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Pakeeza – Episode 2

Gosh I don’t know where to begin, but okay let me try. The mind boggling mystery is finally resolved – Pakeeza puts up with Jibran’s treatment of her for Kiran’s sake. My comments on that follow later. In this episode, Jibran continues huffing and puffing, Pakeeza continues ‘bardaashting’ in her oh-so-martyr like way, apparently each putting up with the other for Kiran’s sake who, in my opinion, is being affected by all this in a very negative way.

Pakeeza shows up at the gallery yet again with visible marks of abuse at the hands of Jibran. Naima is outraged, Azeem is pained, Pakeeza again martyr like. Yes, I am fast losing patience with Pakeeza and I shall outline my reasons soon.

Naima goes to Jibran’s office and confronts him about his attitude towards Pakeeza. She says to him what has been running through my mind ever since the first episode too. Why does Jibran treat his wife the way their father treated their mother? What if Pakeeza also leaves? What if someone else were to treat Kiran the way Jibran treats Pakeeza? Naima feels responsible for she is the one who introduced Pakeeza and Jibran to each other.

Azeem declares his love for Pakeeza. Pakeeza seems taken aback but in the first episode I was able to see what he feels, how did she not know in all these years? Maybe deep down she knew but didn’t want to acknowledge it because as she says he has now ‘snatched’ her ‘dosti’ from her.

Dinner table drama continues in this episode too. Namak kam in kebabs this time. So, either Pakeeza is really cooking pheekay khaanay and that makes me sound like Jibran now (yikes!) or Jibran bhai really should adjust his palate and get used to less salt so that maybe blood pressure ki itni medication na laini paray.

On a more serious note, Kiran’s breakdown at the dinner table may have felt like an overreaction to some but I genuinely felt for her. Which brings me to one of the two things that quite irked me about this episode. Not to turn this into a psychological rant about parenting so I will try not to go overboard but forgive me if I do because my review just wouldn’t be complete without it.

Firstly, Kiran’s breakdown and her frustration – I felt for her. As a child, what you really want is a happy and loving home. Parents who love each other and love you. Yes, there are problems in life and I do not believe in mollycoddling children into believing all is hunky dory and rosy in life. Arguments happen in the happiest of homes but imagine a child growing up to constantly seeing their father lash out at their mother and the mother never standing up for herself. I could feel Kiran’s frustration.

Which brings me to the second part of my rant. When Kiran breaks down and Pakeeza says to herself that she will not let her life affect Kiran etc, I thought yes! I am not sure what exactly but she will do something to change her situation. But when she opens her mouth when talking to Kiran and the garbage that came out of it! Yes, patience is good, compromise to an extent is good, bardaasht to an extent is also very good, no two people are the same and all that but woman – none of all that has anything to do with your situation!

How can she tell her daughter that this is normal? That every family has problems and their problems may be different than others’ but are just as normal? Not only does Jibran seem messed up but at this point I am beginning to doubt Pakeeza’s sanity too. I am not being harsh or overly judgemental (I think). I wonder why she doesn’t leave her husband? I wonder why she says she puts up with him for Kiran’s sake when clearly all this is doing Kiran no good. But chalo, if I were to overlook all that, why tell her daughter that she is the one lacking any of the above mentioned admirable qualities namely bardaasht and patience. That she worries how Kiran will cope I life etc.

I think this just got under my skin as I myself am a mum to two young children. I am not perfect – far from it. Things which seemed so black and white as a teenager, seem different now that I am the adult and not the child anymore. But no matter how objectively I think, I can not see any sense in what Pakeeza was saying to her daughter.

I am not quite sure where this story is heading. We despise Jibran from the get go and feel pity for Pakeeza initially but I do not know if the writer is trying to gain our sympathies for her and then feel that when presented with a chance for someone to love her (Azeem) she is justified in feeling the same? I am speculating here – I do not know whether she will begin to have a relationship with him while she is still married to Jibran but I think that may be one possibility. But as she tells Azeem that her world begins and ends at Kiran then shouldn’t she really be trying to ease Kiran’s pain and do something about her dire circumstances. What hold does Jibran have over her that she can not break free?

I feel very worked up after having watched this episode and it is not a feeling I like as I prefer to watch dramas in my free time, to unwind. Not get worked up about. Quite a few people commented on my review on the first episode that after reading my review, they did not feel inclined to watch the drama. My intention when reviewing is not to recommend or not recommend although I suppose maybe that is an essential part of a review for some but I am an amateur at this and I write to pen my thoughts on an episode. I am unsure now how I really feel about this drama and not really looking forward to next week’s episode. I keep hearing PTV’s Tum Mere Kya Ho is nice – time to binge watch!

Please do share your thoughts on this episode. Did you feel the same way I did or maybe I overreacted and am missing something here? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Kunwal Javid

Updated: Nov 15, 2016 — 10:57 PM

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