After a relatively ho hum couple of episodes, this installment was slightly better in terms of fewer bloopers, more coherence and a relatively better narrative pace. That said, I’m still waiting for Goya to catch up to the high standards set by the first ten episodes.
Before we get into discussing the specifics, lets offer a collective shukrana that Omar is back home, away from all those immoral doctors and shady nurses. So glad Omar realized this was Goya and not a desi remake of While You Were Sleeping and woke up when he did and voila! Uthtey hi bruises foran ghaib!
And its not just hero sahab who’s back home, Zara too has returned from rehab. And sach poochen tau I’m thrilled to see Zara back in action – aatey saath hi she’s started asking questions and looking for answers. I loved her for not wasting any time and getting to the heart of the matter. Her forthright take-charge manner was not only refreshing but made for a great contrast with Mohini’s hai hum becharey mazlooom attitude.
When the serial began we met Mohini as a confident feisty reporter, who thrived on challenges and took pride in her can-do spirit. Zara, on the other hand, had come across as the stereotypical pampered socialite with way too much time on her hands. But as the serial has progressed we’ve seen quite the role reversal. The confident Mohini fell apart at the first serious challenge life threw her way, whereas Zara has shown real growth under adversity. Unlike Zara, who is now in all probability going to become a pillar of support for Omar, Mohini has turned in on herself. Forget about supporting others Mohini went so far as to attempt suicide.
Mohini’s is a character that has disappointed me the most so far. I would have had an easier time empathizing with her had she not been an investigative journalist. But for someone trained to sniff out duplicity and coverups I don’t get how Sr. Hashmi and the hospital walas could get away with pulling such a huge scam. Yes, she was upset and shaken up post the accident, but surely Mohini could’ve questioned at least one of these blooper filled stories she was being told?
Since the day she met Omar, she’s known about Rahat’s manipulative tendencies, Asma confirmed everything Omar said as well, but somehow despite all what she’d been told, Mohini still allowed herself to be played. She who shared everything with her mother went and made a deal with the devil himself without even bothering to inform Asma? And now she’s walking around like a mazloom c.70’s ki filmi heroine? Perhaps later she’ll redeem herself in my eyes … but for now, girl, sorry no votes for you.
In sharp contrast I find Omar so much mature. Again, if we were to compare him with the baccha he was at the begining of the serial to the young man he is today, we see tremendous growth. Yes, in many ways he still pouts like a baby and hold grudges (against Haniya for one) but at least he has more faith in Mohini than she did in him. No matter what lies Sr. fed him he refused to heed any of them and continues to firmly believe in Mohini’s innocence. Ab whether he continues to do so after hearing about his baby is something I look forward to watching in the coming weeks.
While the daughter is falling apart, I find Asma really impressive in how quietly strong she is. Seeing her dealing with the wreck called Mohini, and all the nonsense at the hospital, it is easy to get a sense of the courage with which she dealt with all the adversities she faced after her husband died leaving her with a young daughter. Now this is a character that I get. Mohini on the other hand boggles my mind. And on mind boggling, what is going on with Nomi’s blue shirt?
Where Nomi’s sartorial choices have me shaking my head, Haniya always gets a two thumbs up from me. Not only is she the most sensible person in the Hashmi household but is also by far the best dressed one. I really hope we get to find out why she married Rahat, because so far, thanks to his fruity colored shirts, all we know is that she didn’t marry him for his sharp dress sense.
Khair, dressing well or not, I do like the stateliness Usman Peerzada brings to this character. Back to Haniya, I think of her as the warm heart of the serial so far. We don’t quite know why she went to see her doctor friend but I liked the air of mystery it injected into the story.
Waisey Zaibunisa is also so far holding to her share of mysteries, dropping a hint or two per episode about her intriguing background. What I don’t get is why and how she can get away with dropping mysterious one-liners, that too to Sr. Whenever I see them together I wonder whose face he sees reflected in hers. That, to me, would be the only reason why Rahat seems so unsure and uncomfortable around her.
So yes, continued mystery about Rahat’s past, Haniya’s secret meeting with the doctor, Mohini’s attempted suicide, Zara’s return, and Omar back in that red, black white bedroom of his bachpana – quite a bit happened today. Now if only somebody could lower the loud background score and lose the focus on Mohini’s mazlomiyat I would say Team Goya is back in business … but for now waiting to be wowed again.
Written by SZ~