“Duniya ka koi bhi jazba hadh se zyada badh jaye toh nuksan dene lagta hai… chahe woh mohabbat hi kyun na ho.”
Written by Umera Ahmed and Produced by Momina Duraid, Pakistani telefilm “Behadd” portrays this bitter truth with lot of depth and sensitivity. As a story concept it isn’t new to me, but even then the film touched me real deep with its intense emotions and heart-wrenching moments. As a woman and a daughter, I found myself torn between the characters as each of them struggle in their love for one another.
“Behadd” reflects upon the relationship dynamics of a ‘Parent’ and ‘Child’, and how their love for one another becomes the cause of their heartache. It’s a reflection of ‘selflessness’ vs ‘selfishness’ in Love.
The story revolves around Masooma, a working woman and single mother, and her 15 year old daughter Maha. After losing her husband in a fatal road accident, Maha becomes her sole reason for existence. As a mother, Masooma leaves no stone unturned to provide Maha with all the love and comfort she deserves. While her friend Shafaq feels that Masooma is overly protective towards Maha, she pays no heed to her. On the other hand, Maha too loves her mother and is very possessive about her. Both mother and daughter live happily in each other’s company until Jamal Ahmed walks into their lives one day and gives it a new meaning.
Jamal Ahmad aka Jo is Masooma’s best friend’s brother, who coincidentally joins the same organisation where she is working. Masooma soon learns that Jo is divorced and like a good friend and well wisher she instantly decides to find him a suitable bride. While Masooma is happy to have an old friend around, she is pleasantly surprised to see Maha bond with Jamaal with great ease and comfort. However, Masooma is completely taken aback when Jamaal proposes her for marriage. Even though she turns down his proposal right away, a determined Jamaal refuses to listen to any of her reasoning. Masooma, left with no choice, decides to talk to Maha and during her conversation she admits…“mujhe lagta hai may be we need someone like him in our lives.” Unknowingly Masooma too develops feelings for Jaamal and is unable to ignore it any further. Nonetheless, to her utter surprise Maha gives her a go ahead putting all her apprehensions to rest. Life was being kind to Masooma and Jamaal, giving them a second chance and the duo could not have asked for more. Lekin kehte hain na, jo dikhta hai woh hota nahin aur jo hota hai woh dikhta nahin. What follows hereafter is very shocking and disturbing too.
Though “Behadd” ends on a happy note, the film does leave behind ‘food for thought’ for its audience without being preachy.
Besides its strong storyline, “Behadd” also stands out for its flawless direction and seamless performances given by Nadia Jamil, Fawad Khan and Sajal Ali. The instance where Masooma tells Maha about Jamal’s proposal, in my opinion, is one of Nadia Jamil’s best performances in the film as she perfectly portrays Masooma’s dilemma and emotional turmoil in that very moment. Every woman, every mother will relate to Masooma in some way or the other. Fawad Khan as the smart, suave and level-headed Jamal Ahmed again is a treat to watch. As an actor, Fawad never disappoints his fans so no complaints for this one either. Jamaal Ahmed is indeed every woman’s dream come true and one can’t help but envy Masooma’s good fortune. You wish there are more of Jamaal Ahmed in the real world. Last but not the least; it is not easy to put up with such brilliant veteran actors but I must admit that Sajal Ali as Maha plays her character perfectly to the T and one can’t help but feel sorry for her. Any girl who is close to her mother will relate to Maha’s side of the story completely.
Haule haule raaton ko
Chup ke se aaja re
Nindiya re, nindiya re
Aakhiyon main sama ja re
My review will be incomplete if I don’t make a mention of the above title track of “Behadd”. Its soothing tune and soulful lyrics further connects you with the characters and their varied emotions.
In the film Masooma tells Jamaal, “Pata hai jab acche log kamyaab hote hain na toh neki main mera imaan aur badh jata hai.” However, I would like to say, “jab acche logon ko khushiyan milti hain, toh neki mainmera imaan aur badh jata hai.”
Guest Reviewer, Talk Soap