By the time this final episode ended I had a steady stream of tears making its way down my face. Never in a million years did I ever think ke a serial I had raved and ranted about with just as much passion, a drama I loved and hated in equal measures would end on such a note. Wali’s death was as foregone conclusion but I never thought it would affect me so.
Thank you Team Numm! Thank you for these 40 minutes of non-stop laughter … you just made it so much more easy to bid farewell to one of the most bipolar serials of recent times!
So yea, if it isn’t clear already, I am way beyond disappointed at how this serial ended. No, I don’t mean the story itself, that reached its logical conclusion, rather my beef lies with the way it was executed. I know direction has gone up, down, left, right and center all throughout, but up until today every episode had a few brilliant moments scattered here and there which would help assuage my general annoyance. This time around though the finale was just a complete washout.
Lets just take Wali’s death scene for instance …. thanks to the teasers we already knew Wali was going to be killed, but what the heck was this harking back to the ’70s to show people climbing over walls and taking aim from behind convenient hiding spots. And if it was so dark the shooters couldn’t distinguish between Wali and Qasim then isn’t it surprising as to how they got in a perfect shot? Though Fawad looked absolutely adorable propped up against the pillar, I have yet to see such a neat and perfectly positioned shooting victim, only one bloody blob, smack dab in the center of his chest, marring his otherwise pristine white kameez. Qasim climbing over the wall and calling out to the by now long gone shooters was beyond funny. Did he really expect Baray Sahab’s goons to be still hanging around, waiting to hand him their calling card from the other side of the wall?
Nothing from the calm that followed Wali’s death hinted that there was any immediate danger to Mahjabeen or Qasim’s life, otherwise Wail’s shooters could have just as easily stormed in the house at that time and killed everybody in sight. So why then was Mahjabeen in such panic mode when she arrived at Rahat’s house? Everything that followed from thereon defies any kind of description or explanation. This was Kanza’s worst performance to date. Before we got to that epic scene, however, we had to spend a lot of time watching poor Neelam suffer through labor pains. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t she say in the previous episode that Dr. Baji had asked her to get admitted in the hospital?
And yes, while on Dr. Baji, we of course could not say goodbye to Numm without seeing Dr. Baji flick her hair back one last time. I rewound her scene twice to confirm that she actually had the temerity to ask Rahat to have Wali to come see her! Dr. Baji, yaar aap ne tau had kar di! Jokes aside, please please, please, refrain from showing us working women on TV if such caricatures are what we’re going to get.
The one good thing that did happen today was that this was a Minahil free episode. This absence then begs the question as to the point of all those useless scenes: Minahil recording conversations on the sly, references to her being such a gadget guru.. sab bekar? All loose ends leading to nowhere? And why just Minahil, there were so many questions, unfulfilled promises, tangled threads … all just conveniently shoved under the rug.
What happened to Qasim? How did Mahjabeen end up as Wali’s vani? Was she ever married to Alamgir? What happened to Dilawar? How did they keep Qasim’s existence a secret from Baray Sahab? How did Neelam’s dad die? Who was Allah Rakhi whose grave Wali was offering fateha at? Who was this man we saw walking in the promos? How come Neelam never got the two dogs that Baray Sahab had promised her? So many questions Team Numm walked away from..
The biggest question that remained unanswered was undoubtedly the one related to Wali and Mahjabeen’s relationship. For me personally the exact status of their relationship was a moot point. To me theirs was a bond that needed no spelling out. They shared something which went beyond words and labels. Even in the disaster of an episode today, the one thing that stood out was Mahjabeen’s heartbreak. Of all the people in Wali’s life, his vani was the only who actually mourned Wali’s death.
Talking about Wali and Mahjabeen brings up the reason why I and many others did not give up on this serial. Sania and Fawad were pure magic together. While Fawad Khan did a fabulous job bringing the very complicated Wali to life, it was Sania Saeed who stole the entire kit and caboodle as Mahjabeen. No matter how bad Numm got, no matter who her co-actor was in the scene, Sania always managed to shine. I just wish Team Numm hadn’t turned Mahjabeen into the butt of so many jokes by their padding of episodes with her walking and looking in the mirror scenes.
Amid all the repeated scenes, lame scenes, long scenes, OTT scenes … har qisam ke bekaar scenes, there were also those scenes that many of us remember fondly. The chess scene, one when Wali was being whetted by Baray Sahab’s political cronies, another where Wali asserted himself by firing Mahjabeen and the servants, the anchal scene, Wali standing behind Mahjabeen when Neelam was being a brat on the wedding night, Amtul in the opening scene, Amtul, Neelam and Wali together, the scene where Mahjabeen waited on Wali, Neelam and Baray Sahab as they ate their meal, the phone call scenes between Wali and Mahjabeen, the clarification scene … I’m sure there are many others that I am forgetting here, but the line that will probably stay with me longest … ek shohar apni biwi ki muhabbat lauta raha hai …
To wrap up, suffice it to say that for a serial that started on a very high note, Numm oscillated between extremes a bit too frequently, not to mention too comfortably. A very promising story, some of the best actors in the business, a lovely OST, and an experienced director at the helm, all these elements together should have made for a mega hit.
Sania Saeed, Fawad Khan, Usman Peerzada and Farah Shah brought their characters alive so very beautifully, essaying all the complexities ever so exquisitely. Unfortunately though, production problems, editorial snafus, technical shortcomings, inexperienced actors, all played a large part in dragging this serial down. While we will never know how and when it all started going wrong, it is sad to see a potential mega hit concluding on such a lame note.
As I sign off, a huge round of applause out to all the dedicated ranters and ravers – you guys were absolutely fab! What with all the mumkins, the Numm-oonas, the fazooliyat, I don’t think there was a single muscle twitch that went unnoticed and un-commented. A big thank you also to the Numm FB page -good, bad or ugly, the FB page admins never shirked from posting the reviews. Their active interaction with all Numm fans made for a lot of hilarious discussions here on the blog, and added that much more spice to our discussions.
I am now looking forward to our last big Numm discussion as you all share your take on this 18 week journey with Numm, and rant and rave about your memorable Numm moments, and talk about your favorite Numm-oona I am not sure how many from the Numm team were following our discussions, but for those who were, we would love to hear from you…. let the Numm after-party begin!
Written by SZ~