Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When we first practice to deceive.
Walter Scott may never have met Shagufta Shehzadi but he sure knew her kind, inside out. For now Goshi is sitting pretty, thinking she’s hit the jackpot by getting her way with Shams, but little does she know that she’s way out of her league here. Shams may look and talk and act like her khwabon ka shehzada, magar bibi shayad bhool gayi hain ke khwab tau band ankhon se raat ke andheron mein dekhe jatey hain, jo subah hote hi sooraj ki pehli kiran ke saath hawa ho jatey hain.
Real life is so much more complicated and human beings that much more so; it is not just about hearts and roses and knights in shining armors but about dealing with complex personalities. Shagufta might’ve gotten away with pushing Shams around in college, meddling and messing with Ilyas and Maryam’s life, to say nothing of humiliating the pair publicly, and running rings around her ailing father and sadqay wari going chachi, but in involving Suleri sahab to get Shams to propose to her she’s definitely bitten off more than she can chew. Just this one move might’ve sealed Shagufta’s fate forever. And all this to what end? Who is this guy?
Shams Siyal, the reluctant recipient of her affections, is clearly not the man Goshi thinks he is, and to be fair to him he’s never encouraged her, infact tried his best to explain his situation… magar afsos, bibi ne kab kis ki baat suni aur mani hai. Not that Shams is a bechara beeba in need of our sympathy. He might’ve been forced into walking out of his valimey ki dawat to send his rishta for Goshi, magar lets not forget that Shams is not an Ilyas who will give in easily.
When it comes to playing games, Shams sahab tau Goshi ke bhi ustad hain. The ease with which lies roll off his tongue – him telling his friends about this being the love match of the year, or him smooth talking the aunty into taking his proposal, or with Goshi’s father – indicate a man skilled at playing games. A few stray words here and there give an insight into how this man’s mind works, and I tell you those brief glimpses are enough to give me the chills. Goshi kidhar phans gayeen tum?! This is nothing like playing siyasat siyasat in your gali muhalla…this is the big leagues… with real politicians!
What makes Preet interesting is that its not just the main leads who get to do all the fun stuff. Goshi and Shams might think they are the hero and heroine of this story, but look at the bigger picture and it turns out they are no more than mere pawns in the shatranj ki baazi that Suleri sahab is playing. Udhar Shams’ bhai and bhabhi have their own little funda going with Gujranwala’s home grown version of meri behen meri naukrani, and then there is ghar ghar ki kahani going on with chachi and Maryam essaying the lead roles as the sari hui saas and the bolti band bahu.
On Maryam, while she is bolti band for now, I do wonder how long she will put up with chaachi ji’s taunts. I hope with time this character will realize its potential and we get to see Maryam do more than roll her eyes. It would be fabulous if we could see Goshi and Maryam evolve parallel to each other so that we can get a fuller critique of how our society defines and measures sharafat.
Writer Amna Mufti’s not-as-simple-as-it-looks script is brought to life beautifully by director Ehteshamuddin who does a fab job underscoring the nuances of all characters. The editing was nuch better in this episode and the DoP has done a fab job with his camera angles and lighting. Of the actors, Ahsan Khan is brilliant. Forget about his recent run of mediocrity, here his talent and versatility are on full display as he becomes Shams Siyal. From the on-point accent to the mannerisms and body language to the appropriate clothes, he is the perfect rough around the edges, chaudhry siyastdan.
With her chulbula phase done with, sans the OTT-ness, Hira is growing on me as Goshi. Her scenes with senior actors, Erfan Khoosat and Rehan Sheikh, show the hard work put in by the director and his actor. Rehan Sheikh, and Adnan Shah Tipu were fabulous in their little cameos. Eagerly awaiting to see more of them. Hasan Noman didn’t have much to do today but from the promo it seems like we are in for a ton of fireworks next week. Mira Sethi was fun to watch in that one scene and that Shagufta baji diss was hilarious! I really hope we get to see more of Hira and Mira together. I haven’t seen the girl playing Saima before, but I would like to see more of her, with less makeup please. Same goes Zarina as well. And saving the best for the last – please give it up for Erfan Khoosat. He is superb!
So yes, am definitely on the Preet bandwagon. What about you all?
Written by SZ~