Silvatein, a Six Sigma serial that began on a very high note but then got derailed somewhere along the way, ended on a very sappy and completely unrealistic note today. The final shot, the two lovey dovey couples chilling out at the beach, the multitude of silvatein in their highly complicated relationships all happily straightened out, hardly did any justice to all that had gone on in the past 23 weeks. For me, this sweet little scene was case of of too little too late and failed to leave any kind of an impact.
After going around in circles for the last month or so with the peerni and taveez track, Natasha finally got her comeuppance. I was quite happy to see her realize that the hole she had been trying to dig for her sister had almost turned into a grave for her young, innocent daughter, but then the way in which the entire family forgave her was something very hard to digest. Clearly Zaib and Rayaan are bigger and better people than I could ever aspire to be. Hamare Chotu sahab was rightly upset, but I couldn’t believe it when he happily blamed Natasha for making a fool out of him and his feelings for her! Yes, Natasha was an idiot, but Chotu had been an idiot right alongside her, allowing his brain go on a never-ending vacation as he happily put up with Natasha’s idiocies, one after the other. Sorry Chotu and Natasha, contrary to all the rona dhona you guys indulged in today, I think both of you still have a lot of growing up to do.
As for Zaib and Rayaan, even though they made up and mouthed the requisite I-love-yous, the very valid concerns that Rayaan had raised in the last episode were never adequately addressed. For Zaib it was still about Natasha – the only person in the whole world she cared about, Rayaan seemed to figure nowhere in her main aur meri behen saga. I’m happy for Zaib’s sake that Rayaan accepted the lame explanations she offered, because none of it made any sense to me. For being such a mature couple, the way they handled their relationship in the past few episodes was very immature to say the least.
The complicated relationship between the two sisters was also neatly resolved in this finale. Natasha finally got the message that Zaib was not as bad as she had believed her to be for all these years, and by the end was best buddies with her sister. What surprised me was that even after indulging in so many shady acts Natasha just expected to be forgiven after her apology. How? Why? No! But again, as I said before, these people are all excellent candidates for sainthood, because a mere mortal would be hard pressed to forgive and forget instantaneously as Zaib did.
Even as I am annoyed with the ending, I guess this was the only way to tie up a needlessly dragged story. What could have been a beautiful 15-18 episode serial was stretched to such an extent that to bring it to any kind of satisfying conclusion would have required another few weeks. Nonetheless, the big takeaway here for me at least was the very important role parents play in shaping their children’ lives. Bad and over indulgent parenting, playing favorites among their children, led to Zaib turning into a bully, which in turn led to Natasha hating her to the extent that she was willing to play with Zaib’s life. In sharp contrast to the girls’ parents we had Rayaan, Muneeze and Bilal’s mother, who brought up three children, all of who grew up to be well-adjusted adults. This message, along with other worthy insights into human behavior and our relationships all got sidetracked as the cliched two-sister formula took over the subtle nuances and all we were left with a constant refrain of ghar, jaidad and juice pi lain.
Despite all its shortcomings what kept me hooked was the fabulous acting by the cast. Shamim Hilali was magnificent, her performance as the dying mother was something I still remember. I missed Vasay Chaudhry in the finale, but hope we will continue seeing more of him onscreen. Maheen Rizvi was effective as Muneeze, I wish though that her character had been more clearly defined. Rabia Noreen was apt as the senseless mom to her equally silly daughters. Mohamed Ahmed is a very good actor who was completely wasted here. We never really got any sense of who this man was and what he really thought of the going-ons in his daughters’ lives. Parveen Akbar was a delight as the meddling phupho. I wish we had seen more of her towards the end and seen her reaction to this whole peerni mess that she was indirectly responsible for introducing.
Among the actors we did see today, Aamina Sheikh was excellent as Zaib. I disagreed with much of what Zaib said and did, but Aamina made it difficult to ignore her character. Adeel Husain’s quietly controlled Rayaan was the other major reason why Silvatein became a must watch for me. Daniyal Raheal was a pleasant surprise as Chotu – he totally owned his character. As for Chotu’s partner, as we watched Natasha evolve, from a silly twit flirting with the neighborhood Romeo to this malevolent woman, it was hard to believe that this Mira Sethi’s first performance. There were many places where she did falter, but all in all it was a great debut.
Another debutante, Shehrazade Sheikh, the director, gave a good account of herself. Though she seemed to have lost her grip on the narrative in the latter part as the pace became very lethargic, and there were many places where scenes could have been shot done more creatively, overall it was a good first effort and I look forward to more of her work down the road. Samira Fazal remains a perennial favorite, and even though I’m frustrated with the way Silvatein turned out, I look forward to her next project. In the final analysis Silvatein was a mixed bag. There were many a times when I thought it was best serial on air, and then there were weeks upon weeks where I would just wonder ke yeh kahani kahan ja rahi hai aur kyon jaa rahi hai….
As I sign off, a thank you to all the readers of this thread – your comments and our discussions that ensued added so much more to the Silvatein experience. So, lets hear it from you all, whats the final word on Silvatein?
Written by SZ~