After having gone round in circles for the last few weeks, Aunn and Zara are finally on the same page… OK, so not quite on the same page, but at least now they know where they stand with each other. The short trip from shehr to pind seems to have done the trick, a much needed taaza hawa ka jhonka, which helped this young couple to turn a corner in their relationship and make their feelings clear to each. Zara, who seems to have inherited her father’s take-no-prisoners attitude, is quite resolute in her decision to not succumb to her husband’s considerable charms till he demonstrates his ability to shoulder responsibility. Aunn, mutter as much as he may about his circa 19th c vision of a perfect wife, has no real choice but to accept Zara’s challenge and prove his suitability as a man that Zara can wholeheartedly accept and respect as her husband.
This latest episode showed relatively more progress in terms of moving the narrative along. Not only did the lead couple exchange more than two uninterrupted sentences, but seems like Manzar and Shehna’s relationship has also been quietly simmering on the back burner. Nighat phupo and Jamshed sahab’s encounters of the feisty kind also are leaving quite an impact, both parties equally singed. Jamshed’s unthinking barbs hit Nighat where it hurt the most and left her in an introspective mood, perhaps for the first time in a long while. But then again, Nighat is Nighat, hard to keep this woman down. One awkward, hesitant apology from fauji sahab and aanisa Nighat Parveen is taiyar for yet another sair. While I’m all for this pairing, the mother in me shudders at what would happen to Sophie and her younger sister if their mother would remarry and move to fauji sahab’s house. After all yahan tau there is a whole household filled with female relatives to take care of the girls, magar wahan kaun dekhe ga in bachiyon ko? Much like her spoiled self-centered nephew, Nighat too needs to stop all her shopping trips and start thinking of others around her. Sabreen is coming into her own as the very colorful phupho. Adnan Jaffar’s seemingly stern, but actually soft-hearted Jamshed is the perfect foil to her lively Nighat.
Speaking of Aunn and his self-centered ways … wow! Aunn is indeed a piece of work. Thoroughly pampered and spoilt by the women in his household, this boy/man is yet to grow up. The complete ease with which he accepts a monthly stipend from an absentee father, never questioning his absence from their lives, speaks volumes of the insular world he inhabits. He has no qualms in looking to his family for support, but is completely clueless when it comes to being sensitive to his mother’s pain. The amount of suffering Husna has endured over the years was all beautifully expressed in that one abruptly disconnected phone call. For me, this was the scene of the episode. Running a close second was the scene where daadi lamented about missing Zara. Nasreen Qureshi is truly a scene stealer; no matter how big or small her scene might be, it is hard not be affected. While Aunn and Zara sweet little love story lies at the heart of the serial, it is Husna and daadi who provide the much-needed soul to the story.
Now that Aunn and Zara’s deal is all settled, I hope the story will move at a more even pace. With Aunn starting a job, I hope he gets busy with work and we are spared Aunn’s endless sighing and longing glances. Osman is fabulous when it comes to the lighter moments, but as for those long hot gazes… well, lets just say that Aunn is no Ashar. Maya too seems to lose the plot when it comes to the more intense scenes. The moonlit night scene did not come off as romantic at all, and the ghostly blue lighting did not help their case much either. What did work well in the pind was chacha and chachi’s very warm and thoughtful hospitality … so much so that even goats got a room in case it rained at night!
Rather than working only on the lead pair, Faiza and Haissam have done a fabulous job in fleshing out all the characters here. None of them are perfect by any stretch of the imagination, all have their fair share of flaws. This serial is special in how its characters are neither cynical nor judgmental of each other. What we have here instead is an unsaid acknowledgment of familial bonds and humorous acceptance of each other’s shortcomings. Yes, it is all about loving your family, crazy as the gang might be!
Finally, not sure how many noticed this, but for once we had a proper ending to an Aunn Zara episode! So what was that phone call all about? Naukri mili ? Or, did Aunn mess up this interview as well? What do you guys think?
Written by SZ~