Daasi, Episode 5: Adeel Hussain and Mawra Hocane’s Characters Grow Close As Aahil’s Background is Revealed
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Daasi, Episode 5: Adeel Hussain and Mawra Hocane’s Characters Grow Close As Aahil’s Background is Revealed

In Mawra Hocane and Adeel Hussain’s “Daasi” on Hum TV, Sunehri consoles and encourages Aahil after his mother pays Sunehri a secret visit

Daasi” has been light-hearted fare to date, focusing on the rift between a family and the problems faced by the middle class in a small neighborhood.  Focusing on the character of Aahil, played by Adeel Hussain, the story depicts how Aahil leaves his family home after the demise of his father, furious at his mother for her behavior towards his father while he was alive.  He goes on to move in with Sunehri, played by Mawra Hocane, and her mother as a paying guest.  While Sunehri and Aahil do not initially get along and play many jokes on each other, their relationship takes a turn when Aahil comes to Sunehri’s aid when her mother falls ill.  Sunehri develops a soft corner for Aahil – which only grows in the latest episode. 

In episode 5, Rubaab (Hina Khawaja Bayat) pays a visit to Sunehri in order to infiltrate Aahil’s life once again – for her own personal gain.  While Rubaab does love her son, she also has a controlling nature and admits to Tauqeer (Adnan Jaffer) that she wants Aahil back because he has rejected her.  This aside, she also needs him in order to have her husband’s will read and get access to his inheritance.  Rubaab preys upon Sunehri, portraying herself as a hurt mother with a son who has abandoned her, believing that Sunehri will convince Aahil on her behalf.  She tells Sunehri to keep it a secret that she stopped by. 

Of course, Sunehri is overjoyed to hear that Aahil is from a good family and is excited by the thought of Aahil being a musician.  Sunehri happily cleans Aahil’s room and arranges it, surprising him when he gets home.  When he realizes that Sunehri knows about his past, he storms out and spends the evening in the street.  Sunehri talks to him and convinces him to come home and the two share a moment, Sunehri promising to be there for him through his new beginnings.  Aahil questions Sunehri about meeting his mother and she lies, telling him that someone dropped his things off. 

Aaliyah (Faryal Mehmood) begins sending notes to Aahil in a tiffin, but both Aadil (Furqan Qureshi) and Aahil believe the notes to be for Aadil.  Happy with the progress in his love story, Aadil writes back and there begins an exchange of love letters with a confusion that is bound to explode in upcoming episodes.  Mujtaba (Mohsin Ejaz) is also seen taking notice of Sunehri and Aahil’s relationship, which could pose to be a problem for Aahil in the near future. 

Daasi” has a nice flow to it as a story.  It isn’t heavy and tells a story in a way that feels breezy.  It’s the kind of show that one watches with family while discussing the day.  While Mawra Hocane’s Sunehri is very over-the-top, her performance is balanced out by the reserved Aahil who is played in a more restricted manner by Adeel Hussain.  The two share a very sweet chemistry, one that particularly shines in episode 5, especially in the last few scenes of the episode.  Furqan Qureshi, Faryal Mehmood and Mohsin Ejaz are also doing a great job of playing their roles.  The characters of Rubaab, played by Hina Khawaja Bayat, and Tauqeer, played by Adnan Jaffer, are two unlikable characters that stick out like an eyesore in an otherwise enjoyable story.  The actual storyline has yet to be presented clearly, but is enjoyable to watch regardless.

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother