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Zaroon! Zaroon! Zaroon! Let me count the ways I detest thee! As a thinking being, I gnash my teeth every time this man opens his mouth … nothing he says or does makes any sense to me. On the other hand, as a non-thinking being I am totally enjoying watching Fawad Khan displaying his acting chops and bringing the problematic Mr. Zaroon to life. I hate Zaroon Junaid, but love Fawad Khan here. Not to be left behind, Sanam matches Fawad every step of the way. They are fabulous together – both feeding off of each other’s energy to make an otherwise problem-ridden episode sparkle.
Yes, these were the moments we had been waiting for ever since the news about Zindagi Gulzar Hai’s adaptation for TV first hit the social media. These were the kinds of chemical explosions we had been expecting since the first few episodes. That these did not happen in the university days, and we were made to wait for fourteen weeks for the sparks to really start flying has been the subject of many a debate. In any case, now that we had the much awaited Zaroon-Kashaf scenes, was it worth all the wait?
For me, execution-wise, the Zaroon-Kashaf confrontations were superbly done by the director and her actors. Narrative-wise, these confrontations should have happened much earlier, when they were university students. Coming as they do now, with Zaroon and Kashaf both having entered the professional phase of their life, these confrontations lost much of their steam and ended up looking like silly spats between high school kids – he the overconfident jock and she the straight-laced nerdy student.
Like its predecessors, this episode too was riddled with continuity and editing errors. It was funny to see Zaroon, Kashaf, her boss and the two gora guests wearing the same clothes in the office meeting post their site visit, as they were wearing when Zaroon was re-introduced to Kashaf at the end of the last episode. Moreover, Badin has never been as close to Karachi as it seemed today. Was it that Kashaf had come to Karachi for a special meeting and then dropped in to see Sir Ibrar? Most importantly, when did Osama and Kashaf ever become buddies? Considering how anti-elite Kashaf had been during her university days, it was a little disconcerting to see her now on buddy buddy terms with Osama, so much so that he has now proposed to her? It was not just me, even Osama’s best buddy Zaroon seemed shocked! Also, when did Kashaf get over her issues with the spoilt, over-indulged children of the upper class. Finally, first Zaroon, now Osama… what’s up with Kashaf addressing these guys as tum?
Apart from giving more screen time to the lead pair, we also saw a quick glimpse of Sidra. Mansha Pasha glowed as the obviously happily married Sidra. I loved the sweet moment between the sisters, and its heartening to see the bond between sisters surviving post-marriage. Shehnila too put in a guest appearance. I enjoyed how Shehnila sided with Kashaf on her stance on marriage. I wonder why Rafia is surprised to hear Kashaf refusing to get married. With a role-model like the loser Murtaza in front of her, it is probably very hard for Kashaf, who probably has seen and remembers a lot more than her other two younger sisters, to happily jump in to a marital relationship.
While it was great to see Kashaf’s side of the family, even Nigar got screen time while Hammad was mentioned in abstentia, once again Zaroon’s side of the family got the short shrift. Considering the amount of time devoted to Sara-Farhan’s divorce issue, and Zaroon-Asmara’s incompatibility problems last week, why did they not rate even a passing mention? Is Zaroon so enamored by Kashaf that he’s forgotten all about his personal unresolved issues? From the glimpse of a much happier looking Sara in the precap, are we to assume that her divorce is old news and Asmara is no longer a part of Zaroons life? I hope we get some answers next week. Looking forward to seeing how Kashaf responds to Osama’s proposal and what advice Sir Ibrar has to offer to Zaroon…
Finally, once again, a humble request to the techies in charge of the background music – could you guys please find some appropriate music to go with the onscreen narrative? Thori awaaz bhi kam kar dain please, its really hard to hear over the very loud music – thanks!
What did you all think? Was this episode gulzar for you? Looking forward to reading your thoughts!
Written by SZ~