What an Episode! A rollercoaster ride of emotions…very intense indeed. I was simply over whelmed by some of the scenes. After watching this episode I feel even greater compassion for Durr-e-Shehwar and I can’t help but detest Mansoor in particular for letting his mother get way with everything! Today’s episode was dedicated wholly to giving the viewers an insight into the early days of Durr-e-Shehwar’s marriage.
The play took off on a sad note, considering the fact that Durr-e-Shehwar’s story may just be the story of every second girl in our society. Although Shandana represents the present generation in this play, but there are many girls even now who live a life of self-sacrifice, being dictated at every step of the way by their in-laws. As if they have not been married in to a family but sold to them.
A controlling Mother-In-Law and a husband who is too stuck in his ways is what Shehwar had to put up with in the early days of her marriage. The scene on the dinner table where she wants water but is too reluctant to get up and get it or to ask anyone else to pass it on, showed the level of discomfort Shehwar feels in her new home. She may be part of the family apparently but she is finding it very difficult to relate even remotely to her in-laws or the surroundings. It is mainly due to the unwelcoming and sometimes insulting behavior of her Mother-In-Law.
Durr-e-Shehwar feels left out and alienated on her own honeymoon, something that she shares with Mansoor as well but he does not understand where she is coming from or he just does not want to since he can’t look beyond his own family. I have to admit I hate Mansoor for what he is doing with Shehwar and can’t help but wonder if Shandana is better off being her rigid self!! The way Durr-e-Shehwar is asked to leave the room when Mansoor’s father is sick shows she is treated like an outsider. Kudos to Durr-e-Shehwar’s team for paying great attention to minute details, and for depicting in such a fitting manner the challenges that newly-wed girls face. Durr-e-Shehwar is expected to mould herself according to the taste and habits of his new household, as if she does not have any individuality. It truly depicts our contemporary social set up….shameful but true!
I have to say that Sanam Baloch is doing justice to her character…good job indeed. Durr-e-Shehwar stands before her Mother-In-Law like a criminal when she finds out that her earrings are missing…at this point I could almost feel the suffocation she feels in her new house. The scene where Shehwar breaks down in front of her mother is extremely moving …brilliantly done. There are obviously a lot of suppressed emotions.
Today’s episode ended just as dramatically as it started. When Shehwar’s sister mentions that she cannot have her food without salad, she replies that now she can!! I am expecting the next episode to be just as commendable. Here is to many more engaging episodes of this brilliant play.
Author: Fatima Awan.