“Dil Ruba” finally comes to an end with episode 24. The show stars Hania Amir, Mohib Mirza, Shehroze Sabzwari, Marina Khan, Syed Jibran, Nabeel Zuberi, Asad Siddiqui and many others in important roles. The show has been directed by Ali Hassan and written by Qaisra Hayat. While the show was not perfect in any way, shape or form, the ending does manage to cast the proceedings in a new light and gives meaning to the show, what Sanam suffered through and how her life wound up. When the show began, Sanam was a happy, spunky yet flirtatious character who knew that she was pretty, using her beauty to her benefit. However, she was not “evil” and as the show progressed, it began to feel as though Sanam was being painted in a horribly negative light. The greatest issue with “Dil Ruba” was that the director did not manage to successfully convey how we, as viewers, were supposed to feel about Sanam. Was Sanam the “culprit” and all these men her “victims”? This was unclear for the majority of the show and had this been made clear through the writing, it would have made the episodes much easier to watch. Instead, I found myself complaining week after week about how everyone in the show from Junaid to Khurram to Sanam’s own family was responsible for her misery more than Sanam herself – but it comes as a nice surprise to see that acknowledged in the final episode.
As “Dil Ruba” races towards the end, Arsalan overhears Sehrish talking to Junaid (Shehroze Sabzwari) about her love for him. Junaid responds to this with sincerity, telling Sehrish that he never loved her and she should commit to her husband, making it clear that if Sanam had not been in the picture, he still would not have loved Sehrish. While this may be heartbreaking for Sehrish, it’s difficult to feel any compassion for her, because her husband has been so good to her. Arsalan realizes now that Sehrish has been out for Sanam the entire time and realizes his biases towards his sister have been fed to him by his wife. He attends Sabeeh and Sanam’s nikkah, making amends with his family. Sehrish, on her part, apologizes to Arsalan – but only after realizing he overheard her conversation. Sehrish has not been a good character and she honestly got off too easily with her kind-hearted husband who was only too ready to forgive her. As a viewer, I would have enjoyed watching Sehrish suffer a bit more after all the harm she caused Sanam, her in-laws and her own husband.
There are a few random moments in the finale that were completely unnecessary and those were the scenes featuring Khurram (Syed Jibran) and Natasha. Khurram and Natasha’s track had been wound up pretty nicely already with Khurram left alone and Natasha exposed without Khurram’s riches. What then was the need to show Khurram’s death and Natasha being send to jail for his murder? This track was simply irrelevant and did not add to the story. Rather, it seemed rushed and unrealistic. People who do wrong by others are not always punished in this life. Usually, they live long, normal lives and that’s simply the reality of it. Our writers really need to move past death, illness and misery coming back to haunt wrong-doers in the form of divine retribution or “karma.” It’s not logical and it’s not enjoyable to watch either.
Hania Amir and Mohib Mirza have been the stars of “Dil Ruba,” giving strong performances each time they appeared on screen. Post-marriage, Sanam (Hania Amir) and Sabeeh (Mohib Mirza) both have their grievances with the situation. Sanam does her best to win back the love of her mother-in-law (Phupo), who tells her to be kind to her son. Sabeeh, on the other hand, believes that Sanam still does not love him and he’s not worthy of her love. The two share many warm scenes together though and their relationship becomes one to root for. The scene in the mall between Sanam and her friend is a sweet one with Sabeeh overhearing Sanam’s kind words for him – and realizing Sanam is no longer the fickle, silly girl he fell in love with years ago. The scene shared between the two at the end is particularly effective with Sabeeh realizing his own hand in Sanam’s downfall. He realizes that he tried to project his own love onto Sanam and never understood that it was her right to choose to love him back or not. Sanam also acknowledges her mistakes, admitting that she judged him harshly before, but showing how she has matured over the years and now values him, his kind heart and their marriage. This is a relationship of honesty, love and trust, something Sanam has never truly had as she has always been hiding her past and lying to do so. The Sabeeh-Sanam relationship is one that I wouldn’t have seen myself rooting for before, but the way it has played out is wonderful.
Overall, “Dil Ruba” manages to please its viewers in the last episode, something it had been failing to do for a good 2/3 of the show. Again, it comes back to the intention behind the show not being clear from the get-go. Shows like “Khudparast” and “Dil Mom Ka Diya” have been a dime a dozen, shows where women are blamed for every wrong action and “punished” in the form of pure misery at the end – despite what the men in the show have put them through to push them into that place. It’s refreshing then to see that Sanam manages to put her point across, change the mentalities of those around her and is forgiven for her mistakes while the mistakes of others in her life are also acknowledged. Sanam’s ending is one that not only gives peace to her as a character, but also to viewers who have been upset by the tragic course her life had been taking. This was not a perfect show nor is it one that is particularly recommend-worthy, but the message that “Dil Ruba” leaves the audience with in the end is one of positivity and puts a smile on the viewer’s face. The team should give themselves a pat on the back for ending this show on a high note and in a way that most dramas manage to get wrong – leaving the viewer genuinely happy. Now it would have been something if the entire show had managed to be as good as the finale.