Throwback ~ Mata-e Jaan ~ Meri Jaan Hai Tu ~ An Oveview

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Mata-e Jaan or Meri Jaan Hai Tu recently ended its run on Zindagi channel in India and it seems, therefore, an apt time to revisit this old favorite.

Mata-e Jaan, written by Farhat Ishtiaq, directed by Mehreen Jabbar and 420196_371673469516336_416286499_nproduced by Momina Duraid started off on a very rocky note. The overt nods to Samuel Huntington’s tired old thesis of the clash of civilizations had many of us grinding our teeth. In the original novella Haniya and Ibad’s story held the most attraction for readers,  they were after all the lead protagonists. But when it came to the onscreen narrative, despite the lovely backdrops and the appropriate ambiance this main track remained vapid at best.

To begin with, Ibad as a character was completely flatlined. He was a loving and obedient son, a brilliant student, a caring friend, and a dream partner, and if all that was not enough he was easy on the eyes too! Had I been looking for the perfect rishta for myself, beti, behen, parosan, whoever, this paragon of virtues would’ve been hands down my first choice, but in terms of dramatic interest Aabi was boring as boring can be. Similarly the case with our heroine.

This mataegajanborn-in-the-USA but dil-hai-desi Haniya, with her desi diction, and her lovely but oh not so tomboy-ish, wardrobe, was the perfect girl – a holier than thou bearer of mashriqi values, a loving granddaughter, caring sister, good friend, and later on a perfect biwi to her perfect shohar. All this perfection would perhaps have been easier to handle had there been a hint of a spark between Haniya and Aabi. Sadly, though their romance was of the blandest kind possible and their scenes so insipid that after the first few episodes it seemed almost impossible for this love story to leave its mark.

What kept it going, or at least had me hooked through the first few episodes, apart from Shahzad Kashmiri’s beyondmta gorgeous cinematography, was Yamina, Haniya’s older sister’s track.

Juxtaposed against our holier than thou lead couple was the dysfunctional, pair of Adam and Yamina. As far as can be from perfection, theirs was the track that added the much needed gravitas and dramatic interest to the first half of the serial. It had been a while since we’d seen the very important issue of domestic violence highlighted on our TV screens. Moreover, that the victim and her abuser were upper-middle class, sophisticated, and highly educated was a very significant detail. For too long spousal abuse has been depicted as an issue specific to illiterate, poor, lower-middle class households.

iFxM3o8Here we saw that abusers and victims cannot be distinguished on the basis of their socio-economic status. Scenes of the very glamorous and supremely confident Yamina being abused by Adam, her equally successful and ostensibly charming husband made for a very powerful visual statement. Sanam Saeed was fabulous as Yamina and Junaid Khan left quite an impression as her abusive husband, Adam.

By the mid-point, when Aabi made his choice known to his parents, the seemingly suave Mr. Uzair and his gorgeous wife Hajra, along with their dutiful son, got me so involved in their family dynamics, that initial aggravations were reduced to minor irritants.

In the showdown between Uzair and Ibad, even as the father rambled on about our Eastern values and the influence9300103_orig of the corrupt behaya Western values on his son, ultimately it was Uzair who ended up with egg on his face. His own rant exposed him as a hypocrite, a stubborn and arrogant man, for whom his pride, his given word and his ego, reigned supreme over everything else– even the happiness of his one and only child. By refusing to even entertain the thought of listening to Ibad, forget about consenting to his marriage with Haniya, Uzair demonstrated that even as he hid behind the rhetoric of the superiority of one culture over the other, his anger had more to do with his damaged pride than with any kind of cultural value system, Eastern or Western.

hqdefaultWhere Uzair Farooqi was full on bluster and annoying to the nth degree with his my-way-or-the-highway attitude, the gorgeously stunning Mrs. Uzair was love and grace personified.  Hajra’s was a character that said so little but conveyed so much through her eyes. The moments between Hajra and Ibad were truly special. Hajra didn’t spout off long-winded lines and her son was not verbose either, but there was such a connection between them that words were rendered unnecessary.

