We gotta say Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is one of the best plays on air right now. And here’s our full review of episode 07.
The story of #RanjhaRanjhaKardi revolves around a young garbage picker by the name of Noori (played by Iqra Aziz) who doesn’t want to be a garbage picker anymore. She chooses to go to the city and work in a house, a factory and also attempts to get an education. Here she meets a charming shopkeeper named Sahir (Syed Jibran) and a socially challenged young man named Bhola (Imran Ashraf).
In Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’s episode 07, a certain “Haji Saab”, in whose house she works in, propositions her for over a few hundred thousand rupees. Sahir has also been falsely accused of robbery and police demands that he pay up a load of cash to get free.
Noori wanted a loan from her begum sahiba (Haji Saab’s wife) but wasn’t successful. In the end of the episode, we see Noori fleeing from the house after stealing some of Begum Sahiba’s jewelry.
Themes and Takeaways:
What’s incredibly apt in this episode of Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is a very fascinating aspect of our society. In this episode we see a certain kind of men who are generally wearing garbs of religion and piety. We see how they disapprove of women living their lives. These men are actually operating on a defense mechanism called ‘reaction formation’.
By definition, reaction formation is the conversion of unwanted thoughts and feelings into their opposites. In this case, Haji Sab overtly disapproves of women expressing themselves: there was a scene where Noori was dancing and Haji Saab saw her and got angry with her.
We also see a heartbreaking display of toxic masculinity in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’s seventh episode. We see a version of it in Sahir’s character.
When women speak about women’s rights, it’s also an important point to remember that speaking up about women’s rights also means speaking against the kind of toxic masculinity displayed by Sahir in the episode.
Sahir gets upset with Noori that he cannot bear it when she walks into the station and everyone catcalls at her or ogles at her. While his heartbreaking situation is real and cannot be ignored, he could not see past his own protectiveness of Noori.
Therefore did not even speak to her properly before she could explain or talk about possible solutions. Maybe if he had spoken to her, she would not have resorted to doing something stupid? As trying to run away with her employer’s jewelry? What do you guys think? Though it is important to squarely place the blame on Noori, as a responsible adult. It is essential for her to take responsibility of her actions and accept that she did, in fact, steal.
Faiza Iftikhar is a class apart. And if you didn’t believe it before, you will know it after watching Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. Kashif Nisar’s work with shadows, use of music, his use of silence is also something we can’t praise enough.