After last’s week’s dhamaka I had expected this one to be a mellower episode, much like the calm that follows a storm, but silly, silly me – I had totally forgotten about our very own ghanchakar – Natasha. Na tau us larki ko khud koi chain hai, na woh doosron ko chain se baitha dekh sakti hai!
Seriously speaking, for the sake of her own mental health and ours, Natasha needs to take it down a notch or two… at this rate even the Energizer bunny would cry uncle and bow out of the race to keep pace with which this woman/girl/infant’s brain works. For her own sake, and Bilal’s, and everybody else’ perhaps Natasha should sign up for some yoga classes, not just one or two, but one every hour on the hour… umeed tau nahin hai, but maybe just maybe a few deep breaths will help calm her down. I get that she’s had a traumatized childhood, magar bibi, ab aisa bhi ki kya trauma ke you make everybody else’ life azaab? Aur sab to ko tau choro, ab you’ve gone and given Chotu sahab his marching orders?! How? Why? Wow! This girl is on some serious crack!
Samira and Shehrazade and the talented cast deserve a round of applause for succeeding in carrying over the momentum from last week. While in terms of the story not much new happened, everybody, including Rayaan himself, were still trying to wrap their heads around the shocking proposal, the draw of the episode lay in the manner with which the similarities between siblings were juxtaposed against their differences. In as much as they are different personalities, there is so much that is alike between the two brothers. Like moths attracted to a flame, they know they will get singed but still there is something about these sisters that is inherently attractive to them. It was so much fun to watch Rayaan courting Zaib. All their scenes, in the kitchen as the pair argued, but unconsciously worked in tandem, Rayaan bringing Zaib her dinner, Zaib admitting he is a suitable match for her, their argument towards the end of the episode, where Rayaan very smartly plays Zaib’s guilt, towards her sister, against her and convinces her about the efficacy of his proposal, were all superbly executed. Adeel hits just the right note with his very well-written character and his scenes with the fabulous Aamina are worth watching again n again.
On the other hand, the two sisters, though ostensibly as alike as chalk and cheese are quite alike when it comes to not sparing a single thought to polite niceties. Loved the way Zaib refused to pander to Rayaan’s ego and contradict Mahjabeen’s opinion about him. Not saying that she’s exactly like her cuckoo younger sister, but one can see the similar mun phat genetics at work here. Also, much as they are different and profess to hate each other, it is interesting to see how well theyknow and understand each other. Even as everybody is in denial as to the real reason behind Rayaan’s proposal, Natasha is perhaps the only one who sees the writing on the wall, and calls it like she sees it – yes, that was no fight between bhai and bhabhi to be, that my clueless Chotu sahab friend was Romance 101.
Speaking of Chotu, methinks Aunty ji watched one too many saas bahu sagas when she was expecting Bilal, and now he thinks he’s playing a starring role in a mazloom shohar serial. Bhai sahab, snap out of it! Much like those silly mazloom heroines you too need a reality check. Yes, you are indeed khandaani, shareef, izzatdaar, love your wife and all that jazz, but arrey ab aisa bhi kiya ke banda bas sunta hi rahey aur kuch bolay bhi na?! How could you let your beloved wife mouth off like that?? Bilal, I was giving you a free pass just because you are such a sweetheart, but now I think I’m done trying to rationalize your behavior. Grow up and be a MAN! Quit with the madam jaanus and take a leaf out of your brother playbook and woo back your wife.
In sharp contrast to Bilal, who still needs to learn how outgrow his mazloomiyat, Mikaal learnt his lesson in just one go. Even though he loves Zaib, he refuses to allow her to suck him into her problems and her world. Again much like her sister, Zaib cannot see beyond her me, myself and I myopia and keeps turning to Mikaal, without sparing a single thought for his feelings. Mikaal, dude, you seriously lucked out. Instead of sitting in a darkened room 24/7, you should be out celebrating your rehaai – jaan bachi so laakhon paaye!
And on Mikaal and Zaib, what the heck is wrong with Durdana Aunty? Is she inhaling what Natasha’s smoking? The alacrity with which she and Uncle ji rushed to deliver mithai to the now double samdhan, and hurriedly arranged ghaibana dholkis was truly amazing. Add to that her delusion about how good it was that her two daughters would now be together forever and one can see the apples have not fallen very far from the tree. Sigh!!! Muneeze, in larkiyon se milne se pehle you should’ve taken the mom out for a one-on-one lunch and checked Auntyji out!
Episode 14 was another crazy fun-filled ride with the Silvatein gang. Samira’s script is sharp and lines meaningful and witty. Kudos to Shehrazade for maintaining the pace and keeping it engaging, even though it is shot in a very confined space with the same four people coming and going out of different doors. The actors are all doing justice to their very complex characters, making them come alive so vividly that I can hardly wait to see what happens next week. Are we being served Rayaan and Zaib ke nikaah ke chuharey next week?
Written by SZ~