Without saying anything untoward, Hajra, with her characteristic softness, underscored Uzair’s hard-headedness ever so beautifully throughout, making a very strong statement even as she was an ostensibly docilex240-cS8 wife.Watching their familial interactions I wondered about how many similar clashes had this house in Karachi seen?

From the way Hajra posited herself as a silent referee, in the battle of wills between the father and son, hinted that such exchanges were not new in this family.  No long spiels, no wringing of hands, no buckets of tears, nope, none of that for her – Hajra knew when and how to take a stand for what she believed correct. Her support of her son on his wedding said it all.After Aabi we met a  very different Hajra. The visible difference in her demeanor, her tear-filled eyes, her unmade face, her drab clothing, all told the tale of a woman whose life had undergone a devastating change. This colorless woman was nothing like the gorgeous, vibrant woman we had met in earlier episodes. All in all Hajra Uzair remains one of my fave Hina Bayat performances.

hqdefaultWhile it was initially on-air a lot was said about the too-good-to-be-true Aabi and Adeel Husain’s bland portrayal of this character.  To begin with, I too was not a fan of this seemingly perfect guy. But, with the extension to the original story, Aabi grew on me. This was no longer a flat one-dimensional character. Adeel did full justice to his role, bringing that extra something to an otherwise sappy  character.

When the serial started Ibad was pretty much the poster boy rtetfor perfection, but by the end of it all we did get to meet the real man behind the paper poster. Aabi was obedient but maintained the right to respectfully question his father, he was dutiful but he did not hesitate to rebel against outdated traditions and cultural stereotypes. Where Adeel lacked chemistry with Sarwat, he made up for it in spades with his equation with Hina. As a mother-son duo they were fabulous and magical together. Similarly all of Ibad’s confrontations with Uzair were fabulous. Loved how Adeel made his anger, frustration and disappointment felt without resorting to OTT theatrics or shedding boatloads of tears. Before this serial, I had enjoyed Adeel’s work in Daam, Mera Naseeb, but with Mora Piya and Mata-e Jaan I felt he really came into his own, and yes, I’ve been an Adeel fangirl since.

As uninterested as I was in her while she was in New York, I began to root for Haniya after she moved to Pakistan. Starting with the office scene, where she bamboozled Uzair, to the despair she portrayed after losing Aabi, her contemplated suicide, and finally her lovely contented smile when she saw Aabi looking down on his united family, Sarwat Gilani shone as Haniya 4mw9in the latter half of the serial.

For Hajra, initially her husband dictated her life then fate stepped in made its own cruel choices. Nonetheless she continued to plod on, living a drab, colorless life like a zombie. Uzair was miserable as well, but his suffering was more from having to live with the realization of the choices he had forced upon others. Both, Hajra and Uzair, were simply going through the motions, till Haniya came in and lit up their life like a beacon.

Call me a sentimental fool, but two scenes, a) when Haniya calls Hajra mama, and Hajra’s response to that endearment, and b) when Uzair refuses Haniya’s request to call him Uncle, asking her instead to call him baba, and Haniya’s response to that admonishment, were the standouts for me. Earlier, the range of emotions that flitted hqdefault (2)across Haniya’s face, as she drove away from her first visit with Aabi’s parents, stayed with me long after that particular episode had ended. Yes, by that time Sarwat had turned into the perfect Haniya.

I never thought I’d be writing this, but Uzair did finally win me over by the final episode. It was hard not be swayed by this now repentant father who had lost everything due to his over inflated ego. Javed Shaikh was excellent as he successfully essayed the various shades of Uzair’s character. I was very moved by his confessions and the graveyard scene. Uzair, who could not stand to see his child upset even for an afternoon, was now doomed forever to be haunted by the memories of his last conversation with Aabi, and of course that final text that seemed to be mocking him every time he looked at it.

