In true Numm fashion even as this latest installment answered some long-standing questions, revealed new sides to characters we thought we knew pretty well, it also introduced a whole set of new questions. While I enjoyed the twists and turns and applaud the writer for holding our interest, I am just about at the end of my tether with all the technical snafus. After the first few episodes I had willed myself to overlook the newcomers’ acting, but now Fawad’s mumbling and Sania’s over-long scenes are also getting seriously annoying. Team Numm agar aur kuch nahin tau kam az kam meherbani farma kar mute the background score when Wali speaks/mumbles and trim some of Mahjabeen’s long walks. If not, then please mail me a bottle of Aleve before the next episode airs – thank you!!
To return to this latest episode, after focusing on Wali last week, the spotlight was trained on Mahjabeen’s story. The mystery, the kaun, kyon, kaise surrounding Qasim was finally put to rest. Yes, he was Mahjabeen and Alamgir’s son. That Baray Sahab is in the dark about his other grandson seems to indicate that Qasim’s existence was a well-kept secret, one that Mahjabeen and Alamgir guarded with their lives. After Alamgir’s death, Qasim was kept hidden, leading Mahjabeen to sneak around to meet him. It is this love for her son that compels her to concoct an illness. As a mother I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for Mahjabeen to play caretaker to another woman’s son when her own child was left to others’ whims.
While Mahjabeen’s motivations might have been clear to her, Neelam has a very different take on this situation. Since day one it has been very difficult for her to wrap her head around Wali and Mahjabeen’s relationship. Even now, despite reassurances from Baray Sahab and Wali, Neelam continues to be wary of Mahjabeen’s status in Wali’s life – is she a mere vani or is she his wife? It is this insecurity that makes her goad Wali, lash out at Mahjabeen, and lead her to contemplate her own place in Wali’s life. Is she going to have to play the second fiddle to Mahjabeen for the rest of her life?
As for Wali, no matter what he might say to Neelam or how curtly he responds to Mahjabeen’s phone calls, the fact of the matter is that when he sees her he is gentleness personified. Though he warns Neelam to tread carefully as far as his relationship with his vani is concerned, the truth of the matter is that he himself is very confused and does not know what to make of it. When he is away from the house and alone with Neelam, he seems to enjoy indulging in light-hearted flirtatious banter with her. With Mahjabeen around, his behavior is unfathomable – not only to Mahjabeen and Neelam, but to himself even. Now with Qasim having entered the picture it will be interesting to see how Wali reacts to this new contender for not only Mahjabeen’s affections, but also Baray Sahab’s jaidad.
In terms of writing this was a very good episode, but the onscreen narration is really faltering. Like previous episodes, there were some really good moments. The scene with Sarmad and Sania was excellent, even though the lighting was all off. I loved the look Mahjabeen gave Alamgir when he talked about Amtul being a highly educated woman, one who could plead his case convincingly in front of the elders…. wonder what he would’ve said had he lived to see Amtul’s state in the present.
Focusing in on the painting of two women while Neelam contemplated her situation was a nice touch, but the fact that we had just heard the entire conversation just a few minutes ago rendered the whole scene redundant. What was the point of repeating it? Instead, why not have Neelam think back to her conversation with Mahjabeen’s doctor. It would have been nice to have heard, if not seen, what had transpired between the two. On that note when did Neelam run into the doctor? I also found the Mahjabeen and Neelam confrontation too OTT and filmy for my liking. Also clarified in this episode was the fact that Wali had indeed changed houses to please Neelam. Why and when that happened was strangely left out. Rather than all the long scenes, why did we not see them moving or talking about the move? Was this the farmhouse that Baray Sahab had gifted Neelam?
In terms of sound, this was yet another mediocre episode. Apart from the inaudible lines, and the still loud background score, the scene where Neelam overhears Baray Sahab talking to his policeman crony was really badly done. In terms of editing, the Mahjabeen scenes in particular need a serious trimming. Again, the shot of Mahjabeen looking out of a window, with grillwork that evoked a sense of her being imprisoned and the look back to times when her freedom was almost ending, was well done, but the scene itself was painfully long, ruining the impact of that fabulous framing and flashback. In terms of acting, Sania and Sarmad are just too good together, and their brief scene together was the highlight of the episode for me.
Is it too much to ask for a better edited episode next week? Mumkin hai Numm waley mera review parh lein? Mumkin hai koi meri baat sun le?
Written by SZ~
Numm ~ Episode 12