This latest episode of Kadoorat continued along the same plodding path as the two before. Apart from Sanam Saeed’s sensitive portrayal of Mina there was not much else to be applauded here. While the overarching plot line still sounds promising, lack of rationale, ill-conceived characters, editing bloopers, and excessive use of flashbacks made this episode a pretty ho hum watch.
This latest installment revolved around the first few days after Mina’s return. Many changes have taken place in her absence. Though Atiqa claims she spent each day of the last ever so many years trying to convince Mahmud to bring Mina back, today’s evidence lead to other conclusions. She and her children are by now firmly ensconced in Mahmud’s life and affections. The business is now run by Atiqa and Asad; in fact as Asad tells it, it is they, him and his mom, who are responsible for expanding a previously small operation. As for relations between Mina and her step-siblings, its not just her resenting them, Alina and Asad seem equally wary and resentful of her. I realize that Mina was very mean to them as a child, but after she was gone, didn’t the step-kids have the whole shebang to themselves? Given that Mina never visited in the intervening years, I, therefore, cannot understand the huge chip on Asad’s shoulder. Alina’s complaints to Daniyal about Mina’s behavior too seemed out of sync with what we’ve seen so far. For me, rather than her step-siblings’, Mina’s resentment holds a lot more merit. It was she who not only lost a mother, but after his remarriage also lost her father and was kicked out of her own house. Alina and Asad on the other hand, not only gained a very loving father, but also moved up the social ladder quite effortlessly. As I see it, no matter what Asad might say or think, he is where he is today because of his mother’s second marriage.
Alina too failed to elicit any sympathy from me. Other than behaving like a twit, complaining about being bored and asking for gossip, why was she holding off on telling her parents about Daniyal. It was quite obvious the two had talked about marriage before, so then why place the blame for the delay on Mina who had just returned? Bechari bacchi… I totally felt for Mina as she cut a very lonely figure, an outsider looking in on a scene where everybody else belonged. Though she’s all grown up now, the child within her is still hurting and insecure. For me that party scene made for the one bright moment in an otherwise average episode. Sanam’s expressions and body language conveyed the sense of loneliness and hurt so very beautifully.
I think I would have been kinder in my assessment of this episode had it not been for the whole psychologist angle. Yes, I know I was questioning this two weeks ago, but that was then, when Mina was a child. I was totally dumbfounded when out of nowhere daddy dearest suddenly realized there was something off and Mina needed help! Say what? Where was Mr. Mahmud all those years? Didn’t the school authorities send him reports about Mina’s behaviour? Wasn’t any help provided to her then? No wonder the poor girl is as messed up as she is .. with a crazy dad like that how could she be any other way. Rather than Mina, its her dad who needs help. The way he screamed at her, after her admittedly stupid stunt with the snake, and told her to go to her room was really bizarre. Mahmud sahab, your daughter is not ten anymore…
Mina’s harkats, no more than juvenile pranks, so far, seem to indicate that even as she talks big and threatens to usurp Asad from his position within Mahmud’s company, she needs a partner-in-crime to help carry out her “revenge.” Enter Shaheen, her impending arrival promises to stir an already shaken pot. It will be interesting to see how the writer and director play out the dynamic between Mina and Shaheen. Will Shaheen also get caught up in Mina’s devious plans for revenge?
Kadoorat is a story that is a lot more interesting conceptually than is coming across onscreen. To begin with, the excessive use of repetitious flashbacks, even of conversations that happened just minutes ago, is now getting tiresome. The characters, particularly that of Mahmud, don’t seem to follow a logical pattern of behavior. Alina and Asad too seem angry without just cause. Asad and Mina’s exchange in the office, complete with loud dramatic music in the background, was too OTT, given it was their first meeting. Imran Aslam is a fine actor, but here I was not impressed with his angry young man act. Moomal Shaikh too did not leave an impact as the pseudo meek Alina. Angeline Malik and Deepak Perwani both seem lost here. Junaid Khan didn’t have much to do today, so will wait to see how his Daniyal develops, and same goes for Adnan Jaffer as the psychologist. All in all, I’m still waiting for Kadoorat to make an impression; fingers crossed for next week.
Written by SZ~