“Aulaad” continues to win the praise of the audience, luring in viewers with its promise of being a family tear-jerker – and that it is. Parents spend their lives raising their children, but do they get the same kind of dedication and support when they need it from their children? “Aulaad” has been doing a good job of depicting a realistic picture of what most likely happens in many joint-family systems. Written by Syed Ameer Ali Shah and directed by Aabis Raza, “Aulaad” stars Mohammad Ahmed, Marina Khan, Hassan Niazi, Sunita Marshal, Nabeel Zuberi, Furqan Qureshi and Humaira Bano in prominent roles.
In episode 7, Jalal (Mohammad Ahmed) and Zakiya (Marina Khan) ponder over whether to visit their grandchild in the hospital. Unwilling to let his children see him falter, Jalal creates a ruse of visiting a friend and takes Zakiya to the hospital to visit Ahmer. Unfortunately, despite Jalal’s own softening heart and desire to see his grandson, Khurram (Hassan Niazi) has not changed his stance. This is a character far more selfish than anyone else on the show and his behavior towards his wife, children and parents is borderline abusive with how he orders everyone around. Khurram forbids his own parents from seeing his son while Afreen (Sunita Marshal) protests – but not enough. Why does Afreen put up with his behavior? Khurram is so money-minded, he is even heard telling Afreen she should have taken Ahmer to a cheap clinic rather than brining him to an expensive hospital. Khurram is the sort of character that one can’t wait to see suffer….but unfortunately, his suffering would only increase that of his parents and wife, so it’s difficult to even root for such an outcome.
The majority of the story focuses on, once again, that brat of a character Bilal (Nabeel Zuberi). This is a character who has actively been visiting Rakshanda (Humaira Bano) behind his parents’ backs over the course of how many years in an effort to meet his love, Muskaan. But how was this love story able to reach this point undetected when it’s clear that Rakshanda is venomous towards Jalal and Zakiya. She is out to brainwash and destroy their son. What have they done to deserve such treatment? And how can a grown man like Bilal be so weak of mind that he can’t see what a manipulative woman Rakshanda is? Rakshanda makes it clear to Bilal that she will not marry Bilal and Muskaan unless Jalal signs over the house – period. And to make matters worse, she calls her brother and agrees to get Mohsin and Muskaan engaged. She gives Bilal one month to convince his father, otherwise she will go through with the engagement. This all, of course, sounds much nicer than it actually plays out. Rakshanda is a snake and, quite honestly, her daughter may appear to love Bilal, but she isn’t any different.
In the next episode, it’s seen that Bilal will attempt suicide. Is a house worth more than a human life? How could Rakshanda and Muskaan even plot such a plan? It’s actually disgusting and these characters are pulling “Aulaad” away from the feel of realism that it had. We’d much rather watch Moni’s struggles and other interesting aspects of the show rather than see this much time focused on unrealistically manipulative, poisonous characters adding unnecessary drama. It goes without say that Bilal is the worst son in this scenario, pressuring his parents instead of putting his foot down and firmly saying “no” to Rakshanda and Muskaan. This episode – and it appears the next even more so – was difficult to watch. Hopefully some moments of happiness can be presented on this show as well, because at this point, it’s all just very heavy. Emotional drama is great, but families do share some more light-hearted moments as well.