Mera Naam Yousuf Hai ~ Eps 19-20 ~ Finale Review

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Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, Mehreen Jabbar and Sadia Jabbar’s Mera Naam Yousuf Hai ended its 20 week run on A-Plus last Friday. For fans who’d been hoping for a Yousuf-weds-Zulekha-and-they-live-happily-ever-after scenario, the ending was picture perfect, but for viewers like me, who’d been rooting for the writer to push the envelope and think beyond the shadi scenario, the sappy ending proved to be quite a letdown. That said, for a serial that ended as filmi-ly as it had begun, Team Yousuf deserves credit for delivering quite a few hard-hitting, grim reality checks along the way.

Endemic social issues such as patriarchy, spousal and familial abuse, gender bias, religious hypocrisy, social double standards, all were skillfully woven into a narrative that was never preachy or moralizing. Ostensibly a love story, for me Yousuf goes down in history books as a vintage MJ serial, where the purpose is to not merely to highlight social issues – been there done that – but about offering some very forward-thinking and pragmatic real-world solutions.

Had it been any other serial we would’ve seen a distraught wife who cried and complained aplenty, but when push came to shove continued living with the same husband who abused her not just physically but emotionally as well. What we saw here, instead, was a silken soft woman with a spine of steel. Like other women in her situation, Afia too put up with a lot and shed her share of tears but when certain limits were crossed she did not hesitate to walk out on a long-standing marriage. Afia had lived the bulk of her life heeding what the duniya thought and said, but enough was enough. Where were these omnipotent duniya waley when she needed them the most? Where were they when she had no other way of protecting her daughter other than to tell her to run away from the house in the dead of the night?

I loved how rather than looking to her son or other family members for support, she planned calmly and carefully, secured a place to stay and walked out on Noor Muhammad, daughters in tow, with her head held high. And when time came she did not bat an eyelid when telling the judge she was done – she was finally free.

Also freed at the end was Madiha, freed from the burden of guilt and expectation. Pulling her every which way, not one person stopped to ask her what she wanted. Though they were all saying many things, using long winded flowery sentences, at the end of the day they all expected her to behave like the “good girl” of the past century – give but not expect anything in return. Why? Just because she’d made the mistake of making public her love for Yousuf? Why was it that only Yousuf needed to be saved? Wasn’t she deserving of love too?

Yousuf’s mother wanted her as dawa for her muhabbat ka mareez son, Yousuf wanted her because she seemed like an acceptable second option, one who would help him forget the pain of losing out on his first option, and for Wajih all that mattered was that his son would be loved. None of them seemed to stop and think that even second options have a heart, one that wants to be loved as a first option. I was cheering her on throughout as she refused to give in and then ultimately when she did agree to marry, it was on her own terms. The girl had brains and she did not hesitate to use them. Was physical union was the ultimate goal of true lovers?

The question of physical union being the apogee of love is a vexed one, but for Wajih Ahmed this one seemed like a no-brainer. For him, if separated, lovers suffered immensely. He brought up the example of his life, describing it as unfulfilled, going so far as to equate his situation with that of Afia’s. Here, I have to say Wajih Ahmed’s very sincere belief in his mazloomiyat had me in fits. How could he say all this with a straight face? Like, seriously?!?

After having his every whim catered to by his two wives, he turned around and zeroed out all their efforts on his behalf and claimed to have suffered as much as Afia?! Wow!! Wonder how diminished his dawa of a second wife felt every time her erstwhile mareez-e muhabbat husband made such declarations. It is one thing for a wife to know that she is not the first woman in her husband’s life but to be reduced to such inconsequence is a whole other deal.

All this and then he made it even worse when he added on the bit about muhabbat khud gharzon ka kaam hai. Did he ever stop to think how it made Nudrat feel? What about all the qurbani she had been giving all these years for him, the kamzor man that he was – the one who had let down Afia when she’d come to his door seeking his help?

