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.
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.
And so Bin Roye ends…
The first episode of Bin Roye got me all excited. I had read the novel but hadn’t seen the movie so I was really looking forward to it. It just had to be too good.
But it wasn’t.
Now, it wasn’t actually bad but not as great as I imagined it to be. The wrap up/last episode was a delight to watch as Saba got the happy ending every one had been waiting for but the previous few episodes left a lot to be desired.
Mahira khan owned the role of Saba. Saba was immature, stubborn and just too real to be a fictional character. Mahira khan’s flawless acting made her a lovable character. Although, if not done right, she would easily have become the anatogonist instead. And, how can someone look so pretty all the time!
If only mahira khan could have played the role of Saba, only humayon saeed could ensue the charm of irtiza. He can still any girl’s heart skip a beat. Irtiza was calm, loving and very handsome… And humayon saeed made it all look so effortless.
Bin roye showed us two cousins, irtiza and Saba, both loving each other. But it Irtiza’s love for Saba was completely platonic. However, for Saba, Irtiza was her whole world. She found it impossible to accept he could marry some one else, and she could not even hate his wife. Mahira khan nailed all the scenes where Saba was shown being torn between these emotions. In the heat of the moment she ill wishes her sister and keeps blaming herself for her death a few years later. Unable to forgive herself, she feels disgusted when she finds herself married to Irtiza few years down the lane. Her confession towards the end and how slowly and gradually Irtiza starts loving her as his wife is shown beautifully.
It’s not very easy to pen down such simple yet beautiful stories. Farhat ishtiaq did it but the director(s) ruined it by altering the story in unacceptable manner. The story itself was perfect, it didn’t have to be different from the novel at all. In fact, every thing going against bin roye drama is what had been changed from bin roye ansoo novel.
For now, let me just be in the hang over of how awesome mahira khan and humayon saeed look togather and wish they would be cast togather in another project really soon.