Before I begin can someone please tell me where’s the fire and how bad is it??
Going by Behroze’s aaj nahin tau kabhi nahin attitude it sure did seem like all hell was ready to break loose and bas sab kuch jal kar raakh ho jaana hai …. abhi bas abhi!! Why?? Why did Wali and Fara’s rishta need to be finalized aaj aur isi waqt? I felt so sorry for Agha jan today; hardly had he returned home ke beta ji got this bee in his bonnet about the rishta… and not like doing baap ka emotional atyachar was enough. No. Newly bewa-ed bhabhi and bechara sharif sa Wali both were dragged willy-nilly into this rush to reunite the family. Easily forgotten in his rush, to pukka Fara’s rishta with Wali, was the minor fact that he had a zinda salamat wife of 20+ years, who had every right to expect to be consulted about her daughter’s future.
Magar nahin. Behroze was determined to fix things – as he deemed right. No matter what Agha jan said, or Arjumand said, or the extent to which he went to deliberately keep Ruhi in the dark. All held no meaning in front of Behroze’s blinkers on approach to ensuring Suhaib’s rooh ki khushi. Arrey bhai sahab, if you’re now feeling guilty, tau go ahead repent – who’s stopping you? Magar nahin. Forget about the concept of free-will, forget about his daughter’s right to choose, her dreams, desires, ambitions – that all apparently existed just for him. Ab its only about Behroze’s understanding of how the dearly departed bhai’s rooh will get sukoon in jannat. Bhai jan, last time I checked Quran khwanis work just as well. Try them! No need to play with others’ lives for this purpose!
Though a better episode, if one were to measure it in terms of progression and tears shed, this was a weird one in how it gave us a whole new Behroze. Seems like Ruhi had it right all along. There is indeed something in the hawa paani of the haveli that turns otherwise rational men into neanderthals. How the heck could Behroze inform and assure his father that he and his family would pick up and move from Lahore to the khandani haveli? Just like that? Bhai jan pehle biwi se tau pooch lein! Yes, Mr Behroze, Arjumand nailed it when she said you needed a psychiatrist!
Arjumand deserves a huge round of applause for saying just what needed to be said to apne B=Behroze=blackmailer bhai jan. How dare he bring up the long forgotten mangni and apologize for it now! Seriously?!? I would’ve loved it had Arjumand held her ground, taken a day or two to think about this proposal and made her brother-in-law stew a bit, but alas! She was no match for Behroze. One wasta of Suhaib ki khatir, one mention of his rooh and some talk of his sukoon and she melted. Though disappointed that she consented so easily, I have to applaud her for taking that opportunity to say her piece and not give him Behroze the satisfaction of seeing how much hurt he had caused her.
Behroze might’ve gotten away with his harkats for now, but I am really hoping Ruhi gives it to him good when she finds out his plans. I am having a seriously hard time buying into a story line where a character suddenly flipflops and goes into a 19th c mindset. And we’re supposed to herald him as the good guy? I would have agreed with him being a good guy had he conveyed Agha jan’s apology to Ruhi, invited her to stay at the haveli, eased into the rishta convo, and most importantly asked his daughter’s consent before asking everybody else in the khandan. Instead we are being presented with a scenario tailor-made to portray Ruhi in a bad light and give rise to even more misunderstandings and misconceptions on her part. Yes, Ruhi says inappropriate things and comes off as crass at times, but seriously, as a whole her character is perhaps the only other one that makes any sense to me. The first one being Wali.
When we had first joked about Wali-Man being the savior etc, I had no clue that his character would literally become the only reason I would watch this serial. And no it has nothing to do with the Wali-Fara romance. The reason I find Wali interesting is ’cause this character is probably the only one with a well-defined arc, one that is shaping up ever so subtly. I am enjoying Osman’s underplayed take on this quiet young man forced to shoulder a much older man’s burden.
Wali was always his grandfather’s ladla pota and Zarminey’s beloved lala, but with his father’s passing away he’s had to step into his father’s shoes and become a beta to his grandfather, an emotional support system to his grieving mother, a baap to his baby sister, bhai to his baray baba, and now even a shohar to an unknown girl, all overnight. They are all very subtly done, but Osman’s expressions and body language are bang on and he is nailing it as W-Man. Loved the Wali -Zarminey moments (did she ever get her mare?) and the time when Wali consciously takes a minute to appear upbeat before greeting his mother with a smile on his face, the slight raising of his eyebrows when Behroze brings up the rishta, and then his quiet reflection at the window – all beautifully essayed and providing a much needed respite from Mr. B’s shenanigans.
Alongwith Sanam and Osman, Mariyam Nafees was very good as Zarminey. Hareem was good in her confrontation scene with Mikaal, baqi I really wish the powers that be had gone easy with the waterworks. Despite all my grievances with Mr B, and I do have a ton of them today, to give him his due Mikaal is doing well here. Abid Ali was fabulous as the repentant Agha jan. Now his is a character whose turnaround makes sense. As for all that happened today, I can only blame Agha jan’s ill health for him not being firmer with Behroze and not opposing his harebrained scheme where shadi=super glue that keeps families together.
What we see here, this emotional stuff, is a hallmark of Farhat Ishtiaq’s writing and one of the many reasons why her stories are so popular with the audience. More importantly, whether one agrees with the twists or not, they all make sense within the narrative and are intrinsic to the story. In sharp contrast what we are getting here are twists that don’t seem natural to the story unfolding on our screens, hence this feeling of patchiness. There are problems with the visual narrative as well. The longer scenes appear randomly cut up with other shorter scenes sandwiched in between, spoiling the overall impact. We ended last week with Laila telling off Behroze, but today she seemed to have disappeared altogether. Also, randomly edited out was Behroze’s pronouncement that he too might be running out of time – anybody hazard a guess why?
All in all this one is still a very bumpy ride for me – what about you all?
Written by SZ~