Ye Dil Mera Episode 22:  Farooq’s Past with Humaira Is Revealed To Viewers
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Ye Dil Mera Episode 22: Farooq’s Past with Humaira Is Revealed To Viewers

Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly’s “Ye Dil Mera” has kept viewers on the edge of their seats each week with a gripping story – and the details become a bit more clear this week

“Ye Dil Mera” continues to focus on Amaan’s desire for revenge towards Farooq Zaman, using Aina in order to achieve his goals.  In episode 22, the focus shifts to flashback mode where viewers are taken through the occurrences after Farooq (Adnan Siddiqui) made his feelings for Humaira (Zarnish Khan) apparent at Aina’s birthday party.  While Humaira is shaken and tries to put distance between herself and Farooq, she is perplexed when she hears her husband, Obaidullah, not only singing Farooq’s praises but also speaking of working with him.  At this point, one does have to wonder – why did Humaira not confide in Obaidullah?  Their marriage and friendship had been so strong, this is not something that needed to be hidden.  If anything, Humaira’s hiding of the truth put her and her family’s life in jeopardy – and we all know how things ended.  Confiding in Obaidullah could have saved their lives, though it’s obvious even Humaira didn’t think Farooq could be a murderer.

With Obaidullah sent out of town for a night, Humaira is alone with the kids when Farooq arrives at her doorstep.  After an exchange of words, Farooq forces his way into her home and Humaira realizes Obaidullah’s absence has been planned by Farooq.  She is terrified as she listens to Farooq drop his cool persona and watches him beg for her to divorce Obaidullah and marry him.  After she refuses and slaps him, Farooq attempts to assault her, pushing little Amaan away in the process.  Humaira scares Farooq away with a knife, but Farooq makes a sinister remark before leaving.  Humaira is left to pick up the pieces emotionally and care for her children after Farooq’s exist.

Zarnish Khan and Adnan Siddiqui are the stars of this episode.  Farooq is a man driven by his desire to “acquire” what he wants and Humaira is what he wants.  He does not care about her husband, her children or even his own wife and child and viewers see the extent of Farooq’s madness in this episode.  His actions were based entirely on rejection and his humiliation at being turned down by Humaira for a man he deemed to be “lesser” than himself.  Adnan Siddiqui portrays this madness so well, the viewer is terrified for Humaira while watching the scene in her home.  Zarnish Khan finally gets the scenes that make her role worth it, the scenes that allow her to perform – and she does.  Her expressions during the scene between Humaira and Farooq, the argument, the attack, are on point.  She really makes the viewer feel Humaira’s pain.  Adnan Siddiqui and Zarnish Khan deserve a round of applause for their performances in this episode.

Later, Humaira is seen trying to convince Obaidullah to move and take a different job, but before this plan can be put into action, Farooq and Ali Baksh (Paras Masroor) murder Amaan’s entire family on the way to a picnic.  Viewers are brought back to the present as Amaan (Ahad Raza Mir) has fainted, thinking about this event once again and Aina (Sajal Aly) finds him collapsed.  The doctors advise Aina to take Amaan for a thorough checkup.

In “Ye Dil Mera,” the flashback sequences have always been a treat and this episode is no less.  The relationship between Humaira and Farooq (or the lack of one, rather) is highlighted and Farooq’s mental state comes into play here, a man who is unable to bear rejection or comprehend that a woman could choose someone else over him.  This is a crack in the demeanor we have grown accustomed to seeing with Farooq and it’s eye-opening.  This episode does have its share of negatives.  While the issues with poor editing continue to plague “Ye Dil Mera,” the content within the episode is solid enough to overlook the technical issues – but they are still there and the editing is still choppy, particularly transitions between scenes.  The actor who plays Obaidullah is a glaring flaw in the show – he is simply uncomfortable in front of the camera and that makes him an eye-sore on screen.  Likewise, Farhana’s scenes have become repetitive and almost irritating to watch.  It’s the same each week, Farhana voicing her thoughts about Neelofar’s death and her husband telling her to drop it.  Will this story angle ever actually move?  Will Farhana ever do anything or will she simply sit in her living room staring into space for the next 10 episodes?

Overall, this is a solid episode, one that viewers have been waiting for, where more pieces of the puzzle have finally been put together.  With the next focusing on the relationship between Humaira and Neelofar and also showing Buaa’s part in the situation, it promises to be another great episode.

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