, and go take care of your own husband. Rafia offers so much advice to Kashaf, why not take a minute out and tell Sidra ke betaa, jao go back to the US? Also, how old is Shehnila again? Watching her excitement at the thought of new clothes on her own shaadi, I was hard-pressed to believe that this girl was on her way to becoming an engineer.
Adding to my overall joy was the realization that this was the first truly Abba and Hammad free episode. Just that, by itself would have made me a happy camper today, but couple that with the heavy duty dose of Zaroon-Kashaf romance and my zindagi was beyond gulzar. Thank you team ZGH!
Aap sunayein, aap ki zindagi gulzar hui ya nahin?
Written by SZ~