Every story has twists and turns, some predictable some unexpected, sometimes these work and sometimes not so much. Whether they succeed or not, we as viewers are now attuned to expect something mazedaar in every episode, making the job of the writer and director that much harder. They not only have to come up with new stories, but also keep it coherent and interesting enough to keep jaded audiences engaged, ensuring that they tune in week after week. Difficult enough as this is, their work is made that much more complicated by over zealous promo editors, who in their effort to reel in the audiences give away a little too much. If after all this, despite all the spoilers, behind-the-scenes pictures, promos and precaps, there is a “whoa what was that and where did that come from,” kind of a reaction from the admittedly cynical viewers, then the writer, director and their team of actors deserve a huge round of applause for playing it just right. Samira, Shehrazade, Adeel, Aamina, Daniyal and Mira, all take a bow – Rayaan’s impromptu proposal and the sudden hush that followed was beautifully handled! There was nothing in this episode, or previous ones for that matter, that had even hinted at this happening. Even though the teasers had already told us what was to eventually occur, that it would happen in this episode, here and now and how, was a complete surprise – loved it!!!
For me, this latest episode was the best we’ve seen so far. So many of our lingering questions – why is Natasha the way she is, why is there so much rivalry between the sisters, why did Natasha marry Bilal – were answered today. I loved how both Zaib and Natasha came clean about their sibling rivalry. Zaib freely accepted her responsibility for many of Natasha’s insecurities, and on her part, Natasha admitted that she had married Bilal because she sought escape from the long, dark shadows cast by Zaib’s popularity within the family. That she could be wrong and her childish approach to dealing with issues could possibly backfire was a thought that never entered Natasha’s gnat-like brain. The way she was shedding those crocodile tears and going on about her woe-to-me tales was really funny. Agreed, the poor thing had it rough growing up while her parents remained blissfully clueless, but she lost my vote with her convoluted logic, about Zaib’s motivations at getting Rayaan to propose to her, and her OTT bhain bhain – woman grow up! Much as you would like it to be, its not all about you!! Wonder why Bilal doesn’t just muzzle her?? On principle I’m against all kinds of abuse, verbal, physical or emotional, but this woman makes me want to do her some serious harm!
Unlike her stuck-in-the-mud sister, Zaib showed so much more maturity in facing up to her past mistakes, ably demonstrating that her turnaround was not just a flash in the pan. This is indeed a reformed Zaib. Much like Muneeze, I too was having a hard time accepting this new and improved Zaib at face value. Like Muneeze, I also wanted Zaib to walk the walk rather than talk the talk, and I’m happy to say that along with her, I too was persuaded by this newly introspective Zaib. Girl, you are so much more appealing when you are less like your sister and more like the rest of us out there – kuch ghalat kuch sahi, kuch acchi kuch buri. Clearly, it is not about winning Ms Popularity contests, it is about being real. It is her warmth and her genuineness that despite all her other flaws attracts people to her, just ask Mikaal and/or Rayaan.
As Samira had promised us last week, the text mystery was solved today. Turned out that Mikaal was just being Mikaal, read sweet, genuine, caring, all things nice, and continuing to lend his shoulder to Zaib. Mikaal Sahab (Sorry, I refuse to call him bhai!), if you are not too exhausted from caring about Zaib, could I borrow your other shoulder to lean on?! And, as if one hunk was not enough for her, Zaib is blessed to have attracted Rayaan’s attention as well. Even if we leave aside the brilliant proposal moment, the rest of their interactions too were HOT for the lack of a better word. Theirs is not the burn your screen down kind of heat, but a more latent one, which is not dependent on roses and rings, but just every day conversations, about all the important and not-so-important matters in life. Listening, sharing, understanding, accepting shortcomings, all things that make for a long-lasting honest relationship, no wonder Rayaan just blurted it all out. He and Zaib might not have figured it out as yet, but once they do it will be a fun ride. I am already looking forward to seeing how bhai’s measured aap janaabs will measure up against Chotu’s madam jaanus… we’re definitely in for a treat!
Yes, thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Usually there are a couple of yawn worthy moments her and there, but today I was riveted. Be it Rayaan, Muneeze, Bilal, Natasha, Zaib or Mikaal, each character had so much going on, and so much was conveyed so simply – excellent writing and execution. From Bilal’s bewilderment to his frustration to his now usual capitulation Daniyal essayed all shades of his complex character really well. Adeel, despite his very distracting lipstick, was very good as the understated and the now-thoroughly confused Rayaan – pehle kaha tha na, ke hoshiyar, khabardar, these sisters are going to be a danger to your peace of mind! Aamina and Mira are great fun, Maheen Rizvi is playing Muneeze well, and Vasay continues to leave his mark despite his guest appearance. As a final thought, I must commend the judicious use of background music – thank you!!
Written by SZ~
P.S. For this who missed it, here’s Samira Fazal receiving her award for Dastaan!