Finally!! Aap sab ko bohot bohot mubarak ho…. aakhir-e kaar Pakistan ki sab se bari tension khatam ho hi gayi! Thank you Faiza and Haissam for putting us out of our misery, both Aunn and I will remain eternally grateful – for very different reasons of course!
No, but seriously, I don’t think I could have sat through one more episode of Aunn and Zara not being able to move on with their lives. But now that they have, I am back to feeling the groove and thoroughly enjoying the new direction this story has taken. With her beautifully knit script, where every scene is there for a reason, Faiza has outdone herself here. Barely had the dust settled on Aunn and Zara’s ma’mala, ke the busybodies of Aunn’s family found themselves a whole new funda to get worked up over – honestly in khawateen ko bhi na koi chain nahin hai, har dafa koi na koi baat pakar kar hyper ho jati hain.
Misinterpreting the silly games that all newly-weds are wont to indulge in, first Husna, then daadi and finally phupo, all are now convinced that Aunn has turned into a monster, read following in his father’s footsteps, and mistreating Zara. While the three ladies fretted on about how and where they went wrong with raising Aunn, hamarey hero sahab remained blissfully oblivious to all this tension and was seen happily crowing about his success in lording it out over his family. Beta, Aunn, kaha tha na Pir Manzar ki baaton pey mat lagnaa, abhi tau tum ne sirf trailer dekha hai … wait till the full on implications of daadi and ammi’s naraazgis hit you! Aunn’s shocked reactions were absolutely priceless when, perhaps for the first time ever, the women in his family refused to cater to his every whim – loved it when daadi lost her temper with Aunn and the dining room scene later was nicely done as well.
Alongside the main track, we also saw more of an elaboration on the attraction between Nighat and Jamshed. Reluctantly, almost despite themselves, these two opposites are slowly building a base for a future relationship. Sabreen Hisbani and Adnan Jaffer have sizzling chemistry and their scenes together are great fun. Today we also got another tantalizing glimpse into Husna’s painful past. I am really enjoying how creatively Faiza and Haissam are unfolding Husna’s story, no easy resorts to flashbacks, dream sequences, or long dialogues from them. What we get here instead is an indirect story being told through the way Husna reacts to Aunn’s behavior with Zara, and how determined she is to not have Zara suffer the same fate as her. Husna’s has to be my favorite track in the whole story, I just wish it could move faster though…. Hina Bayat is magical as Husna.
Running a close second to Husna, is my other favorite, Parveen Bano. How fabulous is Nasreen Qureshi! Her portrayal of daadi reminds me so much of my own equally crusty grandmother, never afraid to call a spade a spade and no hesitation whatsoever in defending the perceived underdog. Daadi’s invitation to Zara, to confide in her, and her immediate displeasure at and censure of Aunn’s nalaiq harkats were beautifully done.
All in all this was a very happening installment. Haissam and Faiza deserve a round of applause for their very delicate handling of THE moment. Though I felt it went on for a trifle too long, I appreciated that there were no tacky dialogues or cheap innuendos. Also, a special mention of Haissam’s aesthetic handling of intimate moments. The scene where Aunn and Zara were pulling each other’s hair, had the potential of becoming awkward, but it came off as such a natural, playful moment – beautifully executed by Haissam, Osman and Maya.
From Aunn’s moment of triumph to his uncomprehending exasperation over his family’s change in manner, this was Osman’s episode to shine, and shine he did. Barring those never-ending gazes that have yet to work their magic on me, Osman was stellar here. Maya is the perfect Zara to Osman’s Aunn, and is generally doing a good job. It was good to see Mukarram back for a couple of minutes. Needless to say even in those few minutes, Pir Manzar was a riot. Seems like he has definitely set his sights on Shehna – may the Lord help her!
From the likely union of Manzar and Shehna, to a strong possibility of a linkup between Nighat-Jamshed, to all the confusions and misunderstandings that have started making their presence felt in Aunn’s household, seems like there’s quite a bit yet to happen. Picture abhi baaqi hai mere dost … looking forward!
Written by SZ