Wow! Yesterday's was another poignant, heartfelt episode of Durre-Shehwar. I always feel I cannot be more overwhelmed by another episode of this excellent drama serial, and I am always proven wrong.
The cast, the dialogues and the direction was at its best throughout as Durre-Shehwar and Mansoor finally bridged their communication gap, started interacting more frequently and discovered that they truly do harbour feelings for each other. The way Durre-Shehwar is shown to be looking forward to Mansoor's phone calls and talking about everything and anything under the sun, and thereafter talking ABOUT him all the time, was brilliantly captured and conveyed. The comparison of her animated attitude towards the middle of the episode with her sad demeanour towards the beginning of the episode was extremely striking too.
And speaking about communication gap, it was also very enlightening to hear Durre-Shehwar's parents, each in their own way, trying to rationalize the situation in the eyes of Durre-Shehwar. As her mother emphasized that the in-laws using things without permission was a petty issue, her father also gave her some insight into why those people are so different. The father-daughter exchange was extremely gripping, especially the moon analogy. The fact that there is a communication gap not only between the newly-married couple, but also the girl and her in-laws was poignantly highlighted ("baat karni aati hai, magar baat samjhani nahi aati"). Here, I must say that it is not just the father whose dialogues made sense. Durre-Shehwar too very correctly pinpointed as to why her in-laws wanted a daughter-in-law from a higher socio-economic status if they were only going to harbour feelings of inferiority and take it out on her.
Here, one must commend the production team for the change in the entire mood of the episode as Durre-Shehwar goes back to Jhelum, and realizes how her sisters-in-law have been using her room and her things. Thankfully, this episode did not focus too much upon the negatives as Mansoor called over Durre-Shehwar to Khariyan and finally, we got a glimpse into the blossoming romance between the couple. The "Hameeda Parveen" scene was brilliant - I watched it with a smile on my face.
And at this point, we are transported back into present times, and things are still at a standstill between Shandana and Hyder; none of them are willing to accept their responsibility or resolve their problems face to face. Sophia is one upset child, who cannot understand the situation and hence, takes it on face value, thinking her father is to blame because "he made mummy cry".
Again, excellent direction and editing, juxtaposing the scenes where the two mothers (Fazeelat and Durre-Shehwar) are talking to their children (Hyder and Shandana). As Shandana, oblivious to her mother's plight, went on and on about "her ideal life", Fazeelat made it clear to Hyder that he was to make this marriage work. I must say, even though the younger Fazeelat was more immature than anything else, she is, apart from being a typical mother-in-law, someone who understands the implications of Shandana's and Hyder's breakup - she knows she will lose her brother and she does not want that. One must commend Umera Ahmed for her excellent characterization and trying to introduce shades of gray in a character (mother-in-law) which is stereotyped in so many other drama serials.
Overall, this was another intense episode, showcasing a roller coaster of emotions between the characters in Lahore, Jhelum, Khariyan and Murree. The smooth transition between the scenes, and the thought-provoking dialogues made it a treat to watch and kept interest intact. I am looking forward to the next episode already - it seems we will transition between the past and the present once more. Kudos once again to Haissam Hussain and his team for a job well done.
Written by Drama Buff (firstname.lastname@example.org)