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Dushman e Jaan Episode 9 – 12 Story Review – Realizations

Ohkay so, this set of episodes of Dushman e Jaan was gripping & interesting. With 4 episodes per week, it is a relief that the pace of the story & drama is not a concern at the moment. The story is progressing & continues to develop with each passing episode. It is interesting to note how every set of episodes focus on one aspect of the story, which shows that a sweet time is being given to certain developments. So far, Dushman e Jaan has continued to impress & I am hoping the same for the remaining number of episodes as well.

Realizations

This time around, the entire focus shifted on Hatim, his realization & his redemption. This tragedy has turned out to be an eye-opener for him, which has convinced him to become a better version of himself. Hatim continues to blame himself because he is so guilt-stricken to even realize how much he has started to do for Ramsha’s family. However, the people around him, like his friend Uzair as well as his mother Fizza can clearly see the changes in him. This shift in behavior & attitude in general has been my favorite thing to notice in all of these characters.

Hatim slowly found his way into Ramsha’s house. He started with small steps but didn’t know that he will find Ramsha’s family surrounded with so many problems that he won’t be able to turn a blind eye & will continue to get involved. Hatim had spent enough time indulged in the misery & self-loathing but now, he saw it as an opportunity to do something that will at least be equivalent to paying the price for his grave mistake. The life is moving on, Rubab, Ehsan & Rameez are learning how life is going to be without Ramsha around but the way Hatim is trying his best to lift the burden off their shoulders eases their pain. Hatim got to see everything up close & also realized how tough Ramsha’s life was but with her gone, the brunt is being faced by her family members.

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Hatim has taken the responsibility of Rameez’s medical treatment & as much as Rubab & Ehsan didn’t want to take any favors, Hatim persuaded them. This has also helped Hatim see himself in a different light. As much as Fizza or even Uzair tell him to not get involved, Hatim can not help because this way he finds repose & solace. This aspect has been highlighted in a beautiful manner that the moment you start doing something good, the moment you start helping others & just simply act kindly, it not only comforts the recipients of your kindness, but also heals you. This is exactly what has been happening with Hatim.

Another brilliant part of these episodes was the shift in Hatim & Fizza’s relationship. All these years, Hatim’s mother was too occupied but it is good to see how she has also realized her mistakes & continues to make things right. She has understood that her negligence was distressing for Hatim & now was the time when he needed her the most, this is why she made amends & saw her equation with her son change for the better. Hatim also acknowledges the efforts his mother has put in, this is why he has eased around her. They are more comfortable & cordial with each other, they now freely discuss their feelings & thoughts with one another – this change in their relationship was very nice to see.

As the days are passing by, Rubab gets to see the real faces of people. It didn’t take much time for her own relatives to shatter her faith in people & then the people she is coming across on a daily basis are making her realize how tough it must’ve been for Ramsha but she endured it all for the sake of her family. Rubab is trying her best to take charge of the situation but she is slowly learning & with Hatim around, she also feels a sense of relief. All the scenes of Rubab with her father & brother are so emotional. I also find myself tearing up the most during Ehsan’s scenes, seeing the pain & helplessness of a father is so heart-breaking, plus Irfan Khoosat has portrayed this character with such finesse & has given such a soulful performance that you just can not help but feel the sadness.

Hatim found himself smiling after a long time. He seems comfortable with the idea of facing the world & most importantly Ramsha’s family. Hatim has not completely healed but he is at least at that stage where he has come to terms with the fact that Ramsha did not die solely because of him. After a long time, Hatim consoled himself; this goes to show that all the things that he has done for Rameez, Rubab & Ehsan are helping him coming out of the guilt that he was feeling all along.

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In the course of realization, Nighat isn’t far behind either. She too has figured out that Rukhsana is not her ideal bahu & more than that, she doesn’t even wish to be one. Rukhsana is not evil, it’s just that she has been independent all her life that she really has no idea how to function in an environment where she has to act according to others; especially her husband’s parents. Zaheer continues to be love-stricken but he is not the kind who will ever be decisive, he likes being led & now with Rukhsana having such a strong personality, he will never oppose her. The writer has also shed a light on the regressive thought process women usually have when it comes to their potential daughters in law. Nighat thinks Rubab is only worthy of her praise because she takes care of household chores, making it look like that’s the only good quality Rubab has!

Well Written & Directed Drama

These episodes of Dushman e Jaan were executed really well. The conversations seem heartfelt & some of the dialogues carry a lot of meaning. The process of seeing all the characters slowly coming to terms with the tragedy & then picking up the pieces was beautifully covered. The interactions of Hatim & Rubab are precise but are enough to show that they are definitely at the dawn of a relationship. Rubab has seen Hatim at his best but only he knows what took him to get here. The mother son relationship which is being fixed & nurtured is another aspect which I enjoyed watching. I love how Fizza puts her trust in her son & supports him because she understands this is exactly what he wants at this stage of his life.

