“Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida” is a show that came on the heels of “Ishq Zahe Naseeb,” which made fans excited to see Zahid Ahmed and Sonya Hussyn together again on a show. Add Mansha Pasha and this show spelled success. The show has been written by Abdul Khaliq Khan and directed by Barkat Siddiqui. Shortly after its promos went on air, it became clear that the show was modeled along the story of Bollywood film “Judaai.” Despite all discussions surrounding the show pre-release, viewers did fall for Shahaan and Ulfat’s relationship and found themselves rooting for this couple – even if Ulfat did take Shayaan for granted and mistreated him. But at what point did “Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida” turn into a story with three highly unlikable characters?
At present (now at episode 24), Shahaan (Zahid Ahmed), Shafaq (Mansha Pasha), Shahaan’s mother (Sajida Syed) and the child have all moved out of their large home and back into Shahaan and Ulfat’s old house, leaving Ulfat behind to enjoy her lonely home (and wealth). Back in Shahaan and Ulfat’s home, Shafaq feels like a misfit. This is the home where Ulfat, Shahaan, Shahaan’s mother and their child blossomed as a family, where they lived happily in a home filled with love. Shafaq feels haunted by Ulfat as the rest of the family is haunted by her memories. Meanwhile, Ulfat misses her family onw that she has been left alone and is slowly realizing that all the riches in the world cannot replace her loved ones and the relationships she has neglected.
Shafaq’s kind-hearted act really does get under the skin, because it’s exactly that – an act. This woman has done everything to “get” Shahaan and even tells Shahaan that he’s “hers” in this episode. This is a woman who paid money to purchase a husband, despite Ulfat being her so-called “friend.” This is a woman who, despite sharing Shahaan with his other wife, does not have common courtesy to leave Shahaan alone on nights when he is with Ulfat. This is a woman who thinks it’s appropriate to interfere in Ulfat parenting her own child. Shafaq is a highly unlikable character and all the acts of kindness in the world cannot make her a likable character. So who is one to root for?
Certainly not Ulfat. Sonya Hussyn is doing a great job of playing this horrible woman – and while she’s horrible, she’s also a woman who has been wronged. Shafaq has taken advantage of her dreams and now has stolen it all from her. Ulfat, an orphan, has been left alone without her mother-figure, without her husband and without her child. Yes, it’s her fault and yes, she has been greedy, but was this really the way to handle the situation? Ulfat has made one blunder after another and her behavior is like watching a train-wreck. At what point can one continue making excuses? While viewers now feel sorry for Ulfat, the anniversary scenario may have been the last straw and it’s very difficult to feel sorry for a woman who gave preference to her mani-pedi over her own child. So who is one to root for?
Should we root for Shahaan to live a happy life on his own without either wife? Certainly not. Shahaan has mistreated Shafaq by always making it fairly clear that he loves Ulfat much more than he loves her – and continues to show this to her in the present despite his anger. On the other end, he spends his nights with Ulfat talking to Shafaq on the phone and makes callous remarks about Ulfat to Shafaq in jest, not understanding how deeply that could hurt Ulfat. Shahaan is an innocent character in the very beginning, one who is deeply loyal to his wife and would do anything for her. But as the show progresses, he becomes a man torn between two women – and no longer loyal to either one.
Who is the hero of this show then? That’s the part that’s hard to understand. What is the “happy ending” here? Is it Shahaan and Ulfat? Is there any way for these two characters to overcome what they have done to each other? Is it Shahaan and Shafaq? Is there any way for Shahaan to accept Ulfat after realizing she has “bought” him? Or is it all three living separate lives – and is this ending even remotely realistic considering there’s a child involved and the society in which they live in? Zahid Ahmed, Sonya Hussyn and Mansha Pasha are doing a good job in their roles, but all three of these actors are capable of giving better performances and are above this sort of mediocre content. One hopes Zahid and Sonya can be seen together again in a show worthy of their pairing and talent.