Is haftey ki taza khabar yeh ke Goshi bibi has entered into a pact with the devil. Suleri sahab, with his urbane mannerisms and quiet calm, may not look like the devil incarnate but that’s exactly what he is. After all it takes a lot of gumption to play the kinds of games he’s playing with Goshi and Shams’ life: first ordering Shams to leave Goshi behind and go hide in the gaon, then pretending that he had no clue of Shams’ whereabouts. Later in the gaon he played more of his games, but dekh lein kiya confidence, kiya style… jhoot bola tau is tarah seena thonk ke, ke agla banda ghaur-o fikar mein hi par jaye. For now Shams and Goshi are none the wiser, magar Suleri sahab kab tak khair manayenge, kabhi na kabhi tau his time of reckoning will come, and koi tau in ka khaata check karega aakhir. Needless to say Rehan Sheikh is excellent as the nefarious Suleri.
As to who will ask Suleri sahab the tough questions, lets just say that there are a few possibilities but un sab me kam az kam Shams tau shaamil nahin. Intelligently written by Amna Mufti, ostensibly Shams is a perfect example of the Alpha male so celebrated in our patriarchal setup, but look closely and apne hero sahab is actually pretty dumb, a weak man who is a follower rather than a pack leader. This man may act all macho with a lot of swagger and style in the moment but check in later and there is no follow through.
I’m sure nobody’s forgotten the josh and taqreers which preceded his marriage to Zarina. Later, Goshi pulled a fast one on him, and rather than standing his ground he gave in and married her. Jab Suleri sahab asked him to go hide in the gaon he complied without sparing a thought for his new bride. Had he stayed in the gaon he would’ve had no great difficulty in begining a new life with Zarina. When Suleri sent a letter to his brother on his behalf, Shams didn’t even bat an eyelid, ke bhai mujh se poocha tau hota. He was visibly discomfited when Goshi informed him that she had thrown out Zarina, but majal hai ke bhai ne munh se kuch kaha ho. Later when Goshi wound him up, sahab chal paray foran bhai ko sabaq sikhane. And now he’s in jail. Nope, don’t think Shams is gonna be connecting any dots anytime soon.
Goshi bibi, on the other hand, is the perfect shaitan ki chaili. She might have wanted a man to protect and value her, and so far thinks she has found that man in Shams, but give it a bit of time and I am almost positive that Goshi will see that she had been looking at the picture upside down. Rather than Shams looking out for her, its been her protecting him through her lies and half truths, seeing qualities in him which were never really there.
Now with Shams in the slammer, Goshi running around trying to find a way to save her nikama husband. Had it been her instead of him, I’m sure Suleri sahab’s farman would’ve been the final word on the subject. But then that’s the difference between Shams and Goshi. Suleri sahab is gradually coming to recognize that Goshi may be a woman, but the weaker sex she is definitely not – yeh aurat tau mardon se kahin aagey hai. And Suleri is nobody’s fool, he knows he’s reeled in a big one… now looking forward to the eventual showdown between the two. This role reversal, Shams and Goshi, is so fabulously executed by Amna and Ehteshamuddin. Ahsan Khan and Hira Salman are doing a great job essaying these complex characters.
Adding a fourth angle to this Suleri-Shams-Goshi triangle is the man Goshi snarkily dismisses as woh dukandar, but as events have unfolded we have seen this woh dukandar evolving into quite the man, not the Alpha kind, but solid and dependable, the kind of man who looks after his loved ones quietly, without indulging in rhetoric and sho -sha. Ab ya tau Goshi ki bad luck kharab thi ya Maryam ki luck was working overtime, but Ilyas is proving himself to be a man with intriguing depths. The maturity with which he handled the disclosure of Shams’ nefarious activities was truly heartwarming, as was the way he consoled the distraught Bhola after Fayaz sahab’s death. Again, brilliantly written and underlining that old saying: All that glitters is not gold. Men like Shams might look glamorous from afar, but when it comes to important matters, choosing a life partner for instance, then hands down Ilyas wins the entire kit and kaboodle.
After all that went down this week, I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Ilyas emerge after this episode. There is now a lot of hisaab kitaab he needs to settle – not just with Goshi but with Shams and Suleri sahab as well by extension. And when the khaata is opened sab se peley there will be an accounting for who is responsible for Fayaz sahab’s death. It is interesting to see how Fayaz’s death is contrasted against the crime that took place in the village. While Shams is rightfully paying the price for his misdeeds, shouldn’t Goshi be held equally responsible for killing her father? I wish that in due course Ilyas comes to see Goshi for the person she really is, rather than who he imagines her to be. Hasan Noman is acing it as Ilyas.
For a serial that keeps getting better with every episode this was one heck of an installment. So far we’ve seen a lot of unexpected twists, but nothing has come close to matching the impact of Fayaz sahab’s death. Seven episodes and a relatively minor role, the lead’s abba, nothing that would be a cause for excitement, but leave it to a powerhouse of an actor like Erfan Khoosat to turn in a performance of the kind that will stay with the audiences for a while, even in this day and age- simply brilliant stuff! I don’t know about you all but I know I will certainly miss Fayaz sahab, RIP.
Among the other actors, Adnan Shah Tipu leaves quite an impression, Farhana Maqsood on the other hand not so much, although to be fair, it’s the OTT makeup that’s the real culprit here. Saman Ansari is doing well as Zarina. I do hope, though, that Zarina gets a bit more to do other than being the designated bechari of the serial. And speaking of becharis, a huge round of applause for our not so bechari Maryam, loved the restraint she showed when Goshi was on her bakwasing binge. Maryam doesn’t do much, but Mira makes her count.
So yes, Preet Na Kariyo Koi is definitely must watch TV these days. Aagay ka tau pata nahin but so far I’m thoroughly enjoying this one!
Written by SZ~