Mystical romances and otherworldly lovers may have more than a thing or two in common with the intensity of emotions that bind Khalil to Shano, but for me, the hard core cynic that I am, it is Shano’s ammi ji and Khalil’s khala who compels me to tune in week after week. It is her deep-seated hatred for her brother-in-law, her bitterness towards her older sister and her tough exterior, behind which hides a very hurt girl – all feelings that Samiya Mumtaz conveys ever so brilliantly – that make Rasheeda the real hero of Sadqay Tumhare. Dosto, please join me in giving a huge round of applause to this fabulous, but sadly underutilized actor. You are the real deal, lady!
Despite a lot more of Shano and Khalil today for me this was Rasheeda’s episode, and wow did she own it! I have to hand it to Khalil sahab as to how skilfully he’s unfolding the story, one delicate layer at a time. Today we got yet more of an insight into a story that only Rasheeda knows. Seldom do we get to see how the accused feel about their accusers and their accusations.
With Sadqay Tumhare we have a rarely seen scenario, Rasheeda’s story picks up from a point where our dramas usually end, with the pronouncement of a verdict. Typically the aftermath is left untouched. Why waste time following up on the aftereffects, why open ourselves up to the possibility that perhaps, just perhaps, we got it wrong, perhaps we are accusing the person, perhaps the real culprit is long since gone? But then when do we like to sit and deliberate, perhaps hear the accused’s version? We as a society are particularly adept at judging, and swiftly at that.
Those self appointed judges and juries, who sealed Rasheeda’s fate, have long since moved on with their lives. The scandal that turned her life upside down and inside out now all but forgotten. For her, however, its like time has literally stopped ticking. Whether it was her fault or her abuser’s is immaterial. What matters is that one of the guilt parties, and the adult, in this case walked away scot-free, whereas she was punished by those who mattered the most.
Her fiance broke off their engagement, and her sister thought nothing of leaving behind four children and re-marrying, someone who not only dumped her sister but was also related to her cheating husband. Where was the justice in this, is a question that has long kept the fires of revenge burning in ‘Sheeda’s heart.
Now, after all these years she’s finally gotten a chance to equal the score. In hurting Khelu she hopes to strike a blow where it hurts the most; she wants Inayat and Sadiq and Abdul Rehman to suffer the way she did all those years ago. The sad part, though, is that so wrapped has she been in plotting her revenge that she’s lost sight of the fact that even if she wins it is she who will be left empty handed.
There is so much positivity around her but her desire for revenge has blinded her to thaykedar’s unaffected adoration, her lovely daughters and bechara beta, Haider. Instead of giving her children the attention they seek and the affection her husband wants reciprocated she has allowed her past to dictate her present. With so much of her energy sucked into exacting revenge all she has leftover are maar pitai and jhirkis for her children and a marked impatience with Ameen.
Lest you forget, allow me say this again, Samiya Mumtaz is excellent and Rehan Sheikh is fabulous at playing the perfect foil to his cantankerous partner. Together they are quite a pair, all that anger and bitterness and then that unexpected tarka of humor. Aap ki bhabhi mere samney tau aaye… Insha’ Allah munh toar doon gi uska! Rasho and Ameen are very complicated roles and hats off to the director and his actors for understanding and breathing life into these characters, and so vibrantly at that.
Magar, luckily for apney hero sahab, his heroine has not inherited any of her mother’s bitterness. Quite the contrary in fact. So in love is Shano that she is almost disconnected with mundane everyday matters. Things like her mother’s scoldings only amuse her; Shano’s half a smile, which has found a permanent home on her lovely face, gives voice to all that she does not say. Rasho’s anger and scolding only strengthens her love for Khalil rather than the other way around. Unlike what her mother fears, her love for Khalil is not just for this lifetime but for an eternity. Whether they unite in here and now is immaterial. She was, is, and always will be Khalil’s. Mahira glows as the besotted Shano.
For his part Khelu ‘aint that bad either. Ab tau khoon shoon bhi baha liye, chakra ke gar bhi gaye, master sahab ki lambi lambi baatein bhi barey hausley se sun leen, aur tau aur maths ke sawal bhi hal kara diye … ab what more can a mere mortal do? Magar, what to do honey wali saas sahiba refuse to give the green signal to their rishta. Let’s hope for his and Shano’s sake that ammi ji ka dil narm par jaye … par zara mushkil hi lagta hai! Adnan Malik is very good as the larger than life Khelu. It is to the director’s credit for keeping this high flying character somewhat grounded and Adnan does his best to make it all work just so.
And while on mushkil, apney daktar sahab ki parhayi ka khatam hona bhi zara mushkil hi lagta hai. Fursat hi kahan hai un ko Khelu ke peechney bhaagney se. Also, methinks he has a soft corner for Humera and she for him. So forget about studies, and maano my mukhlisana, to say nothing of muft, mashwara aur yaheen par clinic khol kar reh jayen. Kamayee bhi, biwi bhi and saath hi Khelu ki susraal bhi, sab ma’mla fit. Now if only daktar sahab would take some time off from babysitting Khelu and minding his own life, we’d be in business. Bhai jaan daktar sahab, kuch apna bhi khayal kar lein! Shamyl Khan and Saniya Shamshad are great as the well-intentioned besties to our ‘ashiqon ki jori.
All in all quite a happening episode. The acting remains topnotch and Ehatshamuddin does well in keeping audiences interested in this very filmy saga. There are times when the filminess and the flowery dialogues overshadow the story – the tanga scene where Khelu keels over in a faint with the sad music playing in the background and Shano rok-ing him had me laughing out loud – but then we also have times where it works well – the sequence of Khelu and Shano studying maths, for instance, was very well-executed. Overall Sadqay Tumhare has been narrated well, staying true to the written word and doing justice to a multi-layered story. Looking forward to the next installment.
Yeh tau thi meri sawari ki kahani, aap sunayen, ap ka tanga theek ja rahi hai ya nahin?
Written by SZ~