“Qayamat” continues to lure its audiences in, leaving its viewers enthralled with its female lead, Ifrah, and her refusal to bend to her in-laws. Neelam Muneer shines in her role as Ifrah, a strong-willed female, supported by Ahsan Khan, Saba Faisal, Shabbir Jan, Noor Ul Hassan and Haroon Shahid in prominent roles. “Qayamat” has been written by Sarwat Nazeer and directed by Ali Faizan.
In episode 26, Ifrah (Neelam Muneer) struggles to manage the housework after her Taayi (Saba Faisal) fires their house help, Rashida. In all this chaos, baby Sana takes a fall from the bed and is rushed to the hospital by Rashid (Ahsan Khan) and Ifrah. The two bond in the hospital, taking care of not only Sana, but also of each other in a stressful moment. Sana is fine, but this event does alter Ifrah and Rashid’s relationship, the two softening towards each other. Rashid later overhears his mother discuss her plans on the phone and is quick to rehire Rashida. He also makes it clear to his mother that he’s aware of her plans, but will not allow his daughter suffer at the hands of her plotting. This is a big change for Rashid, a man who has never shown any responsibility or ability to reason with his mother. Ifrah and Rashid are later seen having an unusually sweet discussion with each other, their bond now strengthening.
It’s been a complaint from the beginning and will continue to be one – why does it fall upon the woman to reform her wayward husband? “Qayamat” could have been a perfect story of how a woman brings her in-laws to their knees, reforms them and then steps away to live life as she so chooses. Ifrah and Jawad’s relationship would be unlikely after this – and honestly, does Jawad even deserve her? But why should Ifrah’s fate rest with Rashid, her dead sister’s abusive husband who not only mistreated Samra, her parents and did not have an iota of responsibility, but who was also responsible for Samra’s death? Is it really so easy to forgive this? And yet, that’s exactly where the show is heading – and it’s made easier as Ahsan Khan begins portraying Rashid as a little more lovable, less aggressive and even tones down Rashid’s blunt remarks. The zany one-liners Rashid has become known for, a trademark of the character, have taken a backseat in this episode, replaced by kind words, sweet glances and a more polished style of speaking. This, of course, makes it difficult to be angry with Rashid, even though the character deserves it. Ahsan Khan and Neelam Muneer look great together, which also helps matters. But again, this has all been adjusted to make Rashid a palatable character, one who Ifrah can forgive and move on with to live a happy life. But in reality, would that ever be possible? It seems “Qayamat” is hell-bent on taking us down this road and while it’s nice to watch these talented actors enact these scenes, one does wish the writers would have the courage to think outside the box.