Mohabbat mein ilhaam na ho toh fittay moun mohabbat ka! This one line captured the essence of tonight's episode. Ilhaam can be loosely translated as intuition. But upon further introspection, ilhaam is more spiritual than intuition. It has been defined as the knowledge inspired in the heart without any effort, learning or deducing by Allah or from the heavens. Such is the bond between Shano and Khalil- one that is sacred and pure. Who knew that the silent love that was instilled in her heart would one day cast its spell on her bachpan ka mangaitar- a man who not too long ago wanted to break free from this khayaali mangni. But now, she has completely taken over his senses and Khalil can think of nothing or no one except for his beloved Shano.
Khalil is on his way to prove a point- he will not back off. Shano is his and he won't have it any other way. With Thekedaar Amin away in Rawalpindi, Rasheeda fears for their rakhwaali. Fayyaz Bha Ji is determined to send Khalil back- Chacha Ji ka hukum hai ke addey se bahar na nikley... For this reason, he has rounded up three of his goons hoping to scare him away. But Khalil isn't afraid of taking on four guys at one time- Murder karne ka shauq nahin hai? Tu maaro na, hijron ki tarhan kharey huey baat cheet kyun kar rahey ho??? Agar mein bach gaya toh uski qasam, charoun mein se apney pairon pe ghar koi nahin jayega... You've got to hand it to Khalil-ur-Rahman for adding a dose of filminess yet making it seem so real. While Khalil is taking care of 'business', Shano tries to calm her nerves- Wohh samjhaney aur maar khaney hi toh aya hai. Dekhte hein ki uski laash ati hai ya Fayyaz ki... Wohh toh bas chaar hain, mohabbat mein toh sabse larhna parta hai... Despite her faith in Khalil, she clings on to the possibility that in the event that something were to happen to him, she wouldn't waste a moment being without him and thus she is prepared to die in the way of love.
Often times, it is the women who are pressurized to bow down for the sake of their parents, or khandaan ki izzat. While Molvi Sahab was imparting knowledge about the rights of parents, Shano raises a very valid point- Yeh baat sirf betiyon ke liye hai, Molvi Sahab? Kal ke dars mein bataana Molvi Sahab ke jo apni beti ko dozakh mein daalke jayega wohh kahan jayega? Shano's state of silent rebellion is becoming increasingly stronger. She doesn't want to go against her parents but she questions their motives behind denying her the chance of happiness with Khalil. It is clear that Rasheeda planned this all along- she wanted to settle the score with her sister. She is still holding on to the grudge after all these years. Sadly, she can't see beyond her personal differences. Rasheeda loathes Khalil because of her sister. She thinks seeing her sister's son unhappy will hurt her sister and she can derive some form of sick pleasure from their misery. Rasheeda is the perfect example of a hypocrite- she appears overly concerned seeing Khalil show up at their door with bruises. She could've easily asked him to leave but instead she allows Shano to attend to his wounds while she goes to fetch him some doodh with phitkari. She allows the two of them to get close knowing full well that she will soon be tearing them apart.
By no means is this storyline extraordinary but the storytelling is profound. Each episode unfolds the story little by little and teases you to keep watching for the next installment. Khalil and Shano have the kind of romance that can't be ignored. They are spiritually connected- they feel each others pain; they know what the other will do and when. Khalil's dream sequence was brilliantly directed. The brief scene with the taangeywala was another interesting scene- the relevance of these characters and their selfless love for Shano and Khalil's mohabbat is so pure and innocent. Yet another beautiful episode of Sadqay Tumharey and 45 minutes well spent. What are your thoughts?
P.S. I am covering for Sadaf this week. She'll be back next week to share her thoughts.