Director: Shehrazade Sheikh
Writers: Sana Shabbir Sandhu , Reema Ali Syed
Producers: Abdullah Kadwani & Asad Qureshi
Episode 17 of Naulakha mainly focused on Zain Ali’s second marriage and the need of a future successor for him. Zain Ali (Mirza Zain Baig), who initially looked like a man of strong character under his father’s pressure, considers marrying Shafaq. Noor Jehan Begum (Bushra Ansari) has successfully monopolized all her pawns in her own favour.
It looks like between Anwar Ali (Behroze Sabzwari) and Jehan Ara, the latter is winning at her game. Akbar Ali is under her influence. He emotionally blackmails Zain Ali to return Samar to his real parents as he could never be the true heir of the family. Zain Ali is reluctant to do this since Tehreem’s (Sarwat Gillani) happiness means a lot to him and her happiness lies in Samar. When he proposes this to her she gets infuriated and they end up having a heated argument. No woman can ever share her husband with anyone. Zain Ali, justifying his marriage for the sake of having a child of his own was totally lame. How did he expect that Tehreem would accept easily?
While the world is busy exploring Mars, our society is still entangled in the dilemmas of having a male offspring to take on the so called ‘family thrones.’ Every other day we hear stories of broken marriages and failed relationships primarily because of this social stigma. It was not Tehreem’s mistake that she is unable to bear a child anymore which she rightly points out also. Then why does she have to pay the price for her husband’s mistake? Also adopting a baby is no child’s play. If one is not ready to take on this huge responsibility, they should not opt for it. Accepting someone else’s child as their own is not everyone’s cup of tea. The writer did a good job in highlighting these issues.
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Neither Zain Ali nor Tehreem are contented with their circumstances. Love is still there but their elders’ obstinacy and insatiable greed for wealth is taking its toll on their relationship. Tehreem should also have shown little patience in dealing with this whole situation. Her husband is under a lot of stress and pressurizing him more didn’t bring her any good. The father daughter duo of Anwar Ali and Qurat ul Ain (Sana Askari) are worried that using Samar as their trump card has not delivered the required result.
Jehan Ara is trying her best to spoil Zain and Tehreem’s marriage. She is adding fuel to the fire given any chance she gets. On the other hand, Shafaq is in an indecisive situation. Though she loves Zain Ali but she doesn’t want to be a home wrecker. Her character didn’t have much to offer except for a few scenes here and there. Kiran Haque is a good actor and I would like to see her screen presence more.
Amidst all of this, the race for Naulakha’s possession is still on. How elders make foolish family traditions and how the future generations have to bear the burden of it all? This drama is a classic example of it.