Discarded were the brightly colored t-shirts, messed up were the wall decorations that belonged in a young boy’s bedroom, smashed was the guitar that represented a rich boy’s expensive toys, and ripped away in disgust were the designer clothes and expensive watches that marked him as the scion of a wealthy father – gone, all gone. Jr. Hashmi no longer exists. In his stead stands Omar Hashmi, a young man who is sad but not despondent, adrift but not lost, poor but resolute. A far cry from the pampered, immature brat we met in the first episode this man is not afraid to look his father in the eye.
He might’ve been quivering on the inside but on the outside Rahat faced a determined man. That climatic showdown between father and son marked the begining of a new chapter, one where Omar is no longer a footnote in a story Rahat Hashmi is writing. Looking his father straight in the eye he let loose and out poured up all the pent up frustration and repressed anger. In a matter of minutes balance had shifted and Omar walked out the winner. His prize? Control. Jumping from the margins to smack dab in the center, he was now become the pivot around whom the story would revolve. For better or for worse, from hereon forward the narrative would flow in a direction of his choosing.
Congratulations Osman, you nailed it today!
In times where the dukhiyari aurat reigns supreme, apne aansoo, siskiyon aur deegar lawazimat samait, it is rare for us to get a story that explores the emotional graph of a son’s relationship with his father. What happens when there is no mother around to soften the at times antagonistic relationship between the two men in her life? Can a stand in, à la Mrs Imtiaz, do the job, or is a step-mother, like Haniya, better suited to play the role of an intermediary? The answers, as we see here, are not quite as straightforward. When one man has a calculator for a heart and the other is struggling to find himself, lost as he feels in the huge shadow cast by his accomplished father, then we have a severe issue with emotions getting lost in translation. What the father sees as a show of concern the son sees as yet another lock on an already heavily padlocked prison door. Given this scenario there is not much a woman on the outside can accomplish. As a caretaker she can offer well-meaning advice, as a second wife she can offer emotional support, but when push comes to shove she can only hover around anxiously.
Failed communication, inability to understand, unwillingness to consider -there were signs and much more that such a showdown was inevitable. That it took so long to happen is what begs the question – why now? Mohini. One word, one name, one feeling. For Omar, Mohini represents the first breath of fresh air in his so far stagnant life. Her uninhibited joy for life, her passion for taking on new challenges, her vibrant energy, her straightforward manner, all are things that Omar’s never seen before. She inspires him in ways he’d never thought possible, she makes him believe in a inner strength he did not know he possessed, her presence by his side gives him reason to live life anew. But life does not hand everything on a platter, sometimes there are matters that involve taking a stand. For Omar, Mohini is worth a fight, and fight he does.
As an episode this one was quite dhamakedar. Usman Peerzada essayed brilliantly why he commands the respect he does. His confrontations with Osman were fabulously done. And as for Osman, this was his episode to shine, and shine he did. Not to be left behind were very effective performances by Sana Javed and Farah Shah. I love the equation that Mohini shares with her mother. The way Asma gives her daughter the space to meet with Sr. Hashmi and then decide was a refreshingly juxtaposed against Sr.’s my-way-or-the-highway-approach to parenting. I particularly enjoyed the line where Asma wonders if her daughter would ask Jr to buy her a jora.
Dekha, Mohini?! Even a doting mom can see you need variety in your wardrobe. And what’s this with repeating your one koti-less printed red kameez. We know you’re not ameer but ab itni bhi ghareeb nahin ho! Six Sigma, agli baar please ensure sure that heroine ki amma has more than one saree and the heroine has at least two or three styles of kameezes in her wardrobe. Oh, and please, no to purple curtains and yes to less plastic greenery in rich people’s mansions! Thank you.
And on thank yous, a huge shukriya to Ali for: a) leaving annoying Aiza at home, and b) coming through with a handy dandy solution to Jr’s housing issue. Without your reality checks and practical mashwaras Jr. ka rebellion thap ka thap hi reh jaata. I am thoroughly enjoying Furqan Qureshi’s chemistry with Osman and look forward to their scenes together. For her part Tara Mehmood is spot on as Haniya. A smart woman she stays quiet and keeps her thought to herself, offering opinions only when asked, but I wonder if there is more here than meets the eye. Rounding off the cast is the very classy Shamim Hilali; she infuses so much emotion into her performance that words are rendered unnecessary.
“Enjoy your breakfast … “sir”!”
After the emotional high of the father-son confrontation, Omar, who was walking away in a fit of anger, couldn’t help but pause momentarily, his features softening as he cupped Mrs. Imtiaz’s face and bid her a silent farewell. Of all that he would look back upon in the days to come, he would miss this woman the most – she who is not related to him by blood, but is his best friend, his mother, his confidante, someone who knows him better than he knows herself. For me, of all the dhuandhar garaj baras that happened in this episode, this warm moment was the pick of the episode. Bas wah!
Needless to say none of this would be possible without a strong script, sharp lines and on point direction. Kudos to Mohammed Ahmed sahab, Yasir Rana and Farrukh Faiz, this was quite an episode. My one complaint, if I had to do so, would be about the DOP. The saree folding scene and earlier one when Mrs Imtiaz came to sit beside Omar were let down by some inept camerawork. That said, I have to say this was the strongest episode we’ve seen so far. Great job Team Goya!
Written by SZ~