So, you must be thinking, what’s the connection between Eid and ‘Bin Roye’. Well, I’m about to tell you. PS; for those of you who know what I’m referring to; Yay, I’m very impressed!
So, a few Eids ago,’Bin Roye’ was released across cinemas in Pakistan and the world. The film promised a lot, but one scene, in particular, stuck with me.
Right in the beginning of the film (and somewhere down the first episode of the drama rendition), we are shown its chand raat. The entire depiction of the scene is just gorgeous.
We’ve all seen Eid! We know how it goes, however, the way the film shows it is just something else. They make it look so glamorous and oh so festive. There’s a lot of beauty in Eid and in all the traditions we see at that time of year but in the rut of things (aka mehmaan and dawats) we forget to appreciate the beauty of the festival. (Also, if you couldn’t tell, I’m sort of obsessed with Eid, so please bear with me).
Let’s begin with the house itself. When we’re first shown the house, it’s fully decked out. Fairy lights everywhere! Not many people decorate their homes for Eid, but it was such a nice touch on the part of the film. I know they were trying to exaggerate the ‘festive feel’, but I feel it fit in so beautifully.
The scene then cuts to the heart of the home; the kitchen. It’s busy, just as you would expect it to be. Loads of dishes being made; the room is literally buzzing.
Now, every desi Eid needs to have Sheer Korma, like what is Eid without it. In the film, Daadi, stirring her special sheer korma pot. As she stirs the pot, you can see the glee on her face and pretty soon she says the words I’m sure we’ve all heard right before Eid is officially announced; ‘Dekho pehlay se kaam hoya wa ho tou tasalli hoti hai.‘ Seeing this instantly threw me back to the joy I would have as a child about it being Eid, and coming home after namaz to devour good old sheer korma. The dish is just synonymous with Eid, and the feeling of joy and being with family and loved ones.
That takes us to Saba, standing of the rooftop, eagerly waiting to spot the naya chaand herself. Watching that took me back to all the days we’d stand out on our balcony scanning the skies for the crescent. Of course, we’d never actually spot it (unlike Saba) but we’d all feel good about at least trying.
The movie definitely packages Eid as very glamorous and depicts is particularly elitist but it captures all the small little things that make Eid special.
From decorating our homes, to sheer korma and even the last minute runs to the bazaar, for chooriyan and whatnot. Eid is such a fantastic time to celebrate and be with family, and even though our Eid may not be as OTT as it was in Bin Roye, at least the sentiment and the traditions are the same.