Manzar: Arz kiya hai, kiya roz garajte ho, baras jao kis din.. samjhe?
Aunn: Nahin… tashreeh karo
Manzar: Jo garajte hain, woh baraste nahin, bhaunkney wale kutte kaat-tey nahin hain
Aunn: Yeh kiya bakwas hai…
Manzar: Baat ki gehrai main jaa….
Not quite sure who died and left Manzar in charge, but going by how he runs to pour out all his woes to Manzar and the rapt expression on Aunn’s face as his sagacious friend doles out idiotic relationship advice, clearly our anokha ladla thinks pir baba Manzar knows it all! Indeed, one does have to hand it to pir Manzar sahab – don’t know if his garajna barasna advice is of any use to other followers (if any!), but Aunn clearly thinks his friend’s mashwaras are the best thing since sliced bread. From the initial what-the-heck-does-that-even-mean, to aha-the-light bulb-finally-switched-on, to wow-you’re-brilliant-my-friend, the gamut of expressions that ran across Osman’s face in those few seconds were just excellent. Working with Faiza’s strong script and superbly directed by Haissam Hussain, Osman Khalid Butt and Mukarram Kaleem are magnificently mad here!
Do dil mil rahe hain… magar chupke chupke
Sab ko ho rahi hai khabar… magar chupke chupke
Whether it is thanks to pir baba Manzar’s totkas or the power of suggestion or perhaps there actually is a teeny tiny spark of attraction trying to make itself felt, whatever the case maybe, it is so sweet to see our nazuk mizaj hero and the latth maar heroine start feeling that something special for each other. The coy exchanges, sidelong glances, semi-arduous gestures, aadhi adhoori baatein, baal sanwarna, mailey kaprey uthana, all beautifully executed vignettes highlighted the growing attraction between our eklautey pan ka sataaya hua couple. Though they both jumped into marriage as a way to escape the same malaise, but both had different expectations from it. Zara wanted a bhara pura susral sans the machar like pesky nuisance of a shohar, and Aunn wanted nothing more than to be left alone. What they get instead is not simply a fulfillment of their desire, but also an added bonus in the form of a relationship between the two. Try as one might to ignore the other, annoyed as they are with each other, there is something between them that cannot be denied. Both Osman and Maya are very believable as a young couple trying to wrap their heads around the nitty-gritty of a marital relationship.
And on relationships, Nighat’s attachment to Aunn though creepy makes for a lot of funny moments. Sabreen Hisbani plays Nighat with a lot of verve and gusto, but at times she tends to overdo the fast-talking chamak challo bit. Today though she was hilarious as she marched up to Fauji sahab’s house demanding Aunn’s safe return. Aunn sahab tau ja chuke they, magar Aunn’s phuljhari si phupho has certainly caught the straight-backed samdhi sahab’s attention. And now that her undue attachment to Aunn has rung alarm bells in Zara’s dad’s head, I can’t wait to see if he makes good on his threat to have Aunn and Zara move away from the clutches of his damaad’s over-possessive relatives. Agar aisa ho tau it would be great to see a twist in usual desi formula: the beta thrilled with the idea of living on his own (and after that failed dinner date attempt who can blame him!), while the bahu tries her best to continue living with her in-laws – now that would be fun!
As for the failed dinner date, bechara Aunn! Uski tau sab tadbeerain ulti ho gayeen… kahan ka romance and kidhar ka romance… uski biwi sahiba ko tau poorey khandaan ke siwa khana hi hazam nahin hota?! Apart from the hilarity of the situation, the sing-song in the car was really fun, it was interesting to see that while Aunn is the pivot that binds the family together, their love for him could very well be the factor that rips them apart, as the various family members have begun to position themselves in anti and pro Zara camps. Though Zara’s gesture, inviting the entire family to dinner, might have have dashed Aunn’s hopes of a romantic evening, in hindsight it probably defused a potentially problematic situation. I wonder how long it’s gonna take before the battle lines are drawn.
Before I end, a huge shout out to Nasreen Qureshi – she is brilliant as daadi. Her recollection of her very rangeen jawani were too funny. Fabulously written, directed and acted, that scene was the pick of the episode for me – just too good!!
Overall this was another out of the park episode as Team AZ keeps upping the bar every week. Looking forward to another engaging installment next week!
Written by SZ~