Right from the get go the story of Firaaq had been leaking worse than a sieve, but it was the characterization, execution, and more importantly the actors, two brilliant senior actors in particular, who were helping keep this leaking boat afloat. Come week eight fast forward the story two months for no apparent rhyme or reason, subtract one senior actor, add in some X-files kinda weird sci fi twist, and if that was not enough then chalo ji koi nahin let’s throw in a desi ghee ka tarka or two in the form of some good old fashioned shuk, and there you have it – perfect recipe for a perfect disaster. Bas aaj nahin tau kal is serial ki naiya doobi ke doobi. The countdown has begun…
To begin with, I have watched the episode twice and still fail to get the reason for the leap in time – why?? Rather than helping anything all it did was make an already shaky story seem totally whack. So going by what we saw, it took two months for a brother to inquire about his sister’s whereabouts – really? So much for his much-vaunted brotherly love and so much for his much-touted desire to save Payman from Maa ji’s sitam. Bhai jan, is se tau behtar tha behen ko maa ji ke paas hi rehne detey... no matter how cold and heartless she might have appeared, at least she knew right from day one where her daughter was!
But what to do…bhai jaan tau ek alag hi sample hain. Forget about his sister, its been two months and he still has no clue where his wife is – say what? I guess now that he knows the hiding places for his socks and sundries he has no further need for a wife. *Note to self: Key to a successful marriage is to hide hubby’s laundry in strange place and never tell him the whereabouts of his socks, kyon ke as seen here once bhai jaan found his matching socks he had nothing else to say to bhabhi jaan.* Ab do mahiney baad the loser that he is, bhai jaan aka Rip Van Winkle is finally waking up from his slumber and asking Roomi about his behen and biwi and making inquiries about his late father’s murky past.
In an otherwise crazy kooky episode, Haider uncle and Sham’s sequence was the one that made the most sense and stood out for its logic and coherence. In a sharply written sequence, I liked how Shams started off with referring to her as woh aurat and by the end was calling his mother Maa ji – very nicely done! A huge thank you to all concerned for at least keeping Mazhar Ali around for this episode. In Uzma Gilani’s absence, Mazhar sahab’s calming presence provided a much needed anchor to an otherwise wayward episode.
And on wayward, what the heck was that shuk thingy all about? I already had my doubts about the validity of Imroz’s degree, but now I am convinced ke he’s earned it via some shady fly by night ‘varsity. I don’t know of any self respecting psychologists who go around listening at doors, not once but twice! Wait I’m not done ranting yet! Adding insult to injury he once again offered lame duck mashwaras to his patient and then being the naam ka therapist that he is, starts projecting a completely different scenario on to his own khud sakhta shuky situation- wah miyan Daktar Professor sahab kiya kehne, bas wah!
Seems like the Firaaq team thought all this craziness was not quite enough – yeh shuk waghaira tau hum sab bohot saarey draamon mein dekh chuke hain, been there done that – so we were thrown yet another crazy twist, and not just any ole’ twist, but one inspired from all those bad sci fi serials with mysterious viruses and people waking with unexplained lesions on various parts of their bodies, tau bas apney Imroz sahab also fell prey to a strange disease. Ab dekhtey hain how many yarns Daktar babu is gonna spin to hide this beemari from his wife. Methinks being the good desi shohar that he is, he will try to “spare” his wife the trauma and disappear under some false pretext or another, leaving Payman in Roomi’s “safekeeping.”
One reason, among many others, that this episode was a no go for me was the lack of growth in Payman’s character, particularly since we were specifically told two months had passed since her marriage. It had initially made sense for her to leave Maa ji, because she was fed up of living a be-jaan, be-rang zindagi. Pray tell me what has she done since then to add color in her zindagi? Apart from wearing some brighter colors, the lady is still cooking, cleaning, and watching daytime talk shows. Arrey yaar, go get out of the house, make some friends, take driving lessons, get enrolled in a school … bibi, sirf chamkeeli lipstick lagane se zindagi mein rang nahin aatey! Where is the therapist when you need him? Daktar sahab, waisey tau aap sab ko foran mashwarey detey hain tau phir Payman ko kyon nahin? Yeh chiragh taley andhera kyon?
Khair, never fear, Roomi aka Agony Aunt was quick to present a solution to Payman’s boriyat ka masla – paint a mural on the living room wall. Errrrr… painter bhai jan the house is rented, pehley maalik makan se pooch lain! And on Roomi, Imroz too seemes to be just waking up from the same slumber that overcame Shams. Its been two months since his marriage and he’s just now realizing that he needs to thank his bak bak BFF – was anybody else bored to death by his non-stop talking in the car? No wonder Imroz’s nose threatened to start bleeding again – kitna bardasht kare koi!
Ji, as you can see this episode, despite the good acting, was a total miss for me. Here’s to hoping for a better, tighter, to say nothing of a more plausible story line next week. Fingers crossed, warna firaaq tau aaya hi lagta hai…
Written by SZ~