But then again, perhaps muhabbat is indeed all about khudgharzi. Why, otherwise, would Nudrat still keep pushing Madiha to play the same role in Yousuf’s life, as she did in Wajih Ahmed’s? Now the shoe was on the other foot. It was now her being selfish for her son’s well-being, wanting to see him being cared for by someone who loved him. Also, it made me wonder if that whole dawa for the mareez bit was also her way of rationalizing her role in Wajih’s life?

Whatever Nudrat’s motivations might’ve been, I’m just glad my girl Madiha made the right choice and let the khudgharaz aashiqs be happy together. So yes, for me, Afia and Madiha were the real heroes of the story, they were the two who walked away with their izzat and izzat-e nafs both intact.

As for the hero and heroine of the story, well, what to say. The triumph of Yousuf’s love story represented an end that was as problematic as the begining. I have spelled out my issues with the frame story in an earlier review so will not rehash them here, but needless to say I really wish that Khalil sahab had tested the boundaries a bit more and given us an ending that matched up to the brilliance we saw in the middle part of the series. All this pyar muhabbat shaadi is all good and well, but surely aur bhi ghum hain zamaney mein muhabbat ke siwa…

Overall, as story Yousuf had its fair share of ups and downs in terms of holding my interest. Khalil sahab’s beautiful lines and his command over language never cease to impress, but his writing is now displaying a marked tendency to recycle ideas, situations and plot points that have worked in the past. This kind of intellectual laziness does not behoove a writer as talented as Khalil sahab, and I sincerely hope Mera Naam Yousuf is the last story of is kind from his pen.

Even as the story went through its ebbs and highs, the one thing that remained consistent throughout was the high standard of story-telling, as the written words transitioned from paper and became visual images on screen. Mehreen Jabbar is the best director in Pakistan and this serial is a testament to her narrative skills. There was much here that could’ve gone awry – situations too filmy, lines too flowery, dialogues too long, characters leaning towards caricatures – but all was kept in check with a firm hand, and the story allowed ample room to play out with all its nuances intact.

Qasim Ali’s cinematography made this one a visual delight; there are so many scenes that stand out as I look back, scenes which left an impression in the way they were framed, lit, and shot, and the depth and nuance they added to the overall narrative. The bright color palette was a brilliant way to offset the darker undertones of the story. Editing was of the highest standard and the sound design was of the level where it should be studied by others in the field. Saad Sultan did a fabulous job with the various songs and the OST. Bringing all this together and making it all work just so was the very talented cast ably led by Hina Bayat. Her Afia will not be an easy one to forget. Mansha Pasha was another one who really impressed here.

Imran Abbas was a very able love-smitten Yousuf and Maya Ali put in a career best performance as his Zulekha. Waseem Abbas, Parveen Akbar, Behroze Sabzwari, Seema Seher, Farah Nadeem, Taqi Ahmed, Mizna Waqas, Ali Sheikh, Faizan Shaikh, Azam Khan, Marium, all breathed life into characters that were much more than cardboard cutouts, each playing a part in moving the story forward.

Finally, a huge round of applause for producer Sadia Jabbar for putting together such a fabulous creative team together and providing them with all the resources necessary to deliver such a beautiful project, and that too which ended in twenty episodes!

And so we close the books on Mera Naam Yousuf Hai. Two thumbs up guys- you’ll all be missed!

Written by SZ~

Tu Mila Hai ~ Saad Sultan ~ Ft. Zenab Fatima and Umair Ahmed

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28 replies

  1. Two thumbs up for you SZ for taking the drama to lyrical heights by your writings, in spite of the let down at the end.

    • Thank you @TSBindra, much appreciated! So glad to know I wasnt the only one who felt very let down by the sappy end! I had feared it would go this route, but still had hopes … but khair, I was thrilled to see Afia standing strong at the end and Madiha remaining steadfast in her stance till the end …

      But dont you think despite our beefs with it, it was the best thing on TV .. now with this one done our drama landscape looks pretty barren and desolate 😦

      • SZ, thank you for this review. I have been waiting for it. I do not comment much but I read all your reviews and enjoy reading them.

