This first episode of Alvida reminded me of all the reasons why I used to look forward to Samira Fazal’s dramas. I say used to because aaj kal is TRP ke chakar mein sab ka haal kuch ajeeb hi ho gaya hai and pretty much every writer is being compelled to churn out one doozy after another. Magar khair let’s leave that story for another day. For now, because we are an informed audience and know how quickly dramas can and do change courses, lets start off with a ba jama’at dua ke this one stays the course and doesn’t end up as yet another useles long drawn out saga.
Alvida opens with an introduction to Haya, a young girl eagerly anticipating the return of her cousin Hadi, a doctor returning home after spending a few years training and working abroad. Our heroine is a complete drama queen who lives in a rose colored fantasy where she imagines herself in love with her much older cousin. As the narrative unfolds we see Haya is not only immature but is also easily swayed by others. Hence even though her adoptive parents love her and pamper her to no end she still manages to find a negative underside to most of what they say. Similarly, just because the maid says so, she’s ready to believe that her father gave her away for some ulterior motive.
As for Hadi, the older cousin in question, he sees Haya merely as a precocious younger sister. Uroosa, his khala’s daughter is the love of his life. While ordinarily there should be no issues in them getting together it seems like there is some as yet untold reason why his parents are hesitant about this pairing. From everybody’s response it looked like there was something about Uroosa herself that appeared na-munasib to all. She looked older than Hadi, infact his age was brought up once, so was their age difference an issue? Or perhaps there had an untoward happening earlier in Uroosa’s life, she referred to zindagi pe bharosa nahin hota, had she lost a fiance or even an ex-husband?
Apart from the two lead characters and their complexities we also met Fareesa, yet another cousin from Hadi’s dad’s side. This girl seemed like quite the chalti purzi type and I can easily see her stirring the pot quite a few times in this story. For now she has the immature Haya’s ear, who loves nothing more than an attentive audience for her OTT emotional dramas. Hamari heroine is so nadaan that she doesn’t see the covetous gleam in Fareesa’s eyes, nor does she know how she is ridiculed behind her back . Us ko tau sirf shaadi karni hai, dulhan banna hai, or Hadi ki biwi babba hai … nothing more nothing less.
As far as stories go there is nothing new here, nothing that is going to make you sit up and watch ghaur se. Nope, sorry not that kind. But what it looks like is that Alvida is a well-written, entertaining story backed by strong production values and is off to a good start… ab aage kiya hoga woh tau God alone knows best.
Ok, so where I enjoyed Samira’s writing I was seriously put off by Sanam Jung’s overacting. There is no doubt she is a pretty girl but she needs to really work on her acting skills. I had been looking forward to Naveen Waqar’s return and she didn’t disappoint as the quietly dignified Uroosa. What I didn’t buy was her relationship with Hadi. No matter how many long gazes they exchanged or how many times they smiled at each other, there was zip zilch chemistry between Uroosa and Hadi. And as for Hadi, Imran Abbas looks the part but I am yet to buy into his character as a serious, committed doctor/Buddha reincarnate. Sarah Khan also needs to take break from acting in every second serial and work on polishing her acting skills. In fact among all, the two actors who made their presence felt were Lubna Aslam and Mehmood sahab.
Alongside the largely unimpressive acting, the loud nonstop background was another buzzkill. I don’t know why our sound editors feel the need to overlay every scene with music. Today it was almost impossible to hear the dialogues over the music in quite a few places. Please, please could someone at HUM take a look into this issue, Thank you .
This is Shehzad Kashmiri’s third serial, after Dil-e Muztar and Mere Humdum Mere Dost, and though I enjoy the overall look of his serials I have been unable to connect with the stories he’s told so far. Today, while I appreciated the fluency of storytelling, the framing of scenes, etc, I missed the zing, that undefinable x-factor, that special magic that hooks you from the very first scene and makes you wanna root for a particular character or a track. That said this was only the first episode so let’s see how things pan out in the long run. For now I thought this was an average opening episode, with sharp writing in the plus column and average/mediocre acting and loud background music in the minus column.
Aap logon ne dekha? Kaisa laga?
Written by SZ~