It has become mildly exhausting writing about “Raqs E Bimsil,” because it almost feels like a betrayal discussing the show’s negative points. “Raqs E Bismil” is a show that started off with much promise and continued to exude that promise for the majority of its run. However, once hitting episode 21 or so, the show began a downward freefall due to being needlessly dragged out. The show’s stellar star cast, including Imran Ashraf, Sarah Khan, Momin Saqib, Anoushay Abbasi, Mehmood Aslam, Nida Mumtaz, Javeria Abbasi, etc. are all giving great performances and have allowed the audience to become attached to these characters. Director Wajahat Rauf and writer Hashim Nadeem have kept the show elevated through their work – but somewhere, the show has simply faltered due to unnecessary characters, needless plotlines and efforts to keep the show going well-past its prime.
In episode 27, the story has become a mess. Zohra (Sarah Khan) is now living in Musa’s family home, though Pir Qudratullah (Mehmood Aslam) is not aware that “Zari” is Zohra. The ladies of the house have all discovered the truth and have set forth on trying to unite Zohra and Musa once and for all, rallying around Zohra. However, Pir Qudratullah decides that Zari should remain in “the family” and he decides Zari will marry Ahmed…..because “he’s a good boy and she’s a good girl.” Despite the ladies telling Zohra to ask for more time, Zohra agrees to this marriage. Why? Who knows? Meanwhile, Musa (Imran Abbas) is informed by Isa (Momin Saqib) that Zohra is in their home and he waits for her iddat to be complete before going to meet her.
There are two points here that made this episode nonsensical. First – and this has already been discussed in my last review -, where does Pir Qudratullah get the nerve to begin deciding the future of a woman he just met? He’s not her “mahram,” he is not her father, he is no one to her. So how, without even discussing it with her, does he go about preparing for a wedding that this young girl hasn’t agreed to? Forget the fact that this girl has just been divorced and hasn’t even had enough time to grieve, here is a man forcing an unknown man on to her as her husband. How is this sensible? And of course, second, the amazing Zohra herself, continuing to make her own life complicated for no reason. This entire family is jumping through hoops for this young girl, taking care of her, helping her, encouraging her – and how does she repay them? She agrees to marry someone other than Musa. Well, sure, if in her strange thought-process, she believes this is “better” for Musa, that’s one thing. But how is marrying a man associated with Musa’s family “better for Musa”? It’s entirely selfish and horrible, making Zohra unlikable at this point. What is there left to look forward to? It’s Musa carrying this entire show with his purity and kindness, Imran Ashraf’s performance winning the hearts of viewers with the way Musa has changed himself for the love of a woman– but that woman is now agreeing to marry someone else. “Raqs E Bismil” is the perfect example of how to take a great story, a great concept and then destroy the essence at the very end.