Seven episodes in and Kadoorat remains unable to rise above its mediocre script, filled as it is with logic defying scenarios and loopholes galore. Were it not for Sanam Saeed’s outstanding performance I would have absolutely no problems bypassing this serial, but thanks to my antihero heroine, I find myself tuning in week after week to follow the further misadventures of Mina & Co.
This latest episode. like its predecessors, continued to reinforce Mina’s overall evilness – there ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough that can stop this crazed girl from extracting her revenge from her step family. Be it asking her father to arrange for her marriage to Daniyal, or convincing Shaheen to marry her dad, or even fantasizing about murdering Alina – apni Mina can and is doing it all. As if all this is not crazy enough, but what makes this even more absurd is the strangely placid reaction by her family. Atiqa has always been weird but her reaction today was off the charts – woman, what’s wrong with you?!
Alina is another useless character who does no more than shed tears and cry on her elder brother’s shoulder. Bibi, agar itni hi mohabbat thi tau why didn’t you let Daniyal send his parents to formalize the rishta, when he had asked you earlier? Moreover, even as she is whining, about Mina snatching Daniyal away from her, the minute she sees the love of her life with Mina she starts another crying jag, this time because she thinks he is cheating on her. Later, after the drama has subsided, we see Ms goody-two-shoes accompanying Mina one her visit to her psychiatrist – say what? What gun did Mina hold to Alina’s head to make her go with her? Clearly if ever there was a case of a someone desperately in need of a hobby, Alina is it. This woman needs to do something with her life! Why doesn’t Mahmud appoint her to take care of that marketing sharketing department of his!
On Mahmud, I have to say he has to be one of the most confused and poorly conceived characters in recent times. Is this how mature adults behave with their grown daughters, as if they are three year olds? The way he handled Mina’s “demand” to marry Daniyal was beyond unbelievable. In all his conversations it sounded like he was talking about an inanimate object. Not once did they stop to think that Daniyal was a flesh and blood person and he might have a thought or two to add here. It was left to Daniyal to point out the obvious. No wonder Mina is such a confused girl – clearly the apple hasn’t fallen very far from the tree.
Shaheen’s is another character that had a lot of potential. The gleam in her eye and the mysterious smile on her lips when she agreed to help Mina made it clear that this girl is nobody’s fool. Though she says otherwise there is a deeper motive attached to Shaheen’s acceptance of Mina’s outlandish plan. Now, even if I shut my brain off and go along with this scenario, that this girl can somehow seduce Mahmud, the very badly executed office scene would still be very hard to swallow. There was nothing right about that scene – dialogues, direction and acting all were well below par. Mina’s suicide attempt was another scene that failed to leave any impact whatsoever.
Another scene that I watched with horror was the one in the psychiatrist’s office. Rather than a serious psychiatrist’s office this one is now beginning to resemble a mohallay ka dawakhana where everybody and anybody can stroll in any time. Here is my very humble request to TV channels/producers/directors/writers: Mental health is a very serious matter and there are multitudes of people suffering from a variety of emotional problems, please be aware of your responsibility when depicting such issues. Rather than raising awareness about the importance of seeking counselling and getting help, what we see here is an extremely irresponsible depiction of what therapy is all about. Also, the last time I checked, doctor/patient confidentiality is key in such cases, but here we see Alina very calmly sitting in the office while Mina is rattling off her complaints. Even if the purpose was to show Alina’s obvious discomfort at all the lies Mina was spewing, I wish they had chosen a setting other than the doctor’s office. And why the heck was the doctor happily discussing Mina’s issues with Alina? Hasn’t Mina made it clear enough that she absolutely hates Alina??
So yes, no prizes for guessing I am still not on the Kadoorat bandwagon. Though there are twists and turns galore, sadly they are so nonsensical that they fail to leave a mark. The acting remains average to below average and the story telling could be so much better. For me the only merit-worthy thing about this serial so far is Sanam Saeed. The vulnerability and the range of expressions she brings to an otherwise very hard character is something I am really appreciating. How tender was that scene when Mina was pouring melted wax on her palm – beautifully directed and acted, this was the scene of the episode for me!
How many are you still following Kadoorat? Loving it? Hating it? Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
Written by SZ~