By Amira Zaidi
Kadurat means grudge. And who can hold one better than Sanam Saeed, the famous star from HUM TV’s latest so-called blockbuster drama that didn’t quite bust-the-block as opposed to its previous success with ‘Humsafar’. Nevertheless it confirmed identity to actors for the roles they suit best. The spotlight shines on the sky-soaring Sanam to justify her grudge in this brand new drama crossing its third episode, in which her war this time is against a father, step-mother and step-siblings for taking the place of the little princess she was, just a while after her mother (played by Zhalay Sarhadi) left the world. They keep showing a shot of the mother-daughter in which Zhalay praises her daughter for having an amazing memory “meri beti kuch nahi bhoolti” and that becomes the flashback-dialogue of the episodes to come. The flashback accompanied by the fiddling of her eyebrow!
Most of the first two episodes span across Minah’s childhood, the girl who enacts this role made an outstanding performance with her angry little face and the tussles between her father played by the award-wining ‘Best Menswear Designer’ Deepak Perwani, whose Guinness record for the world’s largest kurta is what he should really be excelling in, until his dialogue delivery is worked upon further. Without prior warning or preparation to his daughter, he imposes his second wife Atiqa, the plum-lipped, deep soothing voice and tight frizzy curls played by Angeline Malik, who assures her husband that she’ll eventually get accepted by Minah but instead gets to hear in every new scene “ap meri mama nahi hein”. Incidents occur and Minah goes to the extent of hurting and pushing her and twice, has locked up each of her step-siblings in the store room, which is far away from this big posh house with shiny marble floors to its interior. Her new siblings Alina and Asad once all grown up are played by Momal Sheikh and the recent HUM TV award-winner for Best Actor in a Daily Soap, Imran Aslam.
The stubborn little girl is sent to live in a hostel but pleads to her father to be kept at home. There, girls her age pick on her but she befriends one girl, Shaheen. Meanwhile back home, Atiqa one day drops into Deepak’s office to remind him of her degree in business management and suggests joining his office. Upon hearing this he immediately offers her his chair, while his daughter is shown in the hostel poking needles in pillows, stuffed toys and her roommates, and getting deeper into finding resentment with everyone there.
Crops harvest and time is shown to have passed by and finally Minah comes home all grown up (into Sanam) but she doesn’t respond to greetings. She only sports a superficial smile and offers Alina Pringles, but the box pops into her face as a prank. That’s where you see her long, evil fit of laughter with everyone else’s poker face staring back at her and she asks, “Kesi lagi phir meri entry?” Soon after her settling in back at home, Atiqa tries to make efforts of clearing the air but instead Minah snubs back rudely and even tells her to ‘get out’!
The third episode thickens the plot as Minah goes to meet Asad who has climbed the ladder to CEO of her father’s company and seeing eyeball to eyeball she leans in and tells her step-brother that she wants his chair and takes on the dare to snatch the position he has earned. Asad/Imran owns up to his award of being the best actor and his mini-role in the first two episodes was almost a replica of him. But that suave businessman role didn’t quite befit him naturally as opposed to the recent drama he was cast in, as a gambler and drunkard. Overall he’s impressionable and grows on you.
Alina is shown dining at Zouk with her Raj-Kumar, as she’d like to term it. Danyal is the guy, played by Junaid Khan, who is now unfair to be defined as just the former-vocalist of CALL the band, because he’s made a strong presence in the drama circle with one project after the other; dramas and telefilms both. He’s also leading a solo singing career with two video releases. Rumour has it that he’s also about to host an Eid show! Cute smiles, sparkly, love-struck eyes and protruding biceps through stark white shirts; he’s the stuff silver screens are made for. But for now, he pursues Alina for marriage. Oddly enough, she resists because Minah the troublemaker has come home and more odd is the fact that the guy is more keen to get married in this case as opposed to the majority of girls trying to find themselves suitors, and what a suitor indeed! Is Alina’s too-good-to-be-true set up also going to be jinxed by prying eyes?
Deepak’s earlier thick black beard is now shedding weight and colour both and he as character is also shedding patience for his daughter, for whom he had claimed to remarry in the first place, so that she’d have a mother again. He grows intolerant towards her pranks and resentments and decides to show her to a psychologist. Minah initially runs away from him but lands at that doctor’s clinic the day her father has kept a dinner reception for Minah, telling one lie after the other about her step-siblings.
The direction by Aabis Raza is definitely worth praising and the story written by Zoha Hassan has strong grounds for a grudge of this sort to have matured into something seemingly dangerous and psychotic. The soundtrack is just ordinary but the story and casting make up for that gap. Sanam’s tall, slouching and square-like physique really help define her personality and she does great with those head-down, closely set, piercing eyes to convey across her anger. Now whether the audience goes completely against her, stereotyping her as a jealous and resentful girl, or whether they find sympathy and understand the root-cause of her situation, is yet to be seen.