If someone were to ask me why they should watch this serial I would khamoshi se recommend they watch the last ten minutes of this latest episode goya ke aur kuch kehne sunney ki zaroorat hi nahin. Those beach party scenes illustrate, and rather compellingly at that, as to exactly what has been missing from our TV screens in recent times. Buried as we are under the onslaught of one gharelu mas’la after another, buy one get a doosri biwi free syndrome, and talaaqs handed out like there was no tomorrow, it seems like TV gods have forgotten the time when lightheartedness was still a kosher concept, when normal people were just that, and when aansoos ≠ entertainment. Amidst all this doom ‘n gloom. Goya – with its contemporary feel, youthful camaraderie, an open-minded approach to relevant issues, no villains or vamps (and for that matter no heroes or heroines either) – holds out the promise of fast becoming a staple Saturday watch.
What I like most about this serial is that it returns agency to the youth. The youngsters we see are not perfect, far from it, but then despite their faults they are not losers either. The adults here play a very important part in their children’s lives, even to the extent of mapping their futures as in the case of Zara and Omar, but what Zara and Omar do with those decisions is where Goya charts its own path. Zara’s confession to Omar and his matter of fact response – what to do next – rather than having his inner aunty make an appearance – haye! aey ki kitta tussi, shareef larkiyan aisey nahin karteen, tum ek buri larki ho – signals the return of a modicum of sanity to our dramas.
We don’t have to glorify the issue but sweeping it under the rug does not make it disappear either. Neither does not talking about it. As Zara and Omar and Mohini’s responses essay the issue is not with the youngsters. It is the adults’ unwillingness to engage that turns an important topic of discussion into a taboo. Zara knows she’s made a mistake and is looking to make amends, but she knows she cannot confide in her parents and asks Omar for help.
Here, in his very nicely plotted arc, our otherwise immature Omar steps up to the plate. Though it did take a bit of a push from Zara and he couldn’t quite find the courage to say it to his father’s face, he did present his case to his step-mother. Although this ‘arzi did come at a cost to his pride, as betrayed by his stiff as a board body, but bottom line is he still bit the bullet, and in that moment took one more step towards manhood. As he grows it is interesting to observe Omar’s equation with the two girls responsible for the change.
Around Zara he has unconsciously started behaving more like a man, more sure than unsure of himself. She is his equal, both have a lot in common and she gets him in ways that perhaps Mohini doesn’t. In sharp contrast with Mohini, the woman he wants he impress, it is more a boy seeking approval rather than acting as her equal. She flusters him in ways that Zara doesn’t. So confused does he get around her that he makes a mess of the most important question of his life. Aik tau pehley hi the whole world knew about his plans before she did and then when he does ask her, he just blurts it all out. He should be glad ke she was so shocked ke us ki bolti band ho gayi otherwise tau he was sure to have gotten whacked on the head for the clumsiest proposal of all times. Bhai jan, Ali se pooch letey ya kisi truck/rickshey ke peechey likhey shair hi yaad kar lete … ab aisi bhi kiya bad-hawasi?
Khair, a still-in-the-process coffee and a continuity error later Omar invites Mohini to join him and his friends at the beach. What makes this duo’s equation so fun is that even as Omar is flustered around Mohini she too is not herself around him. Where it was easy for her to shoot down becharey shareef se Nomi ka paigham-e shauq and share a laugh with her mother about it, Omar’s more immature bluster is harder for her to ignore. Why is it that while she had no problems clarifying her stance to Mrs Hashmi she allows herself to be persuaded by Jr as they walk off into the sunset. Kuch tau hai bibi jo aap maan ke nahin de raheen!
While Mohini tries to figure out where she stands and what she really wants, Asma has no issues stating her opinion about Jr. He has managed to impress her as not being a photostat copy of his father, but she’s lived long enough to know that Sr. is someone who cannot be dismissed quite so easily. And that is exactly what gets Mrs Hashmi and Mrs Imtiaz worried. They know how badly Sr.’s business empire needs an infusion of cash and also recognize that Rahat is not a man who likes to fail at anything. What with all the shaadi ka joras being ordered, cards selected and Paris mein valimas being organized, I am with the two ladies in thinking that abba miyan is not gonna take too kindly to Omar’s plans.
For his part beta ji is turning into a pukka wala filmy hero, pledging to walk out of his father’s mansion, leaving behind the comforts of being Jr. Hashmi and striking it out on his own. And this is where you see the naive Omar once again. No matter how sincere he may be, the fact of the matter is that he has no clue what goes on in the real world. As Asma can tell him living alone without familial support is no easy task. But then isn’t that what growing up is all about? Making mistakes and learning from them?
With Zara’s confession, Omar’s proposal, Nomi being unceremoniously shot down, Ali continuing to offer muft but useful mashwaras, his munh boli girlfriend upset over cheap drinks, and Gohar Rasheed’s abhi-tau-party-shuru-hui-hai entrance, this was one heck of a happening episode. Aur sab se zyada happening baat yeh ke Mohini actually wore a non-koti shirt today – yay! Now if only she would convince her mom to wear something other than the purple saree to work it would be fabulous. Or better yet, Zara can take the maa beti on a shopping trip. Oh, and please take Jr. with you as well! That shirt at the beach was so not happening. Zara might have addiction issues and whatnot but when it comes to style she definitely knows her stuff.
Hira Tareen was very good today and I am liking her equation with Osman here and hope to see them together in a future project. For now Sana Javed is doing great as Omar’s love interest, their proposal and beach scenes were very well done. Furqan Qureshi’s Ali is a great friend to Omar, if only his choice in girlfriends was quite as spot on as his mashwaras. Asad Siddiqui is likeable as Nomi but so far hasnt had much to do. And finally there was the entry-maaring dude Gohar Rasheed who was fabulous. Towering over other youngsters though is Osman Khalid Butt as Omar. This is a superbly written character and Osman is doing complete justice to this young man. Looking forward to the rest of Jr.’s journey as he gradually comes into his own, evolving into Omar Hashmi, a man his father would be proud to call his son.
Thanks to its straight-forward approach to story-telling, minus the finger pointing and self-inflicted mazloomiyat plus the blend of thori khushi thora ghum, with this episode Goya has taken the first step towards inclusion in the list of those serials jinhon ne sar kiye yeh [TRP ke] pahar.
Written by SZ~
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