Watching this latest episode of Piyari Bitto I kept thinking if there was a case to be made for someone being too good for their own good. Shakira, for one, is a chalta phirta ishtihar of exactly such a person.
When we last left her, it was pretty obvious that Shakira was in no mood to play the blushing bride – that boat had already sailed. That phone call, where she gave Mehboob his waiting orders, was as sad as it gets. Why just why couldn’t this woman be reasonable just for once? Why couldn’t she continue looking for Bitto after her rukhsati?
And her brother was absolutely right, good or bad, Bitto was with her mother and there was nothing that Shakira could do to change that reality. Magar… sigh!! All such rationalistic thoughts are for the likes of you and me, Shakira tau kisi aur hi matti ki bani hui hai. Hence she called off the rukhsati, toro-ed Mehboob’s dil and upset her mother-in-law. Most definitely not signs that spell marriage any time soon.
This is not to say that Shakira is wrong to worry about her beloved niece. No. She was absolutely right and her instincts were spot on in that Bitto needed to be rescued. My problem is the extent to which she puts everyone else’ well being above and beyond her own.
Sakina, however, is the exact opposite of her altruistic sister-in-law, there are no limits to her narcissism. She is willing to go to any limit to satisfy her needs and in this pursuit is absolutely blind to the dirty games being planned and payed out right under her nose. Even her own daughter’s pleas go unheard. All that matters is there always be someone pandering to her ego, others be damned.
Promo for the next episode promises lot more dhamakas in store. Seems like Sakina Begum will not rest till she’s messed up the lives of everyone else around – now it’s Imtiaz and Rukhsana’s turn.
That such a grim storyline has me engaged till now is credit to the team. Saji Gul’s script unfolds at a brisk pace and Mazhar Moin directs fluently without playing up the melodramatic potential of a story of this kind. I am particularly enjoying the realism of the visual narrative. It is a drama about the middle class and it looks and feels exactly that. The tang galis, vintage houses and the exterior shots – all a welcome change from the typical living room dramas. The rickshaw chase in particular was very well done.
The acting is top notch. Sania Saeed is fantastic as shakira and so real that ere i to run into her somewhere I would grab her by the shoulders and give her a piece of my mind. Atiqa Odho is brilliantly cast as the complicated Sakina. Even though she is playing a completely evil character I like how we are able to get into this woman’s head and see how she must be justifying her actions to herself. Farah Shah was so good in that one scene when Sakina calls her plain. Rashid Farooqi is as immaculate as ever. Tipu Sharif made quite an impression as the awara ‘ashiq. Fawad Khan is shining as Mehboob and last but not the least, I am enjoying Saniya Shamshad here as Bitto.
So, yeah still on board and looking forward to what happens next.
Are you guys watching?
Written by SZ~