As in the previous episodes, “Meray Paas Tum Ho” manages to capture viewer interest in the latest episode of this Humayun Saeed, Ayeza Khan and Adnan Siddiqui drama. The show is presented beautifully by Nabeel Qureshi and the cast is doing a brilliant job with their performances. The show manages to touch the heart strings, specifically with Hamayun Saeed’s performance and the chemistry between Humayun and Ayeza is surprisingly good. However, the show does not come without its share of flaws and unfortunately, those flaws come in the form of messy writing. While Khalil-Ur-Rehman Qamar does a fabulous job of writing meaningful, poignant lines, it’s not the dialogues that create a problem. Rather, the characters are written in a way that they feel void of depth. The backstory that should accompany characters is somehow missing, making it difficult to relate to this couple that has been married for years, yet behave as newlyweds still getting to know each other.
Episode 3 begins where episode 2 left off, with Danish (Hamayun Saeed) and Mehwish (Ayeza Khan) at Anoushey’s (Mehar Bano) brother’s Mehndi. As Shahwar (Adnan Siddiqui) continues to flirt with Mehwish, Danish begins to pick up on Shahwar’s intentions. He immediately shows insecurity and is uncomfortable with Shahwar’s interest in his wife. While on the dance floor, Shahwar begins to dance with Mehwish as Danish dances with Anoushey. Danish, spotting Shahwar with Mehwish, becomes enraged at Mehwish for allowing Shahwar to get that close to her. When Mehwish snappily retorts that Danish was also dancing with Anoushey, he replies that Anoushey is like a sister to him.
This fight blows up into an issue when Danish leaves the house at night in what could only be described as a drunken state – though Danish did not drink. This part becomes a bit humorous and unbelievable for the viewer, because Hamayun Saeed’s portrayal of Danish in this scene actually is as though he is drunk, not just upset. The next morning, Danish tells Mehwish to forget everything that happened the night before, apologizing for losing his cool. Mehwish also apologizes for hurting his feelings and behaving in a way he did not approve of.
Mehwish, while getting money for a new outfit for the wedding, finds the necklace Danish bought for her and realizes how much Danish does to make her happy. However, when heading out to the store, she runs into Monty. Monty gives her and Roomi a lift, telling Mehwish that he’s a good friend of Danish. Mehwish picks up on Monty’s odd behavior and calls Danish, informing him of her whereabouts. Danish becomes angry and tells Mehwish to get out of Monty’s car. He gets into a fist fight with Monty and is shamed by both Monty and his neighbors, as his wife willingly got into the car with Monty.
Whether intentional or unintentional, Meray Paas Tum Ho manages to make an interesting statement by flipping the genders. Usually in dramas, viewers will see the woman in an innocent, conservative, kind role like that of Danish, while the male role will be seen as easily manipulated, swayed and changed. Here, Danish is a straight-and-arrow sort of character, elevated in his endearing nature by Hamayun Saeed’s portrayal. Ayeza Khan plays Mehwish with just the right amount of selfishness, alongside a sense of loyalty and love. Mehwish is not coming off as a “bad” character, rather it just seems that Danish and Mehwish are on two very different wavelengths, but are compromising out of love and respect for each other. The sari conversation about the length of Mehwish’s blouse is not a normal conversation for a married couple of 6 plus years to be having with one another, as a wife would understand her husband’s mindset at this point, which brings us back to the discussion that many scenarios and dialogues that have been written in these first 3 episodes have made Mehwish and Danish’s marriage seem hollow on a level and this is the fault of the writing and the writing alone. How the show will pick up and move the story forward, viewers will have to wait and see.