        • @saidarathor: My pleasure 🙂 Thank you for reading – really appreciate that you all take the time to read . magar ab you should share your take too, no? Thori unfair baat hai yeh tau 🙂

  2. main ny is drama ki first 7 epi dekh lin hain and I loved it 🙂 mujhy afsos ho raha ha main ny pehlay kiun nahi is ko try kia lekin khushi ha k der sy hi sahi lekin ab dekh rahi hoon aur DeD sy tou bohay behter ha pta nahi fb aur twitter pr sb oos ki kiun itni tareef kr rahay hain

    aap k reviews abhi nahi perhay ek baar drama dekh loon phir parhoon gi plz mind mat kijiay ga lekin kabhi kabhi enjoy kerny k liay reviews (dosron ki opinion) sy door rehna bhi zaroori hota hai 🙂 ..tou finale dekh kr wapis ati hoon ya aap k style mein “miltay hain break k baad” 🙂

    • @RJ: Glad you’re finding this enjoyable 🙂

      Arrey, why would I mind? Quite the contrary! I actually dont get those who solicit others’ opinions before watching, because to my mind that then creates a preconceived notion which impacts what and how one watches… I for one like to watch and make up my own mind as to whether I like something or not, and discuss later… but again different people different choices .. its all good 🙂 Aap araam se dekh lein then share your opinion.

  3. Yes it was the ONLY best thing happening on the tv. For me it’s like a sugar coated Karvi goli. Those young girls who are going Awww on zulekha yousaf love story will understand the message when step into the practicle life. Atleast a good, thought provoking with strong women characters story tu dkhna ko mili. Back ground songs were fabulous and so timely. I love the one “sara khail naseebaan da” and “tu mila” simply outclass. Fabulous acting by all characters. I am gonna miss it

    • Totally! I honestly dont get the charm of the “love story,” but I guess different strokes for different folks …

      Ab kiya dekhen? Any suggestions? I find DeD such a drag ke I cant even bring myself to write it up, even for the sake of registering protest :/

      Hope you had a great eid and your son had a blast 🙂

      • Thank you Sz. Eid in Pakistan is khud Khao or dosron ko bi khilao. Ab weigh karun gi tu pta chala ga!!
        DeD dkhna sa behtar ha ka hr week novel dobAra prh lia jaye. Started watching “farwa ki ABC” although first episode was not much convincing but it’s by amna mufti so decided to give a try.

      • SZ, I think you should review DeD. Seriously, what are they trying to show? That it’s okay to pull out a revolver and threaten your wife? 😦 And people are saying it’s intense and Faara asked for it? Isn’t that always said by those who perpetrate abusive relationships? That the victim asked for it? I am beyond disgusted…

        • @DB: ROFL!!! Hayee!! I can feel your pain saat samundar paar se!! I havent watched yet, but ok lemme watch and get back ,,, btw, you are needed on the old DeD review .. VZ and I were discussing the previous ep and we needed your input as to Wali’s character ..

  4. Hello SZ! I just came by to tell you that I am in awe of the way you write, and I seriously mean it! Only a handful of people have this gift and your write-ups are a treat, trust me!!
    The real winner here was Afia. With her timely comebacks, strong sense of self, and Hina Bayat’s powerful performance – Afia was an absolute delight.
    P.S: Are you reviewing Bin Roye? Please do, because I’d loveeee to read your take on it 🙂

    • @MB: Hello back! Thank you, shukriya, and you are too kind!
      High five! exactly! For me she was both, the hero and the heroine of the story and loved her ending .. loved the court room scene and I was so thrilled when she refused to back down from her demand 👏

      Bin Roye, I will IA .. and when I do, I expect to hear from you on that post .. lamba chora comment, ok!

  5. SZ, sorry for the delayed comment. Loved your review because it goes beyond what we saw on screen, thank you for the analysis.

    I came back to this drama only after you wrote the comeback review, so thank you for that 🙂

    The last episode was filmy, with heroine fainting et al. But I don’t grudge these two getting a happy ending. At least it breaks the cycle of settling down with second choices! I wish Madiha didn’t have to go through this pain, though – I wish Y and Z had sorted it out among themselves, and M had stayed put with her refusal…

    To me, the interesting thing about the drama was its subtext – just like Aunn-Zara quietly gave us issues to think about, without making it in-the-face, MNYH managed to throw the spotlight on some issues we usually push under the carpet. It made me think about things. I like how MJ presents these issues in a non-judgemental way and how she does it with dignity.

