“Ruswai” began off as a robust, promising present. Starring the likes of Sana Javed, Mekaal Zulfiqar, Adnan Jafar, Mohammed Ahmed, Seemi Raheel, Osama Tahir and Mina Tariq, the present had “hit” written throughout it. Produced by Six Sigma Plus, directed by Rubina Ashraf and written by Naila Ansari, the present got down to inform the story of a rape “sufferer” turned survivor who fights to carry her attackers to justice- and fights in opposition to society’s notion of her after the incident. I’ve griped in regards to the flaws within the present week after week, however to easily it, the present mainly selected to give attention to watta-satta and unhealthy marriages as an alternative of the battle for justice. The place was the battle? Was it within the present? Sure. Within the final episode, we’re lastly given the content material we anticipated to see over the course of four months.
Let’s sum up the occasions within the finale. First, Salman (Mekaal Zulfiqar) is seen regretting his habits in direction of Sameera, interested by Dr. Feroze’s (Adnan Jafar) phrases about how he deserted Sameera. He has a dialog with Salma (Irsa Ghazal) the place he makes it clear that he understands he was within the improper in not supporting and loving Sameera when she was going by means of the worst time of her life. He blames Salma for encouraging his habits as an alternative of interested by his errors and well-being, frightening him to behave out in opposition to his spouse and mainly telling Salma what viewers have been considering by means of the whole present. The scene between Salma and Ariz (Usman Peerzada) is a superb one the place he factors out her personal hand in destroying her kids’s lives and attempting to regulate them.
On the opposite finish, Sameera (Sana Javed) is being supported by Hamza (Osama Tahir) and Dr. Feroze in her need to take her attackers to court docket. After being arrested although, the boys are let go due to flimsy proof and excessive stature. This entire sequence simply seems to be rushed, as a result of we’ve solely seen these males within the precise assault episode and haven’t seen them since. The officer makes too many excuses for the boys and Sameera’s “battle” is lowered to 2 visits to the police station. There’s an assault of bullets on Sameera’s dwelling and whereas everyone seems to be protected on the finish of it, they’re all visibly rattled. Salman realizes that Sameera is being known as to court docket and has gone alone, so he rushes to see her, conscious that she’s in peril. He arrives simply in time to see the shooter, Sameera’s attacker, and dives in entrance of the bullet to avoid wasting her. Whereas Sameera accompanies him to the hospital, Salman tells Sameera he loves her and is sorry and whereas Dr. Feroze does his greatest to avoid wasting him, Salman loses his life saving Sameera. Due to the shooter’s assault on Sameera, he and his associates are sentenced to jail time and Sameera wins her case. Sameera and Dr. Feroze are additionally seen fortunately married on the finish of the present and, within the strongest a part of the present, Sameera meets Mukhtar Mai, a real-life rape survivor who’s an advocate for girls’s rights.
General, the take-away of the present is nice – Sameera got here out of her trauma and located happiness in her personal life, inside herself, with a robust profession and, in the long run, even discovered a supportive, loving life associate. However that being mentioned, why did we’ve got to undergo by means of a lot nonsense to see all that? Why wasn’t the give attention to Sameera to start with? Why didn’t we see extra of her wrestle coming to the optimistic aspect as an alternative of breaking her down utterly and solely altering her life after her father’s dying? Why did her household need to undergo a lot earlier than they determined to face up for her? Why did we’ve got to observe a lot of Hamza and Warda’s marital points? Why did Salman get to die with “honor” by dying for Sameera and erasing his sins within the course of? Salman was an abusive husband, bodily and emotionally. He handled his spouse terribly at a time when she was at her lowest. He ought to have lived with that guilt and seen her pleased with another person as an alternative of “making it as much as her” by dying for her. Whereas Mekaal Zulfiqar and Sana Javed carried out the scenes between Sameera and Salman very nicely, sufficient to carry the viewer to tears and really feel badly for Salman, it’s not the best way the present ought to have gone.
The performances in “Ruswai” have been robust, there’s little question about that. Excluding Irsa Ghazal, who performed Salma in a surprisingly asthmatic and over-the-top method, everybody else performed their position to the very best of their potential. It’s not their fault they have been handed a flawed script that received horribly off-track. General, the present spent 20 of its 30 episodes specializing in the precise storyline and spent the remaining 20 on home abuse, watta-satta and saas-bahu drama. The looks of Mukhtar Mai provides the present credibility, she’s such a robust determine in herself, however even that isn’t sufficient to make this a memorable present for the ages – not less than not for the precise causes.