“Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” is a show that has been winning viewers over with its ability to take serious situations, present a story that mirrors the saas-bahu stories we’ve grown accustomed too, and turn that very story into something strikingly different – and funny. Starring Ramsha Khan, Wahaj Ali, Saba Hameed, Saba Faisal, Sana Askari, Safie Hassan and others, this show airs on Thursday nights with competition from all corners, airing alongside “Bandhay Ek Dour Se,” “Saraab” and “Rockstar.” And yet, it manages to not only make an impact, but potentially leads the race as the show with the strongest overall story (due to treatment) and presentation.
Episode 10 of “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” is a strong one and does not shy away from delivering the punches. Samia (Ramsha Khan) shares a loving moment with Rizwan (Wahaj Ali) as the two finally get their marriage back on track – but that happiness is short lived. Samia realizes Rizwan wants to say something to her and narrates an incident from her childhood where she confessed her “crime” before her mother in the dark with candlelight and recreates the scene with Rizwan. The mood prompts Rizwan to confess that he stole Samia’s jewelry for another woman. The way this scene has been directed is intense and impactful, not only with the way the tone has been set within the scene, but also because the scene cuts out and we do not witness Samia’s true reaction afterwards. Samia thinks about this situation for a few days, struggling with her emotions, trying to wrap her mind around what to do. Adding salt to her wounds is Rizwan’s flippant attitude towards her grief, laughing as she sits in silence, openly telling her he depends on her, but doesn’t love her – rather, he loves the other woman, but won’t marry her. Rizwan’s attitude is ultimately what makes her snap and decide to walk away from her marriage.
Meanwhile, drama unfolds in Farhat’s (Sana Askari) life as her fiancé decides to run away to England days before the wedding. This is a winning moment for Khalil (Shahood Alvi), who has his eyes set on Samia. It’s revealed in this episode that Khalil has a roving eye and his wife is well-aware of it. She even tells him, in anger, to go get remarried, but to stop chasing the household help. It’s a sad reality that many women deal with situations like this and, despite her desire to appear composed outside her home, she struggles to hold her family together behind closed doors. Khalil has begun his pursuit of Samia and even Samia and her in-laws have begun to notice it, prompting a fight to break out between Farhat and Samia. Farhat accuses Samia of having an affair, but the fearless girl that she is, Samia does not take this lying down and verbally thrashes Farhat, threatening to break her arms if she speaks to her like this again.
I’ve said it before and will say it again: Samia is the strong female lead of today that viewers have been waiting for. She’s not flippant or nonchalant about her decisions, but she has self-respect. She has given her all to her marriage to Riz. She has put up with his manipulative mother and scheming sister, she has put up with his distant behavior and has even kept quiet in moments where she felt out of place in her new home. She believes in marriage and she holds her relationship with Rizwan in high esteem and is a woman who understands the necessity of putting aside ego in marriage. However, that being said, she also understands herself, respects herself and demands that respect from others. It’s this respect that forces her to ask for a divorce. Angry at Samia for interrupting him during an important meeting, Rizwan gives her the divorce over the phone as the two then sit in shock over what has just happened.
Two brilliant moments emerge from this one scene. First, Samia packs her bags to leave when she’s stopped by Aziza (Saba Hameed), who has never left any stone unturned to verbally irritate Samia. Instead of showing sympathy for Samia’s situation, she not only defends her son, but also demands to examine Samia’s luggage. She grabs a perfume from her suitcase, declaring it to have come from their side, and it’s at this moment that Samia snaps. She has had it. She’s fed up of this woman, Rizwan, this insane household and she realizes that she will never gain any respect by staying amongst these people. While Aziza continues to rummage through her luggage, Samia simply walks out of the house in disgust, leaving it all behind. If “Ishqiya” left a lot to be desired, Ramsha Khan has made a comeback with “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat,” showing off her acting abilities through Samia. Of course Saba Hameed shines as Aziza as always.
The second scene that really stands out towards the latter part of the episode is right after the divorce on Rizwan’s end. Rizwan has given everything up for Noor (Arjumand Rahim) without a second thought, but as soon as he hangs up the phone, he hears her voice coming from nearby. He spots Noor with a group and realizes she is not who she claimed to be. This serves as “instant karma,” something we don’t see too often in dramas. Rizwan will now realize what a mistake he made in taking Samia for granted and letting her go. Wahaj Ali may be playing a wayward character with Rizwan, but his performance is no less. He’s doing a great job as the two-faced Rizwan, a man who wants to have his cake and eat it too.
Special mention goes out to the character of Samia’s co-worker, who seems like a kind, empathetic guy. While it’s possible that he may be interested in Samia himself, he also appears to genuinely care about her as a friend. Will he figure into Samia’s life later on? “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” seems set to take a different turn next week as Samia returns home and Rizwan realizes the extent to which he has been betrayed. Fasih Bari Khan’s writing and Ahmed Bhatti’s direction both deserve a round of applause this week (and, really, every week) . “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat’ is emerging as the dark horse of Pakistani dramas on air right now. It continues to deliver week after week and provides a refreshingly different perspective and take on a story we’re only too familiar with (“Ghisi piti”).