armaan&parisa • kabhi ek nigaahen karam iss taraf bhi.. ft. @mohsinabbashaider & @thekubism.
Who remembers the Spring 2017 craze of Muqabil? If you don't, are you really even an Owlian? Come on! *locks snooty alter ego in cupboard and continues*
For those of you who are 'nawa aaya eh sohniya,' I do this thing where I take a Pakistani drama and I obsess over it till the cows come home. Or at least until I make my Owlians fall as hopelessly in love with it, as I am. Back in March, obsession, thy name was Muqabil!
Lekin iss pyaar ki kahani ne typical route nahin liya. Unbeknownst to my Owlians, I had, in fact, watched the first few episodes back when the drama had first started airing. The "'Pari?' *Pari piereces Mehmood Sahab with that murderous glare* 'Parisa..'" promo made me do it. Not to mention, the haunting soundtrack. Two weeks in, I found the theme a bit too intense for my taste. So, I decided to drop it.
Let me tell you something: jis cheez se pyaar hona likha hota hai, you cannot escape it.
After that, week after week, koi na koi mujhe yeh play recommend karta hi rehta tha. 16 weeks later, I caved and binged the show over two days. TWO DAYS! After that, life revolved around Tuesdays; 'Keejiye' became the soundtrack of my life; and my Instagram page had been inundated with Armaan et Parisa collages!
Naturally, you're probably wondering what was so special about this show that made me go from abandoning it two weeks in, to binging it within 48 hours, four months later. The answer is twofold: gripping storyline and outstanding performances.
Around that time, of the established dramas that were on air, Muqabil had one of the most intelligent scripts. The play dealt with the theme of child abuse; and did so, so sensitively. The natural performances, especially Asif Raza Mir's and Kubra Khan's, are what made me fall in love with the show. Their scenes always raised goosebumps on my skin!
If you were a Muqabiler, you were aware of Parisa's traumatic past and the day-to-day struggle that was her life. The world, through her eyes, was a cesspool of untrustworthy, perverted and vile beings.