Drama Review | Yeh Raha Dil | Things I loved about this drama

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There is a dearth of romantic comedy in Pakistani drama industry. There are a few like Suno Chanda, and Chupke Chupke that leave its mark, and there are some like Romeo Weds Heer which is more slapstick than rom-com.

That’s my opinion. And with that opinion, I started watching Yeh Raha Dil, which was such a surprise, a hidden gem, if you will. To say that this was simply perfection would be an understatement.

I generally watch the dramas as they air, barring a few exceptions. This one seemd a good fit to watch after seeing Ahmad Alit Akbar and Yumna Zaidi’s chemistry in Parizaad. To be honest, I didn’t have to seek for it. YouTube kept suggesting that I watch this drama and I finally surrendered.

There are more good things about this drama than bad ones. In this list, I note all the things I loved about this rom-com which is like Pakistani rom-com at its best.

1. Rom-com done right

This drama has just the right amount of romance, comedy and drama. From very strict fathers to hyper-loving mothers to overbearing best friends to bittersweet step relations; you name it, and this drama has it all, and it does it brilliantly.

They don’t make them like this any more.

Chemistry betweel the lead couple

Ahmad Ali Akbar and Yumna Zaidi both are excellent and versatile performers, both known to aborb and dissolve into the character they play.  They are also rumoured to be real life couple. I say rumour, because until they tie the knot, I don’t believe any pairing or any shipping, if you know what I mean.

With these two powerhouse performers on the screen together, aided with excellent writing, we see their chemistry sizzle on the screen. There are a few scenes in particular that I might never ever forget.

  1. Zaki confesses his feelings for Hayat in episode 10. Gold, that scene is simply epic.
  2. Zaki asks Hayat on the beach: Do you love me?
  3. Zaki asks Hayat on the day of his engagement to Nida: Do you love me? And Hayat replies affirmatively with the slightest nod of her head. Beautiful scene!

Witty lines and intelligent writing

This drama has some of the wittiest one-liners, many from Haroon. And then there is philosophy in abundance, mostly from Afaq. And the character of DJ Dilbar was just so unique. I don’t think I have ever seen someone so funny. His performances are a parody of many popular Hum TV dramas which is not only a light-hearted jab at self, but also hilarious to watch. The credit of all goes to the intelligent writing.

  1. “Cheezen expire hoti hain, roohein nahin,” Afaq tells Hayat. (Episode 11)
  2. “Layi Hayat Aaye Nida Le Chali Chale,” Haroon says. (Episode 22)
  3. The little child at Dhaba Rehman: shadi doston se hi hoti hai. Zaki: shadi doston se hi hoti hai. Dushmanon se nahin. That kid is smart. Hayat: Nida is also your friend, not your enemy.

Terrific acting

Whether it’s Hayat’s father Aafaq who philosophises every now and again, or Haroon who is always witty and puts logic over emotions, whether its Adnan Jaffer as Jimmy or Anum’s bipolar-ish Nida, whether its ever so lovely Ahmad Ali Akbar or the verstality personified Yumna Zaidi; everyone has performed well. Ahmad Ali Akbar comes across like a vulnerable man who is confused about love, and it is precisely who Zaki is.  There are a few excellent scenes Ahmad Ali Akbar scenes that are now imprinted in my memory.

  1. The way he looks upset when something happens to Hayat
  2. Hayat says: “I will see my novels, or sell myself.” He pulls over and stops the car.
  3. When he swallows hard when Hayat reminds him that Nida is his best friend.

This drama has good acting by everyone, and by extension the credit also goes to the director.

Alright, I must stop going gaga about this drama. Off to watch the latest episode of Dobara. Over and out.


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Shabana Mukhtar

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