Teri Raza ~ Episode 6 Review

One of the things I appreciate about Teri Raza is its fluent narrative. It’s only been six episodes but here we are: Suhana and Rameez were friends, they declared their love for each other, Imtiaz maroed his entry, he came he saw he proposed, dadi ka istikhara, Suhana said no, Suhana said yes, Rameez ki waapsi, Ramiz ka rage, Suhana ki vacillation, Suhana’s head games with Imtiaz, dadi ki tabiyat kharab and shaadi happens. Phew!

But wait, there’s more!

This episode also marked the beginning of the end of Imtiaz’s andha dhund muhabbat for Suhana.

Agreeing to an engagement in theory is very different from getting married in reality, and this difference hit Suhana almost as soon as she accepted Imtiaz’s mangni ki angoothi. She rebelled and argued but it was too late. Just like that she was married to a man she barely knew.

That she did not get to know Imtiaz, beyond the superficial, was all her doing, he had offered her plenty of opportunities. But all that was now in past, the what ifs and could’ves and should’ves were all academic at this point. She was now married. Whether she liked it or not she had to spend a lifetime with this man.

On the face of it Teri Raza is a serial dealing with the concept of fate, man’s will vs God’s will, and phrases like istikhara, bad shaguni, gunah, Allah ki raza have been used frequently to reinforce just that, but for me what works is not what is being said, but that which is unsaid. I am enjoying this one for the close up look it offers at the dynamics of desi marriages, how they work and don’t work. There are many forces at play here: parhai khatam = shaadi karwani hai, notion of an accha rishta, familial pressure, emotional blackmail, and most importantly, the concept that a girl can only be “settled” after she is married. Once married it is incumbent upon the woman to make the relationship work.

Imtiaz, as we have seen him so far, is a soft-spoken mild-mannered person, someone with a lot of respect for women, and in the particular case of Suhana, a lot of love as well. For her happiness, he was willing to back away from the rishta even after the engagement, he was even willing to compromise on the dates for the wedding, sab kuch karney ko taiyar they yeh sahab. What then changed when Suhana became his wife?

Suhana is young and immature, we get that. But Imtiaz is not. Why is he blind to the fact that Suhana needs validation of her presence in his life – mere words cannot do that for her. The whole world expects Suhana to adjust to living with Imtiaz, why can’t he adjust a bit too? Right from the get go she is expected to fall in to his way of life. That she may want to do things differently is an option taken away from her when Imtiaz tells her to not interfere with the running of the household. She has to adjust to his routine, he sleeps early so she has to as well. All compromises are hers to make. Why? Would a short-term compromise on Imtiaz’s part have made Suhana amenable to a long time compromise?

As things stand now, this designed to lead up to Suhana’s inability to “appreciate” a man like Imtiaz and their later differences, but this post-marriage scenario did have me reflecting on the in-built desi expectation of a woman’s compromise. And it is insightful moments like these that have me hooked to Teri Raza.

Teri Raza works big time because the actors make it all look so real and relatable. Sarmad Khoosat and Sanam Baloch are very good together – they made for a fabulous black and white jori at the wedding. Sarmad’s Imtiaz is all charm and warmth, but that streak of chauvinism is starting to show and I am liking this new shade to his personality, not because I enjoy it but because it makes this character just that much imperfect and more interesting. Suhana is a multifaceted character and Sanam is doing very well in portraying her various shades. Her expressions, after being told off, albeit gently, at the nashta table were fantastic. What a confusing time this must be for Suhana?! Also, props to the stylist for the change in Suhana’s wardrobe – that embroidered dupatta was gorgeous!

Apart from the leads’, there were couple other moments that I enjoyed in this episode. One was Suhana’s father complimenting his wife on her handling of the wedding, a small gesture but it spoke volumes. How often is it that we see drama men taking the time to appreciate their wife’s efforts? Usually it is all about berating wives and shikwa shikayat and khana laa do, kapray de do type conversations. By the same token, I enjoyed the wife discussing her worries and fears with her husband, again a positive model of spousal relations that we almost never get to see on TV any more – well done Naila Ansari!

So far so good – I am still very much on board. What about you all?

Written by SZ~

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10 replies

  1. Hey SZ
    Trouble in paradise , Yeh to hona tha.
    It sucks that it’s always the girl who needs to adjust and mould herself , I don’t know why but it’s a common thing in Paki land. I feel bad for Suhana, kahan phas gayee bechari!!!
    The 10 pm lights off rule happens in many homes , a dear friend of mine suffers from this even after 25 years of marriage and I always tease her to no end . I mean seriously …get a life , jis ko subha nahin uthna woh kyun jaldee soye.

