Four weeks in and I’m still waiting to connect with Kadoorat. Even if one puts aside the faulty premise and takes the story at face value, then too, apart from Sanam Saeed’s fantastic performance there’s not much else to recommend this one. Like the previous three episodes, this latest one too focused on emphasizing how evil Mina was and what a threat she posed to her unsuspecting, innocent family, read victims.
Picking up from where she left off, Mina continued with her mission to make life miserable for her step-family, all of whom she sees as having robbed her off her father’s affections. Here, she picks on her step-sister the most, because from Mina’s perspective it was Alina who took her place as daddy’s little girl. Alina, with her unchanging caught-in-the-headlights expression, makes for an easy victim. The scene where Mina was all decked out in Alina’s jewelry was very well done, but the minute Alina asked for her locket back it was easy to see where this was going to end. For Mina it is very simple… its all about robbing Alina of everything she holds near and dear – be it a locket, or the boyfriend who gave her the locket, all equally disposable and dispensable for Mina.
Asad, not as gullible and easily scared as Alina, tells his parents of Mina’s threats, but not surprisingly Atiqa, who seems to be living in some kind of a la la land, once again makes excuses for her step daughter (she does this later as well). Mahmud’s response though made for the funniest moment of the episode: “marketing sharketing” as a way of keeping Mina occupied and out of trouble — what?? What does this say of those thousands of students who work so diligently to specialize in marketing?!
This week also introduced us further to Daniyal, Alina’s boyfriend; turns out his family is well known to Mina. This then begs the question, why didn’t Daniyal’s parents step in when Mahmud was having a hard time with a young Mina? From Mina’s warm reception it seemed she and Daniyal had been back slapping buddies, if so then why didn’t we hear his name mentioned in the first couple of episodes? Along with this other questions remained unanswered. As Alina tells Daniyal, Mina has spent a lifetime snatching things from her… really?? when?? Rather than taking Alina at her word, wouldn’t it have been better if we’d actually been shown an incident or two to back up such an allegation. Moreover, if Mina has been doing these harkats all along, then why did Mahmud wait all these years to take her to a psychiatrist? And why does Atiqa keep saying that she says now trying to undo Mina’s childhood ghalat fahmis? Needless to say I’m quite confused by the very confusing timeline.
Overall, this was another hodge podge of an episode. The story didn’t move much, except to cement the belief that Mina is evil personified. Watching today, I wished once again that this potentially very interesting concept had been re-worked a bit more, to make the story more coherent and the characters more believable. In terms of acting, Sanam was a standout and Junaid Khan was likable as Daniyal. Moomal Shaikh sported the same hurt/confused expression throughout, and both Deepak and Angeline remained very unconvincing. Imran Aslam looks miscast as a young, rich executive, but he’s a fine actor and I look forward to seeing how his character shapes up. In terms of direction, there were some scenes – Mina looking around Alina’s bedroom, Mina draped in Alina’s jewels, Mina asking the maid to dress up – which were done well, but then in others, the overuse of the staircase as the staging ground for so many accidents, there seems to be a a lack of creative imagination.
What did you all think? Will the next episode prove to be the charm?
Written by SZ~