“Agar” isn’t a pathbreaking show nor has it been raking in TRPs. What “Agar” has been doing, however, is delivering harsh realities of life while keeping the overall tone of the show light and fresh. Have we had qualms about “Agar”? Absolutely, as killing off two major characters within one show is not just heartless, it’s cruelty towards the audience. And yet, we have bounced back and continue to enjoy the narrative moving forward – even if we don’t necessarily support it. Starring Juggan Kazim, Junaid Khan, Hina Altaf, Maheen Siddiqui, Ahmed Randhawa, Ali Abbas, Hina Bayat and others, “Agar” has been written by Madiha Shahid and directed by Ilyas Kashmiri.
In episode 25, Bahram (Ahmed Randhawa) and Zainab (Hira Soomro) are now expecting a child. With happiness on the horizon, they have also begun to think about Chandni’s (Maheen Siddiqui) future. While Chandni and Zainab share a really sweet, warm relationship, Zainab and Bahram worry that Chandni will suffer the same fate as Annie if they do not step in immediately. This creates hostility at home as Chandni’s mother (Hina Bayat) continues to drag her feet for Chandni’s marriage. This time, however, it seems she’s protesting less for personal gain and more so out of a mistrust towards Zainab’s mother, who is arranging the proposal. Still, Bahram is adamant and so it seems Chandni’s marriage will move forward – or will it?
Hooriya (Hina Altaf) is actively pushing herself onto Arya and Shahwaiz’s (Junaid Khan) household now, focusing more on them and less on her own home. Meheryaar (Ali Abbas) and his mother not only begin to notice, but Meheryaar’s mother now regrets her decision to marry Meheryaar and Hooriya. This is a woman who has been nothing but kind, understanding and accepting of Hooriya and Pari – but she has reached a breaking point with Hooriya’s terrible behavior. Hooriya is not only rude and callous to Meheryaar, but also expects her mother-in-law to do all the household work herself, encouraging her to work in her old age for “good health”….while she, herself, refuses to lift a finger. Hooriya’s negative traits are now brimming over and, quite honestly, Meheryaar and his family do not deserve this sort of woman in their home. Hooriya has become thoroughly mean-spirited and unlikable. Hina Altaf is wonderful, of course, doing a great job of disliking this character without making her visibly evil. She is a horribly flawed character, a human being with bad traits, and Hina Altaf’s performance really drives this home.
Despite Hooriya’s attempts, however, Chandni is the one who is there for Arya in her weakest moments, at school and generally as a mother figure. And now that Chandni’s marriage is being discussed, it seems as though the wheels in Shahwaiz’s head have begun to turn. Will Shahwaiz recognize that Chandni may be the best mother for Arya soon?
Honestly, this twist is something we could see a mile away as soon as Annie passed away. We dragged our feet, we complained and yet, despite it all, the Shahwaiz and Chandni pairing makes sense and the actors share a sweet chemistry. Most of all though, we just want to see Hooriya’s face when she realizes her (disgusting) dreams are being shattered and she now has to stay in a marriage she has done everything to destroy. Will Meheryaar tolerate her when that time comes though? That’s what we will wait to see.