Let the games begin!
Ladies and gentlemen! On the right hand side we have Omar fighting for the right to breathe freely, and on the left we have Rahat who refuses to let go of Omar. Who blinks first remains to be seen. Filhaal tau sakht muqabla hai!
Detailing rather than romanticizing the aftereffects of Omar’s joshila exit from Hashmi sahab’s house, this episode was fabulous in terms of underlining how disconnected Omar had been from the reality of it all. Though he had complained much, and rightly so, about his father’s domineering ways, he is only now realizing how pampered and comfortable his lifestyle had been. Things like boiling eggs and making tea, which a guy like Ali learnt as a matter of fact, give Omar a pause. When had he ever thought of such mundane issues. Yeh sab kaam tau Mrs. Imtiaz karti theen. When had he ever thought of a plan B for anything? Having more than one residence option, dealing with the repercussions of a missed job interview, figuring out where the kitchen was, all these were things other people worried about, not him. Had it not been for Ali, Asma would’ve been saddled with a ghar jamai before her daughter even got married. Now thanks but no thanks to Adnan, Omar has a sar chupane ki jagah till his shaadi, after which he can become a ghar jamai if he so wishes.
Growing up is never easy, and to grow up overnight that much more so. But to give him credit, Omar’s frustrated but not despondent. Infact in many ways its interesting as to how he seems to have more of a reality check than Mohini does. Maybe because he knows his father better hence not as surprised. On the other hand, had he not been Rahat Hashmi’s son he might’ve thought of throwing the towel in, but Omar is very much a chip off the old block. He’s not gonna rest till he can wipe that smirk off his father’s face. Osman does a great job essaying all the various emotions that Omar is going through, hangovers n all. The morning after scene was hilarious and Osman, Furqan and Gohar nailed it.
About Adnan, wah! Along with being high on (for?) life this man surely knows the art of maaring entries! Adnan’s party was so much on ke I had to shush up my inner amma who was screaming to make herself heard. But khair, amma, koi nahin, aap nahin tau Mohini gave Omar a piece of her mind. I’m sure you would’ve approved of Ms. goody two shoes. in this episode. I tau was having way too much fun watching the cool kids dance the night away. Later too, Adnan stole the show when he was hell-bent on introducing Zara “properly.” Gohar Rasheed is a laugh n a half fabulous as Adnan.
Where the beti is all set to mother her hubby to be, it was lovely to see Asma taking a step back, allowing Omar the space to grow and telling her daughter to take a chill pill as well. Farah Shah was very good as Asma today. Loved her white top. Now if only I could understand why the purple saree? A uniform, perhaps? But then why only for women? And if indeed the dress code applies only to Mrs. Mirza then I guess I have one more bone to pick with Sr.
Potential for a gender discrimination suit aside, if only Sr. Hashmi could take a leaf out of Asma’s book of Parenting 101, life would be so much easier all around. But nahin, he would hardly be the man he is today if he had taken the easy path to anywhere. Hania is the voice of reason in Rahat’s life but there’s only so much she can say to a man who wants to delude himself: Us ki waapsi ka safar tabhi shuru ho gaya tha jis din woh is ghar ko chor kar gaya tha…
For a man as full of himself, it is no surprise to see Sr. ignoring not only his wife’s gentle rebukes but also Mrs. Imtiaz’s politely worded mashwaras. What was so interesting today was that even as Rahat was busy convincing others, and perhaps himself as well, that Omar’s was merely a storm in a teacup his struggle with the lighter was telling quite a different story. Loved that little insight!
And on insights and screenplay and writing, please give it up for the opening scene! Loved the use of Urdu and the ease with which the writers played with words: Mujhe pata tha aap neechey ayenge … ghalati aap kar rahe hain jis ki talaafi nahi hogi azaala hoga… isi liye to resign kar rahi hoon takey muqabala barabar ka ho…. Beautifully done by Ahmed sahab and Yasir Rana.
Infact it was not just this scene the entire episode was wonderfully written and Farrukh Faiz has done full justice to the script on hand. Be it Gohar’s comic timing, Furqan’s straight faced dry humor, Farah Shah’s laid back manner, Tara’s calm demeanor, Osman’s ease with Omar’s multifaceted character, or Sana’s comfort with the gradually opening up Mohini, the director’s handle on the emotional graphs of the various characters is clearly visible here. Hira had a very brief appearance today but I enjoyed her sassy Zara. As for Aiza, ab what to say about her except that Ali needs to re-read Iqbal, particularly his nazm, [Aiza] se aagey [larkiyan] aur bhi hain... Among the seniors Shamim Hilali plays Mrs. Imtiaz with such thehrao that you cannot help but fall in love with her and Usman Peerzada is Sr. to a tee.
So yes, abhi tau [dholki] party shuru hui hai …. let’s see what happens next.
Chaltey chaltey, in an attempt to appease my inner amma, lets offer a ba-jama’t dua:
Allah hum sab ko Ali jaise dost ‘ata farmaye
Adnan jaise doston se bachaye (or not!)
Written by SZ~