Agha jaan main yeh nikaah nahin kar sakta ....
The second episode of Diyar-e Dil was an elaboration of the aftereffects of Behroze’s shocking refusal to follow Bakhtiyar Khan’s diktats. The louder the older man roared the straighter the younger man stood. Unafraid to speak his mind, refusing to give in to the emotional blackmailing and unfazed by the threat to cut off the purse strings, this was no ordinary young man. In all his bluster Bakhtiyar had forgotten who he was talking to – Behroze is very much his father’s son. Both men equally intransigent, not ready to give an inch, the word compromise nonexistent in their dictionary. The phrases hamara faisla and main kathputli nahin hun, used quite a few times today, were an accurate summing up of the mindsets of the father and son. Though it went on for a tad too long and the loudness and dialogues was very reminiscent of ’70s Lollywood melodrama, the dramatic showdown between the father and son was one of the two best scenes of the episode.
No matter how much Suhaib tried to convince him otherwise, Behroze was done being told how and when to breathe. His father had ordered him out of the house and that’s exactly what he did. Where Behroze has inherited all of father’s obdurate tendencies, Suhaib is the complete opposite; he’s the one on whom falls the burden of maintaining calm and status quo. But as Arjumand and Laila both rightly pointed out, couldn’t there be a middle ground in how the two brothers behaved – one stubborn as a mule and the other as spineless as a jellyfish? I have to say I found Suhaib quite pathetic in his whimpering acceptance of Agha jan’s decision. Arrey bhai, even the roti dhoti Arjumand put up more of a fight then you!
On Arjumand, I’m no fan of weepy women, but in comparison to Suhaib she certainly seemed to have her act a lot more together, to say nothing of having a stronger sense of self. Afsos, ke the concept of women being more than commodities seems to not yet have reached Agha jan’s ears; no quicker had Behroze walked out he was busy planning his niece’s marriage to his younger son. That Arjumand’s parents too were willing to go along with this rishta clearly indicates that this family is not just living in a remote area but their way of thinking is equally out of touch with the times. Hopefully by the time we get to the second generation haalaat kuch bada gaye hongey …. till then I’m registering my annoyance at Agha jaan and his hamari izzat hamara waqar hamara faisla type ideas.
And before I move on from the happenings in Skardu, I am so glad that Haseeb chose a very scenic location for the conversation between Laila and Suhaib. Do people really fall in love that quickly? Even for a very filmy serial this situation was way too filmy, magar yahan bhi Suhaib sahab fail. He couldn’t stand up for himself, couldn’t stand up for the woman he considered a bhabhi and now he failed his lady love as well – way to go Suhaib! Laila, my friend, trust me you’re better off without this wimp!
If the attempt is to paint Behroze as the black sheep (appropriately dressed in black) and Suhaib as the angelic son (complete with his white wardrobe) then I have to say it is not coming across as such. I wish they had given Suhaib a bit more of a spine, at this point despite the director’s best efforts – the shot of him looking out the window was stunning – I am not buying into this character’s angst.
In Lahore, after his experiences with weepy men and women, it is easy to see why Behroze is attracted to a strong woman like Ruhina. Sanam Saeed is very good here. Her expressions and the modulation in her voice shows how far she’s come as an actress. This second showdown though very different in tone and feel was just as effective as the first one. Book-ending the episode, these two were the best scenes of the episode.
The manner in which these two ostensibly similar scenarios were handled speak volumes of Haseeb Hasan’s intelligence as a director and also mark the maturity of the writer, Farhat Ishtiaq. Here it was not about preserving familial honor, khandan ki izzat, but this was about Tajammul sahab’s sister’s honor. He was not about to give her hand to the first person who knocked on his door. Though age wise he does not fit the character of Ruhi’s brother, Behroze Sabzwari showed his class as an actor in this scene. Compared to the unleashed fury of Bakhtiyar’s refusal Tajammul’s was a relatively more sedate but equally firm response. My one disappointment in this scene was Zohra’s role as the typical lagai bhujhai karney wali bhabhi. Kiya tha agar yeh bhi kuch finesse dikhateen tau ….
As things stand now, for Behroze and Ruhi it is a refusal from both sides, lets see ke agley haftey yeh oont kis karwat baithta hai.
All in all, this was a smoother second episode. I am enjoying the pace with which the narrative is unfolding and the screenplay flows quite well. I am liking Osman/Wali’s presence as the narrator of the story, adding a bit of a twist to otherwise linear story. I have reconciled myself to the filmi-ness so am going with the flow for now, but given that a film last for a maximum of three hours and this one has a run of 30+ episodes I am quite wary at this point. I hope that once things settle down in the story that we will get more of a drama like drama. I had complained about editing last week and am happy to say it seemed much more even today. Now if only someone could work on the background score, it was particularly intrusive in the second showdown.
In terms of acting Abid Ali, is perfect as the over dramatic Bakhtiyar, right down to the tapping of his fingers when particularly agitated. Behroze Sabzwari was equally great. It is good to see Mikaal the actor make a comeback after sleepwalking through quite a few serials. His emotional response to Bakhtiyar’s wrath and his entitled bewilderment at Tajammul’s put down was beautifully essayed. Sanam Saeed continues to impress. Hareem is a pretty face so far, and I am looking forward to seeing her do more than shed tears. Ali Rehman is yet to make a mark as Suhaib, but I am glad to see that the accent has been ditched, or at least I didn’t notice it today.
One final note before I sign off, could someone please, please check spellings before putting up sub-titles. I have long since given up on angrezi, magar yahan tau Urdu bhi ghalat hai!
Written by SZ~