Zaroon and Asmara got engaged and now my head hurts …… Watching Zaroon deliberate on this made me think of a prisoner being sentenced for a crime he did not commit. Later in the episode he has the.....ahem……. cough …cough… startling revelation that all the looks and hotness in the world cannot make up for the total lack of compatibility between him and Asmara. Now this is where my head begins to hurt… Why are Zaroon’s ’liberal elite’ parents pushing him into a relationship he so clearly wants to avoid? We are supposed to think Zaroon is in to hot girls and has to learn about the value of character… Well Zaroon has done nothing but put Asmara down since coming to college, I have not seen him give Asmara any kind of pass or margin of error due to her looks. If anything, he has constantly argued with her and put her down publicly on more than one occasion…so much for girls with looks being able to get away with stuff.
Sanam Saeed did a standout job this episode, and I am warming more and more to Kashaf’s character. I liked the way she did not complain about Zaroon and decided that living well was the best revenge. Kashaf is quite right, a person’s real adornment is their education and character rather than a piece of jewelry in a box. Towards the end we are shown a disappointed Zaroon coming home with third position and Kashaf pleased with having put him in his place by working hard and coming first. The news of Zaroon’s and Asmara’s engagement rocks the female population of this supposed post graduate level college and every girl is disappointed Zaroon did not choose her… Really? Are all these supposedly intelligent young ladies really that air brained, is this High School? Remember we are now supposed to be at the end of an MBA course not matriculation. Not that we can understand the time scale easily in this serial, it is a constant test for the viewer to work out the periods between events.
I have to side with Sara, Zaroon’s sister, in all her disagreements with her husband. This was not a totally arranged marriage and Farhan knew exactly who he was marrying from day one. To suddenly expect her to change after marriage was bound to lead to conflict and disappointment. Zaroon is learning from his sister and Mother’s stubborn attitude and we can see he does not want to be the next Farhan. The sad part is that these attitudes are all too common. There are women, even in the blessed middle class, who see marriage as a game of one- upmanship, where not an inch is to be given without taking a mile back and all affection is measured by gifts and the amount of facilities provided. However the attitude of Men; who choose looks over character at every turn and expect obedient wives rather than life partners is hardly better.
Kashaf’s family is of course carrying on the" poor but saintly" theme and never a cross word is spoken between sisters. I personally want Sidra for my sister, that said, their constant pleasantness is making me feel quite inadequate .I was however glad to hear that Sidra is not quite the intellectual that Kashaf and Shaneela are but is still trying hard to achieve something in life. Thank God, there are some lesser mortals in this family. Rafia’s little speech about halal ka rizq and was well worth hearing. It is easy to be impressed by wealth and glamour but these things are like traps waiting to spring if not acquired through our own hard work and honest means. I simply loved Kashaf as she determines to achieve success though her own efforts and on her own terms. If I have criticized this drama about certain characterizations, I can certainly thank Umera Ahmed for both Kashaf and Rafia ’characters. Both are strong, independent women who refuse to let anything or anyone compromise their dignity.
Fawad Khan’s performance was flawless as usual and one can only marvel at his screen presence and star power. Despite most of this serial being written towards Kashaf’s character he has not let our attention wonder from him for one moment. I am reminded of when I took my youngest daughter to see RAONE and then Dabang 2 each time the poor child would ask, “But Mamma, what is the story? why are they hitting each other ?” and I would hush her up and say” there is no plot just keep quiet and watch Shah Rukh Uncle and Salman Uncle, kitne achey lag rahey hain”. To be fair, Zgh does have a fabulous story but it is sometimes lost in the continuously repetitive scenes and dialogues, Till that changes, it’s the Fawad Khan Show we are watching
Yes we know, Murtaza is a bad man, his second wife and son are selfish bad people …Got it, thanks!
Yes we know Sara, Asmara and Ghazalla are arrogant, liberal, elite class women who don’t know when to compromise….Got it, thanks!
Now, can we move on with the story?
Misty Aka Basanti will be back next week . I am just covering :)
Written by Sadaf