I am enjoying the way Samira’s turning her characters left right and inside out here. Up until a couple of weeks ago Ali seemed like the most uni-dimensional kaanon ke kaccha, maa ka dulara, mashriqi mard, for whom mommy dearest was the be all and end all. It had seemed like he heard with her ears, saw through her eyes and when he spoke it was her words that lashed out at Sania and Rumi. But surprise, surprise in the past couple of episodes we’ve seen a different Ali emerge. He might not say it with words, but hidden from his mother’s prying eyes is a heart and brain that has not lost its ability to untangle right from wrong and good from bad. This is excellent direction by Yasir – he’s paced his narrative just right. Just when we thought we had these characters down pat along come twists that turn our previous notions on their head.
Last’s week’s precap had us all wondering about Ali’s response to Sania’s bombshell, but wah! Yet again a potentially explosive situation was nicely defused. Despite her trepidation Sania bit the bullet and shared the details of her past with her husband, who surprised her by taking it all in stride. Communication is the key indeed! Nonetheless unlike what we see in films, real life marriages are never easy as 1+1=2, neither are there any guarantees that an issue which was easily overlooked yesterday would be just as happily ignored today. Looking forward to Ali’s response this time around. He says he doesn’t want Sania to quit, but will hold on to his word once he hears the details of ‘Sham’s accident? I like how we are seeing Ali evolve as a character. Though he doesn’t get as much screen time as the other three, his presence in the story adds that much more tension to the story. Jibran is very effective in portraying the various shades of Ali’s character.
While Ali gets my vote for acting maturely today, Sania is a different story. Yaar… itni bewakoof kaisey ho tum?!? The look on her face, as she walked in at work, was as if she was guilty of a murder or something. Arrey baba jab kuch kiya nahin hai tau darna kaisa? Sania is a perfect example of someone who’s spent more than half her life being stressed about what others think and the rest of her time she’s spent trying to please others. I can only wonder how different her life would’ve been if from day one she’d been respectful but firm with Aunty khaoon khaoon. It is this darpok, ghabreela facet of her personality that caused her to freeze in her spot when Sehrish walked into the hospital room. Sanam was fabulous in that scene… her deer-caught-in-the-headlights expressions were spot on.
Now for my favorite parts … all of ‘Sham and Sehrish’s scenes. How fabulous were Ayesha and Adeel today! The confrontation in the house was perfectly pitched and timed. The high point of that scene has to be ‘Sham’s hurt and angry accusation and Sehrish’s reeling back under the force of that explosion. Finally it was out. No more pussyfooting around the issue – yes, he blamed Sehrish. If Adeel was amazing as the hurting and angry ‘Sham, Ayesha was not lagging behind for even a heartbeat. I said it last week and am happy to reiterate, it is great to have Ayesha back in her groove again. Where do Sehrish and ‘Sham go from here?
From the sublime to the ridiculous – Maham and Atif. Kiya jori banaayee hai rab ne…ek sair tau doosra sava sair! I have yet to come across such a no-lifer, loser couple.Never have I seen an executive stopping so low as to stand around gossiping with coworkers about a senior executive. So busy are they with all their meddling ke lagta hai apney bacchey ko tau bhool hi gaye hain – where is their child? Methinks they should be turned in for parental negligence and sent off somewhere far, far away. But since that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon, ‘Sham and Sehrish are pretty much stuck with this aisey-doston-se-tau-dushman-behter couple. Meher Jaffri and Vajdan Shah are so good they make me wanna do some serious harm to Maham and Atif.
While all this is great and I am totally into the Shuk mode, I do feel there is an opportunity lost here. I’m not sure if Samira will bring this up later, but for me Sehrish’s present situation provided a perfect opening for a broader conversation about postpartum/postnatal depression. Having his mother or sister casually talk to’Sham about the importance of seeking professional help would have be fabulous. Granted Sehrish was insecure to begin with, and is now allowing herself to be played by Maham, but still her depression needs to acknowledged and addressed.
This issue aside, I am counting down to next Saturday. What about you all? What do you forsee happening between Ali and Sania? Will ‘Sham and Sehrish be able to find a band-aid big enough to fix this rip in their relationship? And speaking of band-aids… how cute is Rumi!
Written by SZ~