‘Yunhi’ is a romantic drama serial directed by Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, featuring the versatile Maya Ali and Bilal Ashraf in lead roles. The serial tells the story of Dawood, a simple-minded man, and Kaneez Fatima, a strong-headed woman, who come from the same cultural background but have grown up in different societies. As they fall in love, they learn to tolerate and respect each other’s different perspectives on life. The film is a light-hearted love story that explores cultural diversity and the challenges of finding love and understanding in a rapidly changing world.
With a talented cast including Behroze Sabzwari, Deepak Perwani, Tazeen Hussain Tahira Imam, Manzoor Qureshi, Maha Hassan, Khaqan Shahnawaz, Uzma Baig, Saad Faridi, Laiba Khurram and others, ‘Yunhi’ promises to be a captivating and entertaining watch. Produced by Momina Duraid Productions, Watch Yunhi every Sunday at 8 pm only on #HUM TV
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Yunhi Episode 1 Written Update & Review
We see Basharat Ali announcing the arrival of his cousin Naveed Ali from USA. It’s the same guy who called off the engagement with Basharat’s sister Khursheed. Nobody seems too thrilled. The news only opens a gate to the past that was shut tightly until now.
- Basharat isn’t too thrilled but doesn’t question his had.
- Raziya Begum is unhappy as she recalls what happened to Khursheed when the engagement was called off.
- Iqbal recalls how the broken engagement led to her own divorce-her husband left her because he blamed Khursheed for her fate that Naveed called off the engagement.
Then, we see Basharat asking Daani to pick up the guests from the airport. Daani suggests that “bhai jaan” should do it.
We see the “bhai jaan” doing ablution and then offering namaz. So, our hero is religious. And then we see him at the airport. Judging by the appearance, Kim thinks Dawood is a terrorist (so typical). Dawood doesn’t like this western-outfit donning girl, either (so typical).
The father-daughter duo gets a cold/luke-warm welcome at home. We see a melodramatic scene between Naveed and Abba Ji as Naveed apologizes for his deeds; Kim overhears the conversation. Iqbal doesn’t want to meet Naveed, so she remains in her room.
Daani tries to impress Kim, while Suraiya asks her brother to keep his emotions in check. The two talk in Urdu thinking that Kim doesn’t know Urdu (so typical), and the episode ends as Kim speaks her first Urdu sentence (so typical).
The episode was a good first episode-enough exposition, enough masala to keep us hooked.
Within the first five minutes, I knew what will be the story of this drama and I was like: so dated.
If you have read Urdu digests, this story is a staple-The second generation has some other choices, calls off wedding/engagement and moves abroad (Naveed Ali and Khursheed). The third generation comes back home (Kim) and starts on the wrong foot (with Dawood). Later, one of them falls in love with the estranged cousin. The hero thinks the heroine knows nothing about desi culture while the heroine is adamant to win over the hero’s heart; and there are some subplots involving typical desi family politics-like Daani and Husna’s love story.
Yunhi promises to be just that. I would be happy if this doesn’t take the cliched route.
Also, Maya Ali and Bilal Ashraf, I am not a big fan of either. Whatever I have seen of these two actors, I think they act and not be the characters, and that shows.
Even so, I’m willing to give this a 5-episode test. Let’s see how it goes.
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