Sassi! Sassi!! Sassi!!!
Bhaiya kiya larki hai yeh!?! One minute I am laughing at her but the very next minute I am laughing with her. I love her but cannot help getting mad at her either. She exasperates me but then I can’t stop shaking my head in wonderment at her sheer gall. Matlab ke koi alag hi sample hai yeh!
Sassi is exactly the kind of zor ka jhatka our comatose desi drama heroine needed. She is grey, she is black, she is white, she is all colors of rainbow combined. She is someone we’ve never seen before but at the same time she is someone we all know intimately. She is the innermost core of every woman bared for the world to see – that part of their selfhood that women have learnt (after centuries of conditioning) to hide even from themselves.
Sassi is unapologetically brash, she dares to question, she throws down the gauntlet, she falters and fails, but not once does she accept defeat and quit. It is her life and she is determined to live it on her own terms. Whether her choices are right or wrong and whether she is good or bad, all that is for the world to judge. For her all that matters is that she is true to herself. Saji Gul, Kashif Nisar and Sajal Aly, hats off to you guys for giving us Sassi, a woman who shifts the paradigm to fit her needs rather than molding herself to fit the prescribed norm. Love this girl!
So much of who Sassi is comes from her surroundings, her parents and their dysfunctional marriage, Qasim. Her mother’s silent screams fuel her rebellious tone – what is to be gained from being like Mammo? Her’s father’s imperious ways drive her rebellion – if Khayyam can why can’t Sassi? Why should she comply when compliance doesn’t get anyone anything? Qasim has been meekly nodding his at everything everyone has ever dished out to him and where has that gotten him?
Sassi knows she stresses out her mother, she knows for her father appearances are everything and she knows Qasim would lay down his life for her – but why give in to all the social pressures and why be a people pleaser? Her chosen path is a rough one but this is where lies the challenge for her, at least for now. She thrives on the high that removing each obstacle in her way brings her. And now she’s set her eyes on her most difficult challenge yet – Wajih Kamal.
Whether Wajih Kamal will be as easy to understand and manipulate, as her family was for Sassi, remains to be seen. Details of Wajih and Sonya Jahan’s breakup remain unknown and our intrepid heroine has so far never really ventured out of her familial comfort zone. Hence, I cannot help but be fearful for her; life does not always work according to a plan, no matter how well-thought. Her broken leg on account of the moved charpai should’ve taught her that, but Sassi tau Sassi hai. When has she ever heeded even basic common sense and rationale? Signs and symbols tau door ki baat hain.
Yes, this eighth episode was all about Sassi, but what I love about the writing here is that all surrounding characters have a life of their own. Watching Qasim suffer breaks my heart but he has to learn to stand up for himself. He will learn that respect is earned not handed out as an offering. I think his new job will go a long way towards instilling a sense of self and self-confidence in him. And it is only then that Sassi will see him as a person in his own right.
Qasim now has a way out, Mammo is in so deep she cannot even see that much of the morass around her is of her own creation. She has a voice, but it has been suppressed for so long tot even a pained cry comes out any more. While these two acknowledge their shortcomings and weaknesses, Khayyam Sani has no saani when it comes to self-delusion – he has the art down pat. No matter what curveball life, or Sassi, throws his way, he still comes out with a 2+2=5 type of a solution. His thickheaded plan of Sassi’s shaadi is a perfect example of such a mindset. Bhai jaan sudhar jao warna that homegrown hurricane of yours will wipe off that self-satisfied air of yours for good. Phir koi bharam kaam nahin aayega.
Every week I think I have watched the best of O Rungreza and so far the bar has been upped every week.. Saji’s writing continues to sparkle and the Kashif Nisar’s direction is brilliant. Actors are the literal sonay pe suhaga – it is really hard to pick one over the other. Each actor has breathed life in their character. Loved so many scenes today that it is hard to pick.
Bottom line I am a very happy camper at the moment. Lets hope and pray all remains this way till the very end. Ameen!
Written by SZ~