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Dushman e Jaan Episode 1 to 8 – An Overview

Ohkay so, writing of Sarwat Nazeer, director of Amin Iqbal & production of Six Sigma Plus; Dushman e Jaan is a soap opera which started airing on ARY digital on May 28, 2020. Dushman e Jaan’s story is in the initial stages, therefore every episode has a lot to offer because the plot & characters are being established. It is the kind of drama which has taken the viewers by surprise because of the unexpected twists & turns that came along. The drama which seemingly started on a simple note has now turned into a murder mystery & now with the case being filed & opened, it is promising to be more intense & engaging.

Cast & Characters

Hatim (Mohib Mirza) comes from an affluent but dysfunctional family. He is the only son of his parents Mr. & Mrs. Kamal (Imran Peerzada & Saba Hameed) but unfortunately, he grew up seeing them being an unhappy couple who had different ambitions & wanted completely different things from life. In this regard, Hatim found himself to be lonely & because his parents never had the luxury of time to spare for their only son. He has learned all those things which he is now trying hard to unlearn. Over the years, Hatim who seemingly carried a facade of being a sorted, strong & level-headed individual basically has harbored a lot of fears, complexes & shortcomings which have now become a part of his personality. Hatim’s character is layered & complex. He is quick to judge & feels entitled to form an opinion about others, especially women without even knowing them.

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Ramsha (Tooba Siddique) the eldest daughter of the family takes the responsibility of keeping her family afloat. With her father Ehsan (Irfan Khoosat) becoming disabled & youngest brother Rameez suffering from kidney failure, Ramsha decides to bear the financial burden of her entire family. Ramsha also has a younger sister Rubab (Madiha Imam) who provides her relief & takes care of smallest things related to her because she acknowledges the hard work her eldest sister Ramsha does for all of them. Ramsha has grown to be thick-skinned, the circumstances shaped her character in such a way that she had to become self-sufficient, self-reliant & practical. Her entire family feels a lot for her because they know she is doing more than she should for each one of them. This humble family is all about love, respect & being considerate towards one another, which is heart-warming.

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Ramsha happens to be engaged to her maternal cousin Zaheer (Mubarak Ali) but seeing the responsibilities she has towards her family, she decides to call the engagement off. A brief moment that she has with herself shows that she actually wanted to get married but because she put her family & their needs ahead of her, she had to take this decision keeping practicality in mind. At this stage of her life, she could not afford to walk away, leaving her family in the lurch, fending for themselves. Zaheer’s parents Abid (Mohsin Gillani) & Nighat get him engaged to Rubab. Zaheer wanted to get settled but Rubab is definitely not someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with, this is why he gets married to his colleague Rukhsana (Farah Tufail) & puts his parents in an awkward position!

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Story So Far

The most interesting aspect of the drama definitely was Ramsha’s character & the way it was etched out by Sarwat Nazeer. Ramsha was selfless when it came to her family but she also knew how to walk on eggshells because the world outside the vicinity of her humble abode was very harsh & cruel. Ramsha always stayed dignified & chose to live life on her own terms. This is one attribute of hers which set her apart from the rest & probably also made her a recipient of undue judgments from the likes of Hatim!

Hatim happened to be a co-owner of the firm Ramsha worked at, therefore he & Ramsha got to interact a lot after her immediate boss went on a business trip. Hatim being a typical spoiled brat uses Ramsha to get out of a sticky marriage proposal situation that his parents had set for him & that’s when Mrs. Kamal sees something different in Ramsha feeling she might be the right person for Hatim. The way writer Sarwat Nazeer showed that despite being in a very dire situation, Ramsha chooses to side with the truth & does not take advantage of the deal that Mrs. Kamal proposes to her to bring her son Hatim closer to her, was a masterstroke. It is a rarity to find characters like Ramsha in Pakistani dramas & this is the reason, she was a breath of fresh air. The conversation that Mrs. Kamal & Ramsha had with each other, opening up about their fears, troubles & insecurities was one of the best conversations of this drama so far. It showed how two strong women were consoling each other & not only that, they understood their fair share of struggles.

Hatim & Ramsha both do not really have a good opinion regarding one another initially but after their regular interactions, they both start seeing each other in a very different light. Ramsha softens up to Hatim & Hatim learns that he was quick to judge her & she is more than what he perceived her to be. Unfortunately, Hatim misconstrues Ramsha’s niceness & assumes the change in her behavior is because of the amount his mother paid to her. That’s when Hatim lets the emotions get the better of him & he drops her off in the middle of nowhere. Sadly, after becoming a victim of physical violation, she ends up getting killed.

Dushman e Jaan’s script has been written in a typical Sarwat Nazeer fashion; it is simple but has its intense & gripping moments. Most of the times the scripts that are very straight-forward & have a few characters with strong personalities are enough to click with the audience & grab their interest. Dushman e Jaan’s strongest points are the twists & the turns that no one saw coming that too in the initial episodes. From this stage onward, the story is going to become predictable with Hatim & Rubab coming across each other, but the plot has been established in such a manner that it is already going to keep the viewers hooked because there happens to be an eye-witness who will eventually unveil Hatim’s indirect involvement in Ramsha’s death.

