Ye Dil Mera Episode 26: Aina Is Haunted By Memories of a Forgotten Past
Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly give stellar performances as Amaan and Aina, a married couple at odds after it’s revealed that Amaan married Aina as a means for revenge
Hum TV has a winner with Ahad Raza Mir, Sajal Aly and Adnan Siddiqui starrer, “Ye Dil Mera.” While the show has been criticized for choppy editing and sluggish direction, the strong story and riveting performances by the show’s lead cast have been drawing in viewers. Most recently, we’ve seen that Aina and Amaan are now on opposite “teams” with Amaan seeking justice for his family while Aina is determined to prove her father’s innocence.
Episode 26 continues with Aina (Sajal Aly) and Amaan (Ahad Raza Mir) in Darya Bagh with Aina striving to prove Farooq’s (Adnan Siddiqui) innocence as Amaan humors her. The flip in the dynamics of their relationship are visible not only to the viewers, but also Amaan as Aina makes it clear that their marriage is over in all meaningful aspects of it. When Aina stumbles across her childhood home, she’s haunted by voices and memories, shaken further after speaking to a caretaker who fills in more blanks about the owners.
Aina bumps into Amaan in her terror and asks him to tell her about the house, but Amaan denies knowing anything. Later, Aina also contacts Nargis Bua (Naima Khan) and confides in her about her mission and Amaan’s “baseless” words about Agha Jaan. Bua is shaken and tries to decide what to do with this information. Of course, Farooq continues to worry about Aina, doing everything he can to track her and Amaan’s whereabouts.
Ahad Raza Mir is an actor that I have to praise each week for his performance as Amaan. It’s the mark of a good actor when the audience can recognize that the character of Amaan is a negative one, one who has manipulated, plotted and schemed his way into Aina’s life – and yet, viewers sympathize with him. His performance in the scene where he remembers his family and their death gave me goosebumps, it left such an impact. Watching Amaan, the viewer just wants to hold him, console him and help him, because despite all the rotten things he has done, he has been through hell and back and he deserves justice. Sajal Aly does a good job this week as well, particularly in the scene where she’s remembering bits from the past. However, this is an Ahad Raza Mir episode as his performance is what stands out – despite Amaan not having a large amount of scenes this time around.
Of course, Natty Khala is now re-entering the fold and Nargis Bua is aware of the situation too, so these ladies will either help Aina or simply become casualties in the madness. There are issues I had with this episode, the most irritating one being Amaan’s refusal to fill in the blanks for Aina when she was asking him for details outright. While I understand that everyone from Amaan to Nargis Bua do not want to “hurt” Aina, considering her mental health struggles, they should all be upfront with her right now – especially considering Farooq will use her confusion to his advantage. Episode 26 was not action-packed, again, and focused on the emotional quotient and got the wheels turning for the show to move forward. However, the show does need to pick up the pace a bit and not needlessly drag things out now.
I’ve personally been loving the flashback episodes and with episode 27, we will, once again, be taken into the past to see what happened to Neelofar (Mira Sethi). While we all know exactly what happened to her and just how ruthless Farooq is, it will be interesting to see it unfold.