Ok, that’s it … I am washing my hands off this one! This was pretty much the only thing I was watching with some modicum of interest these days and ab woh bhi gaya … Hot or not, Mr ‘Sham is such a wishy washy wimp that to see two otherwise sane ( ok that might be an exaggeration but you get my drift) ladies fighting over such a loser – aur woh bhi itne josh se – is now turning into pure torture. Can we be done with this farce now, please ?!?! Needless to say the past few of episodes of Shuk have proven to be a master class in how to take a potentially riveting plot and turn it into one of the most inane stories ever.
‘Sham, Sania, Sehrish – where are the nuanced characters I enjoyed and who are these caricatures standing in their place? After this latest episode I feel personally let down by the entire team. If this is what Shuk had to come down to, two biwis duking it out over who gets to make chai/coffee/khana/nashta for their very un-heroic hubby, then why build up our hopes for a story where we met grey characters, all of whom were evolving with time. Now, those fifty shades of grey seem to be a thing of the past, and all we are left with is a tug of war between two looney tooney sautans and one seriously confused shohar sahab.
While I applaud Samira for giving us a story where at one time or the other we have felt every character’s struggles and seen things play out from various perspectives, this senseless stretching out has washed away every last bit of my empathy for of these characters and their self created problems. Similarly Yasir has done a commendable job of taking the viewers on a suspense filled ride. Today for instance, I really thought Sehrish had kidnapped Rumi, but the problem now is that after watching so much of ‘Sham-Sehrish-Sania jhig jhig. when the other shoe dropped I could care less about Yasir’s skill in creating that suspense. Aisha, Adeel, Sanam and Bilal were spot on as usual but even their stellar performances are not enough now to keep me watching. At this point all I can think of is how many episodes more for this one to end? How many more twists more in store for us? The way things stand now I think these three fully deserve each other. Laro maro jo karna hai karo…bas hamein bakhsh do!
There were some very real issues here – childlessness, post-natal depression, compromise vs love in a marriage, importance of trust, need for communication – all of which were effectively sidelined in this need to provide one filmy twist after another. I know complaining is as good as bhains ke aagey been bajaana, but I hope that somewhere out there some wise soul will eventually realize this trend of 20+ episodes is killing the art of story telling. Shuk is a perfect example of things gone seriously awry, this one could have been a great serial if it had ended last week. Sadly wishes are not horses ….
Written by SZ~