Allow me to begin with a nihayat hi ‘aajizana si request to MD Productions and HUM TV: Could you please, please stop turning the profession of mental health into a huge joke. First we had Kadoorat and now Firaaq. Why? Why is it so hard for producers and channels to recognize the fine line the separates artistic license from outright disparagement. In a country like Pakistan where mental health education is desperately needed and where such ailments are frequently joked about and commonly referred to as pagalpan and its practitioners derogatorily termed as pagalon ke doctor and/or khud bhi pagal, why would a leading production house be so irresponsible as to continue promoting and propagating this very problematic stereotype?
Fine, if you think educating masses is not a part of your job description, theek hai, magar tau bhi a little research never hurt nobody. If ever there was an issue that we needed to educate our masses about, it is this one: People suffering from mental ailments are not pagals, those who treat them are not pagal themselves. On second thought, you know what, forget about responsibility to the public and all that jazz. Just send a memo to Dr. Imroz: Bhaijan sahab aap khud ko psychologist kehna aur kehlwana chor dein, aap se kuch nahin kaha jayega. Shukriya!
Now if ever there was chalta phirta ishtihar for what a j’ali degree holder looks and sounds like, it is apney Imroz bhai. Bhai jaan, aap ki daktari pe mujhe pehle hi shuk tha, pichley haftey I cast doubt on your degree granting institution, now I am questioning YOU. What the heck was this latest episode all about??? Na sar na pair na aaga na peecha bas foran samajh liya ke AIDS hai– say what?? And if you had already self-diagnosed and made up your mind, then why bother going to a doctor? Bekaar mein unka bhi time waste kiya aur apne paisey bhi? Honestly, if this would have happened in a movie I would’ve thrown andey and tamatar at the screen.. yaani ke had hi ho gayii!!
There was so much off today ke I don’t even know where to begin. Should I talk about Imroz pouting like a baby because there was no food in the house? Bhai sahab khoon naak se nikal raha hai ungliyon se nahin- phone milayen and home delivery karwayen, or should I fume about his brilliant logic as he jumped from A = B = Z = Payman responsible for his ‘AIDS’?? *Bangs head on the nearest deewar* Sorry, Mohib, you are a great actor, but there is no way you can get me to empathize with Imroz.
Now if Imroz is sair tau apne Roomi bhai is sawa sair. From bak bak-er extraordinaire to painter to marriage councilor to pop psychologist to agony aunt to teacher to … dil thaam ke baithain … extreme makeover expert. Payman, girlfriend, take my muft magar anmol mashwara and go back to Maa ji. Don’t know how she knew beforehand, but this is precisely the kind of situation she was trying to save you from! Please, baji ji , leave while you still can#fikarmandforyou
From sister to brother, poor Shams! How is he ever to start mending fences with his wife if she is still holding on to the socks gum issue? Bhabhi ji, its been over two months, I’m sure by now bhai ji has found new places (oven, refrigerator, etc) for storing his laundry, please move on! Meanwhile, after getting the no-go signal from his wife it’s back to Maa ji’s for Shams. Have to say sirf parents ka hi dil gurda hai ke no matter what their children say or do (or wear for that matter – what was that yoked white shirt all about??), they still take them back with open arms and hearts. And that’s exactly what Tabassum is doing. Just the sight of her son in her house is reason enough to make her happy.
Finally the only sane moments in the episode – the lovely conversation in the park with Uzma Gilani and Mazhar Ali. They are such class acts ke I watched their scenes twice. Love these two!! Please, younger actors, take note, this is acting done right. The flashback scene, though, didn’t leave an impact and Tabassum ki jawani and Haider ka Kala Kola even less so.
At this point the story has gone completely bonkers, bonkers as in:
Ab aisi be sar-o paa story ko review karney ke liye jin qualifications ki zaroorat hai mujhe nahin lagta ke I have those… so I leave it up to you all. Aap batayen firaaq hona chahiye ya nahin?
Written by SZ~