A string puppet!
Yes, that’s exactly what I was reminded of while watching this yet another excellent episode of O Rungreza. Much like a marionette, kabhi koi kahin se kheench raha hai kabhi koi, Qasim too is being pulled from all directions. The difference, however, is that marionettes are nothing more than cloth and string whereas Qasim is a flesh and blood human being. Not that this distinction bothers Khayyam much.
For a man whose claim to fame is his writing about love, the most delicate of human emotions, Khayyam is determinedly dense when it comes to emotions other than his own. Meri pasand, meri chahat, meri zaroorat, meri muhabbat – it’s all about main aur meri for Khayyam. He’s manipulated Mammo all through their married life then he tried control Sassi, but she had grown up watching him at close quarters. Thwarted by Sassi, Khayyam’s now turned to Qasim, a much easier target.
Qasim is unable to resist the lure Khayyam dangles in front of him. He knows that travelling down the path outlined by Khayyam can only lead to heartbreak and heartache, but so blinded and so helpess is he that he cannot say no. Khayyam thinks he has manipulated Qasim, but Qasim has been manipulated by his own fickle heart. Marrying a firebrand like Sassi will consume him and burn him, but he’s helpless. He sees disaster approaching but he stands there transfixed, almost hypnotized.
For her part, Sassi, the puppet master holding the strings to Qasim’s heart, is on a trip all her own. Like Qasim she too is consumed by passion. But hers is of a different kind. Her passion is fueled by anger and a thirst for revenge. She was initially drawn to showbiz just like any other glamor stricken fan, but now she is in it to spite her father. The imprint of her father’s slap may have faded from her face, but it is impressed, as if cast in stone, on her soul. Khayyam will have to pay for raising his hand – no matter how high the cost.
Enter Wajih Kamal.
Unlike others who wear their hearts on their sleeve, Wajih plays his cards close to his chest. He’s definitely interested, more than interested actually, in Sassi once he knew who she is, but he’s not about to tip his hand quite as yet. That Wajih and Sassi are going to get together is now a foregone conclusion, but what happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? Anyone wants to hazard a guess?
We thought we had seen fireworks aplenty in O Rungreza, but little did we know that those were just stray sparkles from the stage being set for the main event. Wajih’s entry has certainly stirred the pot and with Tipu waiting in the wings the real party is about to begin. I for one am scoring myself a front row seat – you guys gonna join me?
With memorable scenes and lovely moments galore, O Rungreza is turning into one heck of a ride. Kitne turns hain aur kahan kahan se aa rahe hain kuch pata nahin chal raha, but still the characters stay true to themselves. This then is the mark of a true writer – thrills aplenty but never at the cost of the story or its characters. Saji Gul, take a bow! And standing right alongside, sharing the well-earned applause, are the director, Kashif Nisar, and his fabulous cast and crew. Well done guys, well done!
Written by SZ~