Okay, can someone please tell me what this episode was about? Mann Mayal so far has been a rollercoaster; one episode I find fantastic, yet in the next one I'm sitting there trying to figure out what just happened and why!
Let's start with the Meekail and Salahuddin scene...I think this perhaps was the only normal scene in the entire episode. Salahuddin did what he promised Mannu's father he would do; get a feel for who Meekail is. Let's ignore the part that this was the father's job and not his. Meekail apparently is okay with the fact that Mannu is actually in love with Salahuddin and still wants to marry her. Because otherwise as per him "mujhe different drawing rooms mein jaake different khane khane parengein...is wajah se mera kaafi weight put on ho gaya ha waise." (I found that line to be funny actually, not to mention a sarcastic mark on the entire 'rishta' seeking process). Anyways, Salahuddin likes Meekail and all is well on that front. Again, this was the only normal scene of this episode. It was all down hill from here.
Gohar Rasheed has had very little screen time, but he makes the little time he has, count. The promos do promise more of him in the next episode so that is nice.
Biya goes to see Mannu as she hasn't seen her best friend for a really long time. Normal right? Nope, not here. There is a whole discussion about a plant that Mannu had planted at Biya's house which was nothing more than a metaphor for Salahuddin's behavior towards Mannu and their equation. It was to the point that Mannu asks Biya to leave cause she can't handle it anymore. I certainly would have been sympathetic to Mannu's feelings had she not insisted on ruining her life by not only marrying Meekail, but taking off the day after her mayon to see hang out with Salahuddin not caring at all about her parents or all the chaos her irresponsible stunts would, and have caused. Because according to her, she doesn't care, she does what she wants.
The end of episode 3 should have been the end of the Salahuddin and Mannu saga. Her father let her go to his house, he didn't open the door, she came back. So why in the world did Salahuddin feel the need to not just call her, but also to ask her to meet him for 'eik aakhri baar'? Up until now I was with him. It takes great strength to love someone, but look at this from reality and realize that this is not meant for one; and up until he now, he had been quite strong about this. He honored his father's wish when the father took them home without asking for Mannu's rishta. He honored Mannu's father's wish too because he knew the father didn't want to marry her off with him, no matter how sensible he might have seemed to others. So why, in the world would he pull such a stunt is beyond me! I can't, for the life of me, understand the rationale behind this.
But more than that, I can't understand how Mannu can be so selfish and irresponsible? From everything I have read so far, Mannu is some strong girl who isn't scared of going after what she wants, so clearly I am the minority here. But to me, Mannu was extremely selfish, knowingly irresponsible, and just plain stupid. IF she really loved Salahuddin as she says she does, she would have respected his feelings and stayed away. (Although again, why he would call her is beyond me). This girl, a day after her mayon agreed to meet him not caring at all about her parent's reputation or feelings. She didn't give a hoot as to how this would affect not only her reputation, but her family's also. The guy didn't open the door for her (for whatever reason), when she, being a girl, went to his house, yet even after that episode, she has absolutely no self respect or dignity. Such an event in most girls' lives would be a moment for self refelction, but not her. As soon as he calls and asks to meet, she puts on a burqa and goes out...not only that, but she intentionally leaves her phone at home and is out the entire day. Apne baare mein nahin, kamsekam apne waledein ke he baare mein soch leti.
Hats off to Maya Ali for being so convincing as Manu to make me this irritated with the character. This drama is definitely going to be turning point in her career.
And I'm sorry, but were we supposed to find that entire scene cute and sweet? Because if anything, it was rehash of everything we have already heard. Especially the whole "aap mujhe zeher lagte hain..." At that point I wanted to give both of them the zeher and say aap dono is waqt zeher lag rahe hain, please yeh le lein. I sat there trying to figure out where Salahuddin's strength and Mannu's dignity went.
The scene afterwards didn't make any sense either. Salahuddin's parents are rightly summoned, but he is wrongly accused of running away with her. The thappar Manny received by her father was completely justified, but a little too late there Abba! But then Abba's rant about Salahuddin and the whole "agar us waqt tum ne mard ban ke dikhaya hota to aaj yeh mardaangi achi hoti" was nothing, but crap. Are we to forget that he met Salahuddin and told him that if he marries his daughter he would give them everything they needed to be comfortable all their lives? Did that not sound like a business deal, or dare I say, selling his daughter? A father of integrity would never use money in such a way. If the father himself had any mardangi or integrity, he would have looked past Salahuddin's economic standing, looked at his sharafat and khaandan, and married her off to him. But he used money as a weapon, knowing full well the offer would be rejected. So why Abba is being so high and mighty now, makes no sense to me.
The look Salahuddin gave his father though, made complete sense as his father is the reason for why the left that day without saying anything. That was about the only thing that made sense in that entire scene.
Acting wise, every single person does justice to their roles...even Biya who has like 5 minutes, but like Gohar Rasheed, makes her presence count. Direction as always, is fantastic. Haseeb Hasan knows exactly what he wants from his actors and extracts all of this. Editing is crisp. I just don't know what to make of the script at times.
Sorry Team Mann Mayal, you aren't going to like this review. But fortunately for you, I'm in the minority :)