Critic Rating

Written by: Saira Raza

Produced by: Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Naseeb

Directed by: Shahid Shahfat

 

The emotional turmoil of Dil Mom Ka Diya reaches its final conclusion in the last episode of the series. The director and writer wrapped up the show with a satisfying end. As Tipu struggles to recover from cancer, Ulfat reaches out to Afzal for financial help. On the other hand, Azhar returns to retrieve Tamkinat and begs her for forgiveness. Although she reacts in anger at first, Tamkinat eventually forgives Azhar and they both return home to a warm welcome by Afzal and the rest of the family.

 

 

The director certainly went all out for an emotional closure. The scenes with Azhar apologizing to Tamkinat were very drawn out and unnecessary, as most of the dialogue exchanged  between them had been repeated countless times in previous episodes. It was a fairly predictable end for these two characters and although a happy one, but not one that made it stand out in any way. In the case of Ulfat, however, there were a surprising amount of twists and turns packed into one episode. The most important one was her rapid character development. As she begs for money for Tipu’s medical expenses from different sources, we see a new side of Ulfat. She finally shows attachment to someone other than herself and even goes to beg Afzal for money. It was pleasing to see Ulfat get some improvement as a character rather than her succumbing to a clichéd end.

 

 

The standout scene from the entire episode was probably when Ulfat meets with Afzal and Akmal to ask for charity. The way it was shot was extremely tactful, but Neelum Munir’s acting in that scene must get its due praise. Her effortless depiction of the shift of character was a key element in making the episode this impactful. The writing may have failed Ulfat in many places, but Neelum Munir’s acting certainly did not.

Another surprising turn of events was the way the third brother, Akmal, also changes. In the entirety of the drama he had been a very bland character who did not stand out much except every time he opposed the women of the family. In the last episode, Akmal too experiences remorse at the way he had treated Tamkinat. This was a pleasing turn of events especially since Akmal was the last hurdle, but the writer dealt with him just as tactfully as any of the main characters. It was refreshing to see the supporting characters receive the same importance as the main ones.

 

 

Although Tamkinat and Azhar’s storyline was quite predictable, it still was a satisfying ending. And it seems that Ulfat did finally find her redemption, although not in the form she had expected. In the ending scene, as she feeds a recovering Tipu, she dwells on how she had gotten what she deserved. In a strange way, this too is a happy ending; despite Ulfat’s despicable acts, she did end up fighting for Tipu and becoming a good wife. Needless to say, Dil Mom Ka Diya was a superb ride from start to finish.

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  1. Zain ul Abedin December 8, 2018

    Dil Mom ka Diya is the revivalism of everything that makes a television drama history. Having watched few episodes and its last thread , I viewed it a flush of water sprouting from the limitless source of deep love, empathy, sadness, revenge and humanism in the last. It teaches to forgive, to relinquish, to endure and to be human in the face of life ever worst adversary. It haunts society’s shameless torso that features money, beauty and pleasure its chief values. This show is a curse to this. Not unfair to say, it is not made for watching only… Only wise can infer the real meaning out of it. Congratulations to ARY productions…. Zk

  2. zain ul abedin December 8, 2018

    Dil Mom ka Diya is the revivalism of everything that makes a television drama history. Having watched few episodes and its last thread , I view it a flush of water sprouting from the unbounded source of deep love, empathy, sadness, revenge and humanism in the last. It teaches to forgive, to relinquish, to endure and to be human in the face of life ever worst adversary. It haunts society’s shameless torso that features money, beauty and pleasure its chief values. This show is a curse to this. Not unfair to say, it is not made for watching only… Only wise can infer the real meaning out of it. Congratulations to ARY productions….