Yaariyan, in only its third and fourth episode, has made a strong impact through a cast that impressed with every minute of the episode! Zubi’s refusal to take blame for the events that unfolded leads to Umair’s mother taking a strong decision by making Umair marry Sadia to protect her honor. Sadia’s father accepts this decision readily, since Ahmar broke up with Sadia anyway. However, this action is going to have a lasting impact on the lives of all the characters, specially Zubi who now has to face the consequence of her lies.

Yaariyan Ep 2: Unfolds quality direction & four interesting characters

All in all, even though the double episodes mostly focused on the anguish of every person in the drama, the episodes surprisingly managed to be interesting throughout. That can largely be attributed to the cast members who did an amazing job overall.

Momal Sheikh’s emotional performance had everyone crying, and her monologue when she is alone in the house was a really heart-touching moment that made Sadia’s character all the more sympathetic. In fact every character had in some way or another a heartbroken moment and everyone reflected that in their own distinct, individual ways.

Junaid Khan’s confusion was visible as Ahmar obviously still loves Sadia even though she supposedly betrayed him. Muneeb Butt also revealed a deeper side to his character Umair as we start to see how much he loves his mother and holds her to such a high regard. Sadia and Umair’s interaction, revealing how much both blamed each other for what happened, was one of the standout scenes in the drama.

But perhaps my favorite character in this episode was Umair’s mother, played by the legendary Hina Khawaja Bayat. Aaliya’s dialogues are perhaps the most powerful lines in the  play, specially the conversation she has with Umair about how daughters are treated a different way in society.

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Her decision will definitely have a negative impact on Umair’s and Sadia’s lives but her actions are certainly justified pretty well. Aaliya’s worry for not just her son’s future but also the future of Sadia is a selfless aspect that puts her apart from everyone else in the drama. I look forward to seeing more of Aaliya’s impactful presence in Yaariyan more because she was honestly the highlight of these episodes and kept me glued to the screen till the very end!

Yaariyan’s direction is another standout that has made it the hype right now. None of the scenes are too dragged out or brief, and Syed Wajahat Hussain has formulated a very distinct style of direction which can be seen in every scene. The acting and direction make Yaariyan very enjoyable to watch, and while the script might seem clichéd at first glance, it does become riveting as you watch more of it. This combination has worked in favor of Yaariyan and we are excited to see the next episode soon!

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With such a powerful start, Yaariyan has maintained a high level of quality for now and I really hope it continues to do this well with upcoming episodes. I do look forward to seeing different sides of every character instead of them being relegated a monotone characterization only. Things seem hopeful for now though so let’s see what the next episodes bring to us!

What did you think of this week’s episodes! Do let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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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