Just when it seemed like the powers-that-be had decided to go mellow, winding down to a tepid finish, the narrative shook off it slumber as the tone and pace picked up and the serial went back to being the Sang-e Mar Mar that had me hooked.
While last week Durkhane’s confession had turned out to be a dream sequence this time around it was for real as she could no longer live with the guilt. The graph of the scene after her confession was pitched very well and it had me holding my breath to see how it would all pan out. The aftermath of all that was interesting as it pointed yet again to societal double standards where one’s own sister’s mistake (that impacted so many lives) is forgiven as a ghalati, as opposed to a gunah, but someone else’ daughter was so easily maligned and cursed to a live a sinner’s life. Had Gulistan Khan not been as accommodating Shirin’s life could have been made a living hell. That said, I am glad that we didn’t have a whole other round of blood feuds starting up after the confession. This was a good ending to that track, except now thanks to Sharif Ullah Torah Khan has yet another trick up his sleeve.
We had complained earlier about Aurang’s too pat a decision to turn his back to his life in the city, and I am, therefore, so glad to see Shamim standing in his way and insisting that he complete his studies. Good for her! I am so glad to see that for once we have a drama where education is not left by the way side. Shamim might be a simple woman, uneducated woman, but she has more brains than all the men in the drama combined.
For his part, Aurang reverted back to the way he had always been. Unlike the decisive assertive man we saw last week, here he was again a child desperately wanting to please his father, seeking his approval. For his part, Gulistan Khan showed himself to be truly a changed man when, even after seeing his son’s vacillation, he chose to step back and allow Aurang to make his own decisions. Now whether Daaji can remain this steadfast when it comes to the question of Aurang choosing his bride remains to be seen.
And on the question of choices – Bano is back with bang! I love Uzma Hassan and she is so good in this character. Not a woman to mince a words she openly confronts her mother about the inherent societal double standards, where a woman has no say in the matters of her life but a son is a different matter. One can only wonder how different a person Bano would’ve been had she been happier in her personal life. Now her bitterness spills on to everyone around her. I wonder whether Gulistan Khan ever thinks of his daughter’s unhappiness and hold himself responsible for it, to some extent at least?
So far Bano’s wrath has only one target Palwasha, but the minute she hears about Daaji and Shirnin’s conversation and figures out Shirin’s love for Aurang – bas! Talk about fireworks! But khair, that is yet to come. For now, Shrin’s continuing her dream spree. Earlier in the episode we had seen Aurang with Palwashey and that scene followed by this one just did not work and only served to suck up time. That said, just the fact that Shirin dares to dream about such a possibility says tons for how far the family has moved from the times when perhaps it was Shamim’s or Bano’s time. Maybe there is hope after all that all this bloodshed will usher in some much needed changes.
On the women in the serial, Shirin, Durkhaney, Bano, Palwasha, Pari, and now even Shamim, it is refreshing to see these women not holding back and refusing to play the victim anymore. Shirin is offered a choice and Durkhaney tells her to go after what she wants. For her part Durkhaney comes clean despite the certain consequences. Palwasha too takes it for only so long before she refuses to put up with Bano’s insults. Pari knows she’s in charge and has no qualms in asserting herself when inquiring about Sharif Ullah’s whereabouts. And finally my girl, Shamim, now that she has found her voice she refuses to let Aurang mess up his life with his ill thought decision to quit school.
Among the men, Torah is still haunted by specters of the past. First it was his mother, now its his father. Every stray comment serves as a rebuke, a reminder of the painful past. It doesn’t seem like he is quite as yet done with avenging his parents. His brutal outburst against Bano was less against her as his wife and more that she reminded him of his parents’ wasted lives. Why should Gulistan Khan’s daughter be happy when his own mother never was and his father’s contributions continue to go unacknowledged. There’s a lot of hurt and anger simmering behind that easy going exterior, and I for one don’t want to be around when he really lets loose. The promo for next week promises yet more revelations and I can hardly wait to see what other skeletons are hidden in the family closet.
Mustafa Afridi and Saife Hasan have done a great job keeping us interested and engaged. Afridi’s lines are as hard hitting as they are laced with humor. The actors are all fabulous. Sania Saeed and Nauman Ijaz are brilliant, I say this every week and every next episode they remind me yet again why they are the best in the business. Paras Masroor and Uzma Hasan are fabulous as Torah and Bano, a pair made in marriage hell. Mikaal is very good as the quiet, watchful Aurang. Kubra’s Shirin is so good so underplayed in this episode, its hard to believe it is the same actress in Muqabil. Kaif Ghaznavi is fab as Pari and Sharmeen and Beenish are both effective.
So I enjoyed this installment – what about you all?
Written by SZ~