Goya ke us bomb blast ne na sirf aas paas ki buildings ko hila kar rakh diya but also left quite an impression on the burgeoning undefined something between the self-assured journo Mohini and our angst-ridden hero Omar. For both this episode represented a turning point in the way they had viewed each other. Where Mohini is gradually realizing this young man might be more than a mere cliché, Omar is coming to recognize emotions more complex than the all too familiar one of self-pity. Too early to call them lovers and bit late for mere acquaintances, to my mind they are in a zone where both are learning as much about themselves as they are about each other. From vastly different backgrounds, with personalities as different as chalk and cheese, hamarey hero and heroine have taken their first conscious step towards each other.
Omar is wooing Mohini without a real sense of what is it about this girl that fascinates him, challenges him, makes him defy restrictions that have been in place for as as long as he can remember. It is only when Ali brings up the question that he thinks about this bond he feels with Mohini. Is this love? Is this how being in love feels like? Well, hero sahab certainly thinks so and it is to this label that he latches on. Whether he is more attracted to the notion of being in love rather than actually being in love, will or can this relationship stand the test of time, or more importantly survive the wrath of Sr. Hashmi is something only time can tell.
Mohini has always been sure of herself, confident, very comfortable around men, all in all she’s a sensible girl with her feet firmly planted on the ground. Nonetheless there is something about Omar that has her thinking about him in a way that is foreign to her, something that makes her pause and think. Despite giving him, and perhaps herself as well, a reality check about class difference, she still can’t bring herself to lie to him – yes, he does disturb her and his entry has complicated her hitherto straightforward life.
Complications ka zikr ho aur Sr. ka na ho aisey tau haalaat nahin … Following his lifelong practice of laying down the law for his only son, he’s gone ahead and arranged a suitable marriage for Omar. Ab yeh alag baat hai ke the suitable part is questionable, kyonke woh uncle ji kaafi kuch shady se lag rahe hain. Khair, my trepidation about uncle ji aside, Zara on her own merit is lovely. Ab Jr. ko koi aur pasand hai woh alag baat hai, but I thought Zara and Omar made quite a striking pair. Both lost souls, her fragility showing whereas he perhaps is better practiced at hiding his feelings. Given they both have a lot in common, dictatorial dads for starters, I hope Jr. will prove to be a better man than his father and not use Zara to further his own agenda, i.e, use her to make Mohini jealous.
This episode was also interesting in the way it revealed Jr.’s spine, not quite the jellyfish he appears to be at first glance. The way he held his nerves together, calmed Asma’s fears, used his resources to find Mohini, took on the responsibility for her medical care, and ensured the safe return of Mohini’s car, all point to a man who has inherited more than good looks, and the penchant for wearing blindingly bright shirts, from his father. Mohini too showed us a more introspective aspect of her personality today. She is confident in and of herself, true, but she is also a realist. Class differences might seem like a trivial matter to a pampered man, whose had everything handed to him on a platter, but for her, raised by a single parent, these differences are very real. In their own ways both are just as right as they are wrong, and I for one am looking forward to seeing how they deal with these very real issues.
In terms of writing I am enjoying the gradual peeling away of layers. Jr.’s coming-of-age arc is happily on track here. Similarly Mohini’s character too is slowly fleshing out, just wish her wardrobe was showing similar growth as well. Osman and Sana have great chemistry and their scenes together are a lot of fun. Both are negotiating their ostensibly simple yet complex characters really well. The scene with Omar and the chamkeeley suit wala slow guy was great. I just wish they had better, more believable actors for the minor roles. At this point I am just not buying into the myth about Zara’s family; sorry they don’t look ameer at all. I was not a Hira Tareen fan before this, but she impresses as Zara. The garden scene was nicely done. I am waiting to see more of her story unfold. Ali is a great sounding board for Omar; Furqan Qureshi and Osman compliment each other very nicely and their bhai chara chemistry is convincing. I just wish the director had shot their scenes in different locations. At this point it seems like all their scenes were shot in one go, on the same set and the same juice glasses in front of them. Aur kuch nahin tau they could’ve switched seats… kuch tau different lagta. Yes, apologies for sounding like a broken record but really disappointed by the low budget look and feel of this project.
Overall this was quite a happening episode in terms of moving the story forward. For now only Mrs Imtiaz knows about the new entrant in her charge’s life, how long before Sr. finds out? What impact will Jr. and Mohini’s relationship have on Asma’s career? Where and how does Zara fit in to Omar’s life? Questions, questions, questions … looking forward to getting answers.
Written by SZ~