Noori (Iqra Aziz) has been dumped by Sahir (Syed Jibran). She is being forced and coerced into marrying Shoka (Noor ul Hasan Rizvi) who is a bit of a goon.
Amma Jannatay (Zaib Rehman) is a wise old woman who Noori has taken on as a substitute parent.
Noori was being sexually harassed by her employer “Haji Saab” and ran away from their house after stealing some jewelry. She had sold that jewelry to help Sahir get freedom from jail (Sahir was accused of stealing from his shop). After Sahir refused to believe her or fulfilled his promise of taking her with him, she’s heartbroken. Noori ends up spending time in jail because of her theft from Haji Saab’s house.
In this episode:
Noori realizes that the only good option she has is to leave her home and everything around it. Bhola’s mother (Asma Abbas) had contacted Amma Jannatay if she knew someone who could get married to Bhola.
Amma Jannatay decides to match Bhola and Noori and yeah, this is the episode where the nikah between them happens.
A lot of people had a lot of thoughts about this.
Faiza Iftikhar responded thusly
Neurodiversity, Bhola and the Reality:
While there is plenty to be said about the lack of autism awareness and neurodiversity in not just our dramas but also our society in general, the situation that Noori was left in is quite heartbreakingly real. There are, in fact, many women who are forced to marry people who they do not want to be with. Similarly, many young men and women who are neurodiverse are often misunderstood and mistreated by society because of lack of awareness, education and a clear lack of compassion.
In a dialog between Bhola’s mother and aunt, you can see how ridiculously people think about people like Bhola and how unaware they are about what to do in such a situation.
People like Bhola are not really one stereotype. There are variety of people in the world who do not view it the way ‘normal’ people do. (Then again, are any of us ‘normal’?)
Here’s a really great video by NOW THIS in which a psychologist talks about Neurodiversity.