The shocking twist was not unexpected, at least for those who had read Meri-Jaan-Hain-Tuthe novel, but the way it was handled and the non-linear manner in which the story moved from that point forward was Mehreen Jabbar at her best. Throughout, the serial bore the unmistakable MJ stamp, but Aabi’s accident was dealt with exceptionally beautifully; the last few minutes of Ibad’s life, the bustle of everyday life on busy roads, his conversation with Haniya, the text to his parents, and his final interrupted conversation, all were superbly done. The death scene was fantastically handled, brilliant flashes interspersed with fading light leading to an eventual all engulfing darkness – the finality of it all was inescapable. Ibad was dead.

The final episode pulled together the many shades and meanings of love, a deceptively simple emotion. Love, as mataejkaanillustrated in Mata-e Jaan, was is not only about scaling the emotional highs but also about experiencing the lowest of ebbs. It was about the joys and sorrows, laughter and tears, and expectations and disappointments. It was about memories, the kind that keep you warm at night, the kind that elicit a smile, the kind that bring a tear to the eye, the kind that remain with you forever. Love was the emotion that Haniya experienced with Ibaad, the affection that Uzair and Hajra had for their son, the sisterly bond that Yamina enjoyed with Haniya, the friendship that Adeel had with Ibaad, and the concern that Adeel felt for Haniya. Kudos to Farhat Ishtiaq for beautifully essaying so many facets of a singular emotion – love.

Mehreen-Jabbar-Mata-e-Jaan-1A round of applause also to Farhat Ishtiaq and Momina Duraid for coming up with the seamless additions and organic alterations to the original story. I know there are many who loved the novella, but for me this enhanced and more nuanced script worked much better. And of course, superb as all actors were, fantastic as Farhat’s story was, none of this would’ve worked without Mehreen Jabbar’s directorial eye. Her effortless balancing of the various tracks and sensitive handling of the accident and funeral scenes was absolutely brilliant, couple that with the superb intertwining of the past and present, and add in the seamless manner with which the story moved between New York and Karachi, and voilà you see a master storyteller at work.

Adding to the deliciously textured drama being played out on the screen was the lack of any background music at many points in the serial. Thank you editors for giving us credit for being intelligent enough to figure out the high points, we do not need musical cues in every scene – silence is indeed a powerful language in and of it itself. And on music, Bilal Khan’s soulful OST provided the perfect backdrop for this aesthetically sound serial.

Along with the sound people, the editors too were on point, as the hqdefault (3)narrative flowed smoothly from mashriq to maghrib and back, with never a sense that one track was being randomly shorted to privilege the other, nor there being this feeling of rush to get from one point to another. Infact the entire serial was imbued with a sense of calm. There was a lot that happened in the span of 17 episodes, but it always felt very serene, mirroring the thehrav, the ethos of the story itself.

Finally, indulge me for a moment longer as I drool over the cinematography. As a New Englander I am used to autumnal colors, but seldom have I seen fall foliage take on such rich and vibrant hues. Every shade of red, orange, yellow, brown, and green seemed to glow with a life of its own. Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu - Picture 31New York has seldom looked better. And it was not just New York, throughout the lighting was fabulous in the indoor scenes. Hina has never looked this gorgeous, Sarwat never quite as fragile and vulnerable, and Adeel never as drool-worthy. Back to the drama, every eyelid flicker, every glance, every move was brilliantly captured – Shahzad Kashmir, you are fab!

Overall, despite the rough start, the early dhaka start moments, and the thandi thaat love story I fell for this one from the get go, then when it picked up pace and got better I was a goner.

Written by SZ~

Mata-e Jan ~ OST

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16 replies

  1. Awesome Throwback!! Definitely was a shaky start but improved and got better and better!
    HB was my fave and the pakistan scenes were the best
    We definitely didnt fall for the couple lol very thandee indeed but the story after was much better!

    • @SK: #PuraaniYadein!
      Can you even imagine, so much happened and only in 17 eps?!? And ab even with 25+ eps they are still scrambling to tie all loose ends in the last ep!
      Do you remember the fierce debates about how awful this serial was, how Adeel was called a parchi actor and how the accident confused everybody?! And man! I can never forget the dants I got for liking this serial, LOL!
      But leaving aside all that, comparing this with DeD and all said n done I’d rather watch MeJ … just compare HB to the aging aunties, Ruhi and Arjumand and Javed S to the to-grey-or-not-to-grey Behroze and Suhaib.

