Chammi is quite a character, isn’t she.
Aangan episode 12 has recently aired and this week it was all about Chammi’s wrath. it stars Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir, Omair Rana, Mawra Hocane and Zaib Rehman. The play is not on YouTube or any other digital media platform so far. So here’s our review and recap for those who are curious as to what’s happening!
The Story So Far:
The story begins with the love affair between Subhan (Ahsan Khan) and Salma (Sonya Hussayn). Subhan is a poor worker boy, Salma is the rich employer’s daughter. The person who calls the shot in the haveli is Maalikan (Zaib Rehman) who is angrily dealing with a philandering husband, Muzaffar (Abid Ali).
Muzaffar’s had two mistresses, Firdos and Akhtari who also have children with Muzaffar. Muzaffar has two daughters in law played by Madiha Rizvi and Uzma Baig. Muzaffar’s son, Mazhar (Omair Rana) is quite mean to his wife (Madiha Rizvi) and Azhar (Mustafa Afridi) is also not particularly fond of being around his wife and child because he is too busy fighting for a revolution against the British.
Salma runs off with Subhan, gives birth to Safdar and dies of tuberculosis. Muzaffar’s illegitimate children come to live with them. Some have died, only Israr (Hasan Noman) has have survived. Muzaffar and Azhar’s children have also grown up.
Safdar begins living with Mazhar and his family much to the chagrin of Mazhar’s wife. Najma has gone to study. Israr, Malik Muzaffar’s illegitimate son is also living with Azhar and his family with Maalkan. Mazhar has two daughters, Tehmina (Hira Mani) and Aalia (Mawra Hocane). Mazhar’s wife hates Safdar. Safdar is sent to Aligarh to study. Tehmina is arranged to marry Jamil (Azhar’s son). Tehmina has commits suicide because of her failed romance with Safdar. Mazhar in a fit of rage, soon after Tehmina’s death, murders a British officer.
Chammi and Jamil:
Chammi (Sajal Aly) has grown up to be a spirited firecracker who gets money from her father, Zafar, back in Hyderabad. She’s full of life, not like the other girls in the house. Chammi is often the cause for lament for Maalikan (Zaib Rehman) who is mostly bed-ridden. Chammi gives her hard-saved money to Jamil to pay for his fees for FA. Jamil (Ahad Raza Mir) is Azhar’s son, attempting to do FA as the revolution roars and Azhar refuses to pay for any of Jamil’s college and education.
Chammi and Jamil have an odd relationship as Chammi helps Jamil pay for his BA. Jamil likes to take advantage of Chammi’s kindness and seeking of love. Jamil’s mother asks Maalkan/Dadi to talk to Choti Bahu and ask for Tehmina’s hand in marriage for Jamil now that he’s completed his BA. This leaves Chammi heartbroken – as she sees how Jamil is barely protesting at this.
Chammi and Jamil have now developed a straight up antagonism against each other. However Chammi still is kinder towards him than he is to her.
Chammi and Alia:
Chammi is a little apologetic at Tehmina’s death. She is excited at the idea of Alia coming to live with them and forms a friendship with a slightly sad Alia. Their friendship will of course find a hiccup when Jamil will fall in love with Alia and Chammi will continue to be at the short end of the stick. Zaib Rehman’s character, Maalkan, finally lets it out at Chammi. She’s absolutely just had it with this girl and Maalkan herself is distraught with pain and grief.
Chammi is gradually beginning to resent Alia as well as she will see Jamil being affectionate towards Alia.
Aangan in Review; Chammi’s Wrath:
In one of the most powerful scenes in Aangan so far, Chammi organizes a small ‘jalsa’ in her home. She throws Dadi out of her room, brings in the kids from the neighborhood. She gives them batashay (a ground flour sweet meat) by the small amount of money she has from her father. She gets them all to chant Muslim League Zindabad while knowing full well that her uncle supports Congress. Once uncle comes home, he almost runs towards her to beat her. The children run away and the batashay are strewn across the floor.
In a fit of rage, she runs at her uncle as well. Azhar’s wife (Uzma Beg) stops Azhar from beating Chammi. Quite easily, this is one of the most powerful scenes written and executed in Aangan so far. The cast and the crew have executed it to perfection.
But, as always, on top of the pile is Sajal Ali who screamed and yelled to perfection. There is not a single false note in her performance as she glares at her uncle, with fire in her eyes and rage in her body. She is unafraid.
A lot of her rage comes from Jamil’s failure to be faithful to her. Jamil was the only person she had ever counted on to bring some semblance of happiness in her life. His betrayal really stopped her from being afraid completely. It was truly a magnificent performance by Sajal Ali.
Chammi’s high pitch character is one of the highest points of Aangan. When everything seems dull and ridiculously slow-paced, Sajal’s performance and Chammi’s character makes everything seem all the more interesting. There are multiple layers and depths in the character which make it very intriguing to watch.