Critic Rating

Written by: Saira Raza

Produced by: Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Nasib

Directed by: Shahid Shahfat

This week’s episode of Dil Mom ka Diya revolved around the the effects of Ulfat’s doing on Afzal and his subsequent loss of optimism in life. While he is dealing with his own trauma, he decides to remarry to safeguard the future of his children. Tamkinat decides she has had enough of shouldering Ulfat’s mistakes and moves to Hyderabad to start over, leaving behind any hope for reconciliation with Azhar. On the other hand, Ulfat finds out about Afzal’s remarrying and suddenly starts to regret her actions.

The main idea that seemed to be repeated in different scenes was how Ulfat had affected Afzal psychologically and changed him for the worst. His cold attitude towards his new wife Fatima becomes reflective of the mistrust he has started to develop because of Ulfat. For Afzal’s character development, this episode plays a major role. We see him change from the kind-hearted and gentle man to a wary and frigid one. Yasir Nawaz brilliantly portrays this change through the subtle facial expressions he adopts and flashbacks to showcase the contrast. Meanwhile, Fatima who is unaware of his past tragedy. She becomes confused when facing this very hostile Afzal. The viewer sympathizes and pities Fatima’s situation as she becomes an unintended victim of Ulfat’s viciousness.

 

 

Neelam Munir plays the role of Ulfat with such conviction that despite being the antagonist, Ulfat becomes the core of the entire drama. She is a character you love to hate, and her acting is delightful even though she is essentially ruining a good man’s life. The way Neelam Munir incorporates body language to set her character apart is ingenious. And very much like Afzal, Ulfat experiences a rapid change in attitude as well. Hers comes with the shock of Afzal remarrying, however, and she finds herself struggling to accept it. There is a glimpse of remorse in Ulfat, perhaps giving her hope for redemption in future episodes. But for now, this merely presses her on to seek revenge and get her children back. It will be interesting to see if we get to see this side of Ulfat again, or if she chooses to conceal it beneath her clever facade.

The episode did not offer much in terms of advancement in the plotline, but it was interesting to see how both Afzal and Ulfat impacted each other’s lives. Meanwhile, Tamkinat moving to Hyderabad and Azhar moving away as well shattered any chance of them getting back together. Any progress that these two characters have in their relation to each other would be something to look forward to in the next few episodes.

Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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