      • Yes I remember!!! The first several episodes brought out so many arguments lol
        I think Haniyya characterization was a hot topic and their zilch chemistry lol
        And I remember you kept saying Im just loving Sanam saeed and that track which I liked too and kept us glued
        But yeah obviously mj keeps them real and I love her storytelling, the accident and all those scenes were indeed excellent!

  2. The other thing I think was timing wasn’t it iright after Humsafar ?!?so nothing was going to match upto Ashar Khirad!!!Our expectations of romance hadtotally rocketed , I feel like that’s why I couldn’t warm up to Aabi and Haniya !!!! Maybe if I watch it again, will feel differently but where’s the time aaah

    • @SK: Yes, you’re absolutely correct, it was a week or so after and the fact that it was made public that FK was supposed to have played Aabi meant that AH never really stood a chance. But that said, no, the Haniya Aabi scenes still don’t work. I just re-watched over the past couple of weeks, and enjoyed so much else that I had probably not appreciated then, but those romantic scenes were just as bland as they were before.
      And, if you are planning to rewatch, do it after DeD, otherwise you’ll never ever be able to take DeD: the OTT filminess, badly handled tracks, and just overall mediocre stuff. It is amazing to think that the screenplays of MeJ and DeD were written by the same person and that MD is responsible for both… its really sad how much our drama has regressed in the past three yrs ..

      • @SZ @SK @asma Re MeJ vs DeD : Very interesting! There’s regression and there’s addition too.. There’s 17 vs 35 eps to start off with..doubling the number eps for heaven’s sakes!!!??!
        Adding a splash of OTT filminess and a constant stream of tears.. I wonder why was it it that I cried like a baby watching MeJ and laughed my head off at Sohaib’s death?

        @SZ ur right abt the common ground – screenplays and producers . Perhaps the difference is in the direction.. @asma I agree with you : actually MJ instead of SK would’ve pbbly worked better for DeD.. Although in MeJ we didn’t get to see sizzling romance on screen, what we got was beautiful emotional connection. I’m not sure what lies ahead in DeD for us but so far it’s been the all about complex emotional connections and dealing with some harsh realities..I think MJ is a master at that… we’ve seen that in MeJ, JH, Daam, Doraha etc.. She’s even managed to salvage MNYH!… I feel, SK on the other hand is great with philosophical themes, and he did bring out the best romance ever on our screens through HS.. but then again, it was FK who can romance a pole… lol

  3. Ufff I somehow never get around to watching this show and it’s the only show of Sanam’s that I haven’t watched even a bit of. Thought I would catch it on Zindagi TV, but had been away on vacations and missed it.

    Will hopefully catch it one of these days. 🙂

  4. I totally agree with you guys and See awesome review. I seriously regret that I was not part of your discussion when it came on-air but I read all your reviews and enjoyed them. About MeJ

  5. About MeJ I enjoyed it even I watched it again and couldn’t find I singal scence jis mein kaha ja Ska well we get it move on ( unlike DeD) very well handled
    Secondly, ab MeJ and DeD ka comparison ki baat cu hal pari ha tu mja samaj nai ata channels ko Yeh baat smaj q nai arai that more then 50% audience usually read the novel before dramas come on air tu khuch creativity q nai dalta since most of audience know the end and all tu khuch narration mein hi expermient kr lain like aabi’s death. Also somebody said few weeks back that DeD must be directed by susmad khoosat I say if MeJ have directed it the drama will be going on a different track (positive ofcourse)

  6. @SZ what a fab review for a fab play. Awwww I’m in love with it! Thanks!! It’s making me want go back and watch it all over again!

    MeJ has gotta be my most fav play of all times! It’s the first PK drama I watched with my daughters and we cried our eyes out.. Every time we heard ‘jaan le miri jaan meri jaan hai tu’ my daughter would clench my hand tighter, starting a new round of tears.. I don’t think I’ve cried that much watching anything.. I’ve watched it a few times and it gets worse every time! Talking abt DeD, It turned me into a Sohaib 😥 Bilal’s OST is amazing indeed!!

