Mann Mayal episode 7 a few random thoughts
I learned three things after watching this week’s episode ;
1, Karachi is full of Bad ,Bad , Bad people who smoke weed , mistreat their parents and attend all night parties .
2.Hyderabad , where Mannu and Salahuddin come from is full of good , in fact super good people who pray regularly , study and never lie
3. I dont care and have decided to take Mikaal’s side because he seems to be the only truthful person on screen .
Beneath all those yawn , nay cringe inducing cliches Maya Ali has given another fantastic performance . Her reactions during the phone call with Salahuddin , her decision to change , the sad little scene in front of her mirror were all beautifully portrayed. give or take a few scenes that was the entire sum of the positive this week. The rest of the episode wallowed in every shallow cliche available . I really want to write a firmly worded letter to the elite classes of Pakistan : “stop taking these innocent middle class girls and ruining their lives with your nefarious parties ” . Can anyone reconcile the pleasant Mikaal who visited Mannu’s house with the uncaring monster we are now presented with ? Maybe I missed a scene but Mikaal did actually visit Mannu’s household in search of bride and did actually follow her up some stairs in said house with a look of charmed admiration on his face ? I almost laughed when Mikaal’s parents wondered why Mannu had not changed Mikaal into an ideal person yet , a feat they had not managed in some twenty plus years Another truly amazing thing about the bad , bad , bad world of Karachi , is that no one has an actual job and yet they posses an endless supply of money
. I am so sick of this anemic bholi larki trope and I wish our drama makers would stop perpetuating it . Mannu is bold enough to contact her ex boyfriend Salahuddin instead of her mother but doesn’t have the courage to actually stand up to her husband ? IF gambling, Pot , Drugs , alcohol or anything else are so abhorrent to the conservative Mannu ,why doesn’t she just go home ? These things are not just inconveniences , they are character flaws and addictions that ruin lives .But alas that is the problem with bholi larkiya like Mannu they are life’s floaters , aimless and miserable till someone else points them in the right direction .They have no principles and never take a stand following the path of least resistance and our drama makers continue to perpetuate the worship of this image of womanhood . Mannu does have a choice , she comes from a wealthy family with what seems like quite a liberal attitude to divorce . Not one of them is bothered by her Chachi keeping the unfortunate Sarah Baji away from her husband till he gives her a divorce . If I remember correctly Sarah Baji’s husband’s main crime was asking for a loan from his wealthy in laws. So Mannu’s family knows a deal breaker when they see it .
So essentially Mannu throws away her duppatahs and her prayers along with her old suites . Obviously all they didn’t mean much to her in the first place .
Meanwhile Salahuddin is busy being Angelic and taken advantage of in one repetitive scene after another .
Can anyone explain why Salahuddin is so upset over Mannu’s hair cut , there were two zoom in shots so it must have been an important plot point that I missed ? I notice the beyghairat was more worried about the haircut than Mannu’s actual happiness.
As I said I’m on Mikaal’s side , because Mannu and Salahuddin are so utterly gutless at least he has a personality .