Diyar-e Dil ~ A serial I had such high hopes for and one that I had started watching with such anticipation, magar alas! Dil ke saarey arman Suhaib ke ansoo-on ke saath behtey behtey beh hi gaye. The few stubborn armans that were still clinging to the faint hope ke shayad ab kuch behter hoga … well, after today, mitti pao on those too. To be fair there were a couple of good moments, but unfortunately so deeply were these buried under the weight of the way beyond heavy handed and melodramatic narration that it was really hard to care about them.
Yes, the OTT theatrics really got to me today. I am very happy for all those moved by this never ending bin badal barsat, but I just kept looking at the time and wondering why these 37 minutes were going by so s-l-o-w-l-y. Did we really need to see closeups of every grieving family member, guest, servant, even the taza qabr?
I don’t know about Wali, but I was really irked by how every single member of the family asked him about Suhaib. Arrey people how could you miss the memo?!? Suhaib pretty much spelled it all out for you in episodes 8 & 9, magar nahin... everybody expected and wanted, no, needed a personal confirmation from the khandan’s iklota chashm-o chirag. Wali, my friend, I know you are W-Man ‘n all, but seriously you need to quit acting like the khandani khabru. All you needed was this one-update-answers-all type thingyAb with your naye magar puraney barey baba threatening to kick the bucket as well remember there is a reason why Facebook and Twitter exist!
My annoyance doesn’t just end with the rona dhona. Also beyond me is why are judgments being imposed on us? Why are we being held by the hand and told who to hate and who to like – why not let us decide for ourselves? If Ruhi is wrong for holding a grudge against a father-in-law who insulted her and her family and threw her out of the house, then shouldn’t Laila be painted in the same shade of black for holding a grudge against Behroze for so long? In fact Laila’s case for being black is stronger because unlike Ruhi, who has a legitimate reason for being angry, Laila has no leg to stand on! What the heck is she so mad about? Surely she’s still not upset about her weekend long dillagi? And where was she coming from when she accused Behroze of living happily at the expense of others’ khushi? How is she qualified to comment on either his or Suhaib’s married life? Or was she implying that she had an unhappy marriage? But then how is the state of her marriage Behroze’s fault? Nobody knew she was even in the picture!!
Chalein theek hai, logon ne kaha aur hum ne maan liya ke Ruhi is the villain, but then why is Behroze being portrayed as Mr Nice all of a sudden? Yes, Ruhi could’ve been more understanding, but then shouldn’t he shoulder some of the blame for Ruhi’s negative mindset? He never once told her about Suhaib’s overtures, never made an effort to keep his daughter in the loop about his part of the family – where is Behroze’s remorse in all this? And now we are being told Ruhi is the bad guy? Sorry, but not buying into this sudden turnaround. A few tears and senti lines and all is forgiven – back into the family fold with all the izzat due to him as the older son of the family.
Any other sensible person in Behroze’s place would take this as an opportune moment to pave the way for his wife’s izzatdar acceptance into the family. Magar nahin, yahan tau aisa kuch nahin. From where I’m standing Ruhi is right to be suspicious, haveli ke hawa paani mein kuch hai. First Agha jan, then Suhaib and now Behroze – all bitten by the same khandani bug of arranging shadis. Shouldn’t messes of the past be sorted out before future relationships get discussed? Have to say Arjumand is the sane one in the family – the only one who totally gets how insane the men in her family are! Yes, that scene, in the precap, was one of my faves today!
My other fave moment, actually in the episode, was the one very warm conversation between Wali and Behroze. I have to say in all this OTT-ness, Osman nails it as the very controlled Wali. But then of course Behroze had to go spoil the whole thing by inviting him to cry as well. Kya yaar! Har ek ka rona zaroori hai kya yahan? But that said, I have to say Mikaal is impressive as Behroze. Haseeb Hasan deserves a huge round of applause for getting Mikaal to go beyond the basics and deliver a nuanced performance.
Sanam Saeed is another one who is turning in a very understated performance as Ruhi. I wish this character had not been robbed of its potential complexities and rendered so uni-dimensional, but still Sanam does manage to do it justice and keep Ruhi interesting and somewhat real. Arjumand’s is another character that has been generally flatlined, but occasionally we do get to see some sparks, and it is to Hareem Farooq’s credit for making those moments count. Abid Ali is good overall as Agha jan, but I had a hard time dealing with the hysterics today.
Keeping in tune with the general mahol of OTT-ness, we had a blaze of red in the scene with Ruhi and her bhabhi, eyeglasses came and went at will, as did the shades of grey in the older generation’s hair. In all this the two things that remained constant throughout were: a)Osman and Mikaal’s perfect hair- not even one strand out place, and b) the constant blast of loud mournful music.
I am not going to go into my broken record mode and ask why 30+ episodes, but what I will say is that if we are expected to keep watching this for the next 5 months or so then please go easy on the heavy handed approach to story telling. TV is a visual medium and we get that there has been a death in the family, no need to hammer us on the head with 37 minutes of constant crying and sad music – we get it, we really do!
Hoping for a better episode next week!
Written by SZ~