Today’s episode had so much to offer and I enjoyed every bit of it. For those people who have been complaining that this play is slow, this episode should be the big leap forward. In the previous episode after the treatment meted out to Aimen by Mehru, Aimen decided to go by the rules, but the conversation with her father and his lack of trust on her turned things around and Aimen decided her sacrifices were not going to get her anywhere and since her father did not believe her anyway so there was absolutely no reason for her to be submissive. So, from now on it is Aimen’s life her way, I must say that the Aimen-Mehru relationship is turning into a duel and both are very strong contenders! What Aimen did today was totally wrong but I would give her more of the benefit of the doubt than I would give Mehru. While, Aimen is doing all that she is to safeguard her own interests and survival, what Mehru is doing is out of sheer hatred and revenge. So, even with all that Aimen did today, she still has my sympathies. Mehru, on the contrary lost my vote today yet again, when she lied to Waqar about Aimen being interested in Affan. Whatever Aimen did, it was because she is young and naïve but Mehru is wise and cunning, that totally changes the dynamics for me. I must add here that Sania Saeed is doing a brilliant job of playing the evil step-mother; she has proved yet again that her versatility as a performer is unmatched. Sometimes she says more with her expressions than with her words.
Affan being interested in Aimen, was an easy guess but the proposal came rather too soon and Aimen is merely going along with it because like her friend said this was the only way she could escape the life she was living in her own house. Aimen’s meeting with her grandfather was extremely moving, from the grandfather’s side if not from Aimen’s. I find Aimen’s character particularly interesting, although she is in a weak position and any other girl in her situation would be looking for a savior but Aimen is not, she is strong and unlike the grandfather presumed would not fall for the first man who tells her he is interested in her. Her father gave her enough love to give her the confidence she needs to get through difficult times all by herself.
Babar’s revelation to his mother was another very interesting and touching development in today’s story. Babar has always been the wise one, even when he was living with his Grandmother; he was always opposed to her mother’s behavior towards her brother and his family because his biggest concern was that they may be thrown out of the house with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Babar may have grown up but his insecurities have not left him. I really felt for him and he was so right in telling his mother that she should think about him and not be so keen on making Aimen’s life miserable because that may backfire. Whatever Babar had to say made a lot of sense to me. I wish his mother would have listened to him and stopped playing games but Mehru will be Mehru. Her bitterness will never let her forgive Aimen for something she never did!
One thing that totally took me off guard today was what Tahir did . I would much rather have seen him as the dignified teacher he was till now and it would have been good if he kept his feelings to himself.
I have to say that Tahir’s relationship with his dada and their conversations have to be the highlight of the show, their love-hate relationship is bitter-sweet and adorable. The chemistry between the too is brilliant and a treat to watch.
Zard Mausam is definitely turning out to be a great show and I would highly recommend that it should be moved to the 8 pm slot. The direction, the brilliant performances and most of all the permanent sobriety of the show never fails to impress me. Kudos to the entire team of the show for a job well-done. Looking forward to the next episode.
Watch Episode 12 of Zard Mausam
Author: Fatima Awan.