Pyarey Afzal: An interesting Review
Pyare Afzal was a love story but not an ordinary story. It was a deeply moving love story of profound and endless love between two souls. When mentioning the best true love stories like Romeo & Juliet, Heer Ranjha, Laila Majnoo, Pyare Afzal would be ranked alongside these touching stories. Pyarey Afzal was nothing short of a roller-coaster ride; it was deeply expressive in portraying the deep reality of human relationships- it reminded us of the golden years of classic television. It gave us a wonderful retreat from our daily routine lives and took us into their own world of roller coaster of emotions and feelings and tied us with its brilliant ideologies. Khalil-ur-Rahman engaged all the Pakistanis on a great emotional melodrama filled with some of the most memorable dialogues in recent times.
It had a very touching song with very emotional words. People grew great emotional attachment to this song over a few days.
“Jane Woh Kaise Log The Jin Kay Pyar Ko Pyar Mila
Humne To Jab Kaliyaan Maangi Kantoon Ka Haar Mila
Bichad Gaya Her Sathi Daiker Pal Do Pal Ka Sath
Kis Ko Fursat Hay Jo Thame Dewano Ka Hath”
Be it Afzal’s catch-phrase “Mere Abba Kaha Kartey Theh…” or Farah’s confident “Thamm ke raho...”, every interaction between the characters added life to the story and helped take it forward with great sentiments.
This story was about a man Afzal who loved a girl named Farah Ibrahim. Afzal was a simple man- a man who loved no one else except Farah Ibrahim; a woman who was a forbidden fruit for him since she belonged to the elite class whilst he was the son of a molvi barely making ends meet. His dreams of wanting to become a bara admi were born from his desire to try and possibly reach the same social class as the woman of his dreams. Afzal never became accustomed to living a life of luxury- his spirit remained in Hyderabad, in the confines of his mohalla where he grew up playing cricket and catching glimpses of his lady love. “Usney pyaar karney ka dosra rasta dhoond liya- wohh tumhari taraf se Afzal ko khat likhney laga…jo baatein wohh tumse sunna chahta tha, wohh khat mein likh ke apne doston ko sunaa deta… usney believe kar liya ke tum ussey pyaar karti ho aur saath mein yeh bhi maan liya ke tum ussey kabhi nahin milo gi…”
This touching story had all the audience hooked till the end. When the Pakistani politics was going through a tough time, Pakistanis had their attention towards the tragic end of this drama.
As the last episode of Pyare Afzaal stretched by, It had all of the Pakistanis especially women under deep spell. Each character was a brilliant masterpiece and was cleverly plotted in the drama. Afzal and Farah were the leading characters of the drama but Yasmeen’s character a great supporting role. She enacted the strong pillar in bridging up the communication gap between the two ill-fated love birds. Ek thi Yasmeen, mere bhai se pyaar karti thi, par mera bhai Farah se pyaar kartha tha…Shw was so strongly in love with Afzal- k agar phone pe bhi kehta ke mangni karlo toh mein mangni karleti… When you love someone, you care enough to set them free if their happiness lies with another. Yasmeen was a woman with a very strong character and matchless strength. Most of Pakistani drams portray women as weak, desperate or victims of circumstances. But Yasmeen challenged the cultural Pakistani norms- she stood up and got engaged to Afzal but when she discovered the reality that Afzal loved Farah, she backed out of the whole scene. “Ab mein tumhara dil rakhney ke liye mangni tordeti houn…”
Yasmeen ended up relation with Afzal’s family and reminded them that “mein chali bhi jaoun toh appkey dil mein rahoun gein… Jab bhi uss coconut wali ko dekhein gein toh dua dengein mujhe…” Afzal admitted that he was the one who wrote those letters- he was too nice to break her heart and hoped for forgiveness, “Maaf kardo gi na mujhe?”
Farah herself was not aware of her feelings for Afzal at first. And when she confessed to Lubna, “Mein Afzal se mohabbat karti houn Lubna, toh batao phir mein kya karoun?” , Lubna finally revealed the thoughtful set-up to her father- how Sabtain had proposed to her but she had challenged him to cure Farah before she would be his wife. Apparently her mother and Sabtain’s parents were in on this all along but they decided against sharing the details with Sheikh Ibrahim since “unko acting nahin ati!”
The meeting between Farah and Yasmeen was a great scene when they exchanged dialoges about the love of Afzal.
Farah : Tumhre jaisi hi lardki chahye thi ussey toot k pyar krny wali
Yasmeen : Ussey bus tum chahye thi usko torr dainy wali
The last few minutes were the most awaited ones since the past few weeks. Afzal and Farah expressing their love for one another. But sadly great love stories have to end in tragedy and Afzal and Farah’s love story was no different. Afzal’s encounter with the underworld cost him his life and while he was talking with Farah and expressing his love for her, he was shot point-blank on his way back from Karachi. The ending was so tragic that it sent everyone watching the drama in deep shock and sorrow. ”Yeh akhri akhri batameezi hai pyaare, phir mein kahan tum kahan…”
The final episode flared up unexpected great social media response from nearly all Pakistanis. The emotional outpour was a mix; fans were mourning the death of their hero and venerating the love saga whereas sarcastic and humorous posts were finding comic relief in the tragic ending. Resilience is the best part of being Pakistani, as we always end up finding happiness in the most unlikely of places and that’s how we refuse to bow down before the shadows of fear and chaos.
Ruefully amid all this frenzy, women were seen praying and intending sadqas for a possible happy ending.
There followed a frenzy of tweets, heartbroken Facebook statuses, sad Instagram posts and other updates on different media platforms.
A Facebook friend in their status lamented,
“Afzal ko kyun mara? Bht Ghalat hua jo be hua!! ”
“Nawaz Sharif should resign on Pyarey Afzal’s brutal killing!!”, cried another.
This was followed by a string of comments where some friends condoled and consoled while others remain bewildered as to who Afzal was. Many were seen naively asking if he belonged to any of the political parties or if he was from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PakistanAwami Tehreek side.
The most hilarious funny thing was a confused Nawaz Sharif, clad in his sherwani, asking,
“Imran Khan say baad may baat ho gi, pehlay batao ye Afzal kaun hai?”
(I will talk to Imran later; first tell me, who is this Afzal?)
No doubt, Hamza Ali Abbasi has become a great icon with this role; Ayeza Khan and Sohai Ali Abro have proved her versatility; Sana Javed has made a mark for herself despite being a newcomer in the field; Shereyaar Zaidi and his on-screen missus have been exceptional; the other supporting cast have done their best in the drama. The tragic conclusion of Pyare Afzal has wooed millions of hearts and has played its part in the revival of Pakistani drama.
The costumes proved to be trailblazers as well. Many women were seen donning short shirts and loose shalwars this Eid. Costumes were not only in accordance with the story and characters but it also lent a distinctive air to the show.
The conflict of unrequited love and bliss of love denied by sheer fate has given some classic stories to the great limelight, like Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam and the likes. It signifies the sad reality that some people die in the middle of their life,in the middle of a sentence they wanted to hear so desperately from someone they love.
“Inhi batoon mai phans gye tum dono woh bhi keh nhi paya aur tum se bhi kaha nhi gya .. “
Summing up the whole drama I would like to share with my heartfelt words, “Goli sirf Afzal ko nahin, hum sab ke dil ko lagi hai… bs fark sirf ye hai k ussk jism pe lagi hai or hamein jazbat pey ..!!”