    I had never read the novel, so I didn’t know what to expect. I never found Aabi flat or boring. Yes he was one hell of a catch! ROFL @ rishta for myself … And I watched it in one go, so it was easier to get over the sluggish beginning..

    For me, MeJ was Hajra-Aabi. We hardly get to see this kind of pure parental love story onscreen, such beautifully portrayed. Having said that @SZ like u said Farhat did an amazing job essaying so many facets of love.

    Aabi-Haniya might’ve been a thandi thatt love story but it transformed into something else after Aabi’s death. I think even all those flat moments became more meaningful in Haniya’s mourning.. eg the shirt, the flowers, the honeymoon resort.. They hit home when I watched it the second time round… The visit to Aabi’s house, her connection with Hajra and Uzair.. well the thandi thatt love story had now transformed into a heart warming tale..

    Aabi’s death scene was very powerful.. the details surrounding it, the text, the call, and the final moments, the darkness .. the accident itself made me jump – camera work was fab – and yes the realization Aabi is dead! Again, because I hadn’t read he novella beforehand, it was a shocking twist the first time round, but equally amazing and heart wrenching every time I watched afterwards.

    It was MeJ that made me a HB fan. Her character had so many layers and and she played it all beautifully.

    Talking abt fan – MeJ made me AH fangirl too! 🙂

    I can go on & on with my qaseedey here… the graveyard scene, Uzair finding Haniya in Aabi’s room, Adeel’s friendship, the scene on the steps in NY, Yamina and her domestic violence track, MJ, beyond amazing cinematography, the autumn – list is too long….

  7. As you would say, SZ – thaa jiska intezar…! Thank you, I was really looking forward to reading your take on MeJ. 🙂

    I agree with FA, you have written a beautiful review for a beautiful play. I too binge-watched it a long time after it aired. This was one of MJ’s first dramas I watched and went on to dig up more of her work and watched them.

    Like you said, MeJ shows so many facets of love – for me, Haniya is one of the most beautiful characters Farhat has written, someone who built a bridge with two people whose only link with her was gone forever. It leaves you with such a warm feeling in the end when she is finally accepted and she can share her life with Aabi with them…beautiful, just beautiful…

    But not everything about the drama was good, I thought I’ll put down what I liked and what I didn’t like, so here goes:

    Thumbs up for:

    1. A female protagonist who completes her studies and has a day job – this tribe is an endangered/almost extinct species in TV drama-land these days. Not just Haniya, her sister Yamina too was working, I think Anoushey (Aabi’s cousin) also was studying or working. Hats off for this!

    2. The supporting cast was phenomenal and at some points in the drama, were more convincing than the leads. More importantly, the network of friends around the leads – Yamina’s supportive friend, Haniya’s friend Cathy, Aabi’s friend Adeel – and the way they rallied around the leads when there were crises, made it all so real.

    3. Yamina-Adam track – one of life’s badsoortis – violence against women can happen in any home, education alone does not mean a woman is empowered or will get her respect… some really strong messages coming through – hallmark MJ stuff.

    4. Adeel Husain – for me, Adeel played Aabi to the T. His quiet demeanour, his calm voice, his underplayed emotions, just superb. I wasn’t aware of all the casting issues, nor have I read the novel – for me, there was nothing to compare and Adeel’s Aabi is how I’ve known Aabi. I too am now a big fan of AH and enjoyed his take on Junaid in Daam as well as his Jamshed in Jackson Heights. He is a gem of an actor. Loved how MJ made him play the guitar and sing too 🙂

    5. The haunting melody of the OST – it set the ambience of the play so well and Bilal Khan’s voice was soothing – it’s still a favourite on my playlist. The music that played in the background was also so apt – and you are right about the silences! Another MJ touch – why won’t other directors learn this?

    6. Hina Bayat as Hajra – I think we’ve all felt the connection that Aabi has with his mum and in the scene where Aabi gets engaged to his cousin, he and Hajra exchange a look – just a look, but one that speaks volumes without a word being said. The way her looks changed (as you’ve noted in your review too) from her initial days to the last few episodes was so telling…such an amazing actress!

