Seems like Aunty Romana’s ghaibana dholkis did the trick and yes-no-maybe couple finally decided to take the plunge – mubarak ho ji aap sab ko, aakhir kaar Zaib and Rayaan ki shaadi khair khairiyat se ho hi gayi!
If this were any other serial, we would’ve seen a fancy shaadi, designer joras, perhaps a wedding night convo or two, kuch shikwey shikayat, may be some chaand taaron ki baatein, but remember this is Silvatein, where nothing is like anything else. We not only rushed through a quick no-frills nikaah, but also watched the newly married couple go through the shaadi ke ba’d pehli baar khana pakana, sharing a meal routine, enjoyed their pehli larai, pehla sorry and pehla make-up, pehli shopping trip as a couple, and last but not the least the first serious showdown between the newly-wed bhai and bhabhi and the not-so-newlywed Mr and Mrs Chotu- wow!! These people clearly don’t believe in taking it slow and easy!
Another week and another action packed episode. I love how Shehrazade’s narration is keeping pace with Samira’s script on steroids. Even as so much happened, it was so smoothly done that it seemed like the episode had barely gotten underway when it came time for it to end. Along with the perfect pacing, the intertwining of the two couples’ stories, with Muneeze and the saas -in-abstentia thrown in for a good measure, has been done so well that both tracks are on equal footing, and we see all characters growing alongside, learning from and about each other.
Perhaps for the first time ever in her life Zaib has taken stock of her relationship with Natasha. Not liking what she’s seeing, she’s decided to get proactive and fix things between them. In doing so, at times she gets so carried away that she forgets that she has just entered into a new relationship, one that requires a lot of nurturing. Rayaan on the other hand, is much more pragmatic; having learnt from past mistakes, he’s decided to prioritize his relationship with Zaib rather than trying to fix his younger brother’s life. Its this maturity that wins the day for Rayaan as he and Zaib start their marriage on a solid footing. Yes, it not about leading and being led, but about the journey, of walking together into the sunset.
In sharp contrast, Bilal and Natasha are immaturity re-defined. Both still have a lot of growing up to do, both as individuals and as a couple. Both are like children; Bilal thinks marital life is like a Bollywood film, where his madam jaanu of a wife will melt every time he sends a lovely smile her way. Natasha on the other hand is still living in a world filled with mirrors, every reflection she sees is her own. Hence everything anybody says or does touches her personally and pricks her over-inflated sense of self. Needless to say this polarity in Bilal and Natasha’s approach to marriage is now beginning to make itself felt. Hence even as Rayaan and Zaib are taking their first steps together as a couple, our younger couple seem to drift just a little more apart.
What I am thoroughly appreciating here at the nuggets of wisdom and advice Samira has exquisitely woven into the narrative. Rather than dwelling on the causes of marital tiffs and spats, and then spending time detailing every day of their jhagra, what we are getting here are the all important solutions. For once we have a mother-in-law advising her daughter to stay out of her brothers’ problems. Yes, Muneeze’s been wronged, but amma ji ne bhi apne baal dhoop main sufaid nahin kiye. Trust me Muneeze, heed your amma, you’re better off with your husband, forgot your whacky bhais and bhabhis.
As for the bhais and bhabhis in question, we saw Zaib letting go of her ego and apologizing to Rayaan. Yes, she realized that she’d made a mistake with Mikaal, but to her credit she’s learnt her lesson and is trying not to repeat past errors. On his part Rayaan too owned up to past mistakes and shouldered his part of the blame in the breakup of his past marriage. It is fabulous to see the maturity displayed by this married couple. The other couple though is the complete opposite and would be the hands down winner of the most idiotic couple of the year award – take a bow Natasha and Bilal, yeh inaam aap ka hua!
Adeel Husain, Aamina Sheikh, Daniyal Raheal, Mira Sethi, and Maheen Rizvi are all doing a great job and so much fun to watch. Adeel and Aamina are sizzling together, loved all their scenes together. In a welcome change from all his previous very serious characters, it great to see Adeel smiling here – who knew the man could actually do that?! Daniyal is excellent as the very laid back Chotu, a perfect foil to the over hyper Natasha. Mira is doing a great job with her very complicated character. Its very easy to hate Natasha, but then every now and again we get glimpses of a young girl yearning to be loved for her own sake, a very sensitive girl who gets easily hurt very easily, sadly though all the softness is hidden so well under her very tough exterior. Loved how concerned she got when she heard Bilal was missing, but her turnaround later and her bakwas with Rayaan, about her aala zarfi, was pretty amazing to say the least.
While Bilal is nowhere near ready to have an out and out showdown with Natasha, his “gone for a walk” excuse, lame as it was, did evidence that he was nearing the end of his tether. It will be interesting to see how far he is willing to put up with Natasha’s beyond-badtameezis. For your sake, and ours, Chotu please find your spine ASAP!
Written by SZ~