Let’s begin with a moment of silence and offer a ba-jam’at dua for the dearly departed Suhaib: May his soul rest in eternal peace and may he be spared the unending tears he was made to shed in this world – Ameen!!
With dua fateha out of the way, lets put aside the by now much used and abused tissue box, and look back all that went on this latest installment of Diyar-e Dil.
That Suhaib would die was not a surprise, it was heavily hinted at in the previous episode, but the melodramatic manner in which his death was stretched out over an entire episode was a hardly necessary. Yes, it was sad ‘n all, and though I agree with the sentiments and lines, I am not convinced of the need for long drawn melodrama, first with Arjumand and then with Agha jan? Why not cut that short and add in a scene with Wali as well? Perhaps that picnic? It would have been nice to a have one last happy visual of Suhaib with his family. And then of course, in true filmi fashion, that most important phone call was left till the next morning, ensuring that all and sundry knew ke bas ab bhai jan ke chal chalao ka time aa gaya hai sirf chand ghanton ki baat hai….
In all the senti-ness the one moment that really stood out in that lambi siyaah raat was ironically the one sans the crying or emotional lines – when after returning from Agha jan’s room, after having set things right with his family, Suhaib came in quietly and pulled down the shutters or rather apni zindagi ki kahani par parda gira diya – this is the kind of narrative subtlety that I had hoped for but find woefully lacking in this full on Lollywood inspired mode of filmi story telling.
What I did enjoy was how the emotional connect between the father and his two sons was highlighted. Behroze might’ve turned away from Suhaib’s outstretched hands but it was not as easy to turn his back on the memory of Suhaib jesting about his own death. Similarly, the scene where he couldn’t sleep while Suhaib was in pain was a very nice woven into the screenplay. Also enjoyed the moment when Agha jan was so perturbed by his younger son’s emotional outbreak that he was compelled to put aside his ego and give in to Suhaib’s request to forgive Behroze.
Agha jan’s phone call to Behroze was beautifully done, and the reaction from the other end was spot on. The last couple of scenes, the milaap of the the long-estranged father and son, was really well done – I will admit to being moist-eyed at that moment. Abid Ali is an actor in a class all by himself, but the real surprise has been Mikaal and the way he has gotten into the skin of his very difficult character, someone who keeps his emotions and feelings to himself. For Behroze to finally fall apart like he did and lose it completely at the sight of his devastated father was really well done by Mikaal. Sadly though where his acting is spot on the stiff hair is so off ke bas nahin.
I can only wonder as to how much more impact Suhaib’s final moments would’ve had if his scenes earlier had been underplayed a bit. But to give him his due Ali Rehman did justice to Suhaib and was a lot better here than in his previously forgettable outings. For her part Hareem played the supportive, and later grief stricken wife very nicely. That scene with Hareem and Mariyam was very well done. They say to not speak ill of the dead, but kitna accha hota if there had been even a fleeting acknowledgment of those earlier difficult moments in Arjumand and Suhaib’s marriage, but nope, apparently all was truly forgotten. In any case that whole qissa is literally dead and buried now – or is it?
Whereas Suhaib and Arjumand, those most affected by the whole trauma of the past, seemed to have well and truly moved on, poor Laila is still harboring resentments. For a love story that barely lasted two days, I have no clue why Laila is still holding on to the bitterness? Was she involved in a bad marriage? Will wait for more to unfold in this track, but for now I’m not buying into her story.
Left pretty much by the wayside was Ruhi and Fara’s track. That scene with Fara and her friend was totally out of sync with the mood of the episode, although I did applaud Fara chiding her silly twit of a friend for her nonsense. I can see why a scene like that was necessary, but I felt the overall narrative needed something more in keeping with the overall mood, or there should’ve had been some proper sequencing between that scene and those preceding and proceeding it. Sanam had only two scenes, but I liked Ruhi’s underplayed concern for her husband and that she was worried enough to not want him to travel by himself. But seriously, Ruhi, bibi, you need some real friends in your life – this bhabhi of yours is no good, I tell you!
With our badshah-e jazbaat’s track coming to an end the stage was set for the parda kushai of Prince Charming – enter Wali sahab, minus the white mare plus the white shalwar kameez.
In a family where everybody cries like there’s no tomorrow, thank you Wali for keeping your emotions under check. It is really interesting but where we have gotten an insight or two about the other younger characters, Wali has so far remained closed off. We have no clue what he thinks of his family drama or how he understands and rationalizes the way he has always come second in his father’s affections – the top spot was always reserved for the exiled brother. So yes, Osman Khalid Butt’s Wali may come off as stiff and controlled but after today I think those very things are key to understanding the character’s emotional makeup. For now Wali is gradually easing into the role that fate has prescribed for him. Responsibility rests heavy on his young shoulders but worry not Wali – we have you all prepped for all the challenges that lay ahead of you!
Looking forward to the next chapter in this jazbaat se bharpoor saga of dil and dilwalas!
Written by SZ~