No thanks to ARY and their so-not-intelligent promo editors I decided to give this latest episode a pass – what was the point in spending 39 or so minutes watching an episode jis ke saarey twists had been obligingly revealed – but then after hearing wah wahs from quite a few friends I thought chalo dekh hi lete hain … ab itni tareef ho rahi hai tau koi tau baat hogi … I sat down to watch, socha 15-20 minutes and I’ll be done, after all l already knew what was to happen so thora bohot dekhoon gi thora bohot ffwd and I’ll be done …
Needless to say my annoyingly persistent friends were right – the episode was great and despite knowing what was to come (Adnan’s death and Omar’s accident) I watched with almost as much interest as I would’ve otherwise. Chalein main ne tau tau dekh hi liya, but what about the others like me who had decided ke choro, jab sab pata hai tau what’s the point in watching. I have no clue what the big bosses at ARY are thinking, or perhaps not thinking, but from where I’m standing it sure does look like the channel is trying its best to turn viewers off this serial. Where in the world do companies/corporations/money-making enterprises follow such a flawed marketing strategy? ARY, if you’ve recently been losing viewership for this serial then I sincerely suggest you look no further then this sab-dikha-do strategy. Doesn’t work!
Despite the fact that I had started to watch this one with a know-it-all mindset it is to Team Goya’s credit for keeping me hooked. It is to the writers’ credit for knitting a screenplay that makes every scene a must watch. What I realized and appreciated after watching today was that here scenes were not used as mere stepping stones leading up to a single climax at the end of the episode, rather each scene was meaningful in an of itself, making it possible to, therefore, have several sansani-khez moments within a single episode. No, ARY, this is not to be read as you being let off the hook – you guys are still in the doghouse – this is tareef for the writers’ eyes only.
There was no way that Omar could’ve known that his angry exchange with Adnan would be his last one with this crazy but genuinely sincere new-found friend. But then again we do so much, say so much without ever thinking of the consequences. Just like Adnan. The heated conversation with Omar left Adnan so angry that he sicced the tax agency (FBI?) on Sr. Hashmi. Still not satisfied he also called in a bomb threat to his friend’s father’s hotel. Added in as a final touch, to rub it all in and derive satisfaction from hitting Sr. where it hurt the most, the gloating phone call to Rahat Hashmi.
Adnan died under mysterious circumstances, but unlike moronic Mohini who seems to live in la-la land and swats off her husband’s well founded fear and paranoia, like Omar I too think that all these happenings are a little too much of a coincidence. Mrs. Imtiaz, Adnan, Ali, one by one all taken away from him. Who was next in Sr’s line of sight?
Rahat is Omar’s father and who would know a father better than his beleaguered son, hence Omar’s concern for his new family. The Omar we saw in this episode is a far cry from the immature boy we met in the first episode. Yes, he’s still green around the ears, the whole Amreeka jaa kar naukri karoonga phir tum logon ko bulaonga bit for instance, but this Omar is no longer just all about Omar. Today his concerns are not just about main aur meri zindagi, rather he worries about those who love him and is immensely burdened by the loss of those whom he cared for and loved.
While Omar is impressing with his emotional strength Mohini disappoints with her stunted growth. Where is the girl who led Omar out of the morass of Jr.’s life? Where is the mature practical Mohini who taught Omar how to think and look outside of himself? In her stead we see a girl who treats her husband like the immature boy he was when her first met her. Her mother and now even Omar are right to call her out for the way she treats him. Nowhere in her demeanor do we see a modicum of respect for her husband.
At a time when he needs her the most, rather than offering Omar emotional support, strengthening his resolve and helping him stand his ground, Mohini appears to be doing the complete opposite. Constantly referring to him as a bechara and using phrases like us ki zindagi barbad kar dio us se shaadi kar ke she seems to be stripping him off all agency, effectively rendering him ineffectual, useless and powerless. Juxtaposed against this unflattering view of Omar is the way she describes Sr. Hashmi: I really respect him a lot … he is family, he is my father in law. Beta ji, tau phir I guess that makes your mother crazy and Omar mad, no? Sorry Mohini, girl, you lost my vote today.
Where Mohini disappointed Zaibunissa intrigued. Just that one look and we were all clued in to her connection to the Hashmi family. But connections alone are not enough to explain the what when where why of her story; the dining table scene was enough to whet my appetite and I for one am eagerly looking forward to this mystery being unfolded, one layer at a time.
Rahat Hashmi, the pivot around whom the story revolves, is sitting pretty at the moment; happily planning his vacation and anticipating Omar’s return. So far, by hook or by crook things seem to have gone his way, but something tells me that he ain’t gonna be sitting so pretty for very long … zara hamarey hero sahab ki recovery ho jaaye tau phir dekhen ge, filhaal tau he’s recovering from some unexplained injuries – no, not referring to the neurologist’s mumbo jumbo, I am talking about the mysterious bruise and the dressing around his forehead …. yeh injuries kab huin??
All in all despite the tell-all promo this was quite a happening episode. The writing and directing are impeccable, and for once there was actually a scene that was beautifully lit and shot and attested to the presence of a seasoned DOP. Yes, Omar and Mohini’s balcony conversation was worthy of applause on all counts. Of the actors, Usman Peerzada is perfect as the manipulative megalomaniac Mr. Hashmi. There is so much authority in his portrayal that it seems that Omar is absolutely right – Undertaker can do anything he wants. Magar then there are those times when we see Sr. roaming around the house in his plaid PJs and mussed up hair … phir no matter what he says or does, he looks about as dangerous as an eccentric uncle who’s lost his marbles. Tara Mahmood’s Haniya is a fantastic understated foil to the larger than life Sr. sahab. Rounding off the senior lot, Farah Shah is impressive as Asma. She doesn’t say much but her expressions speak volumes.
Among the younger actors, Gohar Rasheed had a small role here but he definitely made an impact. His scene with Osman in the office was great. Where Osman came across as stiff rather than angry, Gohar was fabulous as the doped up Adnan. I will definitely miss this crazy character. For his part, after a rough first scene with Gohar, Osman was simply superb. Infact he literally owned this episode. I will admit to having my share of doubts as to how he would handle the emotional scenes in Goya, but all those doubts are now a thing of the past. We knew him as a natural at the comic stuff, but the emotional depth we are seeing here is something else. The balcony scene, his stunned/numbed look when he came home after learning of Adnan’s death, the pareshani right before the accident – all were brilliantly essayed.
Sana Javed’s Mohini is yet to come into her own. I’m hoping with these latest twists Mohini will get more of a chance to show her mettle and find herself in the process. At this point I’m not liking this lath maar larki. Christina Albert had only two scenes but she definitely made her presence felt. Asad Siddiqui is good as Nomi, and am glad that there is someone other than Asma who can talk some sense into Mohini’s pretty head.
Chalte chalte, head se yaad aya ke bhai wah!! Lets end with a huge round of applause for whatever brand of gel/tel it is that Omar and his shadow use …. kitne ghanton se woh chaley jaa raha tha aur shadow sahab motorcycle par follow kar rahe they magar majal hai jo unka ek bhi baal apni jagah se hila ho!
Written by SZ~