Congratulations! Ladies, all of you whose akhiyans were udeek diyan, rejoice and baanto mithai kyonke Wali has galloped his way into the narrative with full on hero waley shashkey – aisi entry ke lagta hai ke haan waqa’i asli hero bhai tau yahi hain! Ab, let the games begin!
With the mubaraks out of the way, let’s rewind back to the begining of this seventh episode and start off with the Lahore track. I am enjoying the way Ruhi and Behroze’s story is unfolding and how we are getting to see the various facets of these characters. Though this couple is totally in love and share every little thing about their day with each other, there is a lot that remains unsaid as well. On his end its him missing his family and on hers its Agha jaan’s insults that resonate… all those less than complimentary things that were said about her family. She asks Behroze to share but then on the other hand does Ruhi really want him to do that? Were he to tell her that he wants to attempt a reconciliation again would she have the wherewithal to withstand a second barrage of insults coming her way?
Like it happens to the most well-meaning amongst us, Behroze and Ruhi find it easier to brush painful memories aside and focus on all that is happy and good – and what could be a happier occasion than the birth of a child. But again, it is precisely at these moments that those painful memories resurface again. The sight of Ruhi’s happy family brings to mind the loved ones who are absent – hence the phone call home. The strong rebuff, however, puts paid to all of Behroze’s warm and fuzzy intentions.
Gone for now is the sentiment and nostalgia, hidden away in in the darkest deepest recesses of his mind, all that remains is the ego – he is not Bakhtiyar Khan’s son for nothing. If the father can stand there, look his son in the eye and throw him out of the haveli then Behroze can do the same to Suhaib. That Bakhtiyar and Behroze’s hearts are breaking on the inside, even as they are being cold and cruel to those closest to them, is something that the world outside will never get to see. Mikaal Zulfiqar is outstanding here as Behroze and Sanam is equally impressive as Ruhi. I am really enjoying Farhat’s up close and personal study of the complexities of human emotions and Haseeb does well to get his actors to bring these very nuanced characters to life.
Back at the haveli, life has moved on for Suhaib and Arjumand as well. After the disappointment of last week I;m glad we got to see Arjumand and Suhaib actually talking and discussing their vision of a very different life for their children. It was great to see Hareem and Ali smiling for a change – what a difference that makes! With the waterworks on hold, it is so much easier to understand and empathize with Suhaib’s helplessness, pulled as he feels emotionally in two opposite directions. Caught in the war of wills between his father and brother he finds no where to turn.
In a very smart juxtaposition, amidst all that is so different, we get a subtle underscoring of the similarities in the two brothers’ lives. Much like Behroze, Suhaib too keeps his feelings from his wife. Where there is a lot of pain there is also perhaps a bit of guilt – of not having spoken up for his brother earlier, of living a luxurious life where his older brother has it rough, of having his children growing up with a sense of belonging – but again because his brother is so like their father, all his efforts to extend an olive branch get rudely shot down. And so pass twenty years.
Twenty years seem like a long time, but to hear Wali put it into perspective it all seems to have gone by in a blink of an eye. Where they might have healed with time, left unattended old wounds have continued to fester. All three men pretend, and perhaps after all this time even believe, that all is well, but as the precap indicates just one scratch and the wounds starts bleeding again. Will these family ever be able to put aside their painful past and forget and forgive each other and look forward to a happier future together or will the hurts of the past be handed over with interest to the next generation?
All in all this was a much better installment as compared to the really rough episode last week. There were issues with timelines – I was almost afraid that we’d have to get a specialist to check in on Wali’s stunted growth – and the uneven focus on the two couples grates quite a bit. Last week there was way too much focus on Arjumand’s pregnancy and this week we barely got to see her. That said, the strength of the writing, the nuances we see in characters, and the well executed visual narration makes up for a lot of rough spots and has me looking forward to next week.
Just realized I forgot to add about the length of the episode… 31:32 minutes?? Is this how HUM plans to extend it to 30+ episodes?!
Written by SZ~