Ahad Raza Mir is a young rising actor who initially gained claim to fame from Yakeen Ka Safar, a drama that aired in 2017. It starred him and Sajal Aly, Hira Mani among others. The drama was written by Farhat Ishtiaq who also wrote Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan’s famous show, Humsafar. Ahad and Sajal’s pairing became an instant hit through Yakeen Ka Safar and since then both Ahad and Sajal have appeared in various television commercials and shoots. They are currently seen together in Aangan, the televised version of the novel by the same name, written Khadija Mastur.
Aangan is written for television by Mustafa Afridi, who was most notably known for his hit show Sang e Mar Mar. It is directed by Mohammad Ehteshamuddin who was known for Udaari and Aseerzadi. Aangan also stars Mawra Hocane, Madiha Rizvi, Uzma Beg and for short appearances Ahsan Khan, Sonya Hussayn and Hira Mani also made an appearance.
Ahad Raza Mir plays the character of Jameel, a young man who has had a very weak mother and a very disconnected father. Set in the time of pre-partitioned subcontinent, the family faces different struggles in the backdrop of partition. Ahad’s father (played by writer Mustafa Afridi) has mostly neglected his duties as a father and has fought against the British with Congress. He is against the idea of a divided India whereas Jameel, once he grows up, becomes a supporter of Muslim League, and the agenda of partitioning India.
Ahad’s portrayal of Jameel may not have had a very strong beginning in the start but later, as the story progressed, Ahad got to display more acting chops than before. In the recent episode, Jameel’s story becomes more and more complex as he falls in love with Aliya (Mawra Hocane) whereas Chammi (Sajal Aly) has been shipped off to a poor groom’s home as a quick fix to Chammi’s rebelliousness. Aaliya’s father has died in jail because he assaulted a British officer and Aaliya’s mother (Madiha Rizvi) is living in Jameel’s father’s home.
Everything is dysfunctional and Aaliya attempts to dissuade Jameel’s passionate overtures towards her (yet secretly falls in love with her anyway). Heroes are generally black or white when it comes to star with a popular appeal. He’s the good guy, he’s going to save the girl, everyone immediately assumes. But what if the good guy, who may even love the girl with all the good intentions in his heart, is not the best guy? What if, due to the kind of broken life he’s lead in the past, he is incapable of truly understanding love?
In the recent episode, we saw Jameel and Chammi playfully reciting verses to each other. Jameel has toyed with her feelings and lead her on, due to which Chammi, who grew up pretty much an orphan, has tied all of her affections and expectations towards Jameel. When Aaliya reminds Jameel of this hypocrisy and of how easily Jameel was able to walk away from Chammi, it’s as if a light bulb has popped over Jameel’s head. Ahad portrays the character with tons of complexity and an earnestness that makes you want to understand this silly young man but also brings sharp clarity to his flawed defense mechanisms.
Ahad has portrayed the character to perfection, given the material he was working with. Jameel is a quintessential desi hero, devoid of most personal insights and filled with a swagger that he owns the ground he walks on. The over-confidence or abrupt avoidance is a coping strategy for the unfulfilled relationship he shares with his father. His obsession with Aaliya and his neglect of Chammi is very much reflective of what a deeply flawed, deeply problematic hero he is in Aangan.