“Main usse shaadi nahi karoongi. Woh duniya ka aakhri aadmi hoga, main tab bhi shaadi nahi karoongi”, declares Kashaf vehemently, emphatically, leaving no room for doubt as to her opinion of Zaroon’s proposal to her. With Zaroon’s interest in Kashaf reaching a point of no return for him, the hitherto slow and steady ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ took a racy turn in the 16th episode of the show. This episode belonged to Fawad Khan who nailed the act of a guy restless about a girl’s response to his proposal.
The wait is finally over. We have reached the crux of the story after being put through a slow burner for a long long time. Kashaf’s reaction to Sir Ibrar presenting Zaroon’s proposal to her came as no surprise to us. Nevertheless, it was a delight to watch Kashaf tear him (Zaroon) down completely, without her usual reserved poise in front of her most respected teacher. She was unwavering in her low opinion of Zaroon despite the fact that she holds Sir Ibrar’s opinion in high regard. She was hung up on the past while Zaroon with a renewed zest and maturity has come a long way from his University days.
Kashaf is a hoarder of bad memories. She collects them, analyses them to her peril, and recounts them long enough to believe she deserves the bad things that come to her, thereby, never ever believing that good things do happen do good people. How else do you explain, her continued bitterness towards Zaroon and her resolute rejection of Osama’s proposal? For an intelligent woman, she fails to realize, her fate rests in no one else’s hands but hers; her turn in fortune due to her own efforts and hard work being a classic example. She internalizes every thing around her, which makes it difficult for her to have an objective view of what happens in her life.
Zaroon is willing to look at his past objectively, admit his mistakes, and become a better person. Therein lies a maturity that makes a man worthy of attention. As against Osama who simply accepted Kashaf’s rejection willing to wait passively for her to think differently, Zaroon takes onus for the way he feels about Kashaf and is prepared to do anything to make things work between them. He is a man who takes initiative and goes about achieving his goal with a single minded devotion.
The three corners of the triangle are different from each other. While Osama at the outset seems to be an ideal husband for any woman, he might not be the one for Kashaf for the simple reasons I have stated above. Kashaf needs a man who challenges her, emotionally and intellectually, who churns her inside out for her to feel passionate about a person, which Zaroon has been achieving brilliantly since the time they have met. In turn, Zaroon needs a woman who is conservative yet worthy of respect. Can you see the perfect fit between them now?
Now that I have made the case for Zaroon and Kashaf union, there are some scenes that had me clutching my stomach with unbidden laughter. Every single frame with Fawad Khan in it had me in awe of the actor who expresses with so much ease that you feel exactly what Zaroon is feeling right at that moment. While he charmed us and made us bite our tongue on few occasions in the previous episodes, in this one, Zaroon bowls us over with his sincerity in wanting to wed Kashaf despite getting repeatedly humiliated by her. He systematically makes his move, like thinking out his chess moves before hand, talks to Sir Ibrar, urges him to have a word with Kashaf, tries to convince his parents that Kashaf is an ideal match for him despite the difference in backgrounds and financial status, confides and seeks suggestion from his sister Sara about wooing Kashaf. He is a man hell bent on marrying Kashaf. Yes, serious does look funny on him but oh boy, have we ever felt this overjoyed at seeing him so serious about a woman! Go Zaroon!
Rafia as a mother is beginning to annoy me. What will it take for her to know, really know the pain her daughters have gone through because of her na layak husband? I may be wrong, but to me, when she repeatedly advices her daughters to give their father a chance, forget, forgive and embrace, it feels as if she is undermining the hurt her daughters have gone through at his hands. It will take lot more than few visits, random sweet words, and an invite to a daawat to heal their wounds. And to top it all, the man has the audacity to advice Rafia on the marriage offer for Shaneela. Oh the things men get away with because of women in the name of values and traditions!!!
Sidra, am glad you are back! She is amazing as a sister who is supportive yet does not mince words while setting Kashaf right. Their interaction, as does Zaroon and Sara’s, is sheer pleasure to watch. I was overjoyed to see Zaroon talk to Sidra about Kashaf. Atta boy! Kashaf was left speechless when Zaroon points out her obsession with his list of girlfriends. And his wide mouthed grin while Kashaf was rattling off the names, that too in order mind you!, was infectious. Sanam Saeed has aced as Kashaf and I can see the anger literally rolling off her.
One statement by Ghazala who was upset over Zaroon’s wish to marry the middle class Kashaf still rings in my ears. I am going to throw this open for discussion: “Na khandaan na gharbaar. Ek school teacher ki beti??!!!…..Jab class aur financial status ka itna bada farak ho to rishtey nahi nibhte.” Is it true that a marriage with such a vast class difference cannot survive?
Precap for Episode 17
I am taking a deep breath to still my heart enough to survive few more days of intezaar for the next episode. Zaroon is in his elements to get Kashaf to accept his proposal. But the final scene proves he does not yet succeed. What makes Kashaf choose Osama over Zaroon who has taken the effort to know her family and is willing to get to know her better?
Reviewer, ‘Talk Soap’