“Meherposh” started off as a strong story about a misunderstanding that causes a young woman’s divorce. Living with the guilt of what he’s done to the woman he genuinely loved, Shah Jahan (Danish Taimoor) bends backwards to rectify things for Mehru (Ayeza Khan) to the best of his ability, even dreaming of marrying her himself. Starring Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoor together again after a long gap – and for the first time after their marriage -, “Meherposh” had a lot of things going for it, including a fabulous supporting cast including the likes of Rehan Sheikh and Sania Saeed, but most importantly, this drama had a story that was both gripping and meaningful. Unfortunately, the writers decided to needlessly drag in a love triangle with Aayat (Zainab Shabir), Mehru’s sister, throwing the show into chaos – and not the good kind of chaos. Aayat has since committed suicide out of guilt, realizing how bad her actions have been all along, clearing the path for Mehru and Shah Jahan to be together.
In the finale, Shah Jahan and Mehru share a sweet moment before her wedding, both finally beginning to make peace with the fact that they can’t be together. Their conversation is reminiscent of those they shared before Mehru’s first marriage, taking viewers back to a simpler time before Mehru’s life was turned upside down. This scene works in the show’s favor, considering what’s to come. And Ayeza Khan and Danish Taimoor prove the saying wrong that real-life couples don’t share chemistry on-screen, as these two light up the screen when they are together. More than anything, Danish Taimoor deserves a shout-out for how underrated he is as an actor. He has range and while Ayeza Khan has done a wonderful job as Mehru, it’s really Danish’s performance that keeps the audience coming back for more with this show.
Rashid (Affan Waheed) emerges as the hero of the finale, playing a role strikingly similar to Salman Khan’s in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” Having done some research on Mehru’s backstory, he asks Mehru to speak to her right before the wedding and reveals that he now knows everything about her past history with Naeem (Ali Abbas) and Shah Jahan. Rashid is a character that one could call pure of heart, loving Mehru enough that he only wishes for her happiness – and recognizes that her happiness is with Shah Jahan. He’s not entirely selfless though, he’s also a character who is practical. What would he get out of marrying Mehru when she’s emotionally attached to someone else? How would he benefit? That’s right, he would not and marrying Mehru would be a mistake not only for Mehru and Shah Jahan, but also for him in the long run. Rashid also shares a very sweet moment with Nusrat (Sania Saeed), stating that he wants her to remain in his life as his support system. The Affan Waheed – Sania Saeed duo is one I never would’ve thought I needed, but they share a really sweet chemistry as son-in-law and mother-in-law. Affan Waheed came as a surprise in this show as a character that was otherwise unnecessary if not for Aayat’s arc, but he ends up being a welcome addition – and honestly, his pairing with Ayeza Khan has always been a favorite, so please creative heads, can we see Ayeza Khan and Affan Waheed paired together again?!
Overall, “Meherposh” manages to tug at the heart strings in the last episode with some excellent performances from Danish Taimoor, Ayeza Khan, Sania Saeed and Affan Waheed. The heart and soul is all there, the emotions are there, the audience’s connection with the leads is there. But there’s an elephant in the room and it’s…..Aayat. If the story had stayed on track with its original premise and never introduced this two sisters-one guy love triangle, this last episode would have still been perfect just the way it is. The conflict simply should have been that Shah Jahan was the reason Mehru’s first marriage fell apart. Rashid’s words to Mehru were the same, absolving Shah Jahan of all the fault in that situation. But what about Mehru’s dead sister, a death that was caused by extreme stress pushed on by Shah Jahan’s mother? This woman single-handedly turned sister against sister, to the point that Aayat planned on murdering Mehru and then, ultimately, died. And yet this character goes unpunished and attends Mehru’s wedding as if nothing happened. Is there really any way to erase that entire chunk of episodes from our minds that pitted sister against sister in the worst way? The point is that the first half of the show was great with effective storytelling and a strong premise – and the final episode fit perfectly within that premise, therefore proving that the Aayat storyline could’ve been written out entirely and have put “Meherposh” in a list with other great shows. Unfortunately, the choice to turn a good drama into a love triangle turned “Meherposh” into a mess. The finale, however, is not a mess and leaves viewers thinking about what the show could have been had it not lost track.