After an overdose of chocolate-covered-cherry-moments in the past couple of episodes, this latest installment was much more down-to-earth in terms of keeping the story anchored. Yes, the I-love-yous and the sweet nothings were all still there, but lets just say that the rose-colored glasses are now off, and Zaroon and Kashaf’s married life looks a tad bit less photo-shopped.
With the proverbial honeymoon ending, and both back to their professional lives, our chaand-taarey gazing couple’s nascent relationship received its first reality check. With Zaroon in Islamabad and Kashaf in Badin, dealing with the lived reality of a long-distance relationship appeared much different than talking about it in theory. In this latest episode we got to take a closer look at the little annoyances, minor grievances that can easily be blown out of proportion when the two people concerned live in different zip codes. It requires a lot of fortitude and maturity to overcome egos and go beyond personality clashes to sort the matter out like adults.
Simply adorable as the newly-married Zaroon and Kashaf, Sanam and Fawad’s chemistry keeps getting ratcheted up with every episode and this was no different. They are simply fabulous together! Loved all their moments: the phone calls, the small jhagdas, the making up, the laying down of rules, the money clashes, all worked really well. Yes, these are immensely relatable issues as almost all new marriages have to go through this adjustment period. Each partner having to give up a little to make space for the other.
In this respect I have to say Zaroon came across as really impressive, in the way he was able to overlook Kashaf’s immaturity, suck up his ego and take the first step. Yes, Zaroon seems to have matured overnight, somewhere along the way, and I really enjoyed seeing that facet of his personality, as a responsible, loving and caring husband.
Interestingly enough, even as Zaroon is setting the bar very high for all the other hapless husbands out there, what with the way he handled his mother, dealt with Kashaf over her temper tantrum and the money issue, he falls far short in other aspects. I was shocked to hear that his father was still paying his credit card bills, not only that Zaroon still needed to ask his father to help out with overblown budget!?! What the heck is the guy doing with his entire salary??? No wonder Ghazala is concerned and in a way almost right to blame Kashaf. On the other hand, I totally get Kashaf’s anger. I was thrilled to see her refuse Zaroon’s money. What is the point in him pretending to be oh so caring and loving, jab sahab apna budget tak tau balance nahin kar saktey? Also, if he doesn’t have the money, why is he going around installing air conditioners in Kashaf’s house in Badin. Last we heard, Kashaf was at a high post, good enough to raise her in Abba’s estimation, then surely her official residence came equipped with material comforts. From the interior shots of her luxurious Badin bedroom, it certainly did not look like she needed her husband to go around updating the preexisting facilities.
Looking at things from Kashaf’s perspective, it is understandable to see her annoyed with Zaroon not responding to her calls the way she expected him to. By now we are familiar with her complexes and trust issues, and the fact that she took the first step in calling him showed how far she has come along in her relationship with him. But just a couple of distracted responses from him are enough to get the older insecurities to raise their ugly heads again. Here it is to Zaroon’s credit that he gives her the space to be herself and rather than being a baby about it, as men are generally wont to be, he takes the first step in getting things back on an even keel again. Full marks to Zaroon here! And awww! how sweet was Fawad as the nazla-shuda beemar shohar!
While I appreciated the closeup look at the stresses a young couple faces at the beginning of their married life, and realize the importance of Rafia’s useful advice to her daughter vis-a-vis her in-laws, I was really puzzled by the timing of it all. Rafia’s lectures seemed a little out of place considering that it was right after the end of her two week vacation, when she was going away to Badin. Even in those two weeks Kashaf had hardly had any time to be with her in-laws. Surely nobody expects a girl to be best buddies with her in-laws in the first two weeks of marriage? And if Rafia was that concerned, then she should’ve not had Kashaf spend so much time with her, away from her in-laws. For me an effective moment was kinda spoilt by the weird timing of that scene. In contrast the other scene, between Rafia and Kashaf, where she advises her to give time for her Ghazala to know her better, was better timed and consequently left more of an impact. Sanam and Samina were great there.
And yes, talking of weird – how old are Hammad and Shehnila?! Can someone please remind me again? Both step-siblings refuse to outgrow their childishness, and are in no way cute. The whole biryani sequence was beyond boring and brought back forgettable memories of earlier times, when we had to deal with Abba’s second family in every episode. Please, please spare us this track – thank you!
Another sequence which missed the mark was Zaroon’s encounter with Asmara. If this encounter was meant to highlight why Zaroon chose Kashaf over her, so as to build up to his confrontation with Kashaf over Osama’s proposal, then this ploy did not work at all. Rather, all it did was to once again drag up unpleasant memories of earlier episodes. Also, even though Zaroon had earlier told Kashaf that both he and Madamara had mutually agreed to break up, from the flashback it didn’t appear that way at all. If Kashaf were to hear about it and take issue with this meeting, then perhaps there is some justification, but even in that case Zaroon’s morose expressions and the drawn out flashback seemed pointless.
Mellower in terms of pace, this episode was a mixed bag in terms of some really great Zaroon-Kashaf moments, a very nicely done scene between Ghazala and Zaroon ( liked the way he stood up for Kashaf), some warm moments between Rafia and Kashaf, tossed together with some what-the-heck moments with the Zaroon and his overdrawn budget scenario, Shehnila-Hammad moments, and the once again awry timeline.
From the precap it seems that Osama is going to play the fly in the ointment here. Even with Zaroon and Kashaf now residing under one roof, seems like Osama will still manage to create a ruckus in our erstwhile couple’s lives. Most of us had already expected this, so it came as no big surprise, but honestly, looking at Osama and his bhaijan personality, it is hard to imagine a self-assured guy like Zaroon get worked up over something so trivial. But oh well! Lets see what next Friday holds in store for us!
Written by SZ~