Parents spend their entire lives raising their children – but what happens when those same children choose to live their lives rather than support their parents in their old age? “Aulaad” is a story that sheds light on the plight of parents when their children turn away from them due to their own nuclear family obligations. 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.
Episode 7 sees more chaos with Bilal (Nabeel Zuberi) as he begs his family to agree to Muskaan’s mother’s demands. However, now Farwa is firing up Adnan (Furqan Qureshi), who has been a fairly ideal son up until now. But with Bilal continuing to push for the house in Muskaan’s name, Farwa and Adnan are now seen worried for their own future. Adnan makes a demand, one that he believes will put a stop to the house discussion, saying that if Bilal gets the house then he should get their father’s provident fund – the money that Jalal and Zakiya will live off of after retirement. This is a low blow, one that leaves Zakiya and Jalal enraged at both boys. This is heartbreaking, because it’s clear that while Bilal continues to be brat, Adnan feels sorry for what he’s done to his parents – though it’s still terrible, regardless. But before he can apologize, Bilal takes a big step and purposely overdoses on pills, forcing the family to race him to the hospital. While he makes a recovery, of course, now the parents will be forced to reconsider.
The most messed up part about this scenario is how unbelievable it is – only because how can anyone be this ruthless? The pill suggestion was given to Bilal by Muskaan herself, who told him that can’t he overdose on pills for her if she can agree to marry Mohsin? This is such a bizarre plot line. Mother and daughter have created this scenario so that they can not only get the house from Jalal and Zakiya, but also get “revenge.” Why would any young girl get married and create this future for herself? And is a house really worth all this plotting? It’s troubling and not in a good way.
The question that episode 7 leaves viewers with is how much are parents expected to give their children? The general educated South Asian population will tread on this path – an individual goes to school, pursues an education, and begins working. They usually remain in this profession for decades until it’s time to retire. They get married, have children, raise these children, pay for their needs, schooling and gives these children the best they have to offer. These children grow up, get married and have children of their own. At what point can the parent lift their hands and begin living for themselves? At what point can they enjoy their home and finances and expect their children to take care of themselves – and even care for their aging parents? Watching “Aulaad,” it seems Jamal and Zakiya have raised truly selfish children who not only do not appreciate their parents fully, but also children who believe their parents home, money and retirement fund all belong to them. This story is difficult to watch due to how frustrating these sons are. But there’s an interesting moment in the hospital where Farwa tells Jalal and Zakiya that they themselves are responsible for Bilal’s behavior, having spoiled him since childhood. And while we do feel sorry for the parents, isn’t this statement true? Aren’t children generally a product of their upbringing? If these sons are so poorly behaved and entitled, isn’t it because Jalal and Zakiya gave their children more than they should have? It’s an interesting thought, one that can be debated for….forever. “Aulaad” is a heavy show and definitely has its frustrating moments, but it’s one with an interesting premise that keeps viewers hooked.