This latest episode marked the end of the gulzar period of Zaroon and Kashaf’s zindagi – the honeymoon is well and truly over. Gone were the all-nighters, the endless hand-holding, the long gazes, and the cheesy romantic lines. Yes, the rose-colored fantasy is over. Along with Zaroon and Kashaf we too were brought back to reality with a thud. The sensitive Zaroon who bedazzled us as the taciturn Kashaf’s knight in shining armor was nowhere to be found today. Rather, what we saw here was wohi apna purana throwback-to-the-dark-ages wala Zaroon. All those sensible conversations about relationship rules, listening, trusting, accommodating, all flew out the window on the flimsiest of pretexts.
Since the very beginning of this serial, its been hard to buy into the premise of a very simple-minded, always smiling Osama being best friends with a self assured, overconfident man like Zaroon, and now to see Zaroon getting so worked up about Osama’s revelation is so far-fetched, that I, for one, was totally unconvinced. Forget about what it says of Osama’s intellect, to blithely talk about his rejection to the said lady’s husband, but the fact that a man like Zaroon took it so seriously doesn’t jibe with how he’s been portrayed so far. Yes, he’s “conservative,” and was attracted to Kashaf because of her “spotless” character, but to now sulk because his best friend proposed first doesn’t make sense at all. I agree with Kashaf, that this so trivial a matter that for Zaroon to lose his composure over it is almost laughable. The only way it would have made sense was if Zaroon and Kashaf had had a conversation about their pasts, beyond their college days. In that case, had Kashaf neglected to mention Osama’s proposal, then Zaroon’s ire could have been somewhat justified, but coming out of the blues like this, sorry, I am not sold … And then in the next episode he talks to his father about it?? How old is this guy?? Like Kashaf, I too think baby Zaroon can sulk away to eternity.
While I agree with Kashaf’s stance on Zaroon’s immaturity, I was not impressed by how carelessly she handled her first serious spat with Zaroon. Given that she is fully aware of her husband’s inflated ego, why would a mature, and not to mention very private, girl like Kashaf confide in Sir Ibrar about what is essentially a very personal issue between a husband and a wife. This conversation went against everything we have seen so far in Kashaf’s character sketch. Here, if I were in Zaroon’s shoes, I too would be furious with my spouse. So far, Kashaf’s been happily pointing out all of Zaroon’s shortcomings, but I guess its easier to assign blame rather than looking at one’s own self. While I was not too enamored by either Zaroon or Kashaf’s characters today, Zaroon’s sulking in particular was a little too reminiscent of Ashar’s pouts in Humsafar, both Sanam Saeed and Fawad Khan were excellent and breathe so much life into their characters.
Ayesha Omar is another actress who has really impressed with her acting skills here. I find Sara problematic and have had disagreements with her character from day one, but I really like how Ayesha is playing Sara. The phone conversation with Zaroon was really well done, her voice and expressions beautifully conveying her confusions and doubts. Also well done was her scene with her mother. While Sara blames Ghazala, as does Junaid, I continue to find this very problematic. Thus far, apart from a couple of contrived situations, we are provided no justification to support their accusations. From what little we have seen of her, Ghazala has been around pretty much at all meal times, and both her son and daughter, despite their protestations to the contrary, share a warm relationship with her. If the makers were that keen to depict Ghazala as a really negative character, then they should have have spent a bit more time on showing rather than talking about Ghazala and her self-centeredness.
As I complain about lack of development of Ghazala’s character, I have the exact opposite reaction to Nigar Aunty. Why, why does this lady get so much screen time? Yes, by now we get that she is evil, has no redeeming qualities, and is matlabi to the core, then why so much time dedicated to her story? That said, I am thoroughly enjoying Shazia Afgan as the OTT Nigar Aunty. How fabulous was she with her screaming blue eyeshadow! Apart from Aunty ji’s makeup, the dark lipstick was also quite memorable, the only good thing about the scene, if I can call it that, was that we finally got to know just a tad bit more about Tanzeela and Tooba. Apparently they are quite old and one is done with her BA – wow! who’d have thunk that?! Here is my age old question again: Why were we not shown the hateful Abba’s other two daughters at all? In a serial dedicated to discussing issues related to the girl child, I find their absence incomprehensible.
And on this issue of not understanding, why is Sidra back again? Didn’t she just leave? Even though I have given up on the timeline, still I’m so lost with Sidra’s comings and goings. Also, I was thoroughly confused as to which of the two sisters was expecting? From Kashaf’s conversation it seemed like Sidra was expecting, but then Rafia thoroughly messed me up with her contradictory duas… Aunty ji kabhi kuch bolti hain kabhi kuch …
Considering that this was heralded as a mega project, and the serial was almost a year in the making, I wish more attention had been paid to the final product.
Overall this latest episode did not work for me. Beginning with the disconnect with the ending of the last episode, Zaroon thinking back to his broken engagement, to his OTT reaction to Osama’s proposal, to Kashaf’s conversation with Sir Ibrar, to the unnecessary Nigar scene, to beating up on Ghazala, to Rafia’s major blooper, to Sidra’s unexplained back n forth trips, all combined to make this a strangely disjointed installment, a disappointment after the relatively more coherent last few episodes. Here’s to hoping for a relatively more gulzar episode next week.
Written by SZ~
P.S. Did anybody notice this anti-establishment art in the pro-establishment Zaroon’s house?!