While certain aspects of the plot might be dragging, one thing’s for certain: Ayeza Khan is surprisingly good at playing the villain we all love to hate! This episode showed Zobi once again working her manipulation by getting Ahmer on her side and earning his pity. But Sadia succeeds in getting under her sister’s skin as well when Zobi lashes out at Umair after finding out Sadia is pregnant. While this is happening, Hamid’s father dies and he once again links that to Sadia and her mistakes. Overall, not much different happened in this episode except Sumbul’s marriage is being planned finally.

Starting with the high point, Ayeza Khan has proven herself adept at every kind of role with her portrayal of Zobi. Not only does she manage to shift from this sweet, innocent girl in front of her parents to a conniving and bitter person in private so scarily, Ayeza Khan also imbues a more emotional touch to her character.

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Her acting clearly depicts Zobi’s bitterness at having lost the person she loved to her sister, and even while doing all the wrong things so surely, there still is regret within Zobi that is obvious. It is all due to the talented actress’s prowess in her field!

Not to leave behind the hard work and dedication of the other actors as well, Muneeb Butt and Momal Sheikh convincingly play their characters as well and their interaction with each other is the central point of every episode. This episode showed why Mehmood Aslam is considered such a legend in the industry as merely 5 minutes of his scene were my favorite bits of acting in the entire drama! And of course, Hina Bayat is loved by every member of the audience as Umair’s mother as not only is her character well-written and sympathetic but also the actress herself.

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While the episode certainly had its high points that deserve praise, I do feel the repetition setting in indefinitely. On one hand, we are shown such excellent character development such as in Zobi whose resentment is gradually eating her up. But since the main focus is always drawn back to the love triangle and the animosity between the people involved, the clichéd story begins to set in.

I really don’t like the way the relationship between the sisters is being handled. While surely the love story of Umair and Zobi was intended to be the focus, both of them are so dislikeable together, and even Sadia with Umair just doesn’t have any chemistry. However, the two sisters really do deserve some development in their relationship with each other since the love aspect is really quite overdone.

The way Umair’s mother and her relationship with each character turns out is the pattern that should be followed; I particularly like how Umair treats his mother’s sickness, in secret, and that has really turned into a plot aspect I’m more curious to follow. If only the rest of the relationships are formulated that way as well.

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Ayeza Khan’s portrayal is definitely worth watching in this drama, since she rarely plays such negative roles even though she has proven herself quite adept at them! Hina Bayat also is another major actress that has made this drama enjoyable. However, if only the other various characters are also treated with such care, Yaariyan would overall be perfect.

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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