Natasha! Natasha! Natasha! Can someone hand me a gun so that I can go shoot this girl! Kiya larki hai? Bewaqoofi ki bhi koi inteha hoti hai ke nahin?! I mean seriously, koi filter hi nahin hai bibi ke dil, dimagh aur zubaan ke darmiyaan. Jo dil chaha phat se bol diya, without any worry about others’ feelings or fear of repercussions. Along with neglecting to teach her any kind of self-reflection whatsoever, her parents also forgot to sit her down and make her watch all those drama serials with the mazloom aurat stories. Agar woh sab dekha hota tau aaj apne Chotoo ki qadar karti and ghar walon ke saath aisey na karti…
In this day and age, where we have heroines crying endlessly day in and out because of adverse circumstances, here we have one who is turning the current equation on its head – kahan ki mazloom heroine aur kahan ki bechari aurat jis par har waqt shohar aur susral waley zulm karte hain – yahan Natasha ko dekh kar tau duniya bhar ke shohar mazloom lagtey hain aur saarey susrali masoom. God save us all from the Natashas of this world – Ameen!!
Natasha is a loony toon, we knew that, and this episode sealed the deal on that issue. Taking a brilliantly written character, Shehrazade has helped the newcomer Mira Sethi bring Natasha so vividly alive; there is so much conviction in the way Mira plays Natasha that I for one had better not run into this girl, because then she’d been in big trouble. Natasha is bad enough on her own, but add in her beyond adorable, very soft spoken chotoo of a husband, and you start hating her even more. Daniyal Raheal playing the understated foil to the more flamboyant Natasha is fabulous here.
If for nothing else, Silvatein should be watched just for the positive portrayals of men. Standing out among all the physically and verbally abusive/philandering/ meek/feudal/chauvinist/mujhe beta chahiye type men we see depicted these days on TV, here we actually have three educated, charming, soft-spoken, cultured, in short, “normal” guys. Be it Rayaan, Bilal or Mikaal, all three are absolute gems. Similarly, all the girls, aside from their whackiness, are all equally empowered and relatable. Thank you Samira for writing against the current trend and giving us something positive to watch. Yes, a story can work just as well without endless rona dhona and moralizing.
Back to the episode, the story seems to have shrugged off its lethargy and picked up speed today. The dragging goth track finally ended. I am glad that we were shown that despite a filmy ending to the track, Zaib was wrong to have meddled in the whole Dilawar affair the way she did. Yes, she was the selfless good samaritan, but she really could not offer any concrete, long-term means of help to these people; the Dilawar-Zaib conversation underscored the fact that even though Zaib had found a short-term solution, a long term resolution was still very far away.
Much as I am sad to see Mikaal’s exit from the story, I am happy that he broke off with Zaib. He deserves much better. Relationships are not just based on love and respect, trust plays a huge part as well. Once that trust is gone, it is very hard to paper over cracks in relationships. Given how badly Bilal is suffering, I think rather than being melancholy, Mikaal should be overjoyed. Zaib might be saner and more mature in comparison to Natasha, but when judged on her own merit she’s pretty out there as well. Vasay Chaudhry was really good here. His chemistry with Aamina and his portrayal of the level headed, mature Mikaal added so much depth to this character, making it so much more interesting than this serious NGO guy had seemed in the beginning.
As for Zaib, this episode marked a turning point in her character. Despite her success in bringing some kind of relief in Dilawar’s situation, she was forced to face up to the reality that life was much harsher than her romantic idealism had led her to believe. Much as she would’ve like to, she was unequipped to bring in a wholesale, overnight change in Dilawar’s life. Anther huge shock was when she was jilted by Mikaal. She had taken him so much more granted, and perhaps having seen the family dynamics in her own parent’s life, she probably thought that Mikaal too would put up with her antics. Much as she talks about not wanting to play second fiddle in a marital relationship, she is the one who needs to grow up, but I guess this will be a gradual change. On a more positive note, it seems that her run-in with Dilawar has opened her eyes up to the mundane nature of her lifestyle and she has turned into a new leaf overnight. Given that this is a drama, chalo hum tau yaqeen kar lete hain ke theek hai, Zaib sudhar gayee, but I think others, including Natasha and Muneeze and even Rayaan will have a difficult time accepting this change at face value.
And yes, finally! With Mikaal out of the picture, Rayaan made his full-fledged entry into the story today – I wish he had left his glossy lipstick at home though. I had a hard time focusing on him when he was in the kitchen because his shiny lips were a tad too distracting. But, yes, it was fab to see Adeel Husain have more than two sentences to say. Now that Natasha has really stirred the pot and not only drawn the line in the sand with Rayaan, but also made an enemy out of Muneeze, and is insultingly rude to Bilal, I wonder how long Rayaan can keep matters under control. Will he able to remain just as unflappable when Zaib enters into an already messy situation?
For me, this episode was the best one so far. The pace picked up considerably and the story took a giant leap forward. The actors are all turning in fab performances, and have great chemistry with each other. I am sorry to see Vasay Chaudhry go, but am now looking forward to seeing him in Armaan. Overall, Samira and Shehrazade work really well together. Apart from the goth track, the scenarios and situations have been relevant, a lot of fun, and most importantly very innovative. Natasha’s insecurities have been shown so very creatively, love the device of depicting it through her buying and returning issues. With Zaib’s impending arrival I am keen to see the lengths to which Natasha will go to keep her bharam. I just hope that my bechara Chotoo does not get irrevocably hurt in the process. Now if he wants to maintain peace and order Rayaan bhai had better monitor the situation carefully. Despite what she has said to her mother, Natasha bibi ke iraadey kuch ziyada naik nahin lag rahe!
Written by SZ~