‘Suno Chanda’ season two just aired, and the first episode was everything I’d hope it to be.
After one year of tremendous anguish, my beautiful show came back to me with its second season. I was nervous because the first season left such a monumental mark on everyone, and expectations were high – and while its too soon to tell if the show will replenish our ‘Suno Chanda’ fix, the first episode was honestly exactly what I expected.
The first episode continues the aftermath of the grand Jiya-Arsal shaadi that took place in the season one finale.
The precise dosage of typical ‘Suno Chanda’ banter was very heavy in this episode, reminding its viewers why this was such a loved serial. Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed reprised their roles as Jiya and Arsal, and if you think getting married had changed these characters’ kookiness in any way, you’re terribly wrong!
Jiya and Arsal are still the exact, delightful same two gems we left them as in season one – and their scheming against one another hasn’t changed!
Arsal can’t stop snoring, and Jiya decides to tattletale to his parents – Jamshed and Shahana while Arsal resorts to his in-laws, Nazakat and Naeema (Farhan Agha Ali, Nadia Afgan, Sohail Sameer, and Farah Shah return as the comical, nutty parents). After this little battle, Jiya and Arsal wave white flags only until Bi Jaan (Samina Ahmed) decides to give them some Eidi… it’s war once more.
The episode entwines all our favorite characters very well – from the eccentric Jalal Khan to the plotting DJ and even Joji and Billo, who are engaged.
It’s never easy trying to cram in such a big ensemble cast into a 20-minute episode, but ‘Suno Chanda’ makes it all too easy. Each character has been written so uniquely, yet each collectively weaves together a very strong family dynamic on-screen – and that’s what sets the show apart from its contemporaries; you’re never lost in the story from so many characters. Director Ahson Talish has a knack about him, and it shows.
The winning moment? When everyone’s at the table and Shahana’s trying to usher Nazakat to speak alone, but he just can’t read her signs.
I was honestly howling from this brilliant scene where it all lay in Nadia Afgan and Sohail Sameer’s impeccable acting.
An interesting development is the arrival of someone called ‘Pari,’ someone from Nazakat’s history.
She’s basically Jamshed’s Billo, and this is something I can’t wait to see develop. While we already saw so much of Jamshed in the first season, his brother was at most swept aside; to see his character development will be very fulfilling. Pari had been invited to the wedding by Shahana, and was just arriving now to pay her congratulations – Nazakat, who already suffers from a mix of paranoia and blood pressure could already feel a heart attack coming from the news.
It was a montage of moments to re-introduce the ‘Suno Chanda’ family back into our lives, and the opening episode did so wonderfully.
It’s not a surprise that the first episode didn’t really move forward in storyline, but rather gave its viewers plenty of opportunities to indulge in with treats – from amusing moments to Arsal hilariously calling Jiya “jaahil” to Jiya screaming at Arsal and referring to his snoring being like “a tractor” to Jojo’s coerced English and Shah Jahan’s flirtatious moves on Bi Jaan, the first episode soared.