“Mere Humsafar” is a promising drama with the story written by Saira Raza and directed by Qasim Ali Mureed. Starring the talented Farhan Saeed and dependable Hania Amir, the show also stars Saba Hameed, Tara Mehmood, Omer Shehzad, Waseem Abbas, Samina Ahmed, Aamir Quresh, Aly Khan and many others in important roles. The message the viewer walks away with after watching “Mere Humsafar” is a pretty straightforward one – having a strong, supportive parent figure will shape one’s future. If that figure is not present or even the least bit bothered to care for a child, that child will face many struggles in life. This is seen through Hala’s (Hania Amir) circumstances, a young girl who was essentially abandoned at her Chacha’s house as a 6 year old, her father never turning around to even check in on her again. Despite Nafees (Aly Khan) continuing to regularly send money for Hala’s care, that money has never been used on Hala. Rather, it’s been used on Shah Jahan (Saba Hameed) and Sofia’s (Tara Mehmood) children and their own personal needs, leaving Hala to essentially fend for herself.
In episode 6, Hala (Hania Amir) is now overjoyed that she will be sent to London to live with her father, sharing this information with her best friend, Shafaq, who passes the information on to Khurram (Omer Shehzad), the ultimate toxic male. Khurram immediately sees a bright future for himself, encouraging Hala to sponsor him once she gets to London, making plans of his own life while riding on Hala’s good fortune. This is the perfect example of a greedy, toxic, devious young man out for himself – he’s not only using Hala for his own personal gain, but also leading on Shafaq, his own cousin and fiancée. He is going to be Hala’s downfall when Shafaq, her family and Hala’s own family discover Khurram’s relationship with Hala…..or even worse, Khurram will deny the relationship entirely and blame Hala. This is a young girl who does not deserve any more problems, but they are headed her way.
Meanwhile, Daadi (Samina Ahmed) is planning Hamza (Farhan Saeed) and Hala’s marriage, much to the dismay of most in the family. Sameen is, in particular, heartbroken after having her dreams shattered and confronts Hala about it when Hala blurts out the truth – that she loves someone else. Sameen has always seemed like a more level-headed individual on this show, but will she support Hala? Not just when she discovers her love for someone else, but also when she is, ultimately, bullied into marrying Hamza?
Honestly, “Mere Humsafar” is a test of strength. It makes one feel sadistic, watching Hala’s misery with one grief upon another in store for this young girl. She is emotionally and verbally abused on a daily basis, when not physically by Shah Jahan. This is a young girl who has spent her entire life unprotected with only slight glimmers of love from her Daadi…..which come at a price, the price paid by Nafees. Viewers are desperately waiting for Hala’s future to change with Hamza’s arrival – but with Hamza also appearing to be a slightly grey character, will she ever truly find that happiness?