And here we go …. once again Salma Agha to the rescue…. dil ke armaan aansoo-on mein beh gaye ….
Kiya yaar! Is it too much to ask for at least one drama serial to stay the course and not go haywire?! I was quite on board till the fifteenth episode, but since the past week, for me at least, Shuk has lost its claim to being one of the more realistic and relatable serials airing these days. Gone are the grey characters I appreciated and standing in their stead are the stark black and white caricatures I so detest. Much as I am loving the overall look and feel of the serial and the acting of the lead trio – Adeel, Sanam and Bilal – the story and the direction its taking has lost its charm for me.
When we last left off we were hotly debating the various scenarios under which it would be possible for the estranged couple to reconcile and arguing the pros and cons of whether Sania should go back to Ali, but as it turned out hum log hi pagal they taking it all so seriously. In the episode that followed the story took a crazy twist: kahan tau Ali was going all nutso trying to keep Sania away from Rumi and kahan almost overnight he decided ke bas bohot ho gaya and he was done playing mommy to his son and nursemaid to his mother so chalo ji in less than 24 hours all taiyyaris were done. Poor Aunty khaoon khaoon was left to shed tears in an old home, Rumi conveniently dropped off at Sania’s house and our Ali sahab yeh ja woh ja – wah! Just a tad bit OTT, no?
And as if this was not enough, in this latest episode, our stalker seems to think ke since our bechari heroine does not have enough on her plate already tau chalo lets make her life even more difficult. I am sorry but today’s episode had one too many contrived situations for me. We have previously seen Sania and ‘Sham texting like there’s no tomorrow, so why would he now decide to leave her that note is beyond me. I get it ke dramatic license hota hai, but aisa bhi kiya…. And then but of course that note flew off ever so conveniently and all the ensued was as typical as it could get. Though Sania is really annoying me with her mazloomiyat, Sanam is fabulous. I just wish Sania had more going for her. Will this woman ever manage to stand up for herself??
But khair, whether I sympathize with her or not, ‘Sham certainly does. The fact that now Sania has moved bag and baggage into Ehtisham’s house is beyond comprehension. From this point on I am only watching to see how Samira and Yasir manage to tie up the loose ends. With the spotlight squarely trained on to Sania and ‘Sham, poor Sehrish, not that she deserves any sympathy either, has been relegated to the margins. Though I am annoyed with pretty much everybody in this serial now, to be fair I have to say I appreciate the sensitivity with which Samira has portrayed ‘Sham and Sehrish’s relationship at this point. The scene where after initially hesitating, ‘Sham ran after a departing Sehrish was beautifully done.
That said, given today’s developments I don’t think any wife, even she had blind faith in her hubby, would ever believe that ‘Sham and Sania are “just friends.” Hello, even a blind person would have no problems sensing the smoking hot chemistry between ‘Sham and Sania. Adeel makes ‘Sham very believable even though I don’t get who died and left Mr Ehtisham in charge. Adeel and Sanam are so so good together – can we please see them as a proper pair? Humsafar redux?
While I was annoyed as heck at the developments, apney hero, Rumi sahab tau bohot khush they ….it is great that the kid, Bilal, is doing phenomenally well and is cute as heck, otherwise this whole scenario, a 4/5 year old doing all that he has managed to do and continues to do, would have fallen flat on it face a long time ago. Huge props to Yasir for getting such a great performance out of such a young child. Much as Rumi aggravates me, Bilal is beyond adorable and shares a fantastic chemistry with both Sanam and Adeel.
Its a good thing that the actors are fabulous and play their roles with such conviction that one feels for their characters, ’cause otherwise all these twists and turns are kinda difficult to digest. Finally, call me a nitpick if you may, but in a city like Karachi, where people don’t even spare manhole covers, how is it that Sania’s two suitcases were left untouched by the gate?
Written by SZ~