As exasperating as it was to wait a whole week for tonight’s episode, I’m relieved to report that there were no casualties! With two shots fired at point-blank range, I’ll attribute the sloppy shooting skills of our hit-man to a lack of cadet training- or divine intervention if you will- take your pick, I’m not going to throw a hissy fit. Not today, anyways! Suna hai maa jab darr jaye toh aam logon ko bhi darr hi jaana chahiye-a mother’s intuition is not something that should be taken lightly and Molvi Sahab, despite his status as a revered man of knowledge, never underestimates his wife’s status as a mother. How often do we see such positive vibes? While Ruqaiyyah was praying for her son’s well-being, Farah bibi was busy lecturing Lubna on the virtues of namaaz- Dus tarhan ke fotoor aur hazaar tarhan ki balayein talti hain! Yes, it seems Farah’s powers of premonition have been fully restored. Farah’s modus operandi is fairly simple- sleep your way through to your goal. No, no, not in THAT context- geez! She literally slept in the car so her daddy would take her along on his mission to find Afzal. Woh joh parha tha usney aaj tak, Afzal par phoonk nay jaa rahi hai!
Yasmeen’s restlessness over her zaati kiraidaar is becoming a growing concern for her mother- she’s convinced Yasmeen is setup for disappointment even though Yasmeen seems pretty confident. Zindagi mein aaney jaaney walon ka nahin poochtey; yeh poochtey hein ke dil mein to koi nahin hai? Words of wisdom indeed from a woman who has probably dealt with her fair share of disappointments. After recovering from an operation, Babu Hameed tries to convince Afzal to return to his hometown but Afzal is adamant he’s here to stay. Marjaoun toh taboot mein daalkar bhejday lekin jeenay ke liye Hyderabad nahin jaoun ga mein… Afzal might have recovered from his gunshot wounds but clearly his heart has been shattered beyond repair- lagta hai jorah hua dil ziada solid nahin hota yaar; admi ko sirf zinda rakhney ke liye kaamyaab hai! The conversation between Afzal and the police was very amusing- it reminded me of his earlier conversation with the guy who offered him the job of a security guard. You’ve gotta hand it to him, even though he’s down and out, Afzal knows how to command respect. He is also keen on settling the score with Wali. However, having said that, I wonder if his father’s teachings will convince him that instead of seeking retribution, he should turn the other cheek and be.
Today’s episode was as good as it gets- impeccable direction, commendable production values and exceptional dialogues. Let’s not forget the pre eminent actors who have delivered through and through. As if last week wasn’t enough to get a head rush, this week ended on another precarious note- Farah and her father managed to trace Afzal’s whereabouts and reached Yasmeen’s home! Will Yasmeen succeed in keeping Farah in the dark about Afzal? Will Farah continue her relentless search for a man she claims she can’t stand? How will Lubna react to Farah’s quest? And before I forget, Namaaz parhi aapne?