A standing ovation for the entire team of Zindagi Gulzar Hai for churning out a hatrick of brilliant episodes – Right on the heels of one of the perfect episodes, this week Zindagi Gulzar Hai unravels yet another gem of an episode that leaves a delicious ache in our hearts insulated with a smile that refuses to go away well after watching it. In this episode, the screenplay was undoubtedly the king.
This episode was bitter sweet in so many ways. Each dialogue, each gesture, each expression, was poetry in motion. As the relationship between Zaroon and Kashaf deepens and evokes a beautiful feeling within to watch it bloom, their deepest fears and insecurities, hopes and wishes, induces a dull pain that continues to thud inside our hearts throughout the episode. An episode that can evoke so many feelings effortlessly, deserves all the accolades it can muster.
‘Khamoshi ki bhi awaaz hoti hai?!’
This romantic beachside setting wherein the conversation between Zaroon and Kashaf was dominated by the word silence revealed so much about why these two are attracted to each other and the saying, ‘opposites attract’ quickly comes to mind. Kashaf comes up with things that Zaroon wouldn’t have thought of in his wildest dreams. Her way of thinking, her whole demeanor, continues to be a mystery to him; therein lies the challenge, fascination, and attraction.
Kashaf would not have smiled so much in her entire life as much as she has post-marriage. Zaroon’s child like exuberance has loosened her up quite a bit. She even chuckles now..yeh Zaroon ka kamaal hai! How can her uptight ‘ice’ of a heart not melt under Zaroon’s fire of life?
“Agar yeh khush kismati hai toh meri kyun hai; aur agar yeh ek jhoota khwaab hai toh main kyun dekh rahi hoon”
I am going to quote my dearest friend Swati on this scene since I couldn’t have framed it better and there is another reason for doing so too ~ “Kashaf’s words in Zindagi Gulzar Hai often reflects my inner feelings and I can’t help but relate to her emotional turmoil. Bitter experiences at times make us so cynical that we refuse to believe that life can also be kind to us and that we too deserve to be happy.”
Kashaf’s depth of pain is not supposed to be understood by everyone. It can be almost impossible for us to place ourselves in her shoes and understand why she has built a wall around herself, why she puts up a front to the point of being rude and ill mannered. She is scarred and I am not making excuses, just stating a fact – A fact so incomprehensible that she herself finds her undeserving of even the good fortune that has befallen her. This scene, with just those few words brought about a deafening silence in my heart.
Thankfully the scenes that followed (thank you powercut!) and the attempted moonlit romance lifted up my spirits but then again this time my heart went out to Zaroon who was being adoringly sweet and patient with his wife who wasn’t budging an inch. There was a reason this scene was dragged out (well…we enjoyed every second of it and wish it din’t end). It came to a point where we were suitably annoyed with Kashaf and we were almost ready to adopt Zaroon and take him home with us. Even though he claims to be a typical husband, I am not aware of many who would show this uncharacteristic amount of patience and understanding towards a wife who refuses to even hint at his significance in her life. His need for her, to be near her, to hold her hand at the slightest of pretext had me blushing (after 15 years of marriage ..trust me that is a difficult feat)
As a side note, should we send our husbands/fiancés for a crash course with Zaroon on ‘how to keep your wife patoed and blushing’?
”Main tumse yeh kaise kahoon ki mujhe tumhari kaunsi baat achchi nahi lagti….
Apne ird gird tumhara ghoomna,
meri wajood se nahi hatne Tumhari gehri bolti nazren,
tumhari har waqt ki tavajjum,
tumhara jaan chidakne wala har andaaz,
har baar jab tum mere maa baap keli aitaraman khade ho jaate ho, to mai tumhare samne jhukne lagti hoon.
Aur kya kuch nahi …jo mujhe tumhare saamne moam nahi karta…
ek chote se ghar ke is pankhe wale kamre mein tumhari yeh gehri neend,
mineral water bottle ko doondne ke bajaay nalke ka paani pee lena, hand wash chodke ek saste sabun se haat do lena…”
A bittersweet confession from the deepest chords of her heart, Kashaf bares her soul to her trusted diary. If you notice, Kashaf’s every word focuses on his actions more than words. She needs a special kind of man, expressive, sensitive, and patient to be able to make her trust him enough to come out of her defensive shell and the charming Zaroon is the right man for her. Sanam Saeed’s emphasis on the word ‘har’ every single time was like a chime marking Kashaf’s love for Zaroon.
Zaroon’s wounds may not seem as intense as Kashaf’s but is just as deep and needs a strong woman like Kashaf to calm and comfort his restless spirit. He is a charmer who has always got things easy in life and for him to value something he needs to work at it and that is exactly what he is doing to gain Kashaf’s trust and ultimately her love.
I see here two beautiful birds with broken wings healing each other’s souls to soar higher together as one being. There is a reason why they were attracted to each other from the beginning. How can one half not recognize the other? They were destined to meet and become one. Mushy or not, I believe in people coming into our lives for a reason, to fulfill a wish, a need, or simply to hold our hands for the rest of our lives, to heal, to help accomplish, to realize, to recognize our potential, or simply to live. Zaroon and Kashaf are these two people who were destined to heal each other; the path may be strewn with misunderstandings, troubles, and tears but ultimately they are present in each other’s lives for a purpose.
A scene that will stay with me for a long long time after Zindagi Gulzar Hai is complete, is the scene where Zaroon hands Kashaf some money. This is a natural order of a husband taking care of his wife but for Kashaf this came as a shock, a gift she neither expected nor ever dreamed she deserved. The past can be so cruel that when life introduces pleasant surprises it brings out the tears before the smiles. Unexpectedly Zaroon gets a glimpse of Kashaf’s vulnerabilities. Sewing a button on to a husband’s shirt has been done to death in several dramas but this one was the simplest and the most effective one.
Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, you are true stars of this show and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us a memorable couple in Zaroon and Kashaf. Both of you are incredibly talented and it is indeed a pleasure to watch you on screen. For those in doubt refer their natural eaze as Kashaf and Zaroon in the moonlight scene..oh well why pick and choose, just watch the last three episodes! A special mention to director Sultana Siddiqui and writer Umera Ahmed for providing us with a motley of back to back brilliant episodes.
Precap for Episode 21
Zaroon rightly lays down rules in the marriage to avoid any misunderstanding starting with the most important one – ‘Communication is the key’. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the rules but what better aspect of a marriage to start getting misunderstood over than money? There is that hint of trouble brewing in the paradise and let us hope they stick to the rule and communicate with each other. Asmara finally realizes what Zaroon wants in the name of a wife…*shock* a puppet! The precap froze the frame on Zaroon looking tad bit villainous and as always cannot wait to see the story of these two amazing couple unfold.
Reviewer, Talk Soap
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