Suno Chanda is back with Season Two and dare we say it is living up to the hype. It's only four episodes in but it's already just as hilarious and enjoyable as season one. Starring Farhan Saeed as Arsal and Iqra Aziz as Ajiya, the story is about a madcap family who has cultures from all over Pakistan married into their fold. Arsal and Ajiya are married now and are about to have their valima (a feast given to guests by the groom's family) and things are going haywire already.
Written by Saima Akram Chaudhary and directed by Ahsan Talish, the drama also stars Samina Ahmed, Arjumand Rahim, Nadia Afgan, Mohammad Ahmed and Tipu. Just as last year, the family dynamics are still going all over the place leading to hilarious consequences. Bi Jaan, played by veteran and exceptionally talented Samina Ahmed, is frustrated with the arrival of Parveen/Pari (Arjumand Rahim) who has come into their house to attend Arsal and Ajiya's valima. Pari is a firecracker cousin of Shanno/Shahana (Nadia Afgan) who was once a flame of Nazakat Ali.
Episode one opens with Arsal and Ajiya sleeping after the wedding. Arsal is snoring loudly and Ajiya is extremely frustrated with his snores. The two fight. In the meantime, Sherry (Nabeel Zuberi) and Kinza (Mashal Khan) are about to have their nikah on Arsal and Ajiya's valima. Billo (Mizna Waqas) and Joji (Ali Safina) are also about to get married. Peeno aka Pari aka Parveen (Arjumand Rahim) has come to Karachi with her submissive son Mithoo (Raza Talish, Ahsan Talish's son) to attend the valima. Peeno happened to have somewhat of a relationship with Nazakat, Jiya's father. It's all quite mad.
The second episode Peeno has finally arrived from Gujrat to Karachi after much ado and has caused the necessary havoc. Ajiya and Arsal are having trouble adjusting to the normative husband and wife rules and Bi Jaan and Ajiya's parents counsel her how to 'talk' to Arsal. Ajiya is also bent on wanting to go to London and Arsal doesn't want her to go, much to Ajiya's chagrin.
Episode 3 sees Bi Jaan losing her temper because Pari has arrived and Arsal and Ajiya try to inquire what's going on and why is everyone very upset at Peeno coming to Karachi for the valima. Arsal invites a friend to his valima who Jiya hates. Mithu is fooled by DJ into lighting his mother's huqqa in Jalal Chacha's room leading to smoke filling in the entire room.
In episode 4, everyone goes on the roof to celebrate and play with kites. The police comes as Arsal fires a gun and the mad family drives the police crazy too!
What's incredibly fun about the episodes so far is that they've been able to keep the fun and repartee that was thoroughly enjoyable in the first season. The lighthearted comedy and the modern romance between Arsal and Jiya where they squabble instead of simply just staring moonily into each other's eyes (something that we often see in Pakistani dramas) is what makes the drama extremely engaging. Jiya embodies a lot of maddening conflicts as faced by the girl of today and the resolution of those conflicts with Arsal is sweet as well as funny. The different characters that are based around the various ethnicities also provide a lot of comic relief. Given the first four episodes, it can be safely said that the rest of episodes will also be just as hilarious as last year!