Thirteen weeks in and the mausam of this diyar remains as tempestuous as ever. The serial opened with Agha jan ripping into Behroze for his nafarmani. Abhi andhi baarish band hi nahin hui thi ke we witnessed Suhaib and his bhabhi bani biwi, Arjumand, blow hot and cold about their marital relationship. Barely had these two settled their differences ke it came time for Suhaib and Behroze’s aye-mere-bichrey-bhai-mujh-se-mil phase. A zabardasti ka hug and a few senti lines later Suhaib opted to draw the curtains on his life story. Suhaib ki kahani kya khatam hui ke haveli bhar mein aansoo-on ka sailab aa gaya.
Such was the force of this post-Suhaib teary flood ke Behroze bhai bhi got swept up in it and jab hosh aaya tau he was in the very same haveli from where he’d been unceremoniously kicked out twenty years ago. Kuch afsos, apni purani harkaton par, aur kuch sadma, bhai ke guzar janey par, and that’s all it took. The mantle had been passed. It was now Beheroze’s turn to take center stage and do full on garajna barasna.
Three weeks later, after succeeding in getting his only daughter nikah-ofied to his nephew, bhai ki rooh ke sukoon ke liye, Behroze bhai jan is gradually winding down. Magar wait, don’t you dare think ab mausam khush gawar ho jaye ga. No! Not by a long shot! Going by the latest turn of events, Ruhi aunty is just getting started – keep your chhatris and raincoats handy!
I’m not quite sure how, what, when it happened, but by the end of this episode Behroze was well on his way to sainthood. All that we know is that bees saal ba’d he is khaali haath. Forgotten in these moments of martyrdom were the facts that he never really heard Ruhi out, had still not told Ruhi about Suhaib’s unsuccessful attempts at reconciliation, threatened his wife of twenty years with a talaq, and oopar se eavesdrops on every convo his wife has, and now he’s crying about kuch nahin bacha?
It’s a good thing Wali is quite the catch: acchi shakal+ bahadur sher + beeba bacha = great rishta for any ladli beti, but seriously, who emotionally blackmails and steamrolls their only daughter into a zabardasti ki shaadi – aaj, abhi, aur isi waqt? It was bad enough when Agha jan was forcing Behroze all those years ago, but for Behroze to now turn around and do it to his daughter? What century is this man living in?
I do not condone any of the nonsense that Ruhi was spouting, but going not by what she was saying but how she was saying it, I am Team Ruhi. The same man who pays heed to a random uncle ki beti, so much so that he turns into a new man over night, threatens his wife to shut up or else!?! And on that uncle ki beti, if she could be invited to the emergency nikah then why not Tajamul and his wife? What kind of signals does Behroze think he’s sending by not inviting Ruhi’s baap jaisa bara bhai? I don’t know about others but I sure would be angry about the non-invitation to my only brother and would be forced to wonder about the haveli residents’ intentions. And then Behroze wonders why she doesn’t trust him? Why should she??
Irregardless of how I feel about their characters Mikaal and Sanam are fabulous as the most dysfunctional couple ever. Sanam’s body language and her voice modulation give Ruhi the humanity her lines don’t. Similarly Behroze may be the sab se bara loser, but Mikaal gives this loser a vulnerability that his I-am-a-victim-watch-me-cry lines don’t. Their expressions in the nikah scene were spot on. Two parents, both wanting their daughter’s happiness but coming at it from polar opposite viewpoints. Haseeb Hasan does a great job getting those performances from his actors, and his execution of the nikah scene was very well done.
Haseeb has also done well with getting Maya to emote and express vulnerability; she was very good in the nikah scene and her later breakdown in the bathroom was very poignant. With her expressions and body language improving, Maya needs to continue working on her voice and dialogue delivery.
The weight of this new responsibility bears heavily on Wali and it shows. In the scene, where his barey abba droned on about is ko pyar dena aur woh khush rahegi (what is she, a pet?) Wali’s apprehension, him looking at this girl who was now his bride, curling his fingers around her hand – all were beautifully essayed by Osman. My favorite moment though was Wali’s quick scene in the bedroom, when Behroze left after firming plans for visiting Suhaib’s grave – in a serial filled with OTT tears and melodrama galore, this 10 sec scene was the first time I felt an emotional connect with a character of Diyar-e Dil. And then *sigh* it was back to same old same old.
Oh, and before I forget… since when did Agha jan start speaking in that accent? Ek taraf Behroze has ilhams a la Suhaib and now his father is sounding like Suhaib of yore … anybody else thinking in terms of The Return of the Dead or some such?
Overall, not much else to report, except that aap sab ko bohot mubarak ho – nikah khair-o aafiyat se ho gaya. I would ask you to pause and celebrate, but, as I said in the begining, there is no time for happiness. Going by the precap its now time for the Ruhi -Behroze showdown, and then in view of his graveside conversation, it will soon be Behroze bhai’s turn to join his Suhaib bhai– all I can say is replenish your Kleenex supply ASAP!
In terms of pacing, editing, and overall visual narration this latest episode was a vast improvement over the mediocrity that had marked the past few installments. In terms of overall approach to this serial, I continue to rue the absence of subtlety, nuance and subtext, qualities that have defined our dramas till recently. I sincerely hope this filmi-on-steroids style of storytelling is a one-off and not a harbinger of things to come.
Written by SZ~