One reason, among many others, that I like Silvatein is that it is not just the story of the main lead/s, with the others characters just hovering around the peripheries. Rather, what we get here is a well-knit story where each and every character has a their own well-defined graph (well, ok, all except abba, because he never says anything). This episode, for instance, revolved around Rayaan’s and Bilal’s mother’s rapidly deteriorating health. We’ve not seen much of Shamim Hilali so far here, but wow! did she come into her own this week. The grace and dignity with which this character bears her pain, the sagacious advice she hands to her daughter, the way she holds back tears when talking to her beloved Chotu and her emotional response to his depression, her concern for Shamroz’s well-being, and finally her painful breakdown on hearing Natasha’s bakwas – a whole range of emotions, so brilliantly executed – excellent job by Samira and Shehrazade, and Shamim Hilali, you truly are a superstar!
What was really annoying in this episode was that even as Shamim Hilali’s performance moved me to tears I could not cry dil khol ke because that idiot Natasha kept messing me up. Every single time I felt a tear start to roll down my face, Natasha would come on, my blood pressure would shoot up, and I would end up gnashing my teeth. Yaar, yeh kiya larki hai?! Since Zaib has gone from being an interestingly mixed up girl, to a nauseatingly over-protective sister, and Bilal looks like he’s on the verge of committing suicide, and their mother is living in la-la land, where she thinks both sisters are living happily-ever after, I guess its now up to either Muneeze or Rayaan to find a gun and shoot that twit Natasha the next time she opens her mouth – bas bibi bohot ho gaya… hammari bardasht ne jawab de diya hai!
Yes, this was another riveting episode. Shamim Hilali’s performance showed us what a fabulous actor can do with a relatively small role. Daniyal Raheal was another one who stood out for his portrayal of a very subdued Bilaal. Much as I felt for him, I can’t really say that I’m sorry for him; Natasha’s attitude, towards him and his family, is something he’s watched and allowed to grow out of control. Now that she’s clearly overstepped her limits, its high time he reads her the riot act and shuts her up for good. Otherwise, I’ve already suggested the point and shoot option. Mira Sethi continues to impress as Natasha.
Along with Bilal, Zaib is another one who made it possible for Natasha to have crossed her limits in such a manner. If Zaib thinks covering up for her badzubaan, badtameez sister is going to win her brownie points and somehow make up for her past behavioral lapses, then she needs to rethink this strategy, because her atrocious sister and her qainchi ki tarah chalti huyi zubaan is now pretty much responsible for hastening Auntyji’s death.
While I was thoroughly engaged throughout this episode, I think we really need a break from Natasha’s stupidities – I cannot call her evil because I still think she is immature and so caught in her petty games of one-upmanship that she is missing the forest for the trees. I hope we see some nuance brought into her and Zaib’s characters sooner rather than later, otherwise this very interesting story will turn into yet one more of those formulaic good sister vs bad sister sagas. Samira and Shehrazade, please assure us this one ain’t going that route!
While the two sisters kept on with their usual antics, Rayaan was once again the hero of the moment. Adeel Husain is really owning Rayaan here. I enjoyed the way he told off Natasha, and more than him, I have to say I loved it when Muneeze called out Bilal – great performance by Maheen Khalid here. Indeed, why can’t Bilal man up to the task and shut his wife up. I am not promoting spousal abuse or some such, magar ab tau Bilal sahab ko kuch sakht qadam uthana hi parega. Now my fingers are crossed for the next episode – Chotu you’d better not disappoint me!!
Written by SZ~