Mera Dil Mera Dushman Episode 24:  Yasir Nawaz and Alizeh Shah Rake In Viewership
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Mera Dil Mera Dushman Episode 24: Yasir Nawaz and Alizeh Shah Rake In Viewership

Alizeh Shah and Yasir Nawaz star in this show about a young woman forced to marry a man much older than she is

“Mera Dil Mera Dushman” is a show that airs on ARY Digital four days a week, Monday through Thursday, and stars Yasir Nawaz, Alizeh Shah and Noman Sami in prominent roles.  Written by Mirza Asim Baig and directed by Usama Ali Khan, this show has been raking in viewers, for whatever reason, and has been a huge hit with the audience.  The show tells the tale of Maira (Alizeh Shah), a young girl who cares for her mother (Gul E Rana) and lives with her brother and sister-in-law, who are money-grubbing and not particularly caring towards the mother-daughter duo’s needs.  Shaheena (Anam Tanveer) is particularly evil, as she even tries to “sell” Maira for money at one point.  Maira falls for the kind, helpful Shameer (Noman Sami), but before the two can be united, Maira is essentially “sold” to Zafar (Yasir Nawaz), an older rich man remarrying after the death of his first wife.  Maira is shocked when she discovers Zafar has a daughter, Ayesha (Laiba Khan), who is her own age.  To make matters worse, Shahmeer ends up being Zafar’s nephew and believes Maira betrayed him.

In episode 24, the focus is on Aiman and her Nikkah.  While the family continues to plan Aiman’s wedding, Shahmeer discovers that Aiman has already been secretly Nikkahed to Ali, a disloyal playboy man who was once Shahmeer’s friend.  Ali also continues to blackmail Maira over the information of Shahmeer and Maira’s relationship.  As Shahmeer confronts Aiman regarding her Nikkah, the entire family is shocked and Aiman does what she does best – lie.  She places the blame on Maira’s shoulders, saying she encouraged her to do this.  Fortunately, Shahmeer comes to Maira’s rescue, as does Ayesha, and the two expose Aiman’s lies.  Zafar apologizes to Maira for doubting her regarding Ali’s phone calls and promises to stand by Maira and trust her from here on out.  Meanwhile, Aiman is left grappling with a marriage to a man who refuses to step forward and take her home.

Because Mera Dil Mera Dushman airs four times a week, the episodes also tend to drag a bit and what happens in one normal episode of a show happens over the span of four days with this show. Also, the misunderstanding between Maira and Shameer is one that’s baseless.  If the two would stop making poetic comments to each other about betrayal and actually spoke about how the marriage happened, both would realize their accusations and blame is unwarranted.  The show itself is entertaining, but it’s the sort that would be called a guilty pleasure – action packed and with lots of trouble-making characters.  It’s certainly not a quality show and one expects much more from Yasir Nawaz, Nida Nawaz and especially Samina Hamayun Saaed when they back a show.

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