Before I begin let’s all please observe a two-minute silence.
The reason for this request will become clear later, abhi let’s begin with a quick sketch of the characters and their stories so far and phir aage baat karte hain.
Adhi Gawahi is written by Saima Akram Chaudhry, directed by Fahim Burney, co-produced by MD Productions and Fahim Burney, and airs Wednesday and Thursday on HUM TV. If the first two episodes are any indication then this will be a fast moving story with twists and turns awaiting us in every episode. No need to add Shan or National masalas here – this is a one heck of a spicy story.
After her husband’s passing Ayesha chose to move in with her two brothers. She and her college going daughter Salwa are generally happy with this arrangement but for the younger bhabhi Khaula who sees Salwa as competition for her daughter Soha. Competition because the older bhabhi Sana has an eligible son Sa’ad, and Khaula is afraid of him preferring Salwa over her daughter, someone not quite as with it as her more outgoing cousin. That she kept Soha at home rather than studying with her cousins is another reason for Khaula’s insecurity. Meanwhile as expected, Sa’ad and Salwa are but ofcourse very interested in each other while Soha is busy mooning over her cousin.
Adhi Gawahi has the love-triangle-between-cousins trope down pat but that is not considered enough. Enter the spoilt feudal – stereotyped to a T. Chaudhry Hamadan Mustafa is the scion of an ultra rich feudal political family. To complete the picture his mother, a typical waderi, complete with a maid pressing her feet. Mrs Chaudhry has spoilt her only son rotten, to the extent that he sees nothing wrong with spending tons of money on a horse he desires. That his uncle and cousin try to stop him does not bother him one bit. He gets what he wants. And these are horses. Wait till he sets his sights on a woman.
Sa’ad, Salwa, Hamadan, and his cousin/sidekick Faseeh, are all college mates and have one last assignment to submit – a short film. There is a lot, and I mean A LOT, of drama that happens in the interim but I shall leave that for you to figure out, for now suffice it to say by the end of these two episodes, Salwa finds herself in a bizarre predicament.
Now, let’s go back up to beginning and the two-minute silence.
Just the other day we were lamenting about how our dramas had turned shadis and talaq into a joke. Well, without giving anything away, Adhi Gawahi takes this one step further. I get the impulse to add in the unexpected, a thrilling hook to keep viewers returning, but there is a fine line between acceptable and ludicrous and this one just crossed it. I don’t care how this twist is rationalized later, there was absolutely no need for this. This is NOT entertaining by any stretch of the imagination. Shadi, talaq, rapes, domestic violence, extra-marital affairs, we’ve seen everything trivialized… now on to nikahs.
Adhi Gawahi is not the first drama to turn nikah into a joke, a mere plot device. No, that dubious distinction goes to Rishtey Kuch Adhooray Se, also starring Sohai and presented by the same production house. The difference, however, is that the older serial was never touted as an issue based serial whereas this one is – ab kya issue hai, apart from Salwa’s certified stupidity, remains to be seen. But here are my two cents. Channels, producers, directors, writers, actors: Please stop pushing nonsense using buzz words and labels approved by marketing departments and TRP gurus. If such shenanigans continue, well then everybody knows what happened to the boy who cried wolf.
Even if one lets the story issue slide by, then too production-wise Adhi Gawahi is a mess, hurriedly put together with disproportionate effort directed towards coming up with a stunning OST video. Yes, applause is due to whoever came up with the concept, the song is lovely, leads look fabulous and I am lusting after Sohai’s black Ali Xeeshan chadar, but at the end of the day let’s not forget this is a serial not a song video shoot.
Like in Teri Raza, another new serial started this week, here too we are asked to believe the leads are in college. Why? Why is youth associated only with college students?? When you have actors way past that age then why not show them in a different setting? Why not as junior professionals? The difference is only a couple of years, but it goes a long way towards creating a plausable scenario.
Making matters worse, these two episodes were riddled with serious continuity issues and timeline was off big time as well. I am not sure how all this escaped notice but it was almost impossible to overlook. Azfar’s closeups in the beginning of the first episode did not match up to the rest of the scene and were obviously tacked on later.
When Adhi Gawahi started it held out the promise of turning into a guilty pleasure, but as events have unfolded it has become clear this drama has derailed and is not my cup of chai. Aur aap ke liye? Chai ka cup worthy or not?
Written by SZ~