    It will also be amiss to not mention Sajida Syed as the loving Mama-jaani and Javed Shaikh as Uzair. Both these actors added so much dignity to the characters they played.

    7. Haniya’s relationship with Hajra-Uzair – this was always the crux of the whole story and what a lovely few episodes we had of Haniya bonding with Aabi’s parents! You mentioned two of my favourite moments in your review SZ (where she calls them Mama and Baba). Every single interaction of theirs is so close to my heart – the scene where Hajra brings up the topic of Haniya’s marriage, the one where Haniya meets Hajra for the first time, the one where she finally talks about Aabi and shares pictures and stories, every one of them was so so well done. And a big part of the success goes to the actors, especially Sarwat, who transformed into Haniya once in Karachi.

    8. Ahsan Khan as Adeel – After Vasl, this is Ahsan Khan’s finest performance. Such a dignified portrayal – especially the way the character develops a bond with Haniya after Aabi’s death…I think Ahsan did full justice to the role.

    9. Only 17 episodes! Nowadays, we hardly to see the leads introduced in that many episodes! No stretching, no rubber-banding, no chewing-gumming…ah, bliss!

    10. The way Aabi’s accident was brought in at a later point instead of going for a linear story-telling was a nice touch. The subtle hints were there for the discerning viewer – thank you for not hand-holding the viewer and letting us wonder and discover things ourselves.

    OK, now for the bits that didn’t work:

    1. Zero chemistry between the leads – for a story whose basis was the deep love that existed between Haniya and Ibad, we never really got to see this love on screen. I hear the book is exceptional in these parts? I’ll go as far as to say that Adeel was convincing, but he never got anything back from Sarwat – ek haath say no taali and all that… Sarwat looked irritated in some key scenes or plain blank looks with flat, monotone dialogue delivery in some others – such a let down, I don’t understand why, because I’ve seen her perform so well in the Karachi part, and also she is good in some other plays I’ve watched as well – not sure what happened there?

    I think MJ needs to shoulder the blame for this too, as the buck stops with her – she simply couldn’t extract that chemistry. That’s when I feel may be Imran Abbas as Aabi could’ve worked better, given how he and Sarwat have done well together in other plays.

    Also, I feel MJ is just not comfortable directing romantic scenes – she almost seems to shy away from them. And that showed here. Such a bummer, really.

    2. Aabi’s romantic gestures were so repetitive – flowers and food formula – almost every single time (or applying ointment on various zakhms). Surely we could’ve used some more imaginative ways of a guy caring for a girl? Even the proposal scene was so yawn-inducing. (But that bracelet was nice.) Farhat Ishtiaq could’ve written some variety in these romantic scenes…

    3. Haniya’s not-at-all-American accent – what was the deal with that? Did Sarwat find it difficult to speak with an American accent? Then they could’ve covered it up by saying Haniya went to boarding school in the UK or something, na? Stood out like a sore thumb, especially when her friend Kathy spoke with an American accent.

    4. Showing close-up of Aabi’s dead body was just un-watchable (and now I have Sohaib’s image to haunt me as well). Also, there were too many deaths in the play (Haniya’s parents, Mama-jaani, Aabi…) did we really need so much pathos in one play? Haniya’s parents’ deaths could’ve been shown as having happened in the past or some such thing…

    5. Poor quality of videos for the later episodes – I watched it on Hum TV’s youtube page and the episodes after Haniya came to Karachi were so poor in quality – the dialogues were hardly audible and the picture quality was very poor. I could hardly make out the expressions on the actors’ faces. Surprising, given how Hum usually uploads good quality videos.

    6. The whole Aabi engagement thingy was just bizarre. I can’t believe that Aabi would’ve got engaged like that, when he knew he’d never go through with it. And the whole “surprise, it’s your lucky day, you are getting engaged!” scenario did not gel with Aabi’s or his parents’ characters. Why didn’t Hajra inform him? As I said, bizarre.

    Overall, the plus points definitely out-weighed the irritants and it is a play that was well-made overall and gave us some very memorable characters.

