Mujhay Kuch Kehna Hai .. a few thoughts
Mujhay Kuch Kehna Hai
This drama has been a complete pleasure to watch . Yes, its the usual dusri bivi plot that I totally hate but it is a testament to how well this whole thing has been made that I hang on for each episode to see what will happen next . I always have a lot of complaints about Geo , A&B productions in particular ,so where I can praise them I will. This is not the typical story which sustains Geo in happy mediocrity. This is a well directed , well acted and well plotted serial with an admittedly cliched plot . The devil , they say ,is in the details . The characterisations , are natural and relatable and while I may not agree with what the protagonist’s decisions or actions they all make sense .
Shazma played by the absolutely brilliant and beautiful Sabreen Hasbani, is a subdued housewife who has had all her hopes , dreams or any sense of individuality crushed out of her by her husband Moazam( Shahood Alvi) and his family . Its not they are unusually cruel or that they burn her with ciggarettes every day , in fact its worse . Moazam and his family are basically incredibly self absorbed and have just gotten used to treating Shazma as a non entity. Part of the blame also lies with Shazma who , deep inside herself probably realised Moazam would never love her so made herself a complete door mat in order to hang on to the relationship . Moazam is a fairly wealthy man and attracts the attention of a Seemab(Meera Sethi), whom he falls in love with and takes as a second wife .
Moazam and Seemab are easily the villains of the piece but the writing is so nuanced , that despite Seemab’s machinations ,at times I almost felt sorry for her . She is a very insecure individual , who cannot seem to find peace anywhere . Similarly I want to hate Moazam but although he doesn’t love Shazama he does respect her and tries his best to fulfill his responsibilities , particularly towards his daughters. Neither are really good people , in fact they are quite selfish but the sense of suffocation and irritation Moazam feels for Shazma is just as real as the misery and lack of fulfillment Shazma lives in . Mira Sethi has given a knockout performance , underplaying the villainy and giving a rather sad portrait of a girl -woman who cannot see anything beyond herself . Shahood Alvi has always been an good actor and here he has excelled as both actor and director .
Another standout in the serial is the young actor playing Naveed , who brings a lot of energy to the serial despite his strange hairstyle . I really like how the writer has wound each plot point so feasibly around the characters. Naveed is a catalyst for change in Shazma’s life; for good and for bad . He helps her get a job but he also allows Seemab to manipulate the situation against Shazma . Another thing I really enjoyed was the relationship between Seemab and her more self aware sister played by Faiza Gilani . Seemab’s Appi is a little greedy and selfish but still human and after awhile even she begins to see there are limits to everything . Sometimes Seemab’s interactions with her sister were so subtly funny that I could not help smiling .This is balanced approach is what has made this serial so watchable .