The Promising Aspects

Dushman e Jaan has offered a lot to viewers in the initial episodes, there are some sweet moments shared by siblings, some harsh ones shared by the unhappy couple. The depression of a man who is now left with nothing but regrets & he knows how his actions have led to a harmless girl losing her life. The more Hatim learns about Ramsha & her struggles for the sake of her family, the more he finds himself guilt-stricken. The writer has skillfully shown the impact the relationship of the parents & house dynamics leave on a child & how it then affects others & the society in general. Hatim on his own did not see any faults in him & he failed to acknowledge how he let the bitterness of his parents become a part of his personality that he mirrored it in his routine & daily interactions with others.

Hatim is now full of regrets & his mother is trying to do everything to bring him closer to her because even she realizes the time she has wasted & the damage her negligence towards her son has caused. Unfortunately, Ramsha won’t come back but now Hatim has to pay the price & do what it takes to redeem himself. Hatim is now going to get in touch with Ramsha’s family but will he be able to confess anytime soon, that is yet to be seen. I also feel Rubab’s character will emerge to be stronger, it is only now when she will be pushed to her limits, she will learn how much she can endure. She grew up seeing her sister Ramsha being so resilient, therefore it will be interesting to see Rubab evolving & turning into a stronger character.

The plot of Dushman e Jaan does remind me of Bollywood’s movie Tum Bin a lot, but there definitely are a lot of differences with the shift in the characters & their respective roles. Tooba Siddique was phenomenal as Ramsha, in fact it won’t be wrong to say that it was because of her character as well as her strong portrayal that I got interested in watching Dushman e Jaan. Mohib Mirza has done wonders as Hatim & he has outdid himself. I find it hard to remember any performance of Mohib Mirza in the past being this convincing & strong. The story is well written & the drama is well directed. The only fear is that stories like these should not drag & I hope the pace remains consistent – with Dushman e Jaan airing 4 times a week, that won’t be the issue unless they reduce the number of episodes per week. At this stage, Dushman e Jaan is definitely a drama that should be watched because of the quality content & beyond brilliant performances of all the main leads. The story is now going to be all about Hatim’s journey from regret to redemption, let’s see how it goes. Please share your thoughts about Dushman e Jaan.

Keep Supporting,
Cheers,
Zahra Mirza.

Zahra Mirza

Zahra Mirza got associated with Reviewit.pk in 2012. After moving to Australia, Pakistani content was a way of staying connected to the roots, language & Pakistani culture because it felt home. Eight years ago, review writing began as a hobby but has now turned into a passion.

  • this is a brilliant drama, but i’m glad i that i decided to watch it when i saw it on the side, i only watched it for Madiha Imam but now i’m hooked on it, the best thing is the direction is short & with no fuss just gets to the point like when Ramsha is running away & also at her funeral
    i wouldn’t have recognised Mohib Mirza was the same one playing Sabhi in Dilruba if i hadn’t read his name in the cast list
    thank u for the lovely review, i’l now look forward to the next one

  • You have summed up so well, every aspect has been discussed brilliantly. Dushman e jaan was shot in 2018 but was delayed as per wikipedia. By the way, i always support Strong female characters in our dramas being student of gender studies. I loved Ramsha’s character. She was not only breadwinner of her family but also moral supporter who encouraged and saw light at the end of tunnel. Mohib mirza has splendidly outclassed himself. Suspense, thriller, crime and regrets have been shown so amazingly. Sarwat nazeer writes simple stories with utmost care and highlights every shade of her characters. Though hatim did wrong but one can not hate him fully. Glad you decided to give it time.

  • Great review Zahra hope you are enjoying this drama its looking like a thriller I hope like YDM the makers don’t drag this drama it can be a great drama if it doesn’t get dragged this is the most powerful perfomance of Mohib and Tooba they both have outdone themselves

  • Great review that sums up some of the major elements.
    This drama really hooks you with its amazing minute detail if characters and events.
    I’ve never seen Mohib Mirzas dramas as I’ve never found them appealing but this because of all the elements as well he is doing such great acting.
    His remorse is real and the way he portrays his guilt is amazing.
    Initially I didnt like Tooba she really didnt help her self but then you started to see her struggles. I know its not her fault but things she did were things that another would feel suspicious of especially a person like Hateem. His mothers relationship is amazing with him and it’s so good his getting that support as well as his amazing friend whose always been supportive of Ramsha. Rarely you find such a good boss lol
    Really dont like the mamas side ofcouse apart from the poor mama.
    I think the dad is amazing and shows his concern in a real way.
    I hope madiha imam proves herself.
    I’ve liked her since Rab mera waris.
    The minute details if there struggles to do with money is shown as a reality now as well.
    His father well what a negative character is he.
    I cant wait for todays episode and rest of the week.
    There must be more fanatic things ahead because apparently that actor khasif Mahmood is quite a prominent actor so cant wait for the events to unfold.
    There is so much debate about how wrong Hateem has done because of him Ramsha got killed but he didnt know that is what was going to happen so I hope there is some hope for him. If he was shown as a character whi didnt feel guilt and finding a way to redeem himself then it would have been otherwise.
    Look forward to your review on Thursday zahra.
    Also can I say what an amazing review you did of Alif which I think was just out of this world!
    Take care

  • Dushman e jaan ka review to mashallah say perfect hai
    But zahra mam mujay aik aur baat share karni hai.

