Critic Rating

Written by: Samira Fazal

Directed by: Ilyas Kashmiri

Produced by: Momina Duraid Productions

This week’s episode was not as exciting as the others and focused more on the disintegrating marriages around Arsal right on the eve of his own. The way his own father treats his mother begins to sow seeds of doubts in Arsal’s mind, and the story of Asher running parallel to Arsal’s further strengthens this. Although not much of substance happens in this episode, it is essential in getting the main caution about marriage across to the viewers.

 

 

The unhappy marriage of Arsal’s own parents becomes Arsal’s awakening as he realizes that the way his father behaves has been a source of misery for his mothers for years. It very accurately depicts how marriages sour over the years and spouses begin to foster deep-seated feelings of resentment against each other. In Arsal’s parents’ case, it is his mother who had to sacrifice her studies for marriage and has held it against her husband for all these years. The writer, however, makes this a lesson for Arsal who immediately calls Hareem to ask if she would resent him for stopping her studies. This factor is a plus point for the series as it shows how we can learn from our parents’ mistakes instead of resorting to repeating them.

 

 

On the other hand, Asher’s marriage does not bode as good of a lesson for Arsal. Of course, Asher and Neha continue to hide their separation from their families which poses an issue when they refuse to attend Arsal’s wedding. Neha also receives a rude awakening when she becomes aware that she is no longer a part of Asher’s family. When Arsal calls her for advice, an emotional exchange takes place in which Neha tries to convince Arsal she is no longer his family without giving away too much information. The episode ends on this note, with Neha crying for her lost family.

There is some comical relief in the middle of the grimness, as Asher and Neha compete for their children’s affections by outdoing each other. However, there are hints of melancholy here and there for both of them as the full effect of the divorce finally becomes obvious to them in the form of their individual loneliness. Both still refuse to accept that by separating, they can no longer keep the same relation they had before. It is a very sad moment in the drama, and the tragicomedy element incorporated into the script is done so subtly yet beautifully.

 

 

A lot of the conflict between the side characters, such as between Hareem’s mother and grandmother, is very tedious and seems unnecessary. It also regrettably lets down what is otherwise well-made drama.  The supporting characters definitely need more defining moments, but apart from that Tajdeed e Wafa has found a good pace for its storyline and keeps its dramatic moments well balanced with its deeper ones.

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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