Color me crazy but three episodes in Teri Raza is beginning to look and feel a lot like that bhoola bisra sa drama… you know the one that began with an H?
Anyone here remember Humsafar?
Much like that other massive hit this one too has a done-to-death story with very predictable scenarios. But more than the story it is the story-telling that sets Teri Raza apart. Aabis Raza tells a simple story simply, keeping the melodrama at a minimum and giving his actors the freedom to make these characters their own. There is also at work here a certain x-factor, a certain chemistry not just between the leads (minus one) but other cast members as well. Humsafar may have been all about Khirad and Ashar but I am sure none of us have forgotten Farida, Zarina, Baseerat or Batool khala, all of whom were memorable in their own right.
For all its clichés, Teri Raza should be applauded for working within the envelope to introduce some much-needed freshness in terms of characters and their characteristics. Suhana’s dadi is an English-speaking “modern” woman who does not have an issue with her granddaughter choosing her own life partner, but then at the same time she is also very religious, a firm believer in the isharas of the istikhara. Such boundary blurring characters are extremely rare in fact almost non-existent in our dramas and it is refreshing to see one here.
Similarly Suhana’s family. I love how this girl’s parents give her the confidence and space whereby she can not only voice her reservations about a prospective rishta but also put forth her own choice in a straightforward way. For her part, the mother forwards Suhana’s choice without adding any mirch masala. Simple. No drama no nothing. The family members’ reactions in turn are equally applause worthy.
Please, can other drama makers follow suit? I don’t know about you all, but I am fed up of the haww haye yeh tum ne kya kar diya type lectures we hear in every other serial these days. I like that all the familial moments here are very natural and relatable. Be it Suhana and her dadi, she and her parents, or Imtiaz and his mother, all are made memorable because they rely on actors who work on their characters and make them come alive beyond the written word.
While all this worked, what did not work at all was this undue emphasis on the istikhara. For a drama that has been very middle of the road so far, Suhana’s long-winded apprehensions about not heeding/questioning the isharas of the istikhara struck a very sour note. Even though dadi corrected her later the damage was done. Suhana might learn otherwise later, but for those who may watch only this episode or this one long scene, this haphazardly handled religious issue sends out a very wrong message.
My other issue, script wise, is Ramiz being painted in all shades of black, ridding him of any redeeming qualities whatsoever. I wish there was some nuance there, some grey, something that could help us empathize with Suhana’s heartache and make us see what she sees in this guy. The simplistic portrayals – Ramiz = bad vs Imtiaz = good – take away from the story and turn Suhana’s character into a flake. Hence, where we should want Suhana to get the guy of her choice we are all rooting for impeccably dressed Imtiaz.
Re: Imtiaz: Sanam was the main attraction here and we were all excited for her, and she is fantastic for sure, but honestly, it is Sarmad who has turned out to be the star of the show. Theoretically speaking, Imtiaz is a boring fuddy duddy – again, shades of Ashar in Humsafar – but Sarmad’s humanistic interpretation has put a whole new spin on this guy. Despite the crumpled suit and that ghastly black wrinkled sateen robe (no istris on set?) he is stealing the show. I don’t care what that ‘ishq ki andhi Suhana wants, bas she should just marry Imtiaz. That’s that.
Where Imtiaz’s wardrobe is crying out for an extreme makeover, Suhana’s wardrobe game was on point today. She looked lovely in almost everything she wore and I liked how the stylist had given her an appropriate youthful look; loved her kurtas and scarves, and the engagement outfit was a beautiful shade of green. That said, the show stealers today were the older ladies. Loved Ayesha Khan’s ghararas and Shamim Hilali’s sarees. Actually, let’s just simplify and say I love these two. Ok, no, I love the made-up maid Manzura too. What a character she is! Poori ki poori desi agony aunt aka thaali ki baingan. Just last week she was going on about Ramiz’s charm and today she was running him down to praise Imtiaz. Suhana beware!
Precap shows ranjhey Ramiz ki waapsi and I am so not looking forward to all the screaming and shouting. Aunty ji and Imtiaz can you please move up the shaadi ki date? Preferably before next week’s episode? Thank you.
Yes, I’m hooked. What about you all?
Written by SZ~