    One question on my mind was: didn’t the whole Z getting divorced etc depend on Imran being decent enough to let go of her? If Imran had been another Noor M, then would Z have had the courage to leave him? May be she would have had the courage, because she has what Afia didn’t: a mum like Afia…

    It also made me think about what makes a woman get the courage to be free of an abusive relationship? Education? Not always, because Afia was educated too. But being educated gives a person the means to be self-reliant after a break-up. Supportive parents probably go along way, because they help the woman realise she is not alone, in many ways – from a place to live to moral support. But Sara in Doraha had supportive parents, yet she put up with abuse. Is it when a woman stops worrying about “logon ki batein”? Is it when that woman realises that her children pay the price for her keeping quiet and putting up with abuse? Not sure about the answer… May be the answer is different in every situation…

    Also, a related question: what can we as members of society do when we see abuse? Try to help? Be non-judgemental and keep a line of support open? Apart from the fact that not all of us are trained professionals to offer the right kind of support, sometimes those of us who do offer support are taken aback when the abused person returns to the abuser, leaving us looking like a fool!

    Re Wajih Ahmed: I could have understood if he remained unmarried all his life. Coming from a man with 2 kids from 2 wives, it came across as another form of male chauvinism.

    I’ve gone on and on, as usual. I can’t stop though without thanking Hina Bayat for yet another brilliant performance – she was the life and soul of the play. I wish we get to see her in many more different roles… I also wish Mansha Pasha gets her due recognition, she gave Madiha so much dignity!

    SZ, what are you watching these days?

    • @VZ: Arrey bhai dont make me more sharminda, please! Given how behind I am in terms of reviewing and responding I should be the last person you should be apologizing to!
      Thank you so much for taking me up on my recommendation and Im glad you found it relevant and enjoyed it, filminess and all 🙂

      Re: Z and her divorce issue: Remember Z had already filed for a khula before she was brought back to her phupho’s house? I think the fact that she had already filed for a khula was a huge reason why she went back.. because once the papers had been filed there was little else that phupho could’ve done to keep her tied to her son .. later Imran Mughees told her to drop her case and that he would divorce her, so it was not like she was at Imran Mughees’ mercy, had that been the case I dont think she would’ve come back quite as easily or willingly .. and yes, her mom was a huge factor in her being emboldened enough to take that step – i,e, ask for a khula…

      Re: Wajih Ahmed: Aah!! I was so so mad at him and madder yet at his wife who was begging Madiha to start yet anther Wajih-Nudrat story … aargh!! What I dont know is if KUR wrote that seriously or was it a way of contrasting diff kinds of love or diff interpretations of love …. If we think of this in terms of ST and KUR’s own love story, then I cannot help but wonder if Wajih Ahmed is a stand in for KUR and thats how KUR views himself … and if thats the case then wow! I feel so sorry for his wife!

      Im not watching anything at all these days .. might start going thru some older stuff, some serials that I left halfway because of time constraints etc .. do you have any recs among the new ones?

      • SZ, yes that’s true that Z had filed for khula before going to I’s house.

        Re: Wajih Ahmed being a stand-in for KuR, it’s possible that WA represents KuR’s guilty conscience, but it feels self-centered, because no matter how nice his wife is, she will forever come second or just about remain in the periphery of his life, which begs the question: what about her feelings? Again, a similar theme was played out in Pyarey Afzal too…

        I am not watching any of the new shows. I was tempted by Mol, hope to hear from you on that one. I am planning to continue with Pehchaan, just haven’t been getting the right time to watch it. Will continue leaving comments on that thread.