Mohib Mirza should be very proud of himself for giving this level of performance in Dushman e Jaan. All the characteristics of Hatim have been elaborated with such clarity due to his strong performance in this drama. You actually can read what he is thinking, which for an actor is a success in itself.

Madiha Imam is a fine actor of Pakistani drama industry. She always gives every performance her heart & soul, which is why her characters always have a very real feel to them. I will however say that Madiha Imam is usually one of those very few actors who do not rely on a lot of makeup, but not sure who forced her to be all dolled up in this drama. Her kohl’ed eyes, blush-on, light contour & glossy lips end up being distracting in some of the very emotional scenes. She is naturally so pretty, so there was absolutely no need for the makeup artist to go heavy-handed with makeup & also because of her complexion, little makeup ends up looking a lot more. I wish the stylists had chosen a no-makeup look for her because she would’ve carried that effortlessly as well.

All the supporting actors have also played their part really well in Dushman e Jaan. Saba Hameed’s performance as well as the character she is playing is really good. The actor playing the role of Uzair has done a commendable job as well. The OST is really nice & all the background effects add more depth to the situation. So far, the script & the direction of Dushman e Jaan are very strong, let’s see what’s in store for us. Please share your thoughts about these episodes of 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.

  • Your overview of DeJ forced me to watch this play during my quarantine. Saw many episodes in one go. Enjoyed a lot. You were also right that this drama reminds you of Tum Bin. Story, characterization and execution, everything is handed properly. I love acting of all, esp the relationship b/w Hatim and his mother is elaborated amazingly. Saba Qamar is my all time favorite “tv screen mother” in any of home settings. Peerzada sb robotic style irritates me but he is also bearable with his kukur look. Madiha is perfect face for this role but wearing that much makeup is totally useless approach and distracting. Alizey also does the same.

    Your review as usual is beautifully written.

    • Peerzada sb is sifarishi. His acting in every drama is so terrible but he keeps on getting these key projects. Thank you for pointing it out. His acting is putting me off so much. Hahahahaha right about his kukur look.

    • Thank you so much Urs. Good to hear from you after a while & I am glad you decided to give this drama a go & enjoyed it. I am looking forward to our discussions on the upcoming episodes. :)

      LOL @ the kukur look! I have actually come to terms with how robotic his acting is, that is why it doesn’t even occur to me now but yes, I wish he had eased a bit in front of camera now after appearing in so many dramas. Fizza & Hatim’s equation is beautiful. I am not too sure why Madiha Imam decided to look so glamorous in this drama which is so emotional with Rubab mourning the loss of her sister Ramsha. Her makeup is very distracting & doesn’t really do justice to the character of Rubab. She could’ve worn a full beat face after her marriage to Hatim but at the moment, it doesn’t look good. Thank you for reading & commenting Urs. :) Enjoyed reading your comment. :)

  • Perfect Review Zahra 👏
    I am enjoying it so much. After the first half of YDM, this is one such drama that I can’t wait for and I hope that now that it is being recognized ARY doesn’t change its time slot.
    Sarwar Nazeer has really done a great job as always. The dialogues are simple yet beautiful. The whole conversation between Rubab and her father ‘Jab tumhain Pata hai key tum theek ho to phir logon ki parwaah na Karo’ and between Nighat and her husband that by her logic Nighat was also ‘farigh’ implying that a house wife isn’t ‘farigh’ was really good.
    Mohib Mirza is nailing Hatim’s guilt! He is really brilliant! Idk why but you praising him reminded of the days when you used to review Pakistan Idol (Hayeee What fun!)
    It’s really good to see Saba Hameed playing a positive role and doing it brilliantly after playing Saazshi Behen and Saas (Meray Mohsin, Baba Jani, Ghalti) constantly.
    Looking for forward to upcoming episodes and your reviews!

    • OMG, I really didn’t know you have read the reviews of Pakistan Idol, I know, it was so much fun watching & discussing it with all the readers. I remember Mohib Mirza was such a fun host, just perfect for Pakistan Idol. :) Thank you for bringing back good memories. :)

      I am loving Dushman e Jaan too, although the story has become a little predictable know but it has been handled so well that you really can’t wait to find out what comes next. Yes, those few conversations were really interesting. Sarwat Nazeer always nails it by bringing simplest of stories & writing them in such a beautiful manner. Yes, I am liking Saba Hameed as Fizza in this drama too, really enjoy her & Hatim’s conversations. :)

      • Haha actually that was the time I came to reviewit first. I was watching Pakistan Idol on dramas online and the discussions there brought me here. I used to comment with my real name back then, but there were so many people with functional names here like Buffalo from USA, Candle, and I had recently watched Kung fu Panda 2 so I came up with this name and I am using it since then 😂
        Also fun fact, the OST of Dushman e Jaan is sung by Sana Zulfiqar (Pakistani Idol contestant)

        • Oh wow, that’s so good to know. LOL I do remember you had a panda dp right? Glad to know you’ve been such an old reader. :) Oh yes, I did notice it was sung by Sana Zulfikar. This name has stayed with me, she has sung other songs too. I guess Fair & Lovely Ka Jalwa from JPNA has been sung by her as well. :) Good old Pakistan Idol days. :)

    • oh i was an avid reader of Pakistan idol reviews by Zahra, also Masterchef. Sadly dobara huay hi nahi ye reality shows, probably brands dint earn much in Pakistan..