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    • Hey Deeba: Haye becharey donon … at least the honeymoon couldve lasted a bit longer. LOL!
      But so true that about the automatic assumption that the girl is the one who is expected to just tow the line, and if she complains shes immature and fussy, whereas the guy gets away scott free and that too with the label of being understanding, mature..

      haye bechari tumhari dost! But khair in all those years they mustve been able to reach some sort of an understanding… so what do they end up doing? #poochkebatana

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      • After years of practice now she can slip in and out of the room without making a sound ,ninja style 😂quiet as a mouse aur mian ko khabar hee nahin 😁

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  2. Zabardast episode and zabardast review. Suhana’s situation is so relatable. I loved the last scene. They perfectly show the situation of newly weds susral mein Zuban ko ta’ala aur ghar walon ka samna taiz talwaar. I am so looking forward to ramiz track as well.

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    • @Asma: Haina! Isnt it fab how a totally random serial is offering us so much to think about .. I too thought the last scene, actually the whole post marriage scenario was very relatable .. Im sure many among us have had to deal with some aspect or the other of what Suhana is going thru in this phase of her life ..
      Yeah, Ramiz’s track has the potential to be interesting, but so far its not been able to have the desired impact .. lets see how it goes from hereon .. seems like fun times ahead!

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  3. Great review, SZ! Glad you’re still on board.

    You know, all this while I’ve been thinking that everyone was making too much out of the age difference between Imtiaz and Suhana. After all, age is just a number and mostly an irrelevant one. But boy was I wrong. This episode did a nice job of highlighting this issue. Imtiaz has spent his entire adult life doing things a certain way, and over time, his habits have crystallized into a rigid and uncompromising way of life. He’s never had to consider a different way, and given the desi context, he never even realized this would be a huge adjustment for Suhana.

    Speaking of Suhana, what a fantastic piece of dialogue (angrezi fauji ki buddhi rooh)! I don’t know if anyone but Sanam Baloch could do justice to a bit of dialogue that is snarky and sad all at once.

    One thing that didn’t quite work for me was Suhana’s pre-wedding determination re: Rameez. It’s almost like she’s forgotten how he let her down in the first place.

    Oh, we discovered Rameez’s redeeming quality in this episode: he knows how to pick out jewelry!

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    • @RK: Dont you think this serial turned out to be one of the most underrated one this quarter? I wonder how much better it would have done if it didnt have the hype of Sanam’s return attached to it, whereby everyone was expecting to be blown away… Sometimes the burden of being a star vehicle can have adverse effects on the reception of a particular project..

      I can’t say for sure, but that particular dialogue sounds like an on the spot addition, it is very different in mood and feel from the kinds of lines we hear Suhana at other times .. her scene with Manzura, and then the scene between Manzur and Manzura was soo bad .. almost put me to sleep… this line had the Humsafar resonance – that buddhi rooh line was straight from there, only addition angraiz fauji .. and Sanam did it absoluye justice .. she is a fab actress!

      Btw, it is funny I was reading comments on various fora and a lot is being made out of the age difference and him not being worthy of a younger girl etc, but this was also the case in Humsafar, except that the casting there did not support that aspect of characterization so it slid by .. in the novella Ashar was in his mid forties with two married sisters, and very much like how we see Imtiaz here, rigid set in his ways who gradually loosens up with Khirad .. in fact Imtiaz is so much more likeable than the kharoos original Ashar.

      LOL! But we never saw what kind of a ring Rameez got her … in fact I thought it was pretty smart for them to show Imtiaz also gifting her a ring, and probably a more expensive classier one, hence him once again upstaging Ramiz, without even knowing about it .. first time was when his rishta got accepted because of his outstanding qualifications .. which wouldve put Ramiz’s to shame had he even sent the rishta .. .

      Yes, the whole Ramiz thing is just not gelling together .. going by what we see on screen there is absolutely no reason for Suhana to continue to be attracted to him .. aakhir aisa kiya hai us mein jo hum ko nahin dikhta :/

      Btw, no comment on the subtext of the black white jora pairing at the shaadi?

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      • Ha! I never even noticed the black/white juxtaposition in that scene. What a keen eye you have!

        I didn’t know that about the book version of Asher! That would make for a different story, but on one level, his inability to stand up for Khirad, to trust her, makes a lot more sense if he’s older and set in his ways.

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  4. I dont know what I like more– the actual drama or the free-wheeling discussions here!! I do know that I could not watch a drama without the discussion here; And sometimes I can read the reviews here I swear we could together write a 20 episode drama better than Humsafar! Think about that– the first cooperative for writing drama/ screenplay. For a first we can pick up what we consider a failed drama which had a lot of potential and re-imagine it:)

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