Yeh raha dil (review) Episode 10-13

Oh yes, I’m so in love with this serial!

Yeh Raha Dil is definitely just how romantic comedy should be done. It’s very emotional but at the same time intimate, vulnerable and funny. And to top it off, great performances.

So a lot has happened since I last reviewed/recapped Yeh Raha Dil.

Afaq is still trying to win hayat’s heart. Now that hayat has refused to get any help from her estranged father, Afaq is now trying ways to win over Nida so that she agrees to give up Hayat Villa.

Hayat has been able to secure her job back at the school she used to work before. But now there is a new recruit that she has to compete with. Although, the new entrant Hassan is quite boring, I quite enjoy his scenes as it brings out the cute bubbly Hayat back.

Finally, Zaki has confessed his love to Hayat and I must say I was pleasantly surprised when hayat tries to reprimand Zaki and reminds Zaki how hopelessly he had been in love with nida. So she is not there to steal someone’s man. That’s like a breath of fresh hair.

Nida is still very insecure. Now that she is quite sure that Zaki is interested in hayat and not her, she is determined to win Zaki over once again. And our Zaki has just made a blunder of telling Jimmy that he is no more keen in marrying nida.

The serial is going at a very reasonable pace. The chemistry between ahmed Ali and Yumna Zaidi is undeniable. They look very cute togather and finally there is a couple on screen which values their friendship a lot.

On the whole, Yeh raha dil is a beautiful serial. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rom-com: the cute future couple, comedy, complications and the sweetest confession of love I have seen in years.

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The Relationship between late night Television and Sandwiches

Written by Fatima Majoka

Toast a largish piece of bread with a slice of cheese until it starts melting, lay on a cutting of salami, add a crunchy salad leaf and cover it with a half fried egg sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top everything with another piece of bread and press it gently until you hear the satisfying plop of the yolk breaking. Now bite into the contentment. Sip some soda in between the bites as you watch senseless late night television.

This had been my ultimate treat after I had put the kids to sleep, for years their bedtime ranged between ten pm to two am and I led myself on to put up with it by dreaming about this very moment. Of course most days I went to sleep while putting them to sleep or would be too tried to even sit on the sofa and some days there was nothing left in the refrigerator to make a sandwich out of! But the addiction to this, the moment of satisfaction, that bite into a big juicy sandwich was what mostly kept me going through. So much so that it became almost an addiction. I wanted to savor this feeling of elation every single day; it was my drug of choice. Cold chicken sandwiches, garlic mayo and leftover sandwiches, mince beef and cheese sandwiches and when there wasn’t anything else boiled eggs and tomato sandwiches. Needless to say I could whip up a sandwich anytime and from almost anything.

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Then quite dangerously I started buying foodstuff that complemented my sandwich addiction, I started getting DVDs to make my sandwiches worthwhile and drinking more and more soda to make everything last longer. So much was my ‘me’ time taking over my life that I would resent anything or anyone that came between us. I wanted to be home on weekend nights and even wanted my husband to go to sleep early so I could enjoy this time by myself. I dislike guests staying late and hated it if the kids got sick and I was too exhausted to stay up for my addiction.

At one point; around 20 pounds overweight and quite mentally deranged, I realized that this was becoming a very ‘unhealthy’ obsession. Late night high carb food and resenting your own family has its toll on your mind and body. I do enjoy my sandwiches but now I make them for picnics or weekend movie dinners with the kids. And yes I am much healthier, still a little obsessed but with healthier things now.

Yeh raha dil (review) Episode 1 – 7

Writer: Mustafa Afridi

Director: Siraj ul Haq

Actors: Ahmed Ali, Yumna Zaidi and Anum Ahmed

It’s been a year since I have started dreading Monday nights. Mann Mayal and Sanam have both been really horrendous. With stellar star cast and well known writer/director combo, both these serials turned out to be huge disappointments. So when I found out about Yeh Raha Dil I decided to give it a chance because it did not boast of any big stars. All it had going in its way was the name of the writer : Mustafa Afridi. Unfortunately his only work that I had seen so far was Sang E marmar and from the promos, this serial looked poles apart. So with zero expectations, I started watching the serial and since then have been pleasantly surprised.

Yeh raha dil is adapted from a well known Korean serial but its been presented in such a way that it looks like a complete pakistani project. The look of all the characters, their relationships with each other and their dialogues are all very Desi to say the least.

*Spoiler Alert *

Now, let’s come to the story. It’s about a young, bubbly, happy go lucky Hayat (Yumna Zaidi) who aspires to be a writer. She lives alone in her mansion as her father abandoned them after her parents divorced when she was young and her mother died a few years ago. So she does have property but in terms of cash, she is completely broke. She depends a lot on her best friend, salman, who happens to be in financial trouble himself. Salman and his wife ‘gift’ Hayat a trip to Nepal on her birthday. On the otherhand, there is Zaki (ahmed Ali) who is head over heals in love with the very beautiful nida (anum ahmed). Zaki is the only son of his rich parents and although he is very spoilt, he is gentle and kind. Zaki’s father thinks Zaki and nida might not be a good match and rejects the Idea completely. Zaki being used to having his own way decides to just pack his bags and leave for Nepal.

As of now, Zaki and Hayat have become good friends. Nida is jealous of Hayat. And in amidst all this, salman has conned hayat and has sold her house to Zaki’s dad before absconding with his wife.

Yeh raha dil has surprised me pleasantly in more ways than one. All the actors are complete naturals and they fit their roles like hand in glove. The dialogues are a treat and comedy is just right, never on the top or cheap. The story is like a breath of fresh air… No saas bahu emotional dramey bazi and older people are also shown to love their spouses in a way which is not only relatable but also very cute.

So far the drama has been really good. It does not boast of any big names like may Ali or hamza Ali Abbas but it has far more substance than a lot of serials that we seen in recent times. Plus, it’s not preachy and not a form of protest against any social issue. Just a light romantic comedy, done the right way.