Where last week we got an up close and personal look at Khelu and his akkhar mizaaji, this week the narrative zoomed out to pan all that followed from our anokha ladla’s khaaney par takrar.
In what is fast becoming a signature feature of this serial, this latest episode too opened with a long drawn opening sequence, where our angry young hero sahab’s khaaney ke baarey mein ghussa refused to abate. So severe was his naraazgi that even Shano’s haath ki pakki hui roti could not placate him.Ultimately, like all fussy children who behave similarly, our hero sahab went to bed still angry and hungry. Thankfully he woke up the next morning in a much better mood sparing us further tantrums over nashta.
Though Khelu woke up in better spirits, his akkhar mizaaji was still very much in evidence as he made no effort to meet and greet Shano’s parents, his khaala and khalu. I don’t know about you all, but so far Mr. Khelu is not seeming like that great a catch and I don’t really blame the girl’s parents for having second and third thoughts about this match. Come to think of it, isn’t apne daktar sahab a better match for her then the attitude and ghussey se bhara Khelu?
Khair, regardless of whether I or her amma n abba approve of Khelu or not, one look at her hot bachpan ka mangetar and apni Shano was totally smitten. Their first takra was a beautifully done sequence with the light bathing Adnan in an almost other worldly glow – very nicely executed indeed! Clearly Shano had found her sapnon ka shehzada. Such was the power of their pehli baar nazron ka milna, ke our soft and compromising Shano had no problems standing up to her mother.
The showdown between the mother and her once compliant daughter was a powerful scene and both Mahira and Samiya did really well here. Samiya Mumtaz, Rasho, has not had much to say so far, but I am mesmerized by her performance to date. The hate in every face and the suppressed anger in her body language every time anybody mentions Khalil’s rishta with Shano, or her coldness when she was talking to Khalil, her conniving smile when she tells her husband to let Khalil’s parent’s come to their house for Shano’s rishta, or her venomous tone when scolding her daughter, all very fleeting moments but ever so exquisitely performed, giving so much insight in to this otherwise quiet woman’s character.
If Samiya Mumtaz is magnificent as Rasho then Rehan Sheikh is not lagging far behind. Again, like in his wife’s case, I feel appearances are deceiving and Khalu Amin is nobody’s fool. He might appear like a bumbling seedha saadha baleela driving bewaqoof, but the way he fended off the rishta talk was very sharply done. Earlier too, when talking to another rishtedar, the way he had inquired about the Kuwait wala nephew was quite indicative that while Rasho might have her own issues about this rishta, khalu ji bhi thekedaar hain kuch kam nahin. Love the little nuances he’s added to his character: the constant finger in his ear is so fabulously annoying, as are his car and his car driving skills, the tightly held steering wheel is a great touch. Not so great though is his croaking voice.
While the begining of the shaadi festivities was all about greeting Khelu, the ending was signified by a another drawn out meet and greet session, this time saying khuda hafiz to Shano. One of the most fun sequences had to be the race between Khalu and Khelu. Loved how ammi ji gave instructions from the side – kraas maar!
The episode ended with one last exchange of hot n heavy nazars between the aashiq and mashooq. Ab waiting to see to see when then the next takra happens. Going by ammi ji and aaba ji’s khatarnaak iraadas it seems like despite Khelu’s airy assurances there will quite a few khaddas waiting for him on this path of true love.
So yeah, overall a much better episode than last week as the serial is gradually coming into its own. The pace picked up appreciably and things seemed to moving quite smoothly. That said, I would still like to see tighter editing, the opening scenes in particular need to be trimmed quite a bit. Similarly the shaadi scenes were fun, but all needed to be just a tad bit shorter. While the story is gearing for take off what is keeping me hooked is the colorful ambiance of the rural landscape. The marching band at the shaadi, baraat going from one gali to another, various rasams, fluttering jhandis, string lights, the ubiquitous shaadi mubarak sign, men sleeping on khaats on terraces, all were very nicely done. Even though the diya lit stairs and Mahira going up the said stairs had me thinking abhi aag lagey gi, it did make for a stunning shot. Kudos to the director, art director and DOP for getting the feel and the atmosphere of a village shaadi just right.
One final thought, typically our dramas are based on a writer’s imagination or his/her observations, but in this case given this Khalil ur Rehman Qamar’s own story, I can’t help but wonder if we would have found the hero quite as charming had he not been written with such panache, to say nothing nothing of the writer’s indulgent affection for this character, would our heroine have appeared just as guileless, or would Rasho have seemed quite as cold and venomous? I wonder what the real life Rasheeda and Amin would have to say about their portrayals? Would we be watching a very different story if we were to see it from their perspective?
Written by SZ~