Last week I tried to help Sitara aunty and Imtiaz
bhai by suggesting they set a shaadi ki tareekh ASAP. Magar afsos… aajkal ke zamaney mein neki kar dariya mein daal. Meri suni hoti tau we would’ve all been spared ranjhe Ramiz ki rants. But as things stand now Ramiz is very much back and behaving like the proverbial haddi in the delicious shami kabab that is Imtiaz and Suhana’s yet to blossom love story.
And, this in a nutshell is what happened in this latest episode of Teri Raza.
All this was expected, no surprises or unexpected plot twists happening here, but despite that there is a certain something that reminds me to tune in every Tuesday. And that certain something is in the details, the nuances of the various characters.
Ramiz annoys the heck out of me, but I like that there is an understated explanation, not an excuse, for his bizarre behaviour. His parents’ toxic marriage, both continue to use their only child as a convenient pawn in their battles of one-upmanship, has left it’s mark on his personality, and it shows in his dealings with those close to him. On paper this was a character with a lot of potential but unfortunately on-screen Ramiz is coming off as very uni-dimensional, with little nuance afforded to him by the actor, Shahroz.
Sanam, on the other hand, tackles Suhana with a lot of skill, sensitivity and empathy, bringing to life a young girl conflicted between duty and love. She agreed to the engagement, because she felt that was the right thing to do under the circumstances, but with the reality of marriage to a virtual stranger staring her in the face, she is justifiably second-guessing herself. Was she too hasty in her decision? She thought she knew Ramiz but that didn’t pan out too well, where then were the guarantees that Imtiaz was the right person? And now with Ramiz’s re-appearance she’s further torn. Can the adults be in the wrong here? Is Ramiz telling the truth?
Suhana has weighty questions on her mind and she turns to her made-up maid Manzura for answers. Now much as I love Manzura, and she has excellent choice in poetry, I don’t think she can be of much help, even with her fiancé, the driver Manzur, doing double duty as a spy. Suhana, girlfriend, you really should’ve hung out with some sensible girls at college instead of those easily placated chichoris… dekh lo now you have no one to turn to, no one to ask for advice. Bas bibi ab bhugto baith ke…
Suhana does not know this yet but Imtiaz is really the right guy for her and not just because he is super cute. Imtiaz maybe the awkward nerd, but he is also sensitive enough to offer the girl he loves a chance to back out of their engagement. And if this was not enough, his care and affection is not just reserved for his lady-love but also extended towards the other woman in his life, namely his mother. Such a leading man is a rare breed and makes for a welcome change from the alpha males we typically see on our TV, all brawn with very little brain and zero heart. Sarmad is fabulous as Imtiaz – and his clothes weren’t even rumpled this week!
Next week’s precap promises more of Ramiz’s OTT rants and raves and I am so not looking forward to those. I hope the director compensates us by giving us an extra dose of Dadi, Sitara aunty and Imtiaz’s scenes. So yeah, I am still watching and enjoying this one …. what about you all?
Written by SZ~