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Dillagi Finale ( episode 25)

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In an industry where 30 plus episodes for a successful serial are becoming the norm, Dillagi was one of those few serials that concentrated on quality rather than quantity and still managed to be a commercial success in 25. For the last two weeks faithful viewers of Dillagi have been wondering if Anmol ( Mehwish Hayat ) and Mohid (Humayoon Saeed)would actually make it to a magical ,fairytale ending .However the real magic was  in the way the that same audience connected to these characters . Here were two incredibly headstrong, stubborn individuals, who set off sparks with every collision, all the ingredients required for a classic romance of pride and prejudice.

Writer Faiza Ifthikhar gave us a very different heroine to the bholi larkiyan so beloved of Pakistani audiences. Anmol is a strong, sensible young woman, who works and takes care of her family, facing every problem head on. Her hero, Mohid, was also not run of the mill: he was actually impressed with a woman’s strength and self-sufficiency, rather than being intimidated he actually admired Anmol’s courage and honesty. When Anmol thinks Mohid has ruined her chances of marrying someone else she decides to turn the tables on him. She forces his hand, making him marry her so she can make his life so difficult he will divorce her by the time she is done with him. Mohid accepts the challenge with the confidence and determination that he would win her over

This was a beautifully written family oriented, romance, which kept viewers enthralled till the very last episode. Well defined characters, with motivations that were both clear and credible, were the cornerstones of this thrill a minute plot. One of Faiza Iftikhar’s strongest suites is the way she depicts family relationships, the female bond is shown without the usual sazish and competition our dramas are notorious for. What differentiates heroines like Anmol, Khirad or Kashaf is the simple proposition that women can be honorable despite their circumstances that they don’t have to do what is expedient but can rise above their situation. These women love and care for each other even if they disagree and refuse to stoop to petty politics or manipulations.

Director Nadeem Baig gave Dillagi a certain filmi touch with breathtaking visuals and eloquent cinematography that did away the need for words at times. The picturisations of Sevan Sharif and shots of Mohid on his balcony were worthy of any movie, but it was the way his camera measured the rise and fall of the characters emotions and relationships that really made this serial shine. Dillagi’s success lies firmly in Nadeem Baig’s expert hands for understanding the story and visualizing it from start to finish.

The last episode was a microcosm of the high quality maintained throughout this story, showcasing fabulous performances from Saba Hamid and Mehwish Hayat. The two most important women in any man’s life are his mother and his wife and we see them fighting for Mohid’s life as he lies comatose on a hospital bed. Saba Hamid as Zulekha captured a mother’s torment as she silently watches her son through a glass window, her sad gaze encompassing all of their past. Meanwhile Mehwish Hayat’s Anmol is at the other end of the equation staring into a mirror, like a gateway into some long, empty future without him.  While Saba Hamid is no stranger to excellence, Mehwish Hayat has managed to make her mark with this serial, proving once again she is a powerful actress who cannot be ignored.

Humayoon Saeed has also given a strong performance as Mohid endearing him to audiences so much, that people were making memes begging the writer and director not to kill his character off. Despite Mohid’s strong arm tactics and stalker like behavior, Mohid is the quintessential hero; flawed but vulnerable enough for us to empathize with him. On an interesting side note, although Humayoon Saeed was known as one of the industry’s most popular romantic heroes, he had lately become familiar as more of producer and gently mocked as an “uncle” figure, but Dillagi has brought him back into the public’s eye in a way Jawani Phir nahi Aani did not. This is a well-planned return to his old image, which will be further cemented in Hum Tv’s upcoming Bin Roye , and  make the prospects for his upcoming movie Main Punjab nahi jaaoongi even more favorable. .

The cast was rounded out by Uzma Hassan, Maryam Ansari and Asma Abbasi who all did justice to their roles. Imran Ashraf in particular made great impression as Dastagir, Mohid’s ever ready sidekick, providing much of the comic relief. It was particularly moving to see Dastagir fall into a Sajda after Mohid gained consciousness. The love and affection between them could never be questioned.

After an emotionally wrenching climax, where Anmol goes back to Sevan Sharif to ask if her prayer of anger and hate was stronger than Mohid’s prayer of love, team Dillagi gave its viewers a fun, rather unusual ending. Just as Dillagi began with its Dabang heroine chasing after a purse snatcher it ends with her doing exactly the same thing only this time Mohid is by her side. The message is clear : love is about accepting a person for who they are , and wanting to be with them despite their rough edges.

Sadaf Haider

This review can also be found in Dawn Images

5 Comments »

  1. Eid Mubarak Sadaf and everyone else. Thanks for a great overview of this drama. Apart from the great acting performances and setting one of the things I liked about this drama, as you yourself have said, was the lack of saazish. And in today’s drama environment it must also be added what was also appreciated was the lack of the ‘other woman’ or ‘other man’ (Farid obviously doesn’t fall into this category) This was all about Mohid and Anmol and no one else. This was the first drama I have seen with Mehwish Hayat and she was amazing. I am definitely going back to see the episodes I missed as I want to see the developing relationship between Sabiha and Anmol, a relationship with no sazish just genuine concern. It would have been so easy for the producers to create saazish in this relationship but they didn’t and instead gave us something to smile about.

    I loved episodes 23 and 24 as we saw Anmol finally complete her journey, the last episode was I thought just finishing the story. I was not sure initially what to make of the Batman and Robin last scene. My first reaction was really?? But then saw the scene as symbolic, Mohid doesn’t expect Anmol to become the nice homely good feminine wife who waits up for husband etc. Many men marry their girlfriends and then expect them to become the stereotypical ‘good wife’. Mohid still romances his wife and the final scene shows he considers her an absolute equal, he doesn’t just say that he really considers her an equal and so did not think twice about her chasing goondas.

    Finally yes thank you for making this episode 25 episodes long. Quality, quality.

    Oh dear what am going to watch now that will make me smile. Udaari is good but depressing, Mein Sitara is good but is a long story. Apart from this there are no dramas worth watching (in my opinion). I am not excited about Bin Roye or Sanam…..two women one man again, probably 30 episodes. I hope something comes soon, love reading your reviews Sadaf and having the opportunity to express an opinion.

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  2. Asalamwalikum Sadaf Apa..
    Eid ki sabko Mubarakbad…

    Apa did you noticed.. Director Nadeem Baig ended both Pyaray Afzal and Dillagi @same place… Recall where Afzal was shot and watch again the place where Mohid and Anmol r running behind the snatcher… Both are filmed at Same location… I guess it’s directors lucky place to end his drama to make it a success 😂😂😍
    Loads of Thank You to Team Dillagi for such an amazing treat n making us glued to television for 6 months.. Every Saturday..

    Loads of wishes from India
    Thank You & Dillagi is gonna be missed…

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    • Wow! you’re so right about the same location! Haven’t been to Karachi in ages so don’t know where it is. It’s been used in other shows too.
      Sadaf, thanks for the finale review.Enjoyed the ep and will miss Dillagi for sure!

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