Yes! After a few lethargic weeks Goya is back with a bang!
Today’s episode – with its smooth narrative pace, fluent unfolding of events, relatable situations, well-written scenes, some really fabulous performances – reminded me of all the various reasons I had been so gung ho about this serial for the first ten or so weeks. Team Goya, waapsi mubarak!
And yes, waapsi ki mubarak de hi rahe hain tau a huge welcome back to Ali!
Ali, my friend, you have no clue how sorely you were being missed, and you have no idea how badly everything fell apart without your sage advice, given in your own patented style! Dekh lo aap ke aatey hi there seems to a be newfound sense of purpose to the narrative. Zara seems chipper; finally, after losing Adnan, here is now a friend with whom she can share her sadness and loss without the added pressure of parental ambition and expectation, as there is with Omar.
Omar, for his part, seems almost relieved. Yes, he and Zara were there for each other, but his bond with Ali is something else entirely. Seeing his old friend out come pouring all his feelings of resentment at Mohini’s purported betrayal, his outrage and frustration with his father’s megalomaniacal ways, and his anger at himself and the world at large. And with this venting and sharing comes further clarity of purpose – all those who’ve wronged him will have to pay.
The Omar we’ve seen evolving over the past few weeks is no longer the sheltered amirzada without a clue about the world that lay beyond his father’s mansion. The man we met in this latest episode is embittered and cynical, someone who’s graduated with distinction from the school of hard knocks. From a boy who’d grown up in a luxurious cocoon to the man whose had to learnto walk without leaning on anybody, Jr’s come a long way. Yes, there is a lot of hurt and resentment seething within, and an occasional tear does manage to escape, but there is now a layer of cold hard steely resolve that envelops the heart he had once laid bare before Mohini.
Beautifully juxtaposed against Omar’s steel is Zara’s fragility. In a very sensitively written, nicely directed and fabulously acted scene, an otherwise strong girl like Zara succumbs to the allure of the blissful unknown yet again. What makes her situation sadder is her parents’ callous disregard for her mental well-being as they force her into making a suitable match yet again. The nicely done quick insight in her past not only provided the rationale for her present situation, but also underlined why she had resorted to drugs in the first place. Zara is no bored socialite doing recreational drugs, rather underlying her habit is a serious social issue, one that is often ignored by parents caught up in the race to one up each other with scant regard to the innocent child caught in the crossfire.
Alongside all this drama with Jr. & Co. we also had quite a bit happening in Mr. and Mrs. Hashmi’s life. Haniya is pregnant and trying very hard to keep her baby secret a from its father. The father in question, on the other hand, seems to have given up his day job and is now occupied 24/7 with keeping tabs on the whereabouts of his wife and son. Ab un ki qismat, beta hai tau biwi ghaib and agar biw khaney ki mez pe hai tau beta ghaib, and agar donon maujood tau something start smelling really fishy, and no, its not the Dacca Fish that Zaibunissa cook so well.
It is good to see that not everybody is quite as easily persuaded as Mohini; Haniya is coming into her own gradually as she tries to protect her unborn baby from its father’s wrath. While I’m yet to be convinced of Sr.’s omnipotence Haniya harbors no such doubts and sincerely believes her husband is unstoppable, particularly when it comes to getting his own way. And is saarey chakar mein she got so stressed ke she forget that the bag she left home with was the one she returned with and similarly her pants as well. Shukar hai Sr. didn’t catch on to this blunder, warna tau Haniya bibi aap ki khair nahin thi. Continuity issues aside, I am enjoying the writers’ attention to the detailing of characters other than the lead pair. Last week we got a very welcome insight into Sr.’s painful past, which went a long way towards explaining his callousness towards all, particularly those who mattered.
So far Haniya’s been a neutral bystander in the ongoing battle of wills between Sr. and Jr., but this baby has changed that equation. Haniya has now sought Omar’s help, and going by that very faint smirk it seems like Omar is sensing a chink in his father’s armor. I’m looking forward to seeing how this alliance of convenience fares in the coming weeks.
While there was so much talk of Mohini throughout the episode, we didn’t get to see the Murree track at all. While I didn’t miss Mohini’s woe-to-me attitude, I did miss Shafu nana’s words of wisdom and the level-headed Asma. I sincerely hope Mohini is all, or at least semi sorted out when we meet her next, warna woh tau udhar roti hi reh jayegi and idhar Omar sahab will be well on his way to acquiring his doosri biwi.
On Omar sahab, what an applause-worthy performance Osman Khalid Butt has turned in here. His outburst today, when he met Ali, his two conversations with Haniya, the balcony scene with Hira, all were fabulously done; his range of emotions and his control on expressions is excellent. In short, I am very impressed with Osman here. Also impressive here is Hira Tareen. She’s been given a great role and she’s done absolute justice to her many-shaded character. Gohar Rasheed is an actor who impresses even in one scene. Its great to have Furqan Qureshi back and he’s certainly spiced up the proceedings. Tara Mahmood brings so much dignity to her character and I am so glad we are seeing more of her here rather than in yet another typical non-entity-of-a-ma/bhabhi/behen type character.
All in all quite a happening and engaging episode – looking forward to next week!
Written by SZ~