Is there ever a marriage that comes with a 100% money back guarantee of a happily-ever-after? How are parents to go about ensuring their daughter’s marital happiness? Who is to figure out who among all the guys out there is worthy of marrying their daughter? Where and how are elders and guardians to find a guy who will be faithful to their daughter? Do they trust friends and family members to help them with their search for a suljha hua, sharif aur khandani larka? But then is it ever possible to fully know somebody well enough to provide an assurance about their character? Bi Jaan thought she knew her son inside out – after all who would know a man more than his own mother or so she thought – and so she had no problems in marrying off her precious Haya to her son Zavar. How was she to know that her seemingly shareef, munh mein no zaban rakhne wala beta would turn out to be a cheat and a pathological liar? Such are the kinds of questions that kept coming up as I watched a relatively slow paced, but well-narrated third episode of Ahista Ahista.
That a been-there-done-that story can compel me to think about the various characters and their motivations is to the credit of the writer and the director. It is Haseeb Hasan’s belief in his characters that translates itself into how the story comes across on the screen, and the actors are playing their parts well enough to get me thinking about their kyon, kaise, kab.
After his harkats Zavar deserves to be called all kinds of names and more, but what I enjoying here is the way Adnan Siddiqui has played this total loser. The manner with which Zavar walks around with the most majboor-est, mazloom-est look ever is something that all the bechari bahus of drama land could learn from. Yaani ke hud hoti hai! Jhoot pe jhoot yeh sahab boley jaa rahey hain, magar nakhrey aisey hain ke you feel haaye, kitna zulm hua hai is ke saath! Herein lies the skill of the actor where even though we know he should be playing the lead in Jhoota No. 1, we can see how deluded this man is… does he really think he can get away with this idiocy?
And miyan ser tau [pehli] biwi sava ser … Can someone please explain to me why is Sophia so clingy? How irritating was she with her rona dhona – tum wapis aa jao main tumhen kabhi tung nahin karoongi?! How old is she? 3?? Doesn’t this woman have any dost, rishtedar, co-workers, a cleaning lady or two, some muhalley wale perhaps? Why is she so farigh, a no-lifer? It is only ’cause of Sarwat that I am putting up with Sophia. I sincerely hope we are provided an explanation for her behavior somewhere along the line, warna tau Sophia seems pretty certifiable.Khair for now she’s happy because her Zoyi is back and she has utaro-ed his nazar and all… ab lets see how long her happiness lasts. With biwi no.2 on her way over to the US of A , something hamarey masoom tareen Zoyi never seemed to have thought about, all I can say is ke shohar sahab had better practice his quickstep – ASAP!
As for biwi no.2 … ab what to say. I felt really bad for her when Zavar ignored her outstretched hand and unceremoniously handed her the ring, and then oopar se he had the gumption to give her a lecture about looking after Bi Jaan. Bhai sahab have you looked in the mirror recently, zara ghor se? How much of khayal rakho-ing have you been doing in the past few years? Since when does lying on a daily basis count as caring for your mother? Compounding his sins further, Zavar bought stuff for biwi no.1, conveniently igonring the fact that he was now shohar no.1 to biwi no.2. It was only after his mother’s reminder that he bought Haya some clothes as well. Talking about clothes, what the heck happened to Haya’s young hep dressing? Why is she now looking more like an aunty suited for the uncle she is married to? That said, I thought her white outfit at the dinner was very becoming. Mawra looked beautiful as the young bride. She has done a great job so far as Haya. Biwi no.1 Sarwat’s Sophia, on the other hand, hasn’t had much to do except whine endlessly, but with Haya on her way I look forward to seeing how the two biwis of the same ek adad shohar deal with the mess their spineless husband has created.
Apart from these three, we also had Bi Jaan now fully recovered and resplendent in her sarees. Again, her lines had me thinking – why do we always tell a biwi to take care of her shohar? Why does she have to stick by him through thick and thin, even when he slacks off? It is attitudes such as this that need to be changed in our society. As it is Haya has started her married life on the wrong foot. To begin with her education was unceremoniously suspended, then she’s been brought up in such a protected bubble and treated like a child, that it is patently unfair of her elders to even think that she is in any way prepared to live abroad with a man she hardly knows, and one who is so much older than her. That the man in question is infinitely more complicated than anybody around him knows, is a whole other deal. I am keen to see how the writer answers all these questions.
The precap promises the next episode to be a relatively more happening one. Lets see how many more lies will Mr Zoyi tell next week. Yes, I’m still watching this one, what about you all?
Written by SZ~
P.S. Since many of us are watching Mere Humdum Mere Dost alongside Ahista Ahista I thought I’d share this.
(The credit for spotting this goes to a dear friend)