“Dushman E Jaan,” starring Mohib Mirza, Tooba Siddiqui and Madiha Imam in lead roles, is a show that aired 4 days a week for just a little over a month and wrapped up at 28 episodes. This is a show that did not bore viewers and maintained interest from beginning to end. The show came to an end today as the final episode aired and it did not disappoint.
In the finale, Rubaab (Madiha Imam) and Haatim’s (Mohib Mirza) marriage lay in tatters as Rubaab believes Haatim murdered her sister. Fiza (Saba Hameed) and Kamaal (Imran Peerzada) step in to help their son and convince Rubaab to come back home. The police clear Haatim of any wrong-doing and Rubaab is shown the video surveillance of Haatim’s involvement. Ultimately Kamaal’s words do resonate with Rubaab and she returns to Haatim. The two share a moment and reunite in a sweet scene. The episode wraps up the loose ends and leaves viewers satisfied – which is not always the case with Pakistani dramas.
Rubaab’s anger is justified, as is her shock, and it’s been something viewers have been waiting for. However, the way it plays out does lessen the likability factor a bit. Rubaab believes others easily and has, once again, chosen to believe rather than discuss with Haatim. Rubaab does not pause for a moment to think about Haatim’s good qualities, but immediately leaves the home with Qasim and does not give Haatim any space to explain. This doesn’t sit well and one almost feels Rubaab doesn’t deserve Haatim – not because Haatim doesn’t deserve her anger, but because she does not even give him a moment to tell her his truth. But is it unrealistic? Not really. “Dushman E Jaan” didn’t serve as a moral based show, but ultimately did impart some knowledge on its viewers. Anger and ego should not enter relationships and some of the greatest errors in judgement are made in moments of anger. This is seen in Haatim’s anger early in the show when he, enraged, throws Ramsha out of the car – and unintentionally becomes the reason for Ramsha’s death. And it’s again seen here as Rubaab allows anger and mistrust to enter her married life and, without allowing Haatim to explain himself, blocks Haatim from her life.
If there’s any complaint with this finale it’s simply that viewers were not able to witness Ramsha’s attackers being punished. Such a beautiful character and her death found itself being wrapped up in Haatim and Rubaab’s relationship. We see Haatim’s guilt, but what about the outcome of those men who took the life of a young woman? This is one aspect of the story that falters, and I do wish there was closure, even in the way of a short scene towards the end showing the perpetrators jailed.
Mohib Mirza is a star, giving possibly his most memorable, career-best performance. Haatim is a layered character and has a great character arc through the progression of the show. Haatim starts off as a spoiled, arrogant, bitter man with little positivity in his life. His actions quickly turn him into the villain of the show and, initially, viewers felt there was little room for redemption for this character. And yet, as the show progressed, Haatim went on to not only win the hearts of viewers, but also build a solid case for himself as to why he was a genuinely good guy who did deserve happiness. This is the perfect example of a grey character, one who is more than just “good” or “bad.” He commits a grave mistake, but also does everything in his power to rectify that error and this is why Haatim emerges as a winner. Mohib Mirza’s performance has not faltered even once, tackling everything from grief to romance with dedication. Tooba Siddiqui and Madiha Imam have given great performances as well and left their mark. Credit must be given to Saba Hameed and Imran Peerzada, who have provided solid support and have enacted roles that have also shown immense growth through the course of the show. While Kamaal, played by Imran Peerzada, is initially a detestable character, he becomes one that earns forgiveness and plays a positive role in Haatim’s life by the end.
The show has been fast-paced with something of interest happening in each episode and has won praise from viewers and reviewers alike, making it a dark horse in the drama race and has emerged as a winner. It also should serve to show channels that viewers like and appreciate shows with happy endings presented in a realistic way and it is not necessary to create misery in order to make a statement. This is a must-watch show for Pakistani drama fans.