Poor Aunn is beaten black and blue in this episode by his headstrong Dadi and Phupo Nighat. After a series of misunderstandings, the moment of truth arrives. Aunn invites Shehna, Manzar and Zara to a secret match making dinner only to be slapped silly by his aunt and grandmother who arrive like some family Swat team: attacking first, asking questions later, much later. Neither woman will listen to poor Aunn or Shehna and beat them both silly in a public restaurant, the truth only comes out after Zara unravels the web of misunderstandings that have bulit up over the last couple of episodes. Poor Aunn,what a come down from the spoiled Chandi ka thaal to cheating, wife beater. Poor Shehna, who was everyone’s sensible adviser, now roaming the streets her hair a mess and her character in shreds.
When all is said and done, Zara has a good laugh at Aunn’s expense and this may be her biggest mistake. That night Aunn gives her what I now call the “Asher Look “:that slowly dawning look of pure cold resentment that eats up feelings of love and understanding, that tells me the worm has turned .Aunn left the house without eating breakfast , fasten your seatbelts everyone …Things just got serious. Meanwhile, despite all the worst laid plans of mice and Men, Manzar finally gets to connect with Shehna as he gives her a ride home after the debacle at the restaurant. As usual Aunn and Manzar’s chemistry was fabulous; I just love how they casually insult the hell out of each other but are completely secure in each other’s friendship. If only Aunn’s other relationships could be that simple.
Fabulous performances are a hallmark of this serial, all of the characters are so well balanced and played so well and this is what makes this show such a gem. Osman Khalid B has done a wonderful job of making Aun’s character come alive, this entire serial would have fallen flat without his star presence (yes he has it. God knows what it is and where you can get a bottle of it, but he has it) Sabreen Hasbani and Adnan Jaffer are simply fabulous each week. Their parallel romance is so much fun and this week they actually managed to look directly at each other so the “dates” are over and perhaps the relationship has begun? After this episode I realise that Phupo Nighat should really have been in the Army in the first place, her commando style raid on poor Aunn’s attempt at playing rishta Aunty proves she and Zara’s fauji Father are kindred souls.
If there was a lot of laughter this week it was evenly balanced with the sadness in Husna’s eyes. We learn from the ever beautiful Hina Bayat’s character how Aunn’s father left her to marry another woman even after Aunn was born. What a wonderful, beautifully acted scene of understanding and kindness between Mother in law and daughter in law instead of the typical confrontations we are used to seeing. Well done To Hina and Maya Ali. Thank you to Haissem Hussain for providing a controlled, safe ride on this roller coaster of emotions, in just one episode I am screaming with laughter, then mushy with romance before I start crying for poor Husna. The momentum in this serial has not let up one bit, not a boring scene yet. Faiza Iftikhar has written a serial with heart and soul, of everyday people who laugh and cry, who do something foolish and selfish one minute but manage to redeem themselves the next, with an act of kindness or love….. just like the rest of us.
Written by Sadaf