      • Thank you so much Atty, I do remember you & your name, even your green dp I guess? :) Yes, I was so happy that we’ll be getting to watch these seasons every year but it didn’t happen. :/

  • your review said it all so i don’t need to say anything, i enjoyed watching all the episodes so far, now looking forward to next monday’s episode

  • Perfect review iam also enjoying the drama
    Zahra mam are you follow Deewangi abi main ne YouTube ti pay uski kal raat wali episode daiki. Every week iam impatiently waiting for Drew’s but kal raat wali episode daik kar and next ka promo daik kar to yahi lagta hai k uski story ab dragg honay wali hai

    • Thank you so much Ayaz. Jee jee, I am watching Deewangi. It is that kind of drama which you can just relax & enjoy watching. Haan jee, lagta to hai ke story drag hone wali hai but somehow Sultan Durrani ka end is still unpredictable, which makes it still very interesting to tune to. :)

  • Assalamualaikum Zahra. Great review as always. I haven’t really gotten around to watching this drama. But after hearing so many good things about it, I think I will give this drama a go. Btw, will you also review the first episodes of Zebaish and MTA? I didn’t really like the first episode of Zebaish, I found that it was all over the place, with lots of characters. It’s kinda confusing trying to figure out all the relationships and the plot when things are jumping from one place to another. However, I really liked MTA, Sonia and Zahid’s onscreen chemistry is amazing. That little kid that plays their son is so cute! Mansha has also done good acting. I don’t really care that it’s a copy of a Bollywood movie (I’m not much of a Bollywood fan myself). There were also some funny moments in this episode. That being said, I prefer this drama over Zebaish (although I will still watch it to see what happens next), and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the story.

    • Walaikum Asalam Mariam. Thank you so much for reading the review. Aw, I hope you do give this drama a go, it will definitely grab your interest. Oh yes, I did watch both Zebaish & Mohabbat Tujhe Alivda. Trust me, the feeling is mutual. I too wasn’t impressed with the first episode of Zebaish, because the characters felt caricaturish & it felt like the viewers will need some time to warm up to the characters. Too much was being covered & the editing seemed choppy.

      Surprisingly, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the first episode of Mohabbat Tujhe Alivda because I have seen Judai a few times, but I actually did. Sonya & Zahid’s chemistry was really good & also liked Mansha. I too enjoyed the comic quotient. Let’s see how this goes. :)

  • Great review Zahra it is a great drama I enjoyed all the four episodes this week Mohib has outdone himself Madiha is a good actress but I’m not impressed by her perfomance in this drama Tooba was giving a much better perfomance than madiha missing the scenes of Tooba very much the preview of the next episode is looking intriguing it looks that rubab will get to know that hatim is responsible for ramsha’s death I can’t wait for the next episode I’m sure you are also excited for the next episode.

    • Thank you so much Sami. Yes, Tooba Siddique’s performance & character was really good. I feel Madiha Imam is portraying the character of Rubab perfectly too. Rubab is very different from Ramsha, hence the difference in the portrayal & the characters. Yes, it seems Rubab will find out the truth behind Hatim’s involvement in Ramsha’s death, can’t wait.

  • I binge watched 12 episodes today… it is really a good drama, very well written and executed.. Thank God Mohib is back, i wonder Dilruba me kia hua tha iski acting ko.. Tooba siddiqui was so good in her character.. Usually i do not focus on make-ups too much but Zahra u r so right, Rubab’s make overs bothered me too, especially soon after Ramsha’s death.

    • Hi Atty, good to hear from you. :) I am glad you decided to watch this drama & are enjoying it. Looking forward to our discussions regarding future episodes. Mohib Mirza has performed brilliantly & yes, Tooba Siddique was very convincing as Ramsha. I really like Madiha Imam’s acting but this much glamour was certainly not the need of Rubab’s character, that too when she is mourning her sister’s loss. :/

  • Assalamualaikum As always perfect analysis Zahra. Great review as always. I haven’t really gotten around to watching this drama. But after hearing so many good things about it, I think I will give this drama a go. Btw, will you also review the first episodes of Zebaish and MTA? I didn’t really like the first episode of Zebaish, I found that it was all over the place, with lots of characters. It’s kinda confusing trying to figure out all the relationships and the plot when things are jumping from one place to another. However, I really liked MTA, Sonia and Zahid’s onscreen chemistry is amazing. That little kid that plays their son is so cute! Mansha has also done good acting. I don’t really care that it’s a copy of a Bollywood movie (I’m not much of a Bollywood fan myself). There were also some funny moments in this episode. That being said, I prefer this drama over Zebaish (although I will still watch it to see what happens next), and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the story.

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