Kashf last episode screened this week and fans can’t stop loving the ending! Hmmm… most fans can’t stop loving the ending but yours truly is questioning popular opinion? Oh no, dare I do that? Well, sort of …YES …I am!
See here’s the thing
Kashf had the makings of a great story! It touched on topics that needed to be addressed – namely, 1. our dependence on ‘spiritually blessed’ human beings as a solution to all our life problems and also, 2. the commercialism that lies within the dark edges of our social fabric where ‘spiritually endowed’ individuals extort financial benefit by promising relief for people who will do anything and believe anything to put them out of their misery – and lastly, 3. our resolve that we must bow to the will of Allah without any self help or attempt at working towards bettering our lives.
Kashf could have shown us a way out. But this is what happened in the last episode.
Kashf showed us that if you’re evil like Matee-ullah, you flourish & amass power.
If you’re a good human being like Kashf & Wajdaan, who might err, (& that also due to circumstances), you will die or lose your senses. So Kashf, in essence, taught us to believe in a person’s khwaabs & visions instead of having faith in Allah. So keep believing in people who reveal your khwaab ki tabeer & take undue advantage of your mishaps or helpless situation to make you believe THEY are your connection to the Almighty!.
And for those who loved the ending and felt it depicted ‘REALITY’
The drama showed that Matee-ullah, the evil doer, got away with everything. After watching the story unfold, it’s safe to say that people who are desperate for a solution to their problems will turn to peers and taweez as a last resort, instead of Allah.
That’s not all.
So when we hear this oft-repeated dialogue in the last episode, about the fact that wohi hoga jo Allah chahta hai – excuse me, but I think I got the story wrong.
Did Allah want good people like Kashf & Wajdaan to die? And never be happy while they are alive?
Yes, this can be real, but do our dramas, when they touch on understandably sensitive issues have the creative liberty to portray reality and not send a message, a social one perhaps? Will the person living in abject poverty, or with a family tragedy, stuck in a bad marriage, or having lost a loved one not turn to a peer or taweez expert to pull them out of their misery? After watching this drama, you bet they don’t understand the Greek tragedy bit I’m coming to shortly.
Kashf is a Greek Tragedy? Say some. You just didn’t understand it now, did you?
For those who attribute the play to a Greek Tragedy: This is a play in which the main character, usually a person of importance and outstanding qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances with which he or she cannot deal.
Yes, Kashf is a perfect Greek Tragedy, where Kashf herself, the protagonist, meets her final (unfortunate) destiny, leads an unhappy life, and dies unhappy, weighed heavy under her heavier burden of guilt.
But we cannot throw a Greek Tragedy on the poor man in our society who has enough misery to deal with – says the social police in me!
But everyone has to die! Responds the audience.
But, respond I, why does everyone have to die a young death when he/she could have received a happier lease on life. When Wajdaan & Kashf could have lived happily, Kashf could have helped the less fortunate without charging money, and her family forced to work and earn an honest living?
Tragedy will still happen, it is a way of life. But we are story tellers, and stories can help uplift lives in a society like ours rather than sink it to a new low.
If this drama were a psychological thriller, the story would stand, but as a drama bringing in religion and spirituality, it had a responsibility to deliver a social message, and that message was strongly twisted – in my humble opinion.
So my question stands – Are we responsible for the tragedy that surrounds us?
I rest my case and sign off to watch Prem Gali for a heavy dose of (reality)? steeped in social messages!
This article is the collaboration effort of several members of Team FUCHSIA.