“Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” is a show that tells a story that isn’t unlike those we’ve seen before (hence the name). And yet, the presentation, dialogues and treatment of this story is very different from what one would expect. Written by Faseeh Bari Khan and directed by Ahmed Bhatti, this drama stars Wahaj Ali, Ramsha Khan, Saba Hameed, Saba Faisal, Safie Hassan, Arjumand Rahim and many others in prominent roles. Focusing on disloyal relationships, kitchen politics, saas-bahu relationships and every topic under the sun that we’ve seen in our dramas in the past, “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” has turned these topics upside down and presented a different way of looking at them.
In episode 6, Rizwan (Wahaj Ali) continues his pursuit of Noor (Arjumand Rahim) despite having just attended his own wedding reception. Noor receives a lot of attention in this episode and deservingly so. In the last episode, Noor fills Saman in on her upbringing and how she heard others praise her beauty, finally deciding to use that to her own advantage. It’s an interesting angle and individuals like Noor certainly are a part of reality, making her a fascinating character. Noor manages to wrap every man around her finger, so when Bilal’s family threatens to throw her out, she entices his father as well. Rizwan’s feelings for Noor have become “serious” (considering he’s a newlywed in a “love” marriage, how serious can he be?) and reach a new level after Bilal asks him to stay away due to neighborhood gossip. Rizwan is a flirt and a “dil phenk” sort of man, enjoying the chase more than committing to an actual relationship, as seen with his marriage to Samia. However, will Noor serve as a wake-up call for Rizwan? The player may just get played here as Noor is a bigger player than Rizwan. And now with Bilal’s father in the picture, will Rizwan’s love confession hold any meaning or will Rizwan now feel what he’s been putting Samia through when Noor begins to neglect him for Bilal’s father? Arjumand Rahim is doing a wonderful job of portraying this character, a character that is incredibly manipulative and yet entertaining to watch.
On the other end, Samia (Ramsha Khan) continues to deal with the taunts and downright ridiculous behavior from Aziza (Saba Hameed) and Farhat (Sana Askari). Samia has resumed her work, but requests her in-laws to allow her to send her paycheck home to her parents, an idea that is crushed by Aziza, stating that the in-laws have a right to her money now (which is utter nonsense). Aziza and Farhat are two characters that are chalk-full of hypocrisy and terrible mindsets, sadly making statements that are heard only too often in Pakistani society, causing viewers to both laugh and feel horribly uncomfortable at the scenario (which is the intention). Samia has to deal with a lot in her new home and does so entirely without the support of Rizwan, who is simply too busy with the new object of his affection. It’s no surprise then that when Farhat’s father-in-law begins showing an interest in Samia and reads her palms, telling her that she will divorce and remarry an older man, a seed of doubt is planted in Samia’s mind. She begins to examine her marriage to Rizwan and worries about the fate of her marriage. This show is full of great performers and artists, but Ramsha Khan is holding her own here and has made Samia a character to love and root for.
The gender role reversal shown in “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” is something that stands out in this show, essentially holding up a mirror to society and its double-standards regarding the female gender – and this is cleverly depicted by inflicting the atrocities on men. In each episode, viewers watch Naheed (Safie Hassan) slaving away in the kitchen, diligently working at a thankless job that he is mocked for (housewives, anyone?). And when he does step out of the house to run errands (such as printing wedding cards), he is put down for it. In the preview for the next episode, we see Rizwan standing up for himself against Samia, stating he’s not her punching bag to be hit all the time. Essentially, the writer has written lines that sound so crazy, the viewer has to laugh – until they realize it’s only funny because it’s a man on the receiving end. Is it funny or ludicrous when a woman is on the receiving end or has that simply become our idea of “normal”? “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” has presented this idea in a humorous, light-hearted way while still managing to put across a strong social message. “Ghisi Piti Mohabbat” is a winner at this point and one can only hope the writing and direction continue along this unique path.