aur bhi ghum hain zamane mein muhabbat ke siwa
rahatein aur bhi hain vasl ki rahat ke siva
Not sure if the intention was to challenge Faiz, but first episode of Tau Dil Ka Kiya Hua seemed geared towards exactly that.
Written by Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, directed by Shahid Shafaat and co-produced by Momina Duraid, Tariq Shah, Sana Shahnawaz, and Samina Humayun Saeed, the serial opened with an introduction to Faris Chawla, a softhearted businessman, whose wife no longer wants to live with him and is seeking a divorce. Maya has moved back with her parents not because Faris is an awful man or some such, but because she wants to be with Saif, an old flame now back in her life.
For his part, though disappointed, Faris seems to have accepted his wife’s decision with a lot more equanimity than those around him, particularly Daria who seems to have an emotional stake in Faris’ well-being. His Siraj uncle, however, seems to have a lot more experience in such matters and counsels Faris to move on.
Unlike Faris, Saif, the person at the center of this maelström, is not an easily likeable man. While their daughter professes to love him, Maya’s parents are not quite as taken with Saif, a man with secrets. Is Saif really in love with Maya or is he using her for his own nefarious purposes? While we wait for an answer for that one, for now the term ‘ishq mein andhi is perfectly suited for Maya.
A third angle to the triangle is introduced with Muzna. While her exact relationship to the three leads is unclear she is definitely not a Maya fan. Muddying the waters farther is a pre-existing business rivalry between Faris’ family and Muzna’s parents. The episode ends with Saif leaving us with a very strong hint that Maya’s happily-ever-after dreams are destined to be shattered. When and how this will happen is what the serial is all about.
As far as first episodes go, this was an interesting opening, a hat ke kind of an introduction raising more questions than were answered, and I enjoyed the intrigue thus created. That said, this is not a thriller, at least not at this early a stage, so I don’t get the need for the constant (and loud)musical reminders to that end. Moreover, Khalil sahab is an experienced writer who knows how to keep audiences engaged, and the opening is a testament to that, but I really wish he would try his hand at something other than shaadi, pyar, muhabbat and talaq type stories. I don’t know about you all, but I was bored after the umpteenth mention of shaadi and talaq. Yes, there was a lot of repitition in this very talk filled episode.
Among the actors, Sami Khan was easily the pick of the lot. Ayeza Khan looks pretty, but acts distant and emotionally detached. Despite all that Maya was saying I was hardpressed to believe her claim, that she loved Saif to the extent that she was willing to risk it all. Zahid Ahmed’s Saif did not work at all for me either. He and Ayeza have absolutely no chemistry and their scenes together were very long and boring. Rehan Sheikh and Mansha Pasha are personal faves so am looking forward to seeing more of them. This is the first time time I have seen Hira Hussain and am intrigued about her Muzna.
As a director Shahid Shafaat did well in terms of unfolding a complicated begining, but I so wish he had cut the long winded scenes. I hope as we go along there will be less talking and repitition, shorter scenes and the background music will not be quite as in your face. Also, Im not quite sure if it was just the print I was watching but why was everything so orangey/red?
All in all this was a decent opening, not something that kept me glued but I did walk away wanting to know more know about these characters and their motivations. Aap logon ne dekha? Kaisa laga?
Written by SZ~