    Sorry, I’ve rambled on and on, like our plays these days…thanks once again for the space to discuss this heart-warming drama, SZ.

  8. Thank you for this lovely article! This is one of my most favourite plays. First play of Adeel Hussain I saw and I was an immediate fan. There are so few actors these days who can show many emotions just through their eyes and face expressions. I guess I am one of the few who did not think the Ibad and Haniya track was flat. I do agree it most definitely had to do with this play replacing Humsafar. MJ always manages to extract the best performances from the supporting cast, it’s quite clear watching JH and MNY recently. Also NY is absolutley beautiful int this play and Malaal ..somehow this did not translate in Jackson Heights. I guess it has to do with budget too…It has been too long since Sawat Gillani has done a memorable role like this one…☺

  9. Amazing amazing post yaar.. Absolutely loved it!

    MeJ is one of the those novel that i just loved to read again n again without skipping any part.. Normally even i re read the novel i only prefer the happy ones or to say romantic ones :p but maann this was so beautifully written even the sad part.. I love to cry with Hajra everytime .. And to say MeJ actually and literally had MJ in it by every means… Like Aabi’s death was a shocker in book and hats off to director to retain the shocker value.. I as a viewer was immensely happy on this.. Just loveed that..

    HB was even wayyyy beautiful as a Hajra that I imagined.. I mean how can she portray such pure emotions so effortlessly.. My favourite FI mother of all times.. Hajra was jaan … Actually all actors were pitch perfect for their characters.. Can’t say this about lead chemistry of course but we can ignore that when we have interesting parallel track… And at times more exciting than lead pair.. I am amazed that FI added this track so beautifully n to agree with @SZ we can see such vast difference on how same writer have handled differently with these scripts…MeJ and DeD..

    Please enrol me also to Adeel fangirl club 😉 he is super awesome.. Have been liking him from Daam days.. Im glad he played Aabi.. Boht khobsurat insaan 🙂

    That said i would really wish they would stop making more dramas on novels.. Because got to hear that FI is currently working on her new script of her recently ended novel … Sigh..

  10. Thanks for the article and the reviews. DeD and MeJ both show different colors of love. Honestly, losing some very close members of my family, I can understand how Sohail’s death was a very powerful moment– a moment that transported me back to death scenes within my own family. Having said that, I do not wish to watch DeD again; however, I have watched MeJ a couple of times and every time my emotional engagement with the drama is at the same level. MeJ works like slow poison, it takes you in without even you noticing it. Evry character in the play has done justice to their roles. I agree Hajra and Adeel’s chemistry as mother-son duo was fabulous. Without excessive music, the scenes looked more natural. It is different with its slow pace. Some commented on the thandi love story of MeJ, I would say that is how sometimes love work. it does not need a lot of onscreen display. My all time favourite drama that I can watch anytime!

    • Hello @Rubia, thanks for visiting and commenting – much appreciated 🙂

      Aah MeJ! I so love this serial and like you still get drawn into the world of Aabi and his mama everytime I have gone back and revisited.
      Re: the comparison with DeD, for me the biggest difference has to be the way in which these stories were handled by their respective directors – for MJ the most important thing is always honesty to the story on hand, whereas in DeD I felt that producers and director were never really able to do justice to the characters… forgrounding some and pushing others back at whim which was really unfair to the story as a whole. Farhat’s biggest plus point, in my opinion, has always been the texture and the emotional graph she gives to her characters – at least on paper in the original writing- but in DeD that nuance was gone, hence, for me at least, took away a lot from my viewing experience as I was never able to connect with potentially interesting characters like Roohi, and didnt feel as invested in say Arjumand for instance.
      Also the biggest difference, now that look back, is the stretching out of the story .. .MeJ had its issues but it all kept flowing so smoothly that it was impossible to not get up in these characters’ worlds … Hence even though those who were not on board in the earlier eps were sold by the end ..

      See .. now you have got me thinking abt this again … ab jaa kar dobara dekhti hoon!

      Hope you’ll continue visiting and I look forward to hearing more from you on other threads 🙂

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