Goya ke is serial ki doosri qist us rang birangay aur mazedar golay ganday ki tarah fit rahi, woh gola ganda jis ko dekh kar sakht sardiyon ke mausam mein bhi munh mein paani aa jaye .… yes, there were a mess up or two along the way magar itne nahin ke permanent daagh reh jayen …. all in all, like Omar Hashmi and Mohin Mirza I too am enjoying this fit respite from the routine, the mindless monotony of crying women and cut-paste dragged out stories.
Picking up from last week, this second episode delved deeper into Sr. and Jr. Hashmi’s relationship or lack thereof. I am so glad we have an experienced actor like Usman Peerzada playing the very complicated Rahat. What he thinks, and at times wants to say, is very different from how it sounds to those around him. He cares about Mrs. Imtiaz and inquires after her health but in a very detached manner; he respects and appreciates his wife but then decimates her feelings for him as being economically motivated. Undoubtedly harsh as he is towards the two women, it is for his son that Rahat reserves his worst.
In his efforts to ensure Omar never has to struggle, to face difficulties like he did, Rahat has gone too far the other way. Smothering him, never letting the boy take a single breath of his own choosing, the father is now frustrated at the way his son has turned out – a compliant, yes-sir-no-sir-three-bags-full-sir kinda man/child – someone who lacks confidence, has no independent thought in his head, and has never really though about tomorrow, forget about what he wants out of life. All he knows is what he is told, his attention easily diverted to the nearest shining object. His big plan to “escape” was not his – it was Ali’s. More importantly, would it really have been an escape per se if the first class ride was being funded by daddy dearest? Hard question, one that Omar had undoubtedly not even thought about for a minute. Later when his grand escape flopped miserably he pouted for a bit, threw a short-lived pity party for one and that was that.
To give him the benefit of the doubt, Omar might have reacted differently had it not been for the timely entry of Mohini Mirza in his life. Polar opposites, these two are clearly attracted to each other. Omar, who has never before seen someone like apni mauj mein mast Mohini, is totally smitten. Be it her khataara, kharab horn kharab AC wali gari or her penchant for gola gandas and making plans on a whim, he is bitten by the lurve bug. So much so ke ab Ali’s idea of yet another escape is easily sidestepped. Bas ab tau sirf Mohini ki baatein karni hain hamare hero sahab ko …
When watching Omar it is very easy to dismiss him as a spineless man, who can not even look his father in the eye, who feels out of sorts in the midst of his father’s friends, is spoilt and pampered, but it is not so simple. There is a lot of his father that remains untapped in the son. Like Rahat, Omar too is a complex character and it is to the director Farrukh Faiz and his actor, Osman’s credit for giving Omar that subtle spine, a faint hint of a yet to be developed strength of character. He is weak, cannot speak up for himself, forget about others, but still he squares his shoulders and asks his step-mother to speak to Rahat about Mrs. Imtiaz. Similarly, even though he’s grown up in the lap of luxury he still finds it difficult to fire people on his father’s behest. The fact that he is easily distracted after a mention of Mrs Mirza shows ke abhi waqt lagey ga…
After getting a flavor of it today, I look forward to the process of seeing Omar grow,be able to square his shoulders and look his father in the eye. I hope by the end of the serial we get to see the two men meet on equal terms both equally proud of each other.
Even as the spotlight remained squarely trained on the Hashmi household we got a quick glimpse of the easy going, casual relationship between amma and beti Mirza. While I enjoyed Mohini’s candor and her easy banter with her mother I am no fan of this trend of calling parents by their name and find it a needless annoying distraction. Apart from that, I am thoroughly enjoying Sana Javed as Mohini. Her upbeat character brings a much needed spark and energy into the story and Sana is doing very well without going over the top. And speaking of tops, could someone take Mohini shopping and add a few koti-less kameezes to her wardrobe. Farah Shah was much more pleasant today with her reigned in Asma. Tara Mehmood I am liking here as the calm step-mother. Of all the ladies, it is the very dignified understated Shamim Hilali who is outstanding as Mrs. Imtiaz.
Ultimately it is Mohamed Ahmed’s writing which sets this one apart from the others out there. The script is meaningful without being pretentious and the infusion of humor at just the right moments helps keep the underlying darkness at bay. Director Faiz understands the intricacies of the script and does a commendable job in conveying the various shades of the story.
Among things that did not work well, the driving scene stood out for obvious reasons. The old school technique used to film that sequence reminded me of all those black n white Lollywood classics.
But more than that it is the overall bad lighting and the atrocious (sorry, no other way to describe it) decor of the Hashmi residence that is undermining Team Goya’s sincere efforts to tell a compelling story. Last week I bemoaned Junior and Senior’s bedrooms, this time around the living room rendered me speechless. Six Sigma, surely you could’ve done better than this?
To wrap it up, goya ke despite a few daagh dhabbas here n there, I’m still happily on board, thandey golay ganday aur garam rolls samait… what about you all?
Written by SZ~
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