Dear All: Before we go any further, lets put our hands together and give it up for Rayaan!!! FINALLY! Shukar Alhamdulillah koi to kuch bola is larki ko! Kab se patar patar boley hi jaa rahi thi, no periods, no commas, no left no right, bas full speed ahead apni hi haanke jaa rahi thi – so glad ke for once she got a real daant and was rendered speechless. Shabash! Way to go Rayaan! Now if only Bilal too could take a leaf out of your playbook and stand up to his wife, tau bas phir tau Zindagi gulzar hi gulzar hai.
But since this is not Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Bilal is still to grow a spine, I am thrilled with Rayaan stepping up to the plate and boldly going where no man has gone before …. yes a shameless Star Trek analogy, but so apt! Finding the wherewithal to stand up to Natasha and put the brakes on her motor mouth, for even a minute is no mean feat, and one that requires nerves of steel – heck even her parents failed at getting Natasha to heed anything they said. Just absolutely loved the way Rayaan shut her up not once, but twice – the second time around he let loose throwing all her past behavior in her face – doodh ka doodh aur paani ka paani kar daiya aur Chotu ki madam Jaanu ki tabiyat saaf kar dii!
Rayaan’s is a character quite different that what is now the norm for a majority of our TV serials, where the men are always so busy sorting out gharelu saazish-es and their maa n biwi problems ke they barely have time to make their presence felt as entities in their own right. Forget about standing up and flexing his muscle on others’ behalf, our desi drama hero tau can barely stand up for his own rights; he is too busy either abusing the women in his household or sits and sheds tears at being played by either the wife or the mother, and therefore has no time to think about anything else. In sharp contrast, Rayaan is not only an impressive husband, but also a caring son and brother, one who cannot stand to see his loved ones in pain. It was not surprising, therefore, to see Rayaan finally lose his cool and dish it out to the twit Natasha. Thank you Samira for bringing us a male character who is truly a hero, not just because he happens to be the male lead, but because he is truly deserving of the title. Do I even need to say that Adeel Husain rocks as Rayaan?!
While Rayaan is a hero in the true sense, apna bechara Bilal tau bas maara hi gaya. Actually, you know what, why blame Natasha for henpecking her husband, why not let Chotu shoulder the blame for letting his marriage drift along to this point where his wife is not only running rings around him, but is also responsible for the rift between Muneeze and her brothers, and is mouthing off like an idiot to her much older brother-in-law. Yes, we all know Natasha has issues, but what kind of a man allows his wife to decide if he can go visit his terminally ill mother – uff! At this point, it is an insult to the jellyfish to compare Bilal to that spineless sea creature – at least the jellyfish can claim it was born that way, wonder what is Chotu sahab’s excuse?? Daniyal plays Bilal with a languorous ease that is so much fun to watch, and Mira Sethi is fabulous as a woman with a permanent foot-in-the-mouth problem.
As compared to her mouthy and more annoying than a macchar sister, Zaib is so much more mature, and now that she’s reformed so much more pleasant as well. However, even as she is concerned about her sister and trying to help her see things without the me-myself-I filter, she is losing track of the priorities in her life. As Rayaan points out to her, she really needs to take stock and decide which relationship deserves more of her attention. What Rayaan does not get is that these are siblings with a twist. While Natasha may shout out her hate for Zaib to all and sundry, it is Zaib she seeks out at every point in her life. It will be interesting to see when the metaphorical light bulb switches on for Natasha. For now, our Mrs. Chotu is busy using her khush khabri to spin a few more yarns.
As is now usual for Natasha, she just blurts out things without stopping to think for even a millisecond about the consequences. Her bald pronouncement, that Zaib and Rayaan could not have children, seems to have struck a raw nerve with Zaib. Her breakdown in the bathroom was beautifully done. Actually Aamina crying in the bathroom with the water running, while Adeel banged on door reminded me of a very similar sequence in Mora Piya. Apart from this one deja vu moment this was quite a happening episode and it appears that the ride is not over yet. Seems like there is a lot more to come and many a silvat that remain to be straightened. For now Rayaan and Zaib are off to Pakistan to join Muneeze and help care for their dying mother.
Thanks to ever so annoying promos most of next week’s twists have already been revealed, but it is to Shehrazade and her team’s credit that I eagerly look forward to the next chapter – bring it on!
Written by SZ~