by Aruba Adil
WEB DESK: A handsome hero, a damsel in distress and a never-ending plot of saas and nand constitutes the storyline of every other drama serial today. Tum meray pas raho, Karb and Mol are different shades of the same story line. Diyar-e-Dil however is different.
The moment I saw the promotions of Diya-re-Dil, I knew it will be a fresh breath of air. Not just did we see new faces, but also scenic locations and sharp production.
The drama tells the story of a fight between a father and son and how their lives progress separately. It depicts daily life emotions so flawlessly that you love every character in its own way.
The story starts with Behroze (Mikaal Zulfiqar) rejecting to marry Arjumand (Hareem Farooq) and instead marries his college sweetheart Roohi played by Sanam Saeed. For this, Behroze’s Father Bakhtiyar Khan (Abid Ali) kicks him out of his life and home. Bakhtiyar Khan then arranges Hareem’s wedding to his younger son Suhaib (Ali Rehman Khan).
It is shot in Skardu Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan
The setting of the drama serial is beautifully picked. It makes you realize there is a world outside drawing room conversations and shuffling from one house scene to a car scene to another house scene. With an added reminder of how beautiful your country is!
A new mix of cast
Finally you are not watching the regular Huma Khuwaja in different versions of motherly characters. The most interesting thing to note here is there are only two aged people. The other cast elderly roles are played by young people, Sanam Saeed and Hareem Farooq as mothers.
A realistic touch of relationships
Even though Baktiyar Khan disowned his older son but after the death of his younger son Suhaib, he did forgive his son and take him into the family, which is realistic enough– because parents forgive their children no matter what in normal settings.
Every Character has a perfectly understandable rationale
The audience can understand the fears of each character, and why they choose to act in a certain way. Roohi’s fear towards Agha Jan’s love and care for his grand-daughter is understandable because he never saw his grandchild for over decade due to his fight with Behroze.
Not in-the-face but Subtle Love stories
Here love is mature and not in-your-face. The relationships are beautifully explored– whether it is the love of grandson-grandfather, mother-son, or husband-wife. Here lovers fight, disagree and all of it makes it real.
Wali (son of Suhaib) loves his wife( Farah, daughter of Behroze) who was betrothed to him on Behroze’s deathbed. After Behroze dies, Farah and Roohi go back to Lahore where Farah begins studying medicine and files for a divorce.
Wali is angry beyond belief and decides to fight back even though the elders of the family stopped him to do so.
Its ending is unpredictable!
The most refreshing thing is the anticipation of what will happen next. As the story has progressed to crucial point where both loving brothers are dead, with two mothers on opposite ends with a justifiable history to dislike each other, how would Wali and Farah will find love in this situation or would they? Would this family dispute be over with Farah-Wali marriage or will it carry on to the next generation. When will Farah trust the love of Agha jaan. How will Roohi realize that she is making a mistake?
All these questions are killing me! Farhat Ishtiaq, do your best like you did in Blockbuster Drama serial ‘Humsafar’.