Pyar Ke Sadqay Episode 18: Shanzay Sets Her Sights on Abdullah As Her Marriage Unravels
Bilal Abbas Khan, Yumna Zaidi and Yashma Gill’s characters get caught in a love triangle in “Pyar Ke Sadqay”
“Pyar Ke Sadqay” is a show that has set itself apart from other shows on air with its unique subject as well as the treatment and presentation. With Omair Rana playing “villain” to perfection while Atiqa Odho, Bilal Abbas Khan, Yumna Zaidi and the rest of the cast bring their best to the table, this is a show that’s hard to ignore. However, with episode 18, the drama does slow down in pace and the focus shifts away from Mehjabeen and Abdullah’s “romance.”
In the latest episode, we see that Shanzay (Yashma Gill) and Issa’s marriage is not a healthy one as Issa consistently ignores Shanzay’s needs and orders her around. Shanzay snaps and leaves Issa in a rage and heads home where, after some rest, she head out to find some emotional validation where she knows she will get it – from Abdullah (Bilal Abbas Khan). On his part, Abdullah is being emotionally played with by Sarwar (Omair Rana), who feeds him with thoughts of Mehjabeen (Yumna Zaidi) being “less than” and pushes him towards Shanzay.
With these thoughts in his head and Shanzay’s sudden interest in him, Abdullah finds himself torn between a potential future with Shanzay and his innocent wife at home. Mehjabeen is emotionally invested in Abdullah and tries to connect, but begins to sense the disconnect, though the two do share one sweet moment while taking a selfie. Shanzay, on the other hand, is on the receiving end of a slap from Issa after she refuses to go back home with him.
The highlight of this episode is, oddly enough, Shanzay. Shanzay realizes that Issa is not the sort of man she wants to be with, a man who doesn’t see her as a human being, but rather as a machine who will move on his command. When he treats her badly while she’s ill, this ends up being her snapping point and she does not waste a moment in packing her things and leaving him. There’s a great scene when Shanzay arrives home and snaps at her house help for asking her to go upstairs to rest. Shanzay snaps at her, wondering when people will stop ordering her around – but then quickly realizes her mistake and apologizes. If anything, this scene shows that Shanzay is a good character at heart.
She is able to recognize her own mistakes and rectify them. What’s most likable about this character is that she’s the strong, confident, good-hearted character that girls should be seeing on their screens more regularly. She’s a good representative of the modern Pakistani woman, a woman who is a family girl, but also knows her own mind and can defend herself. Obviously, it’s understood that Shanzay will continue to serve as a catalyst in Mehjabeen and Abdullah’s marriage and will be a “villain” for some time, but her draw to Abdullah is understandable as well. After being mistreated in her marriage, she now sees the good parts of Abdullah, despite having rejected him for very valid reasons. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to Issa’s slap in the next episode.
It hurts to say it, but Mehjabeen is the weakest link in this episode with Yumna Zaidi’s portrayal coming across as simply “too much.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Yumna Zaidi as an actress and generally find Mehjabeen quite endearing. However, in this episode in particular, she comes across as very odd – and since it’s been made clear that Mehjabeen is a mentally sound character without any problems, her behavior goes beyond being normally “innocent” here. At times, I found myself yelling at the television in frustration. Mehjabeen has grown up in a good household and yet doesn’t know which side of a knife is up or down?
She can use Facebook, but doesn’t know how to change her display picture (which she’s spoken about changing several times before)? Her “innocence” in this episode is meant to trigger Abdullah and make him see the stark difference between Mehjabeen and Shanzay, but unfortunately, it’s just overdone here and as a viewer, I found myself thinking “Well…..I can’t blame Abdullah.”
On another note, Washma and “Phupo” (Srha Asghar and Sharmeen Ali) are two characters that we are not seeing enough of that deserve more screen time. Washma is particularly a strong character that understands more about her family than they do and one hopes Washma can become the confidant that Mehjabeen so needs, especially with Sarwar making his advances more clear.
Overall, episode 18 wasn’t a particularly strong one, but it did serve to show how Shanzay will now re-enter Abdullah’s life and how Sarwar will try to use that to his advantage.