“Mujhe Vida Kar” airs four days a week, Monday to Thursday, so while it has told a miserable sort of story, presenting the most grim aspect of marriage, one felt that it’s fast-moving pace was to prevent the viewer from getting bogged down with its heavy storyline. However, with the direction in which the storyline is now headed, that may have been wishful thinking. Starring Saboor Aly, Haaris Waheed, Madiha Imam, Muneeb Butt, Raza Talish, Tara Mehmood and many others, “Mujhe Vida Kar” tells the story of how women fall prey to demanding, oppressive in-laws and how South Asian culture essentially feeds their daughters to vultures.
In this week’s episodes, 25 – 28, Kashfa (Maira Khan) and Iqbal (Paras Masroor) have now moved in with Usman (Muneeb Butt) and his family, causing even more emotional and mental turmoil for Rida (Madiha Imam). Ironically, Iqbal becomes a savior of sorts for Rida, helping her leave the house when needed and assisting her in cooking. What Kashfa’s presence in the house has revealed to the audience – and appears to reveal to her husband as well – is that she doesn’t partake in any activity other than sitting with her parents (Shabbir Jan and Saba Hameed) and gossiping, even neglecting her child in the process. However, will her behavior be revealed now that she’s living under the same roof with Usman? Or will Usman continue to be the fool he is? At this point, Usman does not deserve any forgiveness or a happy life with Rida, allowing himself to be brainwashed against Rida, believing that Rida is having an affair with Safeer (Raza Talish) – which may be a ludicrous thought, but viewers would much rather see Rida dump the chump and marry Safeer instead. She certainly deserves a better man than her pitiful husband, who is now getting involved with a co-worker to “escape” the toxic home life he himself is creating.
On the other hand, while Aneek (Haaris Waheed) and Sadia’s (Saboor Aly’s) marriage is taking place, in full swing, tragedy strikes. While Sadia is already apprehensive, hearing the harsh words spoken about her regarding her second marriage, her fears are further ignited when her Khala passes away on her way to the wedding. The wedding is postponed, but while Aneek and his family continue to support Sadia and try to chase away her negative thoughts, her belief that she’s cursed (“Manhoos”) only continues to grow. Aneek’s suddenly hostile work environment and the thought that he could lose his job only makes this worse. While all of this is realistic, the way others gossip about Sadia is not. If one says “Allah maafi” while discussing a woman marrying her only son off to a widowed woman, it’s ridiculous for Sadia or Aneek’s mother to humor this commentary instead of defending their kids using religion itself as a support. And what sort of family can listen to their loved ones being insulted? Characters shouldn’t be so good that they cannot chase away negative individuals ruining happy moments.
Of course, now Masooma, Sadia’s cousin, has entered the house, now an orphan staying with them. She initially seems like a nice character, but quickly reveals her negativity as she states the same thing about Aneek marrying Sadia – to Sadia herself. While Sadia may have low self-esteem, it would be great if these girls would give shut-up calls to people who have no need (or place) to comment. No one should be this good or sacrificing. That’s a point that needs to be put forward by the show immediately, as Rida and Sadia have gone through too much of their share of grief at this point due to no fault of their own. Unfortunately, now with Atif (Sajjad Pal) in Dubai and the introduction of Masooma, are the makers of “Mujhe Vida Kar” going to stretch this story for another 50 episodes?