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Yeh Dil Mera finale

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As Yeh Dil Mera ended it was interesting to note the episode was trending both in Pakistan and India  . This is in some part due to  Farhat Ishtiaq’s profile  as a popular writer , but even more because both leads: Ahad Raza Mir (but especially) Sajal Aly have an international fan following. So, despite the missing scenes , many continuity issues and repetitive sequences that were forced into the show to fill the gaps , Yeh Dil Mera still managed to grab an audience right until the end.

The serial ended with  both of the most obvious villains killing themselves . Adnan Siddiqui was fantastic as the smooth , remorseless villain whose only weakness was his daughter , but his end seemed hurried and unsatisfying . His obsessively servile  henchman , Ali Baksh , also died without saying much , in yet another missed opportunity to use a talent like Paras Masroor . The ending seemed abrupt and rushed, failing to even mention  the  murder of Mir Farook’s  second  wife Sara. There was not even enough time to  allow father and daughter  a conversation , no discussion between Ana and Farhana Khala who had just discovered her sister’s body  and her callous murder at Mir Farook’s hands .

Much as the optimists and romantics among us wish, not every story can  have a happy ending  , the psychological trauma that both main protagonists suffered  was not something that could be resolved immediately. The intimate flashbacks of Amaan and Ana’s relationship were  bitter sweet reminders of the love  they could have had , but if more time had been spent on scenes of  their actual reality  the episode  would have been better. Social media and perhaps most of the audience is splitting into “team Amaan” or “team Ana” but this  open ending was  the more believable approach.  There is however a part of me that wishes less time had been spent on episodes looking for proof of Agha Jan’s innocence and more on the reveal and maybe a reconciliation might have looked possible in time.

Ana has suffered multiple losses , the resurfacing of the  memory of her mother’s murder at her father and Ali Baksh’s hands , Amaan’s hell bent pursuit of revenge  , Bua ji’s constant lies , and then her father’s death. Yet she doesn’t visit her psychiatrist or a counsellor . She has been under regular treatment for years so  it would have been a reasonable move . Instead she becomes strangely calm after her breakdown , and turns her entire wrath on Amaan while ignoring  Buaji’s role in covering up her mother’s murder . Buaji was very much part of Mir Farook Zaman’s little gang and the charade that was Ana’s life  till the very end , yet she is almost immediately forgiven ? Then there is the disappearance of Farhana Khala who cannot find the  time  to share her shattered niece’s grief and loss.

Amaan was wrong to seek revenge , especially by using Ana to get to Mir Farook ,but  he was also very much  a victim. He lost his entire family and was abused and bullied as a child yet instead of helping each other to heal, Ana turns on him . It shouldn’t be a surprise ; Ana is very young and not a very strong personalit, her  growth  as an adult had long been stunted by her father’s constant coddling and protection. The fact that Amaan is still willing to wait and persevere is a testament to his maturity as a character.

They say the majority of success is simply showing up and its obvious from this serial who did and who did not . According to a interview interview given by director Ahsan Talish the whole team of Yeh Dil Mera had other projects and were not always available when the others were . The actress playing Bua ji was a professional and  turned up regularly to the set so we see her on screen a lot .  The missing scenes , the empty feeling in some episodes are witness to the lack of time and investment not just from the director and producer  but also the actors involved . For fans of this drama the past three or four weeks have been a disappointment. There was so much potential in this story  which rose above the usual stereotypes of competing sisters , divorce -marriage -remarriage , victimized women , second marriage and affairs that make up the majority of the viewing schedule .

It is obvious that the writer put a lot of effort into  planning  this story out to be a classic  “Hitchcock” like thriller , with a wonderful mix of  tension, romance and suspicion,  to end  with a bang and a big reveal. Unfortunately,  the missing scenes deflated much of that. While no one can assign blame , as a fan I feel disrespected and I am sure many in the audience do too. Its an old truism that fame and fortune are fleeting , but what does stand the test of time is professionalism and a commitment to get the job done no matter what the circumstances. This whole situation is symptomatic of Pakistani dramas at the moment . Despite the international reach Pakistani dramas have achieved , the entertainment industry refuses to take the step up to a more streamlines system with better quality controls and standards of practice.

If that was the bad and perhaps the ugly , let us also remember the good . What made this serial such a craze was the exceptional chemistry between the two leads and their well acknowledged abilities to act . Putting the flaws to one side the last ten or so episodes had us enthralled with Ahad Raza Mir’s performance as  he gave life to each layer of Amaan’s complicated personality. The majority of this serial leans on him for its strength but the last two episodes were Sajal Aly’s. Distraught , broken and angry , even if we do not like  Ana’s rejection of Amaan we can understand what she has been through.

Instead of seeking revenge Amaan should have sought justice  is a good message but it could have been delivered with a lot more clarity . Both Ana and Amaan put their focus on charity work , healing by helping others instead of indulging their anger and frustration This  is one of the most positive things to  come out of this finale but for a show that initially raised awareness about treatment for mental issues , it was disappointing not to see that route taken .

The majority of this show has been a pleasure to watch , but the last few episodes have left us lamenting for what could have been.

Sadaf Haider

1 Comment »

  1. Absolutely agree with your R/V especially of the last few episodes. The prob with Pakistani dramas most often than not is the rushed ending. It appears as if they don’t know what to do hence wrap it up leaving it wanting !!! It becomes such a ‘hotch porch’

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