After the heightened emotions of the past couple weeks this was a relatively quieter episode, a bridge between the doom ‘n gloom of yesterday and the promise of a brighter tomorrow that waits around the corner. How long to get to that point, when wounded hearts are finally healed and longstanding feuds truly forgiven, will depend on the will of those involved. So far only Gulistan Khan’s family is willing to move on. Pari and Torah, on the other hand, continue holding on to their burdened past unwilling to move on without a perceived resolution of their grievances.
Torah’s nursing of grudges against Gulistan Khan and his family makes sense in view of all that he’s suffered since childhood, and impressions left on a young mind do not wash away that easily. The trauma builds up over years and every slight thereafter, whether deliberate or unintentional, serves to keep fresh the festering wound. Torah thought he was done with revenge, but seeing Gulistan not only revive his relationship with his surviving son but also take credit for property jointly worked with Torah’s family serves to fan the flames yet again. That it was not meant the way it came across is not the issue. It is what it meant to Torah is important. The incidental reminder that he is without an heir is yet another slight that methinks will not sit well Torah. Looking forward to seeing how this offhand comment affects Torah behavior with Bano in the next episode.
For her part Pari too remains true to her personality. She has never hidden the fact that her goal is to be the queen of her domain, unwilling to share anything, even her husband, be it his affections or material possessions, with anyone even his only sister. To now find out now that even after everything that has happened, she just cannot seem to get rid of Shirin – she is a shareholder in her brother’s property. Any other person would’ve let bygones be bygones and moved on, but Pari just refuses to give up. Destroying Shirin is now an obsession with her.
While these two characters remained true to their graphs, I was surprised and a little taken aback at Aurang’s almost overnight transformation from a man-child, desperately seeking his father’s approval at every turn, into this decisive man of action. It was too easy and too pat. Surely a lifetime of distrust and fear of disapproval does not get washed away with one conversation? A bit more time spent on Aurang grappling with his choices and future course of action would’ve helped me buying into this sudden change. That said I loved the carrying over of the motif of the peela kapra and the playing out of that symbolism. Well done Mustafa Afridi!
Shamim is another quick turnaround. Gone is the hesitant woman, who was almost afraid to utter a word in case it offended anyone. For all these years to the world she was Gulistan Khan’s wife, the mother of his three sons. The bitter reality, however, was that she was a mere daasi, a woman whose sole purpose in life was to serve … never question the status quo. How could she? When was she ever invited to speak, let alone be an active participant in any conversation? And had she even voiced an opinion who would’ve paid heed to her? But one acknowledgment of her wujood from her husband and Shamim’s world changes overnight. Not just in the way she hold up her head and walks as if a burden has lifted from her shoulders but in the assertive manner she talks to Aurang. All this happening so fast, particularly when there are years of hurt to forget, was too pat. Had it been an actor other than Sania, I would’ve not bought into this at all. But her Shamim is so compellingly sincere that it is difficult to argue the whys and whynots.
The promo for next week sees Daa ji floating, a huge change from his earlier stance of always ordering and informing, the idea of Shirin marrying Aurang. How this plays out, particularly after Shamim overheard (a convenient contrivance!) Palwasha and Aurang, has me waiting in anticipation.
All in all a mixed bag of an episode, with some likely and some not quite as palatable twists and turns. Mustafa Afridi’s writing remains taut but I do wonder about the uncharacteristic rush with some tracks. The conversation about ribah looped back to earlier episodes but the long-winded discussion of morality and ethics took away from the story on hand. Kudos, however, to Saife Hasan and the entire team for making even the improbable scenarios palatable with excellent direction and acting. Nauman Ijaz, Sania Saeed, Paras Masroor, Kaif Ghaznavi, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Kubra Khan, all have me waiting for the next episode.
What did you all think?
Written by SZ~