Three weeks ago, when I decided to review this serial on a weekly basis, I promised myself I would watch this one with my brain in the off mode. Having learnt my lesson well, I was not going to harp on the predictable plot, omnipresent stereotypes and black and white characterizations. Nope. Instead, I decided, I would sit back and enjoy this just as much as I had those long forgotten Harlequin romances. Remember those? No matter how intelligent, good-looking or rich the hero might be, there was never a doubt that he would fall for the dumbest, read vacuous beyond belief, girl to cross his path. That the girl in question was beautiful was always a given. As any dedicated reader of such fluff would tell you, the only way to fully enjoy these stories was to never question the logic of anything – go with the flow… that was the mantra.
Now to today’s episode… As per my decision I did not question the boy meets girl premise, will not tell you how aggravated I got seeing hamari gaaye of a heroine get the job while other qualified candidates went home, just because they were not pretty enough. Nope, none of that. See, I was determined. I was just going to go with the flow… or so I kept telling myself … but seriously, there has to be a limit to how far we the audiences are expected to go with the flow. Even if I overlook that jaw clenching moment of Romaisa’s interview, I still can’t swallow that all of Nabeel’s family are going bonkers over a used car. Yes, I get that it was a fancy car, but hello! I would’ve gotten it if Nabeel were handing out keys to his summer shack in the Hamptons, or an old condo on the Upper East Side, or even a ratty old flat in Knightsbridge, chalo aur kuch nahin tau apney Defence mein hi ek bangla… but a used car?? Sorry, even my almost switched off brain refused to cooperate here. Added to the car issue we have Nabeel sahab lecturing his family over dinner, doolha bhai hitting on Nabeel’s secretary, bhabhi inviting her sister, Hamna going on and on, aur tau aur even naukars and secretaries bitching about their bosses ….Nope, not going down as easy as I had envisioned. Despite my best efforts I am having issues with Nabeel, his family and his help staff – the only saving grace here is Zeeshan. Maybe he too will have his moments later on … after all ussi khandan ka hai. So far though he is the only one who seems “real” and relatable to me.
In sharp contrast to Nabeel’s family, I find Romaisa’s side of the family so much more colorful and fun to watch. Yes, they are crazy coots as well, but at least the khala was nice enough to let Romaisa keep a couple thousand of her earnings... na bhi deti tau Romaisa ne konsi shikayat kar leni thi?! I so agree with Aliya … gaaye … yes that’s the perfect way to describe our OTT masoom heroine. Compared to her soti jaagti cousin, Aliya is so alive and her joie de vivre a pleasure to behold. Aliya has an opinion on everything and anything. From Romaisa’s job and how she deserves a cut from her cousin’s paycheck, to telling Shabana off for complaining about the mangni stuff, this girl just refuses to shut her trap for a minute. And its not just Aliya, her mother and three sisters make for such a welcome contrast to Nabeel’s leechar family. Haan theek hai ke these ladies are not going straight to jannat, but at least they are the seena thonk ke greedy types … not the ghunna meesna kinds like you know who.
Overall, while the story stalled after the first takra, as in nothing else happened, and all we got was further solidification of already established character traits, the narrative remained smooth, no jumps in continuity or over long scenes, and the story transitioned easily from one side of the track to the other. Saniya Shamshad was good in her brief outing, but her character brings nothing new to the story. Even before this episode we got that Nabeel was the catch of the century, so why add more weight to an already sagging ship? I very much doubt the story will be able to do justice to all the namoonas in Nabeel’s family.
In terms of acting Mansha Pasha and Farah Shah were once again the stand outs, closely followed by Mehreen and Javeria, the girls playing khala’s other daughters, Shazia and Asiya (?) respectively. I am yet to be swayed by Sanam Jung’s Romaisa. I am so glad that unlike last week, this week’s flashback moment showed a younger Romaisa, thus retaining its poignancy. Mikaal looks the part of a debonair businessman, but something about his Nabeel remains off for me. By contrast I really like Adeel’s Zeeshan. The scene between Nabeel and Zeeshan was very nicely done. Mira Sethi is yet to make her mark and her inane dialogues are not making her task any easier. Last week it was SRK and this week Nabeel. Woman, you need quit drooling over aira ghairas, borrow my nazar ka chashma and take a good hard look at your own hottie of a husband ASAP … itni naaqadri theek nahi hai!
Given that this one is almost certainly going to be 22+ episode serial I am not holding my breath for too much to happen too fast, but that’s okay, just give the two hunks more screen time and I might just be able to convince my brain to shut off completely.
Written by SZ~