There is something about Durre-Shehwar that just keeps me hooked right from the first scene to the end of the precap of the next episode. This episode was no different. Of course, in terms of the story, there was very little progression. However, for the first time, we saw Shandana finally break down as Hyder took to heart his daughter’s words – “Daddy, you are not a good person.” Awww! Sophia is doing such a great job. She uttered the words with so much feeling you had to cringe. No wonder Hyder was unable to concentrate on anything thereafter, and finally, took his frustration out on Shandana. As always, they played the blame game with no one willing to accept responsibility.
While Durre-Shehwar tried to appease, Mansoor was again on the offensive. That he declared no relation more significant and important to him than his daughter’s came as a severe shock to Durre-Shehwar; it transported her and us to a different world: the past, where he had declared to her on the wedding day itself that his parents and his siblings will always come first, and whether or not she proves to be a “good wife” will depend on the way she treats them.
We got a brief glimpse into the post-wedding challenges that Durre-Shehwar faced. One must commend the way she did not counter Mansoor, but tried to go along with whatever he said. I am wondering what finally made her leave the house. But apparently, there are no answers for now, as the next episode will shed more light on how she tried to adjust into a household so different from hers. (By the way, was that green dress the same as the one from Dastaan?)
Kudos again to the entire team: Haissam Hussain, Umera Ahmed, the cast and yes, the technical team too. I was once again totally bowled over by the entire presentation of the episode. The transition between the present and the past was as smooth as ever – coming at the right time. The scenes were short, yet did not seem choppy. In some places, though, the background music was so loud that I could not make out what was being said. Maybe this can be improved in the upcoming episodes.
The dialogues were as poignant as ever. Towards the beginning, Shandana discusses the way “girls of today” fantasize about marriage. Then Durre-Shehwar gently points out that siblings should not fight when their children are married to one another. Back in time, Durre-Shehwar’s mother drives home the point that one should not repeatedly indicate how different the two households are – Mansoor’s mom can take a leaf out of her book, seriously.
Overall, this was again an intense episode with every member of the cast at their best! I am loving the way this drama serial goes straight to the heart with its dialogues and the entire ambiance of every scene. It is evident that both the production houses, as well as the director and the writer have put in an enormous effort. I am looking forward to the next episode already! Written by Drama Buff (firstname.lastname@example.org)