    Ap ne banday aik door say ka teaser and song daika mujay to ye bi just aik love triangle lag raha hai among ahsan, Ushna and hina altaf. As usual geo tv typical love triangles stories just for making trps
    Ranjha Ranjha kardi k baad faiza iftikhar aisa hi script lekaygi I can’t believe it

    • I think the story will have more to offer. Geo k special promos aesay hi hotay hain. Ranjha Ranjha bhi geo ki production hota to kabhi Bhola noori key peechay bhaag raha hta, kabhi Saahir aur kabhi noori un mein se aik key peechay bhaag rahi hti. Phir Baarish shuru hoti aur Bhola noori key sir pe umbrella le k aa jata, Saahir apni umbrella le k aagay nikal jata ๐Ÿ˜‚ aur Haan wo bholay k chachay ki beti bhi aik promo main noori k saath bhaagti hui Saahir k peechay aati. Lekin rastay main noori ko Bhola haath se pakar leta

      • Lol..sahi baat hai.. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Tbh geo’s promos are always OTT and a bit disappointing and annoying but sometimes the dramas are good so I am definitely gonna give it a go just for the sake of Faiza Iftikhar. She is phenomenal.

      • Its not Geo’s fault. Viewers watch first episode if they are promised this love triangle, rona dhona in promos. In a way it works.
        their current hits Raaz e ulfat Deewangi also hid real story and promotions were all these running and crying.
        BEDS is a family play and I guess its USP is light hearted family content. But they instead are highlighting what viewers actually want.
        PS: Rain promo was good

        • Deewangi’s promos didn’t hide the real story though. First episode ka kya karna hai jab aagay berha gharak hona hai. Many people watched Meherposh’s first and now a drama like Jo Tu Chahay was ahead of it. I guess so too. The whole supporting cast gives Aangan(ARY) vibes. I didn’t like the rain promo, it was also ott, and the way geo fits these promos as dream sequences in the actual episodes looks so bizarre. The recent promo, released yesterday was good though, that had actual scenes from the drama, but Ushna’s acting and dialogue delivery in it was so bad. Ahsan looked brilliant.
          PS: Do you work in geo? You always have a lot of inside info!

  • Where can you watch this on the Internet since for some reason ARY has completely stopped uploading it’s dramas on YouTube. Other users upload really poor quality episodes which are almost unwatchable.

  • Super review Zahra, m happy u started watching this show and loved it and started to review it too. You can find out from industry insiders why this drama was delayed so much and then released without any hype. Also really disapp that Saomething haute- aman and Hasan are not reviewing this one .

    I liked Mohib mirza a lot in Shehre zaat, never saw any of his other shows, he is outstanding here, his looks , presence and the way he has potrayed his huilt is amazing. first time I saw acting of Tooba siddiqui, and she was also perfect. Now madiha imam’s role will begin, I like her a lot , she is a very good actress, already proved herself in baba jaani, mera rab waris, zakhm and muqaddar.

    I always feel that writers are the real heroes in pak dramas, sarwat nazir who has written besharam and choti si zindagi has agn written something that makes sense and is real and entertaining at the same time.

    I hope this drama becomes a big success and helps all its underrated actors.

      • Released without HYPE-NO- well every ARY drama is released within two weeks without long promotions. Bikhray Moti released with even lesser promos and that too on a Eid day. Promotions were fine.

        Why released Late? In my best guesses Ary wasnt satisfied with the story and couldnt find a slot for it in 2019. This drama was supposed to air double epis but that too was stopped last year. Now that COVID is here and Ary couldnt shoot MDMD any further, (Also Prem Gali has 40 days of shooting left), so ARY let loose this drama as bull in a china shop.

        • i wouldn’t be surprised if that really was the reason but now at least we don’t have to be scared that we will have to leave it halfway

        • Nai Sarmad, ARY pey har waqt Jalan key promos lagey hotay hain. They didn’t promote it the way they promote other dramas.
          This can be true though. ARY ko koi ‘social issue’ nai na nazar aaya hona script main.

          • PP I have noticed that Ary promotes Big bang’s dramas too much but they don’t do the same when it comes to six sigma. Even though the more popular of their dramas come from six sigma

  • I am glad you decided to review it. It is the only good drama on Ary right now in my opinion. Such a brilliant performer mohib is. Well written and well directed. I got to know that This drama was shot in 2018 and its airing now.

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