Mol – Khatam Shud

After 20 very long weeks of Emaan’s pity party, Sheheryaar’s ”my lyf, my rulzz” dictum :P, twisted Dastaan-e-Lila-Chanesar references, Shahnaam Shahnaam ki rutt, Sajal’s inability to come to grips with the fact that Sheheryaar does NOT love her, Chalaak Chachi’s excruciatingly irritating dialogues, Sanober’s deafening tantrums and some very serious Sheheryaar vs. Emaan debates, Mol has finallyy come to an end. Phewww.

I seriously appeal to all the writers out there: stop degrading women like that. Just stop. What exactly was the purpose of Sajal’s life? She cried, she died, but she did leave her child behind (muhabbat ka suboot, as Emaan puts it) so that the guy she loves can have his happy ending with the woman HE loves! That, my fellows, sums up the life of a girl who was pretty, educated and could go places. OK, Sajal had no self respect whatsoever, she put herself through this mess, knowing well that Sheheryaar would never give her the love and respect she is entitled to, but I don’t think she deserved the ending she got. The way they just killed her off left me feeling really bad about the ending. If there’s anyone to blame, it’s her parents, Zareena in particular, who simply kept stressing the point that ‘ek dafa bacha hojaye, dekh lena Sheheryaar kia karega Emaan kay saath…’ Ab dekh lia? If there’s anyone to blame, it’s Emaan who knew perfectly well that getting Sajal and Sheheryaar married would be destroying two lives, but such was her selfishness that she coerced Sheheryaar into dusri shadi just so that she could have her happy ending with Shahnaam.

About the oft-mentioned Dastaan-e-Lila-Chanesar, umm didn’t Lila end up empty handed and miserable? If we really are following the Dastaan here, Emaan and Sheheryaar’s happily ever after doesn’t make much of a sense – not that everything else makes sense but still! Considering how Emaan once mentioned that kisi aur ki biwi Sheheryaar ki maa nahe hosakti, I am not at all surprised that Rohail was under the impression that Emaan wants to marry him. And if it’s true that Emaan loved Sheheryaar too much to leave him, why do I remember that she once demanded a divorce?

Be it Emaan’s mother calling her badnaseeb, or Rohail telling his son, ‘’Beta tumharay naseeb mein maa nahe’’, or Emaan describing ‘’Aap ko pata hai Sheheryaaar, bachon kay itnay chotay chotay haath hotay hain aur un ki smile…’’, the dialogues were awful. “Muhabbat anmol hoti hai’’ didn’t leave much of an impact because it was said by three of the characters (Rohail, Sheheryaar AND Emaan, of course) in the last few minutes of the episode.

There are naqaabil-e-bardasht loag. Then there are some seriously naqaabil-e-bardasht loag. And then there’s Humayun Hassan and his family. Chalo, at least Emaan and Sheheryaar were interesting to watch in the initial episodes, but these people – they were a complete torture since day one! Humayun was more concerned about khandaani jora and zewar than the ladies of the house. About Muraad, let’s just say that he couldn’t act to save his life. And Zareena? Who was this woman? The dialogues she was given were so full of hate! I can’t even think of a single dialogue of hers that made sense or offered something positive. Please, take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back for putting up with this woman and her saazishain every week. On a scale of 0 to 10, the weirdness level of the family is 11!

There have been some unconvincing plot points to move the story forward (I am referring to Sajal reading Emaan’s fertility reports, Rohail’s sister reading Emaan’s diary etc) and in this episode, Sanober’s encounter with Zareena and Sajal seemed totally unrealistic.

It’s true that Mol was an engaging, intelligent play up to the 13th episode simply because till then, the story and the characters were simple and easy to relate. Emaan and Sheheryaar made an interesting couple, we found their conversations to be intelligent, and we looked forward to seeing how these two make it through despite the fact that they are polar opposites. The way Emaan’s parents were sidelined is one thing I didn’t quite understand. From the initial episodes, I could gather that Emaan is very close to her parents and that she shares almost everything with them. Even after her marriage to Sheheryaar, I remember how she used to discuss her problems with her mother and looked to her for advice, but ever since Shahnaam became an important part of her life, it was almost like she lost contact with her parents and all of a sudden, she wanted to be the one making all the decisions for herself without seeking her parents’ advice or approval. I agree, Sheheryaar didn’t like his parents’ interference but Emaan definitely was emotionally dependent on her parents. Considering her bonding with her parents, this is something I found incredibly unrealistic. Mol started off on a strong point, but it’s such a pity that I would always remember it as a drama where… everybody lost it!

In terms of performances, it should not go unacknowledged that Naveen Waqar and Faisal Qureshi were simply phenomenal as Emaan and Sheheryaar. They owned and understood their characters, they shared some great chemistry and were effortless. I can’t say much about Iqra Aziz because there wasn’t much she could do with the sort of character she was given, so I guess she was OK.

How many of you watched the last episode of Mol? Did you find Mol to be ‘a unique love story’? If you did, please share your views with me because I am afraid I didn’t. What are your thoughts on Sheheryaar and Emaan’s happily ever after?

Maryam Mehdi

P.S. In the end, I would like to thank all of my wonderful readers for reading the reviews and taking part in the discussions every week. You guys must’ve noticed that compared to the threads of the previous dramas I have reviewed, I was very late when it came to replying to your comments on Mol’s thread. I have been a little busy, but I am really sorry to have kept you all waiting. Thank you sooo much for bearing with me. Thank you so much for being so appreciative. This means the world to me! :D


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