Give me a minute! I need to catch my breath! I went different shades of breathless while watching this beguiling episode of ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’. Now am literally rummaging through my hazy head for words to describe this pristine beauty of an episode. It was simply breathtaking. Take me at face value when I say that tons of episodes have been literally wasted by keeping this duo (Kashaf-Zaroon) apart for so long – a crime I am willing to forgive over just this episode.
By the time the episode ended, my face was mere inches away from the computer screen, so engrossed was I and was loath to miss even an expression, a dialogue or even a sigh! Before I start, a hearty bow of appreciation to Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed for setting the screens on fire as Zaroon and Kashaf, with a mere look, a fleeting touch, a blush, a husky tone, a hot flush and a scorching gaze – all signs of newly weds getting to know each other, wanting to know each other, and missing each other even in each other’s presence. This ‘I can’t get enough of you’ stage of marriage is one of the golden phases and always the most memorable.
Blush is the color that suits Zaroon’s Kashaf to perfection. Sanam Saeed excelled as a newly wed struggling to make sense of an alien emotion gripping her heart. From her ‘bloom-a-minute’ blushes to her internal fight to maintain a sense of detachment, from her racing heartbeats within to her tussle to keep an outwardly calm, she outdid herself as a practical woman slowly but steadily losing her heart to a man her mind still tries to warn her against.
Am so glad that Zaroon did not stay back at Kashaf’s place and also that it did not even occur to Kashaf to request him to stay. As is the case with her, she assumed that he would not have liked to stay at her home due to lack of luxurious facilities. If she aspires to know Zaroon, it is very important that she refrains from making baseless assumptions on his behalf. Since she rarely initiates a conversation, it is left upto Zaroon to find a way for both to know each other better.
If they were not apart we wouldn’t have been privy to the mesmerizing nightly telephone calls between the couple. Zaroon, you charmer! He knows every trick in the book to fell a woman so thoroughly there is no chance of her ever recovering from his spell. Fawad Khan is enchanting as a man who has flipped his lid for a strong independent minded woman who also is very much aware of the humongous task ahead of him to win her heart. He is absolutely disarming as Zaroon who not only misses his wife but also craves everything about her. His need for her look, her touch, her words of love, her laughter, is so evident in his eyes, it squeezes our hearts. At the risk of sounding mushy, he is head over heels in love with this strong willed woman and looks like a man who would travel to the end of earth to gain her love and her trust.
This episode paid homage to mobile phones aplenty and at one point I was anxious to ensure that both had their devices on their person so they wouldn’t miss each other’s calls or messages. Oh my poor nails! I have chewed them off while waiting anxiously for Kashaf to decide to open the door and let Zaroon in. My heart was doing a mad staccato against the ribs while she was pacing inside her room, adjusting her hair, readjusting her make-up, waiting to hear his voice, anxious to lay her eyes on him. I was so impatient and was literally jumping off my seat when both of them were avoiding looking at each other, grumbling about being ignored! I bit my tongue trying to not to guffaw at them messaging each other from across the room. I blushed, grinned, bit my lips, and blushed again when Zaroon was trying to get a confession out of his lady love. Oh the way he sulked! Poor me! I can still feel the tingles these two have left me with, with just a simple heart warming portrayal of two people falling in love.
What an episode! It put me through a wringer of emotions taking me back to the fresh old days of my brush with first love. Keeping romance aside, Kashaf’s assertion of her beliefs as a married couple was an important step in their efforts to communicate with each other. While Kashaf accuses him of being a chauvinist, Zaroon is still to prove her wrong since mere words had never sufficed for Kashaf to believe in anyone. Even though Zaroon understands Kashaf, it will be interesting to see the power dynamics play out between the two once she goes back to work and has to balance both roles. In this regard, Zaroon’s praise of Rafia being a working mother doing an incredible job of keeping house too has to be noted.
Kashaf hopefully has learnt a valuable lesson from her mother. Is it possible for there to be understanding between couples without taking personal care of each other? It is so true that irrespective of how much the society has advanced and modernized, people still need personal attention from their loved ones. Will Kashaf follow this morsel of wisdom from her mother? The weight Zaroon carries from his childhood of being neglected by his mother in the name of career, will weigh heavily on his relationship with Kashaf. While Zaroon’s insistence that she feed him is his way of getting close to her, she sees it as him wanting to getting things done through her in the name of being her husband.
Heartfelt thanks to each and every member of Zindagi Gulzar hai for giving us a memorable episode!
Precap for Episode 20
Such a pyaara sa precap – we are going to be mooning over the chand along with Zaroon and Kashaf. So Zaroon shifts base to Kashaf’s home; he should feel right at home with Chand playing electricity since he is such a romantic soul 🙂
Reviewer, Talk Soap
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