A classic example of a perfect episode – simple, straight forward, and honest to heart entertaining; more than half way through the show, Zindagi Gulzar Hai gives us a winner of an episode that is flawless in every sense of the word. While the dialogues have always spoken in ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’, in this episode, the silences were captured so beautifully, they bespoke more than words. Laced with a generous amount of humor, this episode is easily one of the top favorites of the show. Forgive me if am as nervous as Zaroon about this review; some scenes were beyond description – moments you can reminisce best with ‘you had to be there’.
Zaroon Junaid, a romantic at heart! Who would have guessed a self-proclaimed Casanova would fumble nervously and measure his words to a woman? With the right woman, a man always feels the compulsion to say the right words. Kashaf Murtaza, painfully practical and a woman who would not recognize romance if it rained roses on her for a week; she glowed in the aftermath of her engagement to Zaroon, rose tinged cheeks, sparkle in her eyes, and a comforting ‘tehrav’ that was never there before. This is a girl who has lived with rejection from a man, her father, and is now slowly and warily stepping into a hitherto unknown territory of being a recipient of male attention, which has slightly softened the rough edges but there is a long way to go before she fully entrusts her heart in the hands of a man.
Romantic Zaroon: “Chand nazar aaya? Hai na Khubsurat!”
Unromantic response from Kashaf: “Haan Mila! Gol Hai!!”
Zaroon-Kashaf’s first telecon where Kashaf was not biting his head off and was infact talking less then Zaroon 🙂 I was eagerly waiting and wishing for this very moment since their engagement and the makers of the show did not disappoint. It was a hurray moment and the writer, director, and the actors have gelled as a team to bring forth the awkwardness of two individuals who are on the verge of finding common ground to converse. Fawad Khan was spot on as Zaroon trying to woo his lady love – from the softening of his tone to the teasing, to utter disbelief at Kashaf’s description of the chand, he was prince charming personified. Sanam Saeed was looking radiant in rose and kept the skeptic Kashaf alive through her thoughts that questioned the sanity of the guy yakking to her about chand sitare.
Two non-congratulatory responses to Zaroon’s engagement to Kashaf came from none other than his best friends Osama and Asmara. Osama is genuinely shocked and clearly upset about it while Asmara spews venom through sms to Zaroon. Asmara’s reaction is understandable but what shocked Osama more – Zaroon’s choice of Kashaf or Kashaf’s acceptance of Zaroon’s proposal?
A mother’s invaluable marital advice to a daughter: “Zaroon mein beshumar khoobiyan hongi aur chand khamiyan bhi honge. Lekin ek achchi biwi hone ke naate hamesha uski khoobiyon pe nazar rakhna naaki uski khamiyon pe. Aur chahe kuch ho jaaye iss rishtey ko nibhana”
Kashaf is worried about the lack of common interests between her and Zaroon but Rafia is right in assuring her that it is not the differences or lack of that affect a marriage but the amount of understanding and compromises you are willing to make to ensure that it works. Compromises considered as sacrifices spell disaster for a marriage while the same when made as smart choices can spell wonders for a relationship.
Nervous Zaroon: “Kaafi unromantic sa start ho gaya ek romantic night ka hai na!”
The Suhag Raat scene wins hands down as one of the best ever on television so far. From the awkwardness to the nervousness, from the nazare churana to trying to make conversation, from blushes to utter silences, and to top it all Kashaf’s self talk made this scene thousand times replay worthy. Fawad Khan was dashing in black and Sanam Saeed looked resplendent as the bride. Two stunning actors, brilliant performances, heartfelt dialogues, exemplary direction, and perfect chemistry between the actors contributed to this top notch scene. Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed were alluringly natural as two semi-strangers with less than 1% commonalities, coming together with a daunting task of not only getting to know each other but also to move forward leaving behind a bitter past.
Zaroon’s sincerity once again came through loud and clear in his assurances to his wife on the very first night of their journey together setting a beautiful tone for the rest of the episode. While still struggling to find common points of interests to converse on, the couple have easily adjusted to each other’s presence in their lives, and it was wonderful to see them interact as newly weds.
The couple’s visit to Kashaf’s home and the bathroom scene was adorable. Sidra is still on a teasing spree pulling Kashaf’s leg about Zaroon. The last scene where Zaroon and Kashaf keep stealing glances at each other and can’t seem to get enough of looking at each other was so romantic. All in all this episode must have used up a lot of rewind buttons as it was one of the most delectable episodes so far.
Precap for episode 19:
“Do you love me?” Ah Zaroon, thoda intezaar karna padega. But looks like Kashaf is falling hard for her husband, speaking of which, keying in each others contact numbers as ‘Husband’ and ‘my wife’ was so cute. It was heartbreaking to hear her apprehension as to how she will be unable to live if Zaroon ever leaves her. Past is a shadow that continues to threaten her sense of security in a relationship, and no woman deserves to live with such a burden thrust upon her by her own father.
Replay worthy moments
* Entire telecon between Zaroon and Kashaf, gol wala comment and Kashaf’s self talk.
* Suhag Raat especially Zaroon’s misplacement of the ring and Kashaf’s amazing expressions.
* The bathroom scene especially when Zaroon with soap on his face asks ‘Kashaf tum ho’ and she promptly replies nahi, shy to have been caught still standing there looking at her husband.
* The last scene where Zaroon is reluctant to leave and both prolonging the moment by looking at each other and smiling. Sone pe suhaga – A smiling Kashaf!
* The entire precap from ‘do you love me’ to the heartwrenching ‘I won’t be able to deal with life if he leaves me’ – yeh dil maange more!
Reviewer, Talk Soap