Mera Dil Mera Dushman is a show that airs on Monday through Wednesday, replacing the time slot once filled by Damsa. When the promos of “Mera Dil Mera Dushman” initially went on air, many took to criticizing, wondering why Yasir Nawaz was paired opposite a young actress like Alizeh Shah. However, many fans (myself included) stood up for the actor, stating that he has always played roles true to his age and his age has always been a factor in the storytelling. This drama is no less.
Yasir Nawaz plays Zafar, a man with an ill wife and a grown daughter. What’s interesting (and troubling) to see is Zafar’s disdain for his incredibly sick wife, showing no signs of having a soft spot for her – however, when it comes to his daughter Aisha, Zafar is protective and loyal. He places his daughter at number one and, after her mother’s death, he keeps a steady eye on the on-goings in the house and the negative attitudes towards his daughter. While Zafar seems to have been a terrible husband, it’s nice to see that Zafar is there for Aisha to protect her from the vultures in their home.
On the other end, Alizeh Shah plays Mairah, an innocent girl who lives with her brother, bhabi and mother. Mairah is a girl who is exploited by her Bhabi, a woman who is so full of greed, she is willing to sell her sister-in-law to get what she wants. Mairah finds herself at the mercy of her lecherous neighbor when her bhabi has her hired as the neighbor’s house help.
Watching Mairah squirm day in and day out to protect herself is difficult to watch – and even more than this, it’s hard to watch this naïve, innocent betrayed by all her relationships, particularly her brother who should be protecting her. On the other end, Zafar is a character that is difficult to read at this point. Yasir Nawaz is always a delight to watch on-screen and here, it’s no less. Zafar is a loving father, but his behavior towards his now-deceased wife was horrible. It will be interesting to see how Mairah and Zafar end up married. In episode 3, Noman Sami is introduced as Shahmeer, Mairah’s potential love interest. And with it being revealed that Shahmeer is Zafar’s nephew, this story seems to be headed in a murky (yet interesting) direction. Is Mera Dil Mera Dushman a masterpiece? No, it’s not, it has a lot of scheming and a lot of melodrama. But somehow, it works and if the first three episodes are anything to go by, this show may end up being a guilty pleasure for many viewers.