Written by: Radain Shah
Directed by: Aabis
Produced by: Fahad
Mustafa and Dr. Ali Kazmi
The discord between Uswa and Bakhtawar continues on in the double episodes of this week’s Khud Parast with new plot twists. Despite knowing that Uswa betrayed him by going outside to the movies with another man, Hanan forgives her and in a strange turn of events Uswa starts to emotionally guilt Hanan into accepting that he was in the wrong all along. Meanwhile, Bakhtawar very cleverly engages Uswa’s brothers into business with her and uses this factor to hold it above Uswa and her family. As if all of this was not enough, the episode ended with the shocking news that Uswa is pregnant with Hanan’s baby.
As always, Khud Parast manages to pack in as many plot twists as possible in every moment. The most interesting part of this episode was how we gradually begin to see that none of the characters have any saving qualities to them. Uswa and Bakhtawar have always been obvious about their flaws, but now even Hanan becomes doubtful due to how easily he caves in to each of the women’s manipulation. Beenish has no spine to stand up for herself but does try to advise Hanan to shield the faults of his wife from other people no matter what. But in the end Beenish still remains the same placid and weak-willed woman that she was before and it is disappointing on her part because she was the only character we had any hope in.
A very crucial thing that this drama showed through the dynamics between Beenish and Uswa is that the bold and outspoken woman isn’t always the strongest; sometimes, those who choose to stay silent are much more secure. Uswa insults Beenish over how she does not resist against anything that the men in the house do, but just because she is silent does not mean Beenish is weak. While her silence is not something we personally approved, the fact of the matter is that Beenish is far stronger and hence resolute than Uswa.
While it may be lacking in certain areas such as character development, one thing that Khud Parast never fails to deliver is entertaining drama. The audience may not sympathize with any of the characters or connect with them on a deeper level, which is a major shortcoming. But even that can be turned into a positive aspect as the grey characters essentially become more entertaining. While we may not care for them, we are still curious about their fate and what will happen now that Uswa’s pregnancy is thrown into the mix. Of course, the direction and execution of the drama is amazingly done and the drama truly shines in that regard. We only wish for at least one saving grace of a character to associate and sympathize with.
The pregnancy is going to change things a lot, especially
since now Uswa is trapped with Adeel in an unwanted affair. The drama overall
is a commendable effort, with only rare things left to be desired.
Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.