What a powerful show. I don't think what I have to say about this show will take up an entire, lengthy blog post, but I just couldn't let this show go ignored this week. I had to write something.
The writing expectations are always high with the pen in Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar's qualified hand. But was I expecting such an incredible show from this underrated show? No way. If there is a black horse currently on television, this is it. The power each dialogue has, the hold each scene takes on the viewer....it's simply amazing.
This week, we saw Hadi trying to do the right thing by giving Mahnoor a divorce. We see that Hadi is fed up of trying to make Mahnoor understand her fault, tired of being wrongly accused of straying, tired of loving so completely without being loved in return and, most of all, tired of the sheer betrayal he has been slapped with. Zahid Ahmed has been a favorite since he emerged on the scene with Mehram and since then, he had only gotten better with each show, leaving other actors in the dust with his talent. But with this show, he has proved to be a real powerhouse of talent! Hadi's excruciating pain, depicted in his eyes, hidden behind his feeble smile in an attempt to hide his feelings from Uzma, her father and the world.....any lesser actor would have failed miserably. But not Zahid Ahmed - he gets it just right and hauntingly so!
Sana Javed as Mahnoor is great in a role she's never played before, the role of a perfect witch who will not realize her fault until it is seriously too late and she's left with nothing. It's hard to play such q role without resorting to vamp-like behaviors, but Sana plays this character so naturally, you feel like anyone could stray and become this person.
Yumna Zaidi as Uzma is love and a character you want to root for completely with her beautiful, clean heart.
Special mention to Rashid Farooqui as Uzma's father and Saba Faisal as Mahnoor's mother. Both play very different, yet equally beautiful roles.
Yasir Mazhar as Waqar plays a role that will be the game changer and I am waiting to see how he betrays Mahnoor for his "Urdu student."
While shows like Udaari are so necessary for Pakistani society and tells an amazing story, shows like Zara Yaad Kar are refreshingly beautiful forms of entertainment with strong writing, performances, direction and great story. I hope it continues on this path and doesn't let the audience down (ex: Mann Mayal).
Highly recommended! Happy watching!