      • @SZ brilliant review!
        What a disappointing finale! Yes Afia was fab but thats about it!.. What I was trying to get my head around was why was Wajih Ahmed being glorified all of a sudden in the last ep? or did I miss something? Wasn’t he a weak mard who was the cause of pain for Afia (and his wife) up until last week? Why was he being compared to Z? Like you all pointed out 2 wives, 2 bachche, hes hardly a bechara!
        Totally with u on filminess. The entire shadi, behoshi, hospital sequence was too filmy for my linking… I must admit the opening, as filmy as it was, it was still interesting.. The train sequence was beautifully shot and presented.. but yeh akhir mein kia hua?.. it was as if they ran out of that zeal..

        Hina Bhayat and her Afia were fab and were the heart and soul of this serial for me.

        This week I came to appreciate more how the fact that aurat bhi aurat ki dushman hai was highlighted in MNYH.. how Aurat is ‘equally complicit in preserving’ this patriarchal society.. Ded and Walis supporters reminded me of the Phuppo in MNYH…. SZ thanks for those wonderful thought provoking reviews we had along this journey. #TabdeeliKabAyegi? ..

        Re KUR : After watching PA, ST and MNYH.. I agree abt the ishq wala love theme is recurrent and it is getting repetitive.. but it just occurred to me while reading ur review, that actually we have come across some very strong women in his serials too. They are no shrinking violets or roti dhoti aurats.. We saw some very head strong women, who knew what they wanted from life and how to stand for themselves, how to get their ways and how to speak their minds.. (minus Shano and ST in general) Shadi wadi and pyar wyar were not always their top proirities.. So kudos to that.. I wish he didnt finish off MNYH like this in the end..

        Re KUR being a stand-in for WA : I must admit I was very judgemental after watching ST and throughout MNYH I couldn’t help but reason why he wrote this that and the other through ST and his autobiography. #phychanalogy lol.. Coming back to the comparison, I also thought of that and wondered if he is in truth telling Nudrat’s story from his wife’s pov or his ‘perception’ of how she feels or how she must feel? It would be only fair if he dedicated a play to his wife after doing one for his beloved.. lol… But this thought also made me feel sorry for her. It couldn’t have been easy for her to see this on screen portrayed like so.. One thing is coming to terms with / telling oneself / accepting herself a marham/dawaa and another is seeing herself televised as merely that… no matter how you look at it, It must be very raw and painful indeed! .. first his dedication and ishq wala love for Shano and now this.. We saw a Nudrat crying on Shanos death and consoling him, but can the acceptance ever be that easy for a woman? . ( sorry – I hope I haven’t crossed any line here)

    • Re: how education fits into a DV scenario..

      The psyche of a battered person, or a victim of domestic abuse is a very complex one, and as that article indicated there are innumerable reasons why a woman continues to stay in an abusive relationship

      I had mentioned education as being a very crucial first step, not just in terms of DV but also an overall improvement in our desi mindsets, because it enables a lok at the world outside of the gali muhalla universe that to overwhelming majority of our desi population comprises the omnipotent duniya and duniya waley. Also education is directly related to financial stability and economic empowerment. In our desi setups most often women are afraid to leave their abusive spouses because of duniya kya kahegi and the question of finances. Depending on the level of education, there are ofcourse no guarantees that a woman will be able to make it on her own, but it does help introduce an element of hope and most importantly confidence that they can do something on their own. If you’ve watched Rehai, another MJ serial, then you’ve seen how micro loans (from Kashf Foundation) to women with even very little education go a very long way in empowering them to break the cycle of abuse and violence.

      Also education is important, because it does change a society over time .. happens over generations but it does happen. We saw that with Imran Mughees and Wali .. both were very different from their abusive parents.. even though they went along with them initially, but when they got the jhatkas and when things got to a head and time came to make decisions they both made the right ones .. so there is hope that over time things can change, and that change is not going to come from the older generation but rather from the younger one, the one more open to listening to another point of view.

      In middle and upper class families, where it is less about education and economics, it is about maintaining the status quo, nobody likes to seem like a failure, nor do people enjoy being judged, both things that happen the minute you walk out of the house. The article pointed to some of these issues as well. In the particular case of Doraha, she had already “failed” in her first marriage and so she was darned if she was going to “fail” a second time around. Her parents might’ve not had any issues with her walking out of an abusive marriage but she would’ve felt that she’d let them down, hence the continued efforts to try and make it work.

