It was a depressing episode, from a story point of view of course. As for the treatment, dialogues, acting, twas very very good. The aspect for me that definetely set the tone of the episode were two words..
Khuddari and EGO.
When Khirat's mother explains to her that what she brought her daughter up was with khuddari (a sort of self respect) but what is stopping Khirat from accepting or giving a chance to this match is EGO. I thought this was a perfect example of where two generations meet, as the east begins to melt with western culture, aspects of self respect, self individuality, self independence and self ego are beginning to blur to a lot of new gen, they all mean the same thing, but eastern culture teaches us they are not. Self respect is one with which you hold your individualisim, whereas self ego is when you hold on to everything that you think is your's..in the former, you give importance to values, in the latter, you give importance to self, period. Hence, one is a positive trait whereas the other is a negative one since it does not allow you to move on.
This aspect runs through the episode.
For Khirat, the fact that 'she' is dragged into this marriage without being asked, or asked for, is amounting to her zillat that she feels insulted.. and true to her generation, she wants to discuss it in the open with Asher.
Okay, let me be upfront and just say scenes that are written where protaganist 'overhears' and therefore stops herself from making a move irritate me to no end..yaar, this aspect of story telling in a drama is getting old. We need a new trick, of course how do you prolong the 'meeting' of the two soulmates, i guess???!!!. Of course, Asher's phone conversation with his 'friend' i presume, attributes his cousin -Khirat- as backward- the exact word used, which goes back to hit Khirat. Her walking away and not talking to Asher --- is this ego ya khuddari??
The conversation between fareeda and Sara's mother lacked a bit of conviction from Fareeda I thought, so also the scene between Sara and Fareeda when Fareeda tells her dil pe pathar rakhke maanlo..that snaps Sara..she is beyond herself calls Asher, yells on the phone..and of course that culminates in her attempting to take her life..is this ego ya khuddari??
THE BRILLIANT USE OF MEDIA within a show --- HATS off to the director, after a long time, I have come across a show where media (TV, newspaper etc) is being used in a show to subtly take the story forward..the show/movie that Sara is watching before attempting suicide is a 'woman oriented' show however, one that is full of violence and destruction almost like as though it is paving the way to the way Sara's mind works..one towards self destruction...BRILIIANTL DONE...small aspects such as these kill me everytime...IN FACT I never had a chance to talk about it in the first episode..but there is a scene there before Baseraat comes and tells Fareeda that his sister is dying, Fareeda is watching a HUMAN RIGHTS program on the television...VERY VERY TELLING...of what was to come..
Asher's immediate concern for his best friend,..being there for her and her mother..and his attempt at humor when Sara regains consciousness is done with such a good flow, the situation, the reaction is extremely realistic, except for him not telling his father that it was Sara in the hospital, are we to assume that Baseerat did not know Sara??...why was this aspect not actually discussed at all in the Baseerat household shall remain an unanswered question...and my question then is..
'does the book also treat the suicide as an isolated incident'..the suicide at least on the show is the turning point..becos it seems like Asher reaches out to Sara later..as a friend..and she does not turn him away almost like her ego driven act has paved the way for a new hope..
I think friends at AIW (the forum where I post my review) have brilliantly pointed out the aspect of the quick nikaah and the conversation between Fareeda and Baseerat. where, in the both the cases, ego has taken a back seat and khuddari has risen above it..therefore making the conversation between Fareeda and Baseerat positive, correct and thank god for it..
Khirat looked beautiful in red while Asher looked yum in sober white kurta..the whole nikaah scene was serene and calm..while of course the scene demanded it..it was I could not help think was a contrast to the show shaa we see in shows where a marriage is met with OTT treatment..
Another brilliant episode..cannot wait for episode 4...