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.
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.