“Meherposh,” written by Misbah Nosheen and direted by Mazhar Moin, stars Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoor in lead roles and while it’s great to see this beautiful couple together, it’s very difficult for the average viewer to understand what is happening with the writing in “Meherposh.” It has happened that an otherwise strong show manages to falter here and there, slow down in pace, drag for 1-3 episodes….these are all common complaints, but usually the show is able to salvage itself by delivering a strong latter batch of episodes. Is such a comeback possible for “Meherposh”? While Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoor are doing a great job in their roles, supported by great actors like Sania Saeed and Ali Abbas, the greatest problem with “Meherposh” is the unnecessary “saazish” and plotting that has been overshadowing any positives in the show for easily the last 5-6 episodes.
In episode 24, Mehru (Ayeza Khan) continues her sacrificial lamb act and has decided she will marry the man of her mother’s choosing, clearing the way for Aayat (Zainab Shabir) to marry Shahjahan (Danish Taimoor). This is all despite the fact that both Shahjahan and Nusrat (Sania Saeed) are opposed to Mehru’s decision. While Shahjahan desperately wants to marry Mehru and Nusrat desperately wants to see her eldest daughter happy, Mehru has decided that Aayat’s happiness is most important. While I can appreciate the “family comes first” sentiment, Aayat has done a complete 180 and honestly, as far as sisters go, she has proven herself to be a terrible one. On the other end, Shahjahan has a clear way out of this mess and that’s to explain to his mother what happened on Mehru’s wedding. Kaneez cannot be so vile as to not realize her own son’s part in Mehru’s destruction. Would she not reform? But of course, this track will have to drag for another 5 episodes before sanity can be restored.
The greatest issue with the show at present comes from the writing itself, particularly the way Aayat has been written. She was a normal, stable, happy, supportive character and suddenly, within this last batch of episodes, not only is she not supportive, she’s also bad-mouthing her own sister to Kaneez (Humaira Bano) and gave Mehru an earful when she heard Mehru and Shahjahan wanted to marry each other. Speaking off which, this is the greatest flaw – at present, it’s unbearable to watch Aayat, because the girl has apparently developed amnesia. She innocently asks what is being kept from her, innocently asks why Mehru is still mad at her….for calling her bad luck, a divorcee, a disgrace and, of course, saying she’ll kill herself if Mehru marries Shahjahan….hmmm, why would Mehru possibly be upset? But no, all of this has completely slipped out of Aayat’s brain as though it never happened and she even plays innocent in front of Shahjahan, wondering why he’s so aloof towards her. This is the kind of writing that is not enjoyable, because it’s simply illogical. There’s a clear third wheel in this equation and even Aayat should recognize that her “fiancé” is simply not interested in her. Where is her self-respect?
On the other end, Naeem (Ali Abbas) decides to leave Pakistan to escape his past. However, he is overcome with the urge to right his wrongs before leaving when he realizes Mehru is getting remarried. He meets Shahjahan and not only expresses his disappointment in Shahjahan backing away from Mehru himself, but also informs Shahjahan that Mehru’s fiancé is not a good man. Armed with this information, Shahjahan now wonders how to move forward. Naeem has been a mess of a character from the beginning, but it’s nice to see that he genuinely wants to right his wrongs. The earlier traces of possession and jealousy have lost since vanished and it was almost sweet to see that he wished for Shahjahan and Mehru to get married.
The previews for the next episode do not look promising with more melodrama ahead. With Mehru’s fiancé exposed, will Shahjahan step up and marry Mehru? And if so, how will he break this to scheming Aayat and scheming Kaneez? Will these two women shape up, pull their minds out of the gutter and realize what it means to be good human beings? “Meherposh” started off as a great show, but unfortunately, the entire (strong) premise has been reduced to two sisters fighting over the same man. Why?