Rarely in real life do all loose ends magically tie themselves up with negativity ceasing to exist, evil being punished through karma and “good” people finding peace in their lives. Life continues moving, problems continue to arise, grief continues to exist and through it all, we continue to move forward, continue to move towards the light. This is the message “Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi” imparts upon us with the finale. Human trafficking will not end. There will continue to be victims. Lives will continue to be destroyed. This destructive circle will continue – but the fight is necessary, the drive to move towards positivity is necessary and, more than anything, the hope for a better future is necessary. “Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi” has been written by Amna Mufti, directed by Kashif Nisar and stars Yumna Zaidi, Wahaj Ali, Nauman Ijaz, Omair Rana, Yasra Rizvi, Noor Ul Hassan, Samiya Mumtaz and others.
In the finale, we see Jamshed (Wahaj Ali) and Zulfi (Omair Rana) attempting to talk sense into Qazi (Noor Ul Hassan) to spare his daughter and allow her to live her dreams. Qazi is stubborn and continues to fight not only with Jamshed and Zulfi, but with Najma (Samiya Mumtaz) as she rebels and speaks out against his choices. Qazi has been on the receiving end of Sherwani’s (Kashif Mehmood) brainwashing and sinister plotting. However, he finally awakens to reality when he overhears Sherwani discussing his plans with the other men and realizes how wrong he has been. It’s a beautiful moment when Qazi breaks down the door only to hug his daughters, crying and apologizing for his misdeeds. This story is the most inspirational, one where a strict father finally realizes he’s holding his daughter back from achieving her dreams. Unfortunately, not all stories end like this and there are many Qazis who never even bother to understand their daughters. It’s wonderful to see this story have a happy ending. Noor Ul Hassan and Samiya Mumtaz excel in their roles as Qazi and Najma in this episode as the two fight bitterly for what they think is right for their daughter.
Most of the finale focuses on Naseem’s story and it’s a relief to see her and her family happy in the end with Naseem’s impending success as a cricketer. Sumbal (Yumna Zaidi) and Jamshed are seen happy, working towards a better life, learning to trust one another. Ikram, the doctor, the Baba who kidnapped Jamshed are all seen arrested, the “bad” being put away behind bars – but others will come. Others will replace them.
“Kahani ke aakhir mein sab hassi Khushi nahin rehtay.
Hanstay bhi hain, rotay bhi hain.
Kamyaab bhi hotay hain, nakaami bhi dekhtay hain.”
This is the message of “Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi.” Life moves on, but one must keep living. In “Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi,” we have been introduced to a plethora of characters, each representing something different. Omair Rana’s Zulfi is the true hero of the story, a character who shows the most growth, someone who pulls himself out of his negativity, recognizes his backwards thoughts and moves forward not only to correct them, but to save women running away from men like him. Omair Rana has been extraordinary throughout this show, Zulfi being one of the greatest mysteries – and emerging a pleasant surprise; again, the true hero. In Jamshed, we see a survivor, a man who has gone through the very worst and built himself up from it, not allowing his bad experiences to bog him down. Wahaj Ali has made Jamshed so lovable – and of course, credit must be given to the child actor who played young Jamshed as well. In Sumbal and Savera, we see the promise of a future – hope. These women have endured a lot from a young age and have been left with nothing and yet, they maintained that will to fight, never losing hope. Najma represents the desires a mother has from her children to progress and the passion she holds within to push her children to achieve their dreams. Men like Qazi (who fortunately reformed) and Sherwani represent the evils in society, the men who hold women back and clip their wings. And then there’s TK….. TK represents kindness and humanity. If all men were like TK and Zulfi, the world would be a very different place.
“Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi” is a show that not only leaves the audience satisfied and content, but also happy, putting a smile on the face and allowing us to look beyond the misery of the world and see that out of trauma can also emerge happiness. Hope. Dreams. Thank you to the entire team of “Dil Na Umeed Toh Nahi” for such a wonderful piece of art that will be remembered for a long time to come.