While “Mere Humsafar” is a hit show, even hit shows manage to hit low points. While “Mere Humsafar” has been lauded for Farhan Saeed and Hania Amir’s performances and chemistry, it entered the “dragging phase” weeks ago, leaving viewers wondering when the story will progress between the lead pair. Supported by actors like Wasim Abbas, Saba Hameed, Samina Ahmed, Zoya Nasir, Omer Shahzad and others, the story has been written by Saira Raza and directed by Qasim Ali Mureed.
There is a lot of story left to explore in “Mere Humsafar,” particularly the one between Nafees (Aly Khan) and Hala (Hania Amir), along with her newly discovered second family. The revelation of Hala’s abuse and the extent of it to both Hamza (Farhan Saeed) and Nafees is another huge story arc. The misunderstanding of Hala being “characterless” is growing tedious. It’s exhausting watching an entire household of characters grow up/raise Hala and not recognize their own evil behaviors. Hala is deemed characterless, but Rumi, who actually is scheming and manipulative, is nowhere to be seen. Will the truth about Rumi and how she framed Hala and put Sameen’s (Zoya Nasir) life at risk ever come out? Will it be acknowledged?
There is so much story left to tell, but unfortunately, the creatives have decided we need to watch Hamza mistrust Hala for no solid reason whatsoever. It has been weeks with the two living under the same roof in the same room and Hamza can’t even sit down and listen to what Hala has to say? Is it hard for Hala to simply yell it out? Instead, we see them talking in circles with Hala rocking herself back and forth, crying in the room, crying at Daadi’s grave and Hamza not even thinking to ask “What are you talking about?” Adding to the chaos is Sameen, who won’t even give Khurram (Omer Shahzad) a moment to explain, even though he came over for that very reason. In reality, when a person has been wronged, they genuinely want to know why. This is human nature. Why weren’t we enough? Why did you lie? What did I do wrong? These questions are a part of our thought process when we’ve been wronged by someone. Why doesn’t Sameen want to hear Khurram’s explanations? Why doesn’t Hamza want to listen to Hala? Why don’t Jalees and Sofia even stop for one second to listen to Khurram? The way this sequence played out was downright ludicrous. The stand-out moment in all this chaos is how Nafees has consistently been standing up for his daughter. It may be too late, but he certainly owes Hala this much.
The way Raees’ (Waseem Abbas) true nature has come out – once again – is despicable. He is so full of “honor,” he does not waste a moment spewing hatred not only in Hala’s direction, but also Sameen’s. Raees does not have any respect for women, not even his own nieces. It’s a wonder what he’ll do when Rumi’s deeds come to light. If anything, this episode has shown that Raees and Shah Jahan (Saba Hameed) are a match made in heaven.
Unfortunately, the only good part of “Mere Humsafar” at this point is the relationship building between Nafees and Hala. Aly Khan and Hania Amir are doing a great job, along with the actress playing Maryam. It’s nice to see that, even with Daadi gone, Hala still has someone in her corner – a sister she never knew she had. “Mere Humsafar” reminds one of “Prem Gali,” another Farhan Saeed-Qasim Ali Mureed venture that started off with great promise, hit a low point in the middle due to dragging and ended on a high point again. The problem with this pattern is that the overall show quality is diminished in this game for TRPs. It remains to be seen if “Mere Humsafar” manages to pick up traction again.