      Also, we have to understand that these women are not crazy.. the abusers are very smart and calculating in the way they play out the whole scenario, so after ever abusive episode there will be an apologetic/contrite phase and then there is a honeymoon phase where there will be a visible change and they will live like newly weds again and then there will be a gradual decline in the relationship graph again ..so while it is easy for us to sit in on judgement, we have no clue whats happening in that particular relationship.. and I have seen women going through this, and mind you there is no time limit for how long each phase will last, and they will tell us that he has reformed its all good and they are happy, he’s apologized etc (this is where Sikander was in Kankar when he begged Kiran to come home and even with his second wife .. he had never reformed .. it was just a matter of time before the second wife would get it again ) and then lo and behold 6 months, yea two years down the road we see them back again, worse than before … if you can imagine it, its like being run through a physical and emotional wringer every so often, and think of the woman dealing with such a roller coaster of emotions and then there we are on the outside..

      As to what we can do to help, just being there …without offering unsolicited help .. often times just knowing that someone out there is willing to listen without judging is the most helpful. And think about it, if you feel like a fool when someone rejects your help, think of them and how judged they mustve felt when you set out to offer them help.. sometimes the most well meaning of friends can be the most judgmental ones … I would suggest just listening and assuring them that you are there for them whenever they call for help.

  6. SZ a great deal of applaud from me for your unbiased reviews and the time you take out of ur busy schedule to pen it for us….. Really envy your dedication for the job u have taken up for no rewards…..

    Finally MNYH ended….. Jassa aaghaz tha tollal filmi uss se zeyada filmi ikhtatam tha…..Heroine fainting in, hospital ka drama, agreeing to nikha everyone smiling TA DAA…… After ur review on all the characters I have nothing to disagree with you but wish to add a note on Imran Mughez, contrary to his mamoon jan he was a real gentleman who honored Z’s request and freed the bird who disliked his cage…… He felt the pain of Z cuz he himself was going through the same process…..

    No words to describe Mehreen’s talents as a director, she is the best director in Pakistan & this serial proved her talent, like you said others should study her work…… This serial was full of filmi situations but she finished the game of snakes & ladders skilfully…..

    The highlight of MNYH were the 4 episodes 15,16,17,18 which brought back lot of viewer including me to watch it again, but what a disastrous ending…… Khalil sahab with due respect study Be Gul’s work on how to end an episode……

    Hina Biyaat is not a veteran actress but my God what an actress!!!!!! Hats off to you Hina you were the real character of the whole scenario of MNYH simply loved loved loved the role & ur talent, stay blessed & looking forward to see u again not in type roles but in real life roles……

    SZ waiting for ur rewiew on Bin Roye Anso……I watched it & I felt like I was watching a 30+ episode drama serial of Hum Tv in 60 minutes….. Same typical love triangle, one woman dies & there is always another woman available as a second option for man as if all woman should please a male in their life time if not aasmani aafat tout peren gi,,,…… What a childish teen age love story,I can go on & on but dont want to hurt anyone’s feelings…….Like every Pakistani @ heart I am so glad that it was released world wide & in best cinemas verses Salman Khan’s movie…… A good start for PAK movies….

    SZwhat is new under your pen these days??? Bye stay blessed…..

    • @Shamim Hasan: Hello ji! Belated eid mubarak – hope you had a great time with your family and friends 😘

      Haina!! I felt exactly the same about Yousuf .. fimi begining and ending and sab kuch! But definitely all credit MJ for finishing this “game of snakes & ladders skilfully” as you put it so beautifully – spot on!

      And as for @Hina B, ab what to say… every time I think we’ve seen her her best she quietly comes and ups the game to an all new level. MA what an actor – its people like her who give us hope ke shayad abhi there are a few genuinely gifted actors around who really care enough to work on their craft… and honestly when you see someone like her you can only feel sorry for the industry that does not know how to utilize such talent … ek ke baad ek our channels and producers keep churning out mediocre stuff, as if ke kahin race lagi hui hai ke who can produce the most mindless drama ever ..

