OMG!! Bus itna bata do, kis saayyy Shikwa karain aye khuda!!! Jeetay ji hum tou mar hi jayengay! What in the world was that?? What did I just witness? 20 years later?! Is this some kind of joke Team Shikwa decided to play on the dear viewers? Things have turned out to be soooo revolting that I don’t know where to begin?! This episode could have been a perfect ‘LAST’ episode because it had all the typical ‘last-episode’ features, excluding the ’20 years later’ ticker of course.
I would be honest here-till the 30th minute of the episode, I was thinking to myself: what a nice way to wrap up all the tracks! I liked the way they showed karma getting back at Mehar’s phupo for all the years she made life a complete torture for her brother’s family. She came to the rescue and for the first time, her timing was perfect. This is exactly what I was hoping for: Saqib’s ambiguities finally dissolved and I enjoyed the way Firdaus Aapa also played a part in making Saqib realize that like any other human being, Mehar too has some flaws; she is impulsive and emotional but the quality that makes her shine is her honesty. She speaks her mind but that doesn’t make her ruthless: that’s actually what makes her stand out from the rest of the hypocrites and dual-faced people who have plagued our society. Sidra’s temporary problems also came to an end when Sobia got committed through Saqib’s contacts. Sounds perfect for a happy ENDING, haina? BUT right when I was beginning to restore my faith in the play, the ’20 years later’ SHOCKER left me in a state of nausea!! Qasam say! I would have had a lot of good things to say about this episode, if they would have ended it right at the birth of Mehar’s daughter. OR if they were so obsessed with the idea of showing a boorhi, boring Mehar, then a 2-minute scene would have been enough, showing that Saqib has passed away, Mehar has moved on and is now content with whatever life has given her to cherish AND there are no shikwas left. But what they just did is a perfect example of ruining a play that COULD HAVE been one of the memorable plays of the year (yes guys, its the Shukk scenario all over again). Of course, people will still remember Mehar’s close-to-reality and perfectly etched out character and the way Sonia Hussain totally nailed it! I must say this girl has come a long way and she is definitely the one to look out for. But as far as the play itself is concerned, it’s nothing short of a wreck!
Just grab a rubber band and STREEEEETTTTCCHHH it to the point that it breaks. That is possibly the only way you’d be able to understand what is happening to Shikwa, or all the other ARY plays for that matter. In Soteli too, all the childten have grown up and a bunch of newcomers have been hired who are completely hopeless when it comes to acting. But the point is that Shikwa’s main plot and central idea had absolutely NOTHING to do with the nasl of Mehar and Saqib or Sidra and Shariq. Things can’t get any worse, right? WRONG! The worST part is that after witnessing Sidra-Shariq’s putting-to-sleep love story, we would be forced to see their SON running after Mehar’s DAUGHTER. MY GOD!!!! Sidra and Shariq’s track was completely pointless to begin with, and now to see their SON struggling with his love life is expecting too much. I am having Disprin and taking a nap because it’s too much to handle!
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P.S: Since there’s nothing else I can NOT expect from this play, I think we should also be mentally prepared for Saqib’s comeback after a game of calling-the-spirits. Anything can happen now, remember?