Critic Rating

Written by: Saira Raza

Produced by: Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Naseeb

Directed by: Shahid Shahfat

The recent episode of Dil Mom Ka Diya had everyone on the edge of their seats as several incidents occur that create tension. One of them was Ulfat remarrying, and meeting her match. The episode also explores how separation affects Tamkinat and Azhar, and both start to reevaluate the reasoning of their separation. The episode’s intention was to be both emotional and spur the storyline forward, and although we did see progression in the story itself, there was a severe lack of the former.

 

 

Ulfat remains the unlikable antagonist throughout, and her new husband is the same, if not worse. The writer seemed to be going for a case of divine karma hitting Ulfat and making her see her wrongdoings, but there is no particular attachment with her character of the audience to care about what happens to her. All of Ulfat’s actions are directed towards showing Afzal that she is happier without him, which is confusing since she divorced him to get away from him.

It’s also surprising that her children have suddenly become non-existent for her when in the last episode she was ready to fight tooth-and-nail for them. The divine karma in the form of her new husband is a male version of Ulfat, which is extremely ironic when Ulfat finds it hard to withstand him.

 

 

Ulfat played her role to perfection, although when viewed critically she has no defining characteristic or a reason for the way she acts, making her pretty hollow. Even villains need to be more than two-dimensional characters, and it is disappointing to see Ulfat reduced to a mere trope.

Tamkinat and Azhar’s situation was a much more heartfelt aspect of the episode. As both struggle to convince themselves that what happened was right, their mental disintegration clearly indicates what they actually feel. Tamkinat’s sister, enraged at the way her sister had been taken advantage of, attempts to receive some sort of justice for her but Tamkinat vehemently refuses. Meanwhile, Azhar shows signs of instability as well, having begun to hear things as loneliness finally catches up to him. The way both of them deal with their trauma is indeed commendable on the part of the writer and the actors as it is not merely just a monologue about how sad they are but it is shown through their actions and body language.

 

 

Alongside this, we see major progression with Afzal and his new wife Fatima. Afzal, slowly yet surely, starts to accept Fatima in place of Ulfat and begins to adjust accordingly. Fatima too begins to make her place within this new household, and although there is still room for growth, Afzal seems to inch closer to recovery. It is the only satisfying aspect of the episode, so even though Tamkinat and Azhar are still suffering, Afzal just might get a happy turnaround.

 

 

There are subtle hints of what is to come in the next episode, but it does not look good for Tamkinat and Azhar as both spiral down the road of ruination. The one good thing we can take away from this episode is that karma really does hit the people who deserve it, and Ulfat is one of them.

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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