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By Fouzia Nasir Ahmad 2020-06-21
Ye Dil Mera | Hum TV, Wednesdays 8.00pm

Without the flashback flurry, the serial wouldn’t have taken 31 episodes to conclude, but thank goodness it didn’t drag anymore. Farhat Ishtiaq’s story of revenge and love could have been treated way better than it was. YDM tried hard to be a psychological thriller (both the leads even had their own psychotic issues), but the story would drift off into the past and then inevitably hop back into the present. Why did Nargis bua (Naima Khan) keep mum about the female lead Ana’s (Sajal Aly) father Mir Farooq Zaman (Adnan Siddiqui) killing his own wife, no one knows. It took the lead Aman (Ahad Raza Mir) nearly 30 episodes to unveil and prove that his father-in-law Mir Farooq Zaman was responsible for four murders, but the villain eventually dies a ridiculously easy death. In the end, overwhelmed by Ana going through what may have been post-traumatic stress disorder, everyone forgot about murder number 5 — that of Mir Farooq Zaman’s secret second wife. The redeeming factors of YDM were Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir’s performances, and the beautiful locales of the northern areas came as a visual respite in all the sad madness going on. YouTube only if you are hardcore ‘Sahad’ fans.

Raaz-i-Ulfat | Geo TV, Tuesdays 8.00pm

Forgetting that she has been born and raised in an extremely conservative family, Mushk (Yumna Zaidi) is frequently cutting her university classes to meet her best friend Sehba’s (Komal Aziz) family friend Irtiza (Shahzad Sheikh) whom she has fallen in love with. And if Mushk’s strict father Iftikhar (Tanveer Jamal) were to find out, all hell would break loose. Catching an opportunity to bump into Mushk alone at the university, Sehba’s sleazy boyfriend Nomi (Daniyal Afzal) makes a pass at her, but when Mushk tells bestie Sehba what her boyfriend was up to, Sehba throws a fit and accuses Mushk of imagining things. Sehba also tells her all the derogatory things the two-faced Nomi has been saying about Mushk, which breaks Mushk’s heart to pieces. Looks like daddy Iftikhar will soon discover Mushk’s activities and pull her out of the university to marry her off to his widower colleague Ismail (Gohar Rasheed), who he thinks the world of. This will be the end of Mushk being on cloud nine, and the start of a very weepy serial for us.

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Jhooti | ARY, Saturdays 8.00pm

In round two of his evil game plan, con artist Ali (Yasir Hussain) swindles, cheats and lies left, right and centre to pacify his wife Nirma (Iqra Aziz) and her family. Borrowing more money from someone, he has temporarily shut Nirma up and moves her into a flat that she loves, but soon confesses that he has no money to decorate the flat. So Nirma goes back to her father Akbar (Tauqir Nasir) to ask for her share of the money from the house and shop that the family owns. The reason why one continues to watch this serial is because of how consistently Ali fools Nirma, and speculating on what will it take to finally break the arrogant Nirma, who thinks she has it all sorted out. The leads Yasir Hussain and Iqra Aziz totally own their roles, and are a joy to watch.