Unfortunately, of late, many Pakistani dramas have taken to depicting miserable scenarios, leaving the audience gasping for air, overwhelmed by the shroud of sadness enveloping the entire canvas. “Where’s the relief?” is a common complaint with these shows. And while “Qismat” looks great in terms of production values, does the story have anything new to offer or is the audience simply going to be fed yet another story of a poor victim forced into a situation against her will?
Minal Khan plays the role of Soha. Soha’s parents passed away, but she lives with her Chacha and Chachi, who have raised her as their own, never making her feel as though she were different from their own daughter, Maham (Sharmeen Ali). Minal is in love with Waleed, her former classmate and co-worker. The two make time for each other in their busy schedules, unable to live without seeing each other.
Maham’s marriage is set and the family is busy making arrangements. Maham’s fiancé, played by Kamran Jillani, is a kind man, but is very caring towards his younger brother, played by Faizan Khawaja. He will do anything to make him happy. During the wedding, a situation takes place where the family notices the extent he goes to make his younger brother happy. Faizan Khawaja’s character falls for Soha immediately, “love at first sight,” and without talking to Soha at all about the situation, he declares that he’s in love and wants to marry Soha to his brother and family. The family, happily, rushes over to ask for her hand and bring in both sisters as their daughters-in-law.
This story is aggravating from the get-go. Faizan Khawaja’s character is supposed to be this likable guy, I suppose. But in what world is it acceptable for a man to just declare that he loves a girl who has shown zero interest in him, nor has she even had a proper conversation with him? That’s right, its not. Faizan’s character is a “nice” version of a bully, assuming that a girl will not only like him, but also not taking any consideration into account that she MAY like someone else. Of course, viewers know exactly where this story is headed. The families will force Soha into marrying Faizan’s character and how the story plays out from there onwards will be the crux of the show. Minal Khan has stated that the show depicts the consequences of forced marriage. What will these consequences be? What message will this show try to give? Or will it be yet another story along the lines of “Hassad” types where we are forced to watch consistently upsetting scenarios?