      Re: Bin Roye, Aap ne kaha aur review haazir and seems like we’re pretty much on the same page here too 🙂

      Aajkal, nothing .. I am fed up of DeD, and looking fir something new to watch, but nothing seems to hold any promise .. I am planning on revisting some old telefilms and serials to review …no point getting frustrated with the randomness on TV these days :/

  7. Hello SZ thanks for ur Etd greets, hope u too had a nice Eid day there……
    I am not watching DeD so can;t say anything about it,,,,, Will wait for your new findings….. Chao…..

    • Hello back 🙂 Seems like you are a fellow night owl 😉
      Just posted a review of a short film do check it out – link is in the post – would love to read your views on this one 🙂

  8. Thank you SZ – your reviews are always so generous and yet so honest. I’m truly humbled and overwhelmed by your and your readers appreciation – this is my “oscar” 🙂
    Khalil sb had kept us on tenterhooks for the finale script as I was adamant that unless Afia moves on, I won’t shoot for it. Lol! I had many arguments with Wasim sb who felt that it was wrong for Afia to apply for divorce but my good fortune that KUR came through for her….and for Madiha. He gave the audience their happy ending (he has been severely criticised for tragic endings) but also ensured that Madiha would not be another Nudrat, nor would Zulekha, another Afia.
    Sorry I haven’t been visiting lately but shoot schedules seem to have swallowed me. Have been busy with shoots for Muqaddas, Sanam, Tere Mere Beech and Mor Mahal – all very different. Hope they will not disappoint.
    Plz also watch out for Manto – the film and the serial. The film focuses on his personal life and events interwoven with his fictional world, while the serial explores his writings in greater depth through his ‘afsaanas’. First look being revealed tomorrow. Wish us luck 🙂 🙂

    • @Hina: Thank you, thank you, thank you for standing your ground and for standing up for what is right. Divorces are never as easy as they make it seem on TV , nor are the solution to all marital issues, but in Afia’s case this was definitely the only way forward. Thank you again from viewers like myself, for giving us somebody who was truly a woman of substance.

      Aww!! And you are so sweet! It is our privilege to have you here – you are such an integral part of DRNR and we love having you join in our discussions 🙂

      Re: Muqaddas: Why is it being stretched forever? I kind of lost interest after the big reveal … is there any other big twist coming up?

      Ooh!! Thrilled to hear you are a part of Mor Mahal … I have been hearing a lot of good stuff about this one, so looking forward to it!

      Sanam and Tere Mere Beech Main? Havent heard of those but will keep a look out for them ..

      And yes! Manto! I have goosebumps all over -just one word – WOW!!!!

  9. Hina Ji, salaam! You were amazing in this drama! I think I’ve said this before, and I would like to say it again, with every new drama I see you in, you impress me more and more! From Talkhiyaan to Gar Maan Reh Jaye to now here in Mera Naam Yousuf Hai, what a diversity you’ve shown. Kudos!

    As for you SZ, I have several comments and criticisms for sure about the drama, but right now I just wanted to focus on KUR saab. What an amazing writer, and as you said, an awesome command of language. I too, was expecting a tragic ending, as that’s the kind of vibe I get from his stories, and I too may enjoy a nice bow at the end from time to time, but I feel like his love stories are more realistic. His stories are deep. They are not your typical boy meets girl love. After seeing this and Sadqay Tumhare, you understand there is a depth in the love he talks about. You can see it comes naturally from within him. Its almost sufiana in some regards. He holds love in high regard and sings its praises. I can’t think of another current writer, that writes about love like he does. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending right now as I just finished it and came straight to you 🙂 I don’t think I would be happy either way, Madiha or Zulekha, but right now Im leaning towards team Madiha. I dont think she would have been the loser if the nikaah went through, bc it was on her terms. Btw, Mansha was fabulous in this play! But I get the whole not repeating the mistakes of the father bit too, so like I said idk. Hmm, I’m sure I will be thinking about this..

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