Every storm is followed by a period of eerie calm, where everything seems deathly calm. Look closer and there are signs galore all is not as quiet as it appears at first glance. Minor cracks widening into irreparable craters and flying sparks transforming into raging fires – the aftereffects causing more damage than the storm itself. Sehrish’s accusations were intended to hurt Sania and somehow remove her from ‘Sham’s life, what happened though was that it was not just Sania, ‘Sham, Ali, his mother, and Rumi who suffered, but Sehrish herself as well. Today, while Sania still has Rumi, his hugs keeping her warm at night, Sehrish finds herself standing on the outside, alone and cold. ‘Sham has made his intentions very clear – he wants to have nothing to do with a home wrecker.
This latest episode zoomed in to offer a more detailed look at Sania’s life as she struggles to put her life together after Ali cuts her out of his life. While Sania is obviously suffering, Ali too is begining to feel the heat – his mother is upset and Rumi refuses to have anything to do with him. Much like Sehrish, he too acted in the heat of the moment and now the import of his rashness is gradually dawning on him. Caught between these two adults is Rumi. While it is now impossible for his wish to come true – that his mother and father be together. One can only wonder what lies in store for this little munchkin – mom or dad? Why does life ask such difficult questions?
While Sehrish and Ali take the cake for getting caught up in the heat of the moment and allowing themselves to be swayed by others, she by Maham and Atif and he by his mother, ‘Sham too is thinking with his heart not his head. Yes, he’s furious with Sehrish, but then what is he accomplishing by tailing Sania? As a newly divorced woman, nothing is more precious to Sania then her reputation and her son, and ‘Sham’s present actions are bound to fan gossip rather than allying rumors of their alleged affair. Has he stopped even for a minute consider the repercussions of his impulsive behavior? It is high time that cooler heads prevailed all around and everybody stopped pointing fingers and take a good hard look at themselves. There might be a difference in degrees but all are guilty... is hamam main sab nangey hain.
It is to Samira’s credit for creating characters and situations which resonate with viewers. Yasir and his talented cast and crew bring this fictional tale to life with such verve that it is easy to recognize the Mahams, Atifs, Sehrishs, Sanias, Alis and ‘Shams who live in and around us. While Maham seems to have disappeared after lagao-ing the first teeli, Atif did make a brief appearance today. Just that one scene was enough to remind me why I hate this couple so much – uff! They’d better notcross my path anytime soon. High time ‘Sham stopped acting like a stalker and refocused one his work. Aisa na ho ke shaadi ke saath saath naukri bhi khatam ho jaye! Adeel, Sanam, Ayesha, Jibran, Vajdaan, and the rockstar Bilal, all have been fabulous!
As a story Shuk has come into its own. Fifteen episodes in and we still have no clue where these two couples are going to end up. That said, unlike the thrill ride of the past few weeks, this was a much slower episode, with some very long scenes. While the closeup look into Sania’s personal nightmare kept me interested, I would have liked to have seen less of bechari Sania and more of Sehrish. Ali too remains closed off to us a character. It is very hard to look behind the taciturn, gruff man we see in front of us. Surely there is more to him than this? Where are the moments when he reflects? What does he think? Wish we could’ve been privy to some of his private thoughts.
Overall, so far so good…but where do these four people go from hereon forward? Your thoughts?