After watching Romaisa for four weeks – vacant eyes, deadpan voice, robotic mannerisms, inability to process basic information, and below average IQ – I have come to conclude that our gaaye is on some serious dope…there is no other earthly reason why a regular person would behave like she does. Romaisa needs serious help…can someone please check her in a rehab facility? Thank you!
As if Romaisa isn’t bad enough on her own, we have her ‘ishq mein andha boss Nabeel. The fact that he gifted her a Blackberry makes me question the soundness of his mental faculties as well. Theek hai, he is totally smitten by this new hire, but surely even a blind man can see this gaaye is simply incapable of operating such a complex phone … dher saare button aur woh bhi itne chote chote! Add to that the fact that he chose to give her this pyaar ki pehli nishani in the tackiest gift bag ever has now sealed the deal for me. Romaisa and Nabeel deserve each other. She wants a Prince Charming and dreams of living in a swanky castle and he wants a woman who is pure as driven snow. Does a functioning brain figure anywhere this equation – no it does not!
Like last week, today too I was gritting my teeth at all the office scenes. Rather than a respectable place of business, Nabeel’s office seemed like a hotbed of cheap gossip and sleezy pickup lines. Going by the fact that Nabeel spends so much time shooting the breeze with Rabia, ghaur-karing over Kaukab and Nayyab, playing business adviser to Hamna, riding horses during business hours, buying gifts for office help, making late-night calls to secretaries, and sharing every thought that flits through his pea sized brain with his much saner brother, I seriously wonder where and how our hero sahab finds even a second to think about his much vaunted successful business!
Unlike his bubble brained elder brother, Zeeshan is so much saner. Looking at his family it’s not hard to figure out why he prefers to keep his distance from the rest of the loony toons. Ever since we’ve met them, all this khandaan thinks and talks about is the used car and Nabeel’s shaadi! Kiya yaar, have these airheads forgotten the really important stuff – what to wear at the next ladies lunch or worry about which designer bag to buy next?! As if his family is not bad enough, becharey ki biwi is also off in the head. Every single conversation of theirs invariably begins and ends with Nabeel. Why can’t these two talk about something else for a change – aur kuch nahin tau mausam ka haal? Zeeshan, my friend, here’s a muft mashwara – dump her. I can assure you there will a long line of women at your door within seconds. Trust me not everybody is as blind as she is! Yes, blindness is the theme so far…. we have an oblivious to the world heroine, her khala’s family blinded by the smell of money, the hero blinded by love, and his family by greed.
But khair, all is not lost. Apart from Zeeshan, the other character shining brightly is Aliya – love her pragmatic take on life. No bekaar ka sharmana, ghabrana, thandi saansein bharna for this girl. Nope, none of that. She is a straight shooter and has no qualms whatsoever. I loved the scene where Aliya took Romaisa’s new phone to show her mother and then cleverly manipulated the situation such that she ended up with the phone. You go girl! You certainly deserve that phone more than your gaaye of a cousin! Sanam Jung is very flat here, making it impossible to feel an iota of sympathy/empathy for Romaisa. Mansha Pasha on the contrary is fabulous!
In terms of the bigger picture, the story did move a bit and scene is now set for Romaisa and Nabeel’s relationship to take off. I refuse to call their track a love story because for me this is as far removed as can be from the purity of that particular emotion. While I am not on board with the story and have a huge problem with the ever-present background music, I enjoyed the flow of the narrative, as it transitioned smoothly from Romaisa’s family to Nabeel’s. The scenes involving the two brothers and Aliya’s moments were very well done. The thing I find interesting here is the movement within scenes. Even if the dialogues are repetitive, the director tries to make sure scene itself is not. For instance, today we saw Hamna and her mom talking about Tayyaba and Nayab, and though one side of my mind shut down upon hearing the same old, the other side enjoyed the fact that we saw them walking though the hallway then moving on to the couch, adding some much-needed visual interest to an otherwise boring and long scene. Similarly, in his first phone conversation with Nabeel, Zeeshan walked through the sliding doors, bent down to pet the dog, and the scene ended with him seated on the reclining chair.
Unfortunately though, despite these touches from the director and her DOP, and some great acting by Mansha, Farah Shah, Adeel Husain and others, the overall impression is that of boredom. Moreover, in a story like this it is vital the heroine come through big time – sadly so far Sanam Jung has failed to deliver. So yeah, I’m not sold… how about you all?
Written by SZ~