Loved, loved, loved this latest episode! Now this is what I call drama and full on entertainment – Yasir, Samira and the cast and crew, take a bow!
Much of what happened today was not unexpected, but the way it transpired and sensitivity with which each character’s dilemma was highlighted was truly applause worthy. Unlike what we see on our screens these days Shuk is not a one note black or white damnation of characters, rather the way Samira and Yasir have played it here, we see not only the black and white but are also privy to all the various shades of gray that make up a relationship. We knew ‘Sham was less than thrilled with Sehrish’ outburst at Ali’s house, but the heated exchanges between this once loving couple were something else entirely. There was no resort to OTT screaming or the same old tired typical dialogues. ‘Sham made his anger and disillusionment known in no uncertain terms, and Sehrish…. well …. lets just say that Sehrish is now left to try and figure out how to clean this mess of her own making.
While I am just as annoyed with Sehrish as ‘Sham is, it is to Samira, Yasir and but of course Ayesha Khan’s credit, that even as you wanna hate her, you also feel for this woman. For someone who lived a golden life and had always gotten what she wanted, her initial inability to bear a child and later her unfortunate miscarriage were two very bitter pills to swallow. These insecurities blinded her to such an extent that eventually all rationale was left behind. That her actions would ruin Sania’s marriage was something that did not even figure in Sehrish’ convoluted thought process, and is very telling of Sehrish’ state of mind. All that mattered to her was to protect her turf from a perceived threat. The very basic fact that Sania was never a threat to her marriage was something that never entered her mind or rather so fluently was she played by her BFF from hell that everything else ceased to matter. Now that ‘Sham has actually voiced her worst fears will she find the wherewithal to face up to the havoc her selfish, unthinking actions have caused? More importantly, even if everything were to be fixed, will her relationship with ‘Sham ever go back to being the way it used to be?
At the other end from Sehrish is Sania. While Sehrish was fighting tooth and nail to save her relationship (in her own mind) Sania just walked away from it all with barely a protest – arrey yaar, bete ki khaatir hi stand ley leti! Though her behavior was in keeping with what we have seen of Sania so far, I would’ve liked to have seen her stand and ground and refuse to leave … or at least waited till the next day. But then that is Sania for you.. her hurt is as palpable as is her naivete. Every time I watch I alternate between wanting to give her a huge hug and wanting to give her a hard shake. What I love about Sania as a character is that a slight misstep here or there and she could have easily turned into yet another roti dhoti, kismat ki maari mazloom aurat, but Yasir and Sanam have kept this character tightly in check and kudos to them for bringing this very complex character to life ever so beautifully.
Like the chalk and cheese ladies, we also have two very different male characters. While Ali is quick to bluster and is the kind who acts first and thinks later, ‘Sham was the one who thought first and reacted later. But the events of the past few episodes seemed to have turned ‘Sham inside out as well. The more Sehrish goaded him, the more he pushed back. Gone was that laid back husband who could easily overlook his wife’s irrationality. What is interesting here is that while Sehrish is the obvious culprit in this situation, unknowingly ‘Sham too has played a part in messing up not only Sania’s life but his life as well. Adeel is magnificent as Ehtesham – again applause for Yasir and his actor for keeping ‘Sham from becoming a screaming caricature. For his part, Jibran seems to be have the most uni-dimensional character of all, but I’m hoping that like we saw earlier, Ali will surprise us once again.
Moving forward, the big question is where do these couples go from here. Ali has been to visit the lawyers, Sania seems to have accepted the status quo and is already thinking of a new life with Rumi, and Sehrish and ‘Sham’s relationship seems to have reached a point of no return…. Looking forward to seeing what the writer/director duo has in store for us next.
Whether they stay together or break up, there is no doubt that these four will move on with their lives… but what about the unwitting victim of this whole story – Rumi. Bilal Khan as Rumi is undoubtedly the star of the show. Love the chemistry he enjoys with all his co-actors and all his scenes are a joy to watch.
Looking forward to next week I hope we see less of Aqeel Bhai’s family and more of this consistently coherent storytelling.
Written by SZ~