Critic Rating

Written by: Faiza Iftikhar
Directed by: Ali Faizan Anchan
Produced by: Faisal Qureshi

In the aftermath of Sadia’s emotional death in the last episode, Asfand fights the intensity of his own sorrow as well as ensuring that Nimra’s future does not suffer with this loss. Meanwhile, finally seeing a chance, Asfand’s sisters try to get into Asfand’s good side and siphon off money from him. For Nimra, despite Asfand’s best intentions, the future seems dark as Asfand proposes to marry Nimra off to Najiba’s son.

 

 

Numerous flashbacks run through Asfand’s mind and he even hallucinates about Sadia amidst his grief. Faisal Qureshi plays his role to utter conviction and he translates his emotions onto the screen very well. Although much dialogue does not occur by Asfand himself during these sequences in which he reflects upon the past, the body language itself becomes the major tool through which he acts. Many times actors fail to make an impact when dialogue is lacking, yet it is in these very scenes where an actor’s true talent is visible. Suffice to say, Faisal Qureshi has nailed these scenes every time.

It certainly does not bode well for Nimra as it becomes quite obvious by the end of the episode what will happen. By marrying Nimra to Najiba’s son, trouble is bound to happen. Yet, something that stood out was the logic behind Asfand’s decision. The point made by many of the people who wanted Asfand to marry Nimra off was well-thought out and logical; it is a certain truth that our society looks with a rather critical eye at the relationship between a male and female not related by blood, even if the relationship is paternal. By being Nimra’s stepfather and not a father by birth, Asfand would become victim to people with limited mindsets, which unfortunately makes up a large percentage of society. Hence, unlike other dramas, the writer at least gave a logical and understandable reason for this marriage.

 

 

Meanwhile, Najiba and Naila remain the same one-dimensional characters that are hell-bent on removing anyone that comes in the way of their self-interest. But it will be interesting to see how Najiba reacts to Asfand’s idea of marrying Nimra to her son, seeing how opposed she is to Nimra even living with Asfand anymore. It is an obvious setup for further conflict within the drama, yet perhaps it will lead to Najiba turning over a new leaf.

 

 

The episode was captivating in the way it depicted Asfand and Nimra struggle with their loss. But we have a feeling the worst is yet to come, especially with the cliffhanger the episode ended on. There were signs of opposition by Asfand against the influence of Najiba, so hopefully this will be developed further on. If nothing else, Baba Jani certainly knows how to keeps its audience on their toes, and due this Najiba and Naila are really what spur the storyline forward. We cannot wait to see what happens next!

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.

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