First of all, sorry for the ‘absent’ reviews. Coming back to the serial, well we all know that karma bites back and bites real bad. Areesha was the first victim, but with the help of phopo, Mohsin and especially Abrar, she was able to get back on her feet. Instead of wallowing in self pity, she learned from her mistakes and after much effort, forgave herself and moved on.
It wasn’t so easy for Subhan and his family, however. Even after ruining the lives of Areesha and her mother, there was no hint of guilt in the family. The only people who felt sorry were Fatima and her father, both of whom didn’t have much to do with all the dirty tactics Tai Ami used against Areesha.
The damage started when Maryam’s secret love affair got disclosed. No one minded Subhan’s secret marriage but when it came to Maryam, everyone’s inflated ‘ghairat’ came in action. Her running away was the first blow which resulted in the shocking death of Subhan’s father. Maryam didn’t reach her paradise either because Fahad conveniently decided not to show up. Naturally, her family didn’t accept her when she returned in a shattered state and as a result, phopo took her in as well.
The ever submissive Fatima, who, despite being the sanest person in the family, never had the courage to speak up for herself, finally took a stand and decided to return to her home. Der ayed, durust ayed. Noman and Hameeda begum were left to live in a pool of regret.
Subhan’s ‘anjam’ was perhaps the worst of all and I thought the blow would somehow change him for the better. But some people never change. Sania’s humiliating attitude towards him should have made him realise the true value of family. He did realise what he had lost and wanted it back but without giving up the lavish lifestyle Sania provided him. He wanted everything; his family’s attention, Areesha’s love and Sania’s money, without giving anything up. He cheated on his wife by proposing Areesha, not because he truly loved her, but because he had always thought of her as his possession. After seeing her with Abrar, he got jealous probably because he thought Abrar was beneath him and wasn’t worth Areesha’s attention.
What he didn’t realise was that Areesha had matured a lot after he left. She was finally able to spot the difference between true love and selfish affection. Subhan’s hypocrisy only made her appreciate Abrar even more than she already did. He was the opposite of Subhan in every way; the way he dotted on her, cared about her and was ready to take her responsibility instead of expecting her to make sacrifices for him. For once in her life, she made a wise decision by accepting the latter’s proposal. Speaking of which, I loved the way he countered her hesitation by confidently exclaiming that she won’t be able to find a ‘shehzada’ like him.
Another scene I enjoyed a lot was the one where Areesha literally trapped Subhan with such ease that I was surprised he didn’t smell anything fishy. After all the hostility she showed towards him, it didn’t strike him as surprising when she asked him to take her out, buy her flowers and then cross question him about his future plans with her? Sania’s arrival went unnoticed by him either, even though Areesha clearly passed her a smile when she came in. I guess he was too busy thinking of his bright future with Sania’s money and Areesha. Anyway he totally deserved the public humiliation. It still didn’t change him though. Without any shame he demanded his mother to finance his dream business by selling her house. Good of Noman to kick him out. The only thing I liked about him.
Now, things that I couldn’t quite digest:
Fahad’s family sending a proposal for Maryam. I mean, how??? That is just too idealistic. I also couldn’t get over the fact that Maryam actually FORGAVE that man for ditching her earlier.
Noman didn’t face any consequences after all he did with Areesha. Or tried to, at least. Instead he found himself a bride, married her privately and brought her home to his mother. And she had no objections. Even if Noman was fine with a simple Nikah ceremony in which he bother to invite his mother, how can the girl’s family agree to such an agreement?
Overall, I am glad I watched this serial. Great acting by the 3 leads, Danish Taimoor being the perfect bad boy any girl would fall for, Ayeza Khan as the idealistic but headstrong Areesha and Affan Waheed, the quiet and responsible Abrar. The rest of the cast, both young and old, were amazing as well, portraying their characters brilliantly and making them come to life. I did have a problem with the loud background score but I guess that’s just a trademark of Geo’s serials and
I wished phopo would tone down her Urdu, though. Oh well.
By Farwa Batool Naqvi
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