This play is engrossing and engaging, I simply love most of the characters but to top it all the picture quality is just amazing, which makes this play a treat to watch. There were many interesting developments in today’s episode and many of the questions were answered. Last time around we were all discussing the “Montessori” issue and we all agreed on the proposition that if Riffat decided to work the monetary issues that the couple faces will be resolved and if the two are no longer asking Bari Apa for money, they won’t need her approval for everything. I am glad that like always Ghazanfar turned out to be the voice of reason and suggested just that. He made it clear that as long as they keep on taking money from Zubeida things will not change so they needed to be independent. Riffat and Shakeel made up soon afterwards because both of them realized that there was light at the end of the tunnel! Although Waqas Khan has an “unusual” way of delivering dialogues but it is always refreshing to see him on screen and he is very well-suited for this role. He is the perfect Ghazanfar; dignified and just, no wonder everyone turns to him when they need to settle disputes or sort things out. Shakeel does respect Zubeida and it is not all about money that is why he tells Riffat that Zubeida is his Bari Apa and being financially independent would not mean that she can belittle her. But at the same time Shakeel does not tell Bari Apa about their “plan’ when she offers money for Montessori probably because he did not want another clash and lets Iffat take the money. Like Ghazanfar said Zubeida’s main issue is that everything should go according to her liking and now that she wants that the child should go to Montessori he will even though Shakeel says they have changed their mind. I am really looking forward to how things shape up when and if Shakeel and Riffat are financially independent.
Finally we got to see enough of Ayesha Khan in today’s episode to know that she has a substantial role to play in the story. She would be another person who fits perfectly in her role and I must add that Farman deserved a wife like her….although I have absolutely no idea how he managed to muster up the courage to go ahead with this marriage. I wish we could have seen how the two got so close to each other. These two definitely make a very cute couple and I am looking forward to seeing more of them. So, Mr. Farmabardar is not so farmabardaar after all! Well that is actually good to know because without this twist in the story Farman and Zubeida seemed like a very odd couple. It was very clear that Farman’s second wife has absolutely no issues with him spending time with his other family and just laughs when Farman says that he is very lucky to have three amazing women in his life. His second wife takes care of his cholesterol and blood pressure and Farman looks after Zubeida, fair enough! That sort of balances out the equation.
I think Firdous is extremely cute even though she takes pleasure in Zubeida’s troubles and picks up a fight with her every chance she gets but I somehow really like her character. The way she is overjoyed to hear about Sharmeen’s affair and runs to her mother’s house to share the “good news” was too cute! But the way Ghazanfar tells her off and makes her realize she was wrong was a reality check for sure because he was so right. What Firdous did was wrong; spreading gossip about her niece and finding joy in it!
Sara Khan’s acting has really improved and I am enjoying Sharmeen’s character so much more now. I really feel for the poor girl and the way the few lines from the OST play every time her mother forces her decisions on her or anyone else is just beautiful…..mei bhi mu mein zaban rukhta huu, kash poocho ke mudaa’ kia hai!! Tina Saani has sung the OST beautifully and it is always played in the background at the right time.
Today’s episode was a complete package like always; I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to more. Hats off to the entire team of Bari Apa for providing us with this very special treat on Saturday nights.
Author: Fatima Awan.