This is one of my favourite episodes out of many let us say “un favourite “ones which I sometimes felt I was enduring rather than watching. I am rather pleased that Kashaf did make Zaroon wait, in so many dramas we are shown men and elders making decisions about marriage according to their own convenience which the women have to adjust to .How nice then, that we see a grown woman making a sensible well considered choice. Zaroon is not a stranger to Kashaf and she knows his weaknesses quite well but what she doesn’t know is the positive, caring side of his nature. This episode we saw a battle between reason and emotion in Kashaf’s life and emotion won. Reason would never let her trust Zaroon but that one small incident where he protects her allows her to trust him.
The episode began on a rather negative note with a friend/rishteydar(?) conveying all the nasty gossip Nigaar Aunty is spreading about Rafia and her daughters out of jealousy at their success. The normally strong Rafia’s visible distress finally breaks down Kashaf’s resistance to the idea of marriage and she decides to accept Usama’s proposal. That would be the reasonable thing to do, after all Usama is a good match: even tempered, from a good family, kind and patient in fact, ideal on paper. When Usama calls her to tell her he is getting married she hides her disappointment well enough because there is no emotion involved. What I don’t understand was how amusing Usama found this situation , I get that he was happy about his upcoming marriage but surely a little gravity was necessary when speaking to someone you had hoped would be your life partner. This just goes to show the limits of reason.
The contrast between the two families could not be greater; Kashaf considers marriage out of love and respect for her mother and sister, while Zaroon chooses Kashaf almost in spite of his parents. Zaroon has an uphill battle with his parents, who have quite reasonable objections. Even Zaroon finally manages to have a few moments of self-doubt as he pauses to reflect how the world perceives him. His sister is not sure how her uncompromising brother will cope, saying” I am very interested in seeing key tum kistera aik parri likhi, professional aurat ko Allah mian ki Gaay banathey ho”. Aisha Omer has done a great job of portraying a more mature, sensible woman after her divorce. Mansha Pasha looked simply adorable as Zaroon ‘s vakil , I think Sidra maybe right somewhere deep in that protected heart of Kashaf’s there is a soft corner for Zaroon Junaid.
The best scene had to be Kashaf and Zaroon’s meeting, which was the Fawad Khan show all the way. I just love how he brings his characters to life. He literally swaggers in, full of confidence, wearing chappals and khaki pants like its Sunday morning. Kashaf has already started the case for the prosecution in her head and instead of accepting the tea offered by Sir Abrar, he orders dinner because, like every other time in his life, he has probably already won. But when he does speak it is surprisingly sincere and humble, which is the first thing that catches Kashaf off guard. Strangely enough it is not his confidence or words which finally break down the high walls of defense Kashaf has built around her but an accidental act of simple kindness when he saves her from the hot tea. I think Sanam did her best but I felt that scene required a little more emotion. I realise that Kashaf is reserved and careful but this was supposed to be a life changing decision. Apart from that I think Sanam has done a fabulous job this episode , the viewer could actually feel a softening in her tone and body language as she slowly lets down her guard Even .her diary monologue was so much better this week , when she realizes that she has accepted this person to be with her every day of her life .
I loved the engagement pictures, Kashaf and Zaroon looked so cute. Finally poor Sanam is allowed to ditch the scowl look happy. Ghazalla still looks disapproving but the funniest part was the wide smile on Murtaza’s face as he sees his once valueless daughters suddenly become priceless. Ghazalla’s trepidation I can understand, she may not have been the best parent but she cares for her children in a way Murataza never did .From the promos we can see Father’s other little family making trouble in Kashaf’s happy new life. However even that looks minor when I think how the “always first” in everything Zaroon Junaid learns he was second choice.
Written by Sadaf
I am covering for Basanti aka Misty , she will be back next week :)