Mol – Episode 18

This episode was what you’d call ‘happening’ because it featured the long awaited confession of love along with the much dreaded dusri shadi. Before I go on about anything else, allow me to applaud the top notch performance of Faisal Qureshi. He speaks his dialogues with conviction, his powerful expressions alone can tell you how defeated, depressed and helpless his character feels, and yes, it’d be fair to say that we couldn’t have asked for a better Sheheryaar Hassan.

Belonging nahe ho tum meri, muhabbat ho, pehli aur akhri muhabbat. Since the beginning of this play, there has been a Sheheryaar vs. Emaan debate (and how mentally draining these debates have been!); some viewers felt that Sheheryaar doesn’t love Emaan and that she is simply one of the many commitments that Sheheryaar likes to take seriously, while others believed that Sheheryaar loves Emaan but fails to put it into words. If you remember, the very first time Emaan asked Sheheryaar if he loves her, he rejected the very idea of love, calling confessions of love, ‘jhootay labels, teenagers ki baatain’. But, the same Sheheryaar who refused to believe in love, now confesses his love, and for me, this illustrates the point that this has indeed been Sheheryaar’s journey of self discovery. He thought that he can spend his entire life without having to depend on anybody and that his life can do without love, but his marriage to Emaan has changed his views about life and love. It was promised that Mol would be about how two people discover themselves, and while I can say that Sheheryaar has indeed discovered himself, I wish I wish I could say that about Emaan!

Kia waqai aap ko mujhse muhabbat hogayi hai? I feel like banging my head on the wall! It’s pathetic how it never dawned on Emaan that her husband loves her and it’s even more pathetic how Emaan started off as an intelligent woman but by the end of the day, she simply wanted a verbal confession of love? Is this juvenile or what?

This episode revealed the real reason why Emaan wanted Sheheryaar to marry Sajal and as it turns out, Emaan yeh sab kuch Shahnu kay liye hi tou kar rahi hain! Emaan thinks that Sajal would drive Sheheryaar away from her and that way, she’d get her happy ending with Shahnu. Hey, does anyone else remember that Emaan was in love with Sheheryaar not too long ago? How is it so easy for Emaan to leave Sheheryaar for the sake of this kid? And now that Sheheryaar has said the words Emaan was dying to hear, isn’t the decision to leave Sheheryaar supposed to be difficult? Emaan’s conversation with Rohail left a bad taste in my mouth. It almost felt like she was asking him to marry her and when I say that, I am referring to: koi bhi aurat jo kisi aur ki biwi hai who Shahnaam ki maa nahe hosakti. I kinda felt that Emaan was trying to suggest that she’d like to be Mrs Rohail just to be with Shahnaam 24/7.

As if there weren’t enough maniacs in this drama, say hello to the latest addition, Sanober! She shouts, shouts, and shouts some more, and yeah, that’s pretty much it! Jahan itnon ko bardaasht karliya, wahan ek aur sahe. On a serious note, I kind of agree with Sanober’s views about Emaan.

Mujhe aap say shadi manzoor hai, kisi bhi soorat mein. As a female viewer, I found this dialogue to be extremely demeaning. Forgive me if I sound brutal, but I felt great watching Sheheryaar give Sajal the cold shoulder. Girl, you were dying to marry him, remember? I don’t understand what sort of treatment Sajal was expecting from a guy who rejected her outright, never had a proper, pleasant conversation with her and made clear that he just couldn’t care less about her!

Falsafa mat bolo! I’d like to thank Sheheryaar for pointing this out because I feel that almost every episode of Mol is always oozing with falsafa ; from Emaan (the undisputed queen of falsafa) to Rohail’s maid – all the characters here have more than their fair share of falsifana dialogues. It’s not that I mind falsifana conversations but I feel that an overdose of forced falsafa can easily be avoided because this just makes characters that are already very difficult to identify with even more difficult to relate to.

I’d love to read your take on dunya ki sab say ajeeb larki aur dunya ki sab say ajeeb shadi (thank you for saying this, Hajra Aunty!).

Maryam Mehdi


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