Candy floss. A fluffy confection, too sweet, colorful, fun, attractive but ultimately insubstantial. You know it’s no good but you still enjoy it. And that’s precisely how I felt about this latest episode. Kaafi mehnat karni pari but the deed is now done. Ab no analyses. No sawaals about yeh aisa kyon hai aur woh waisi kyon hai. No hand wringing about yeh stereotype and woh kaala neela peela -pan. No wondering about what our world class tharki hero sees in our more-of-a-gaaye-than-a-gaaye heroine. Done with sochna aur samjhna … just sitting back, relaxing and enjoying this no-brainer.
On no-brainers, there is no questioning the fact that Aliya is the hero of the serial so far. She is why I tune in week after week, and the reason why I walk away with a smile on my face. Aliya ko na koi dar hai na khauf. Considering that she is a part of a society where landing a good rishta is the be all and end all of a woman’s existence, I love how she is totally bindaas when threatening her fiance that should would have no problems breaking off their engagement. Her adaas and nakhras and eye rolls when on the phone with Nabeel were fabulous. Sad afsoos ke baas wasn’t there in person, warna tau kahan ki gaaye aur kaisi gaaye, he would’ve offered Aliya his heart on a platter right there and then. But sigh! Their meeting was not be and apni Romaisa maidaan maar gayee. Khair Aliya beta fikar not. I hear Lollywood is making a comeback and jab filmain banengi tau naye chehron ki tau zaroorat hogi hi … bas phir kiya …kahan ki Mahira aur kidhar ki Sonam…. Aliya, my friend, you will be the one running around trees and singing songs in the rain with the biggest baas of them all – Fawad Khan! Do I need to add that I adore Mansha as Aliya?!
If Aliya is acting in films, do you think khala ji will be left behind? Naa! Baby ki Mummy ji will be right behind. I can already picture her ordering assistants around: baby ko joos do, baby ko dhoop lag rahi hai, baby thak gayee hai…. Like her daughter, khala too is full on filmy. Though what she does to Romaisa is all wrong it is so much fun to watch her. Loved how she argued the case for handing her niece her old joras. The best thing about khala is that she’s an equal opportunity scolder. So its not just Romaisa, her oldest daughter too gets danto-ed with just as much abandon – how dare she bring up that old story about cut-piece waley joray! Had karti hai larki … maa ko sharminda kar rahi hai! Badtameez na ho tau!
I remember Farah Shah as the glamour girl in Landa Bazar and never did I think then that a day would come when I would be loving her as this middle-aged, loud and overbearing OTT khala. Kudos to Farah Shah for acting out of her skin and to Sakina, the director, for bringing out these performances from Mansha and Farah. I am already dreading the time when khala and her tabbar exit the scene. Zeeshan/Adeel, you’d better be there by then to take up the slack!
While Aliya is a sure shot shoo-in for Fawad ki heroine ka role, hamari gaaye ka tau door door tak aisa koi chance nahin hai. But I guess us ko zaroorat bhi kiya hai … vacuous or not she has managed to snare the most eligible bachelor in town. The long winded lunch scene proved that functioning brains are over-rated, particularly in a woman. All is cool as long as she can look beautiful and make the man feel like a million bucks … and Romaisa ke aagey tau even a 5 year old kid would seem like Arastoo ki aulad. It is interesting to see that even as Romaisa is gradually taking shape as a character Sanam is flailing as actress. That whole lunch scene would’ve been something else if she could have reacted to her tailor-made cues, but all we got were blank stares. Unlike his costar though, Mikaal is now in his element as the laid back charmer.
Laid back though he maybe, Nabeel is no pushover as we saw when he informed his parents of his decision to marry Romaisa. While an important moment in the story, as a scene it felt very flat. The mother resorted to the same old lines that we all know verbatim by now and the father just looked totally out of it. I don’t know about you all but I found that scene so boring that all I could think about was the humidity level in that room, and wonder about this latest trend to turn indoor pools into fully furnished lounging areas. On that note, why does Nabeel conduct all his phone conversations by the pool? Naeem Sahab, Annie Zaidi and Mikaal, all three seemed totally listless there.
Phone calls remind me that I thought it very weird that even as we saw everybody’s reactions, we saw/heard nothing from Zeeshan. We know the two brothers are very close, so I was unable to understand why Nabeel hadn’t broken the news to him first. And yes, I admit I missed Adeel in this episode; why not drop us a crumb or two? Was it that necessary for us to sit through Nabeel and Nayab’s movie/shopping outing? Their conversation in the car has to be the lamest ever! No wonder he bought her that blingy clutch and dumped her. If this twit and her inane chatter were what was in store for him, then he may as well marry a mute bovine! With his choice now public, Nabeel is all set to move to the next phase of his mission manao gaaye.
On Nabeel’s side of the tracks, all the bellyaching about the used car is now a thing of the past. Ab, its all about his ghatiya choice. In Romaisa’s family, the mehenga fon is so far holding center-stage, but by next week it will be all about the fon dene wala bass. Lets see how long it takes for Romaisa to give in to Nabeel’s relentless advances. More than Romaisa response, I am interested Aliya and khala’s reaction to this bum blast of a khabar. So yes, call me simple minded if you will but I enjoyed this one enough to look forward to next week. What about you all?
Written by SZ~