Negativity is such a trait that can lead anyone down a path of wrongdoing – and while most individuals have their good and negative traits within them, at times negativity can overtake positivity in an individual and corrupt their personality. Each person is different in nature and, generally speaking, human beings are shades of grey rather than black and white. Therefore, it can be mildly irritating to start a show and realize that it’s full of characters oozing with negativity. And why not? It’s a device used to pain the lead character as a heavenly, pure, innocent creature after all. But does it work?
Kun Faya Kun boasts of an interesting cast. Imran Abbas returns to a Hum TV production after a gap of 4 years, his last show with the network being “Alvida,” which also starred Sanam Jung, Zahid Ahmed and Sarah Khan. Kun Faya Kun also stars Zarnish Khan, a talented but underutilized actress, and Alizeh Shah in the lead role. While the promos reveal little about the storyline itself, the show is written by Qaisra Hayat, the writer responsible for the critically acclaimed Alif Allah Aur Insaan – a fact that instantly peaks viewer curiosity.
Discussing the story, the first two episodes focus largely on introducing characters and elaborating on their interwoven relationships. Aapa Ji (Azra Mehmood) is the mother of two grown sons, Obaid and Abbas. There is a third son Azm, who has passed away. Obaid is married to Shama (Nargis Rasheed) and the couple have 3 children together – Armaan, Burhaan and Bisma (Zarnish Khan). Abbas is married to Faseeha (Naima Khan) and the couple have two children – Areesha and Hashir (Imran Abbas). Shama and Faseeha are wildly competitive with each other and have passed their competitive, manipulative ways on to their daughters Bisma and Areesha. Unknown to the parents, Bisma and Hashir are romantically involved. On the other end, Areesha has set her sights on Burhaan.
The bane of Shama and Faseeha’s existence are Aapa Ji and Mashal (Alizeh Shah), Azm’s daughter. As their husbands provide for Aapa ji, both wives are under a constant state of agitation regarding “Kharchay” (spending). The two wives concoct a plan to move Aapa Ji and Mashal into their homes so they are no longer obligated to give them money. Things go awry when Aapa Ji, more clever than they realize, gathers the family and returns their money, exposing Shama and Faseeha’s plot. She declares that she can provide for herself and Mashal.
Hashir, a Gods-send for Aapa Ji and Mashal, frequently visits their home and provides Aapa Ji with money for her necessities. Kind-hearted, Hashir looks after Mashal as an elder brother would and gives the two women much needed emotional support. This is the extent of the show at present.
The problem with this show is simply too much negativity. It’s understandable to see one negative character. It’s understandable to see two negative characters. It’s even understandable to see that the behavior of mothers would pass on to their children. But this is not the case here. Rather, the show is full of kind, well-behaved, soft, humane men married/engaged/dating conniving, manipulative, uncaring women. There’s a particularly jarring scene where Hashir is speaking to Bisma on the phone and the two are discussing the situation with Aapa Ji when Bisma rudely declares that she doesn’t care to hear him sing Aapa Ji’s praises. With the kind of man Hashir is, as an audience, one immediately wonders why Hashir is interested in a shopping-obsessed, careless, irresponsible and now also rude woman like Bisma? It’s unpalatable.
Of course, this does not make the show any less interesting. The show is not particularly fast-paced, nor does it grip the viewer within the first episode itself. It seems to follow the path of a slower, gradual build-up that will have long-term effects on the story. Considering the show’s writer and the director (Ilyas Kashmiri), both who have notable shows of worth under their belts, Kun Faya Kun holds a lot of promise. Whether it can live up to the expectations is something that will be seen over time.