And just as we were getting comfortable with the thought ke goya ab saari story ki samajh aa gayi hai – kaun kaisa kyon hai, kis ko kis se kiya shikayat hai, kaun kis ke ghar reh raha hai, kaun Dubai kyon ja raha hai aur kaun London – Team Goya’s thrown us a curveball, and a stunning one at that – enter Zaibunissa.
Thanks to the promos we knew there was a female character waiting in the wings, but us ki entry is tarah hogi yeh bilkul nahin socha tha. Kaun hain yeh khatoon, kahan se aayi hain yeh khatoon, aur kyon aayi hain yeh khatoon?
I’ve said this before but allow me to reiterate: TV peeps, please take note, this is how you do drama right. This is how you introduce new twists and add more characters, weaving them in seamlessly such that they seem effortless and natural. And mind you its not just the organic additions, it is the expertly handled exits too that make this serial such a great watch. I don’t know about you all but I find it to be a total bheja-fry when I, as a viewer, am expected to keep track of tons of characters, remembering who went where when and with whom. No thank you, mujh se apne rishtedar hi nahin sanbhalte tau auron ke rishtedaar ka achaar daloon kiya?
Thank you Team Goya for keeping complicated stuff simple and accessible. Thank you for allowing us, the viewers, the luxury of choosing the depth of intensity with which we wanna approach Goya. For those of us who prefer easy breezy entertainers Goya offers just that, and for those who prefer a little something extra on the side there is enough here to keep Freud happy. As for me, I’m happy oscillating between hating on Mohini’s kotis and reflecting on relationships – feeling absences listening to silences and thinking about mutuality that exists therein, or perhaps not. And then of course the cherry on top – the Coca Cola song. Bhai wah!! Kudos to Farah Shah and Osman for introducing us to this gem!!
Back to Goya, Mrs. Imtiaz’s tau chal basein magar apne peechey she’s left the Hashmi household in a right mess. Though I don’t think marhooma ever fixed beds or plumped pillows but khair, with her housekeeper gone Mrs. Sr. is left severely shorthanded and in walks the lovely Zaibunissa. Hum aur aap tau soch mein par hi gaye, but it is the arrested look on Sr Hashmi’s face that has the Mrs. thinking. Haniya is a smart cookie. She knows there is nothing to be gained by alienating her husband nor is she kind to stoop so low as to ask Zaibunissa 1001 questions, so why not sit back and let it all play out. And in hiring Zaibunissa she’s done just that, ab let the chips fall where they may.
Bechare Sr! As it is his days were all about fikar-ing how to mess up Jr’s life and ab tau raatein bhi barbad. Magar Hashmi sahab aisa tau hota hai aise kaamon mein, no? Waisey methinks this woman hold the key to Sr.’s past and once that door is unlocked we will better understand why Sr is the way he is, particularly when it comes to his over protective-to-the-point-of-being-claustrophobic attitude towards his son. Osman Peerzada, Tara Mahmood and Christina Albert all were a treat to watch in this episode.
Though I thought Christina looked stunning, and am impressed by the attention to detailing when it comes to each character’s particular look, I do hope that unlike Mohini and her kotis we will not see that same white flower in Zaibunissa’s hair 24/7. Kabhi kabhar phool switch ker leney main koi harj nahin, agar sufaid hi hona chahiye tau motia, chambeli, tuberoses, gobhi ke florets, kaafi saari qismain maujood hain, aur haan raat ko sotey waqt utarna na bhooliye ga – shukriya.
Just because so much happened in Sr’s life does not mean Jr’s life had come to a standstill. Nope, not all. Thanks to the skillful interlacing of various tracks we heard the good news ke Jr is soon gonna be welcoming his very own Jr. I just hope ke Omar plans on being a a very hands on dad, warna mujhe dar hai ke this kid will grow up wearing kotis and watching rote dhote dramey. Basically, Omar, my friend, its high time you get with the program and grow up! Apne liye nahin tau apni aaney wali naslon ke liye hi sahi.
Would love to hear what you all thought of it, but I am now finding Mohini quite annoying and overbearing. The lines are there, the situation are just right, but somehow all the banter between Omar and Mohini appears forced and is falling flat for me. I get that this is not our typical coochie-cooing couple but aag tau rahi door ki baat yahan tau koi chingari bhi nahin hai. Except for that one semi-tender moment at the beach, after Mrs. Imtiaz’s death, I am yet to see anything that makes me believe that Mohini has a warm spot for Omar. Did she marry him so that she could take him on a pet project? Is there anything about him that she respects or values? Asma is very right in calling her out on her attitude towards Omar.
I don’t know if its the actress or something else, but I am totally failing to connect with Sana’s take on Mohini. I find that I like Mohini in principle, as in how she’s written, her personality, etc, but what I see on screen is somehow missing the mark for me as a viewer. That whole “cute” scene in the car was something that should have had me going awww but here I was thinking uff bibi ab bas bhi karo! Even her scenes with Farah Shah are off for me. The whole mother and daughter filmy scene, at her birthday, was another one that did not quite gel with me. And again, it is not as if the scene itself that did not work, I loved that little moment when Asma insisted that Omar call her mama and Omar’s affection for Asma is plain to see. Unlike Sana’s Mohini, I’m very much enjoying Osman as Omar. He has indeed come a long way since I first saw him act, and did not like him as the kajal-ed Meyer.
What Sana and Osman lack as a pair is made up in spades by the chemistry Farah and Osman share. Omar, mujhe lagta hai ghar se bhagne ke jaldi mein ghalti hogayi boss … zara ghaur kartey tau I think you would’ve realized amma was a much better catch. She’s one who gets you, your twit of a twat wife, on the other hand, is totally clueless. Don’t believe me? Ok, ask Adnan.
Adnan, now this is a man who has more sense than Omar, even when totally out of it. Right from the moment he met her he knew Asma was a keeper. Aur sirf Asma hi nahin, us ne tumhari qadar bhi foran pehchan li, much before you or your silly wife… seekho kuch us se. And yes, we all know how khuddar you are, isiliye living as a ghar damad, but do you think jobs grow on trees? How qualified are you? What experience do you have? Ok, fine his giving you the car was a bit OTT, but seriously?! How about you stop pouting like a baby and think of the other baby on the way.
All in all quite a happening episode, but nicely paced without any sense of urgency. With Zaibunissa’s entry Hashmi khandaan ki yeh kahani has entered a new phase … ab dekhen aagey kiya hota hai …
Written by SZ~