The latest episode of “Baandi” started with (Rameen) Hajra Yameen being brought to her parents’ place by her husband, Adil (Kamran Jilani) but not receiving support from her parents at all, who have wedded her to an affluent man for the sake of money and cannot afford a divorce. It is only Wali, (Muneeb Butt) her brother who feels her pain and shows consideration towards her, but his authority is not more than that of his parent’s who forces Rameen to go back. When she does so, we see Adil reflecting extremely nasty expressions, as if he is up to more abuse and violence. The other important incident of the episode was Meero’s (Aiman Khan) departure from the village after an attempt at burning herself. She is taken to the city for her safety. However, when she alights from the bus on the station, she sees Sheru and in an effort to run towards him, comes across Wali’s car who at the point in the episode is going to give his final exams.
It was an amazing episode, presenting the idea of money as an important element around which everyone’s life revolves. All actions take place either due to lack of money or for a desire for more money. We see that Rameen’s parents have no emotional attachment with their daughter and in their lust for money which they receive from their son-in-law, are forcing their daughter to bear the atrocities of Adil. If Farhan (Daniyal Raheel) has lost a friend, the basis was wealth. Razia, the maid who was beaten by Faiza (Hina Dilpazeer) is given money to keep her mouth shut and owing to poverty, accepts the money. The most surprising thing was the parents’ intense happiness on the day of Wali’s exam which sounded unreal at first, but was given meaning when Faiza says, “Jo beej hum ne boya tha, uska phal khaane ka waqt agaya hai”. The dialogue made us realize that Wali has been given education not for becoming a good human being, but for becoming a rich person who can further strengthen the financial position of his parents. The flashback scene in which Faiza’s days of poverty were shown was also a depiction of the fact that criminal activities can also stem from a lack of money. Lastly, if Meero is forced to run from her village, it is because she cannot compete with a rich lord like Tahawaar (Yasir Hussain).
The episode was well directed, with camera’s focus presenting symbols. It was thrice in the episode that Faiza’s praying beads (Tasbeeh) were shown, each time of a different color, matching the shade of her dress. This represented the idea of using religion as a cover to hide your corruption and using religious objects as things of fashion only, which you do not use for the sake of religion but only to show people that you are religious and nothing evil can be expected from you.
The last scene, however, seemed a bit typical, for a guy almost about to hit a girl with his car and then realizing that she is beautiful was cliched. It gave us an easily predictable idea that both the characters will encounter each other again in the coming episodes. So, it was a sort of “love at first sight” scene, but one which can be ignored considering the other strong points of the play.
Another thing which keeps us curious is the result of Farhan’s CA exams. What if he clears his business studies and attains a status equal to Wali’s family? This seems something interesting to reflect on.