Let’s begin with a round of applause for Team Sadqay Tumhare … kudos to director Ehteshamuddin and his DOPs and his actors for translating the written word ever so exquisitely. That Khalilur Rehman’s lines are beautifully penned and sound silken smooth is not news anymore; we know that and expect no less than the lyricism we see in evidence here as well, but along with the magic of the written word it is the visual narration of an otherwise simple love story that has me hooked.
Right from the very first frame – at the crack of dawn, Shano waking up for fajar and the leisurely pace of the rituals that follow, to Khalil’s tête-à-tête with maulvi sahab, to the picturesque tanga ride back to the reality of life in urban Lahore, to chhat pe baat cheet between Dr. sahab and khalu Abdur Rehman, to local cricket matches, to disentangling oon ke golay, to Shano’s musical declarations of undying love, to Rasheeda’s unending vitriol against Khalil, to her chasing after Haider, danda in hand, to Shano rushing in to save her younger brother – till the very last shot, this episode was a delight to behold.
Visual delights aside, there was not much that happened in terms of narrative progression. What we did get though was yet more of an insight into Rasheeda’s deep-seated anger against Mohammad Sadiq. Fraadiya, is how she scathingly refers to him. What is it about those shattered dreams that continue to hold Rasheeda captive? How strong are those ties that bind Rasheeda to the bitterness of the past?
Like every other week, this time around too Samiya Mumtaz was the star that shone the brightest. Her brilliance, however, should not take anything away from the younger leads. Both Mahira and Adnan continue to impress as lovers sharing a bond that cannot be explained through logic and rationale. She says her love existed long before she set eyes on him, and his love for her instills in him the power to beat up four ghundas and play a major role in helping his team win a close game. Theirs is a love that transcends time and space, hence, she knows when he is coming next and dresses up accordingly. Shano and Khalil are destined to be together, whether here or in the life hereafter is a question for their parents to decide. They, on their part, will do nothing that sullies the other’s name, even if that means treading an uneven, rocky path.
While the lovers are determined to do right, Abdur Rehman and Dr. Maqsood see a different kind of storm approaching from beyond the horizon. They know Khalil well enough to know that Rasheeda’s opposition cannot stop Khalil from meeting his lady love, hence the suggestion for court marriage. So far, Khelu is adamantly opposed, but will he remain as steadfast when a raqeeb enters into the picture? Someone who poses a more serious threat to their union than the poor bha-zoned Fayyaz? The precap promises a dhuandar episode next week.
A hint here a hint there of the tension gradually building up made for an interesting episode. The narrative pace is well-suited to the nature of the story on hand, but still there are quite a few places where the scenes needed sharper editing. That said, loved the two songs picturized on Mahira, but I can’t fathom why our lovely heroine does not sing songs of her era? Also, not sure, but it seemed like two different singers singing those two very different songs. Wonder why the need for that? Finally, don’t know about you all but I could’ve done without the visual of spit ball games … surely these grown men have better things to occupy their time?
These few peeves aside looking forward to the next stop on our picturesque tanga ride.
Written by SZ~