Despite the same steady and slow pace as the previous episodes, the latest episode of “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” has put us in a unique position of being thoroughly charmed by someone who also sets our teeth on edge. Zaroon and Kashaf, even after a gap of few years from their University days, show little or no change in their behavior, thinking, and attitudes towards life or towards each other. Stalemate! Except for the fact that Zaroon is now on a mission to wear her down with his charm, while she stubbornly refuses to budge from her stoic stance. She is as ice as ever even against his fire.
The much awaited episode started off in a documentary setting where Zaroon and Kashaf are hosting a tour of villages for couple of foreigners. Zaroon takes the opportunity to size her up and soon realizes that when it comes to Miss Kashaf Murtaza, (yes, he makes sure that she is single) nothing has changed since college, she is still a hard nut to crack. She is the first one to walk to the waiting van and without a moment’s hesitation she gets into the front seat, which does not go unnoticed by Zaroon. Kashaf takes one look at the rich playboy and decides he is not worth her time even now. It was sad to see her revisit old wounds caused by this popular guy. The bitter memories push her to be even curter with him and she does not miss a chance to snub him.
Charmer: Kashaf… (Zaroon calls out to her in a familiar manner)
Snub 1: Behtar hai aap mera naam itna casually na len!
Madam Strict: Tumhare saath aaye hain, tumhari baat sun ni chahiye unko.
Charmer Snubs back: Behtar hoga agar aap mujhi aap kehke bulaye….
(Oh his smirk right before he lands that punch…that’s Fawad Khan for you!)
“Ullu! Gadhe! Use phone karke kehna kya chaah raha tha!” is one of the most charming hilarious moments of the episode. Self assured Zaroon fumbling over a phone call to a girl – a sight to behold. To follow it up, the next morning he anxiously awaits her arrival. The tune (the famous and addictive Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t worry be happy’) used as the background score however irrelevant to the scene put us in the right mood for witnessing yet another humiliation of the mighty Zaroon Junaid at the hands of the calm and composed Kashaf Murtaza.
Charmer: Bata dena tha…kaafi der se intazaar kar raha tha.
Snub 3: Aat baje ka calltime tha. Aat abhi bajen hain.
Zaroon looked like a boy who has been handed a candy when he realizes that Kashaf is still the conservative girl who does not believe in staying out late. His grin said it all; it screamed ‘Yesss!! I am so right in reading her as the right partner for me’ and he gets the ball rolling from then on. If only he would expand his parameters for partner search a little more. Sigh! Boys can be so dense sometimes! 🙂
Zaroon making a complete fool of himself was such an absolute delight to watch. Fawad Khan is mesmerizing when he is boyishly charming doing everything he can to get the girl he wants. The plan backfires though, probably because he is out of depth when it comes to Kashaf. But we have to admit, out rightly lying to her about Sir Abrar not being at home was a half-cooked idea Zaroon tried to wing at the last minute to whisk her off for lunch. She catches on when the professor himself walks out of his home and unwittingly reveals more that stamps Zaroon as a fool for even thinking his hair brained idea would work with her. She calls him to put him in his place for pulling such a stunt on her but interestingly has no reply when he asks her why she has an issue about his girlfriends. Typical Kashaf!
Amidst a deluge of Kashaf and Zaroon’s scenes together, Zaroon’s conversation with his friend Osama stood its own. Zaroon was surprised to learn of his friend’s continued interest in Kashaf and the fact that Osama has stayed in touch with her over the years puts him at unease. His jealousy hidden under the guise of teasing his friend did not fail to register with us. This is soon turning out to be a triangle between the gentleman, a charmer with a chip on his shoulder and Miss Hoity Toity.
Osama is everything Zaroon is not; he is everything Kashaf would want in a man – dependable, respectful of women, sensitive, and a thorough gentleman – a set of qualities any woman would be blessed to find in her husband. I loved the way he proposed to Kashaf over dinner – honest, considerate, straightforward, sufficiently shy and wary of rejection. Osama was adorable in the scene. For all intent and purposes, she has no plausible excuse to reject his proposal unless a certain roguish charmer has already sneaked his way into her heart.
Precap for Episode 15:
Admitting to his sister and his uncle/professor of his interest in Kashaf is a serious step forward for Zaroon. He has finally arrived at a point of wanting a union with her, right at the time when Kashaf’s mother is considering Osama’s proposal for her daughter (unless she was talking about another proposal for her younger daughter). Even Sir Abrar seems to know that Zaroon’s perception of Kashaf is a massive error in judgment.