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Dushman e Jaan Last Episode – Perfect Ending

Ohkay so, this is what a complete ending is like. I will also say that all those drama makers who are quite a fan of flashbacks should watch Dushman e Jaan keenly because they will get a lot of pointers on how & when to use flashbacks to add more depth to any situation. I am so glad that Dushman e Jaan ended on such a strong note. It began with a bang & continued flying higher with each passing episode.

Sarwat Nazir, Amin Iqbal, the producers & the entire cast of Dushman e Jaan should be very proud of themselves because it won’t be an overstatement but it actually feels so good that we still have such drama makers who are capable of bringing something like this to the table. A strong storyline, flawless direction, phenomenal performances & consistent developments, as well as the perfect pace, made Dushman e Jaan a must-watch. I will say that I absolutely didn’t see it ending this soon & as much as I am happy with the end, I am a bit sad that I won’t get to watch it again next week. I guess it’s time for a re-run!

Hatim’s Secret & Rubab’s Stance

This set of episodes wrapped the story up in such a phenomenal manner. It all started with the blackmailing & then Hatim getting exposed. What I really liked was that Hatim never gave up & although he knew that the chances of him getting exposed were high, he still didn’t sit still & kept on doing what he could to keep things under control. The way Rubab found out the truth was also very convincing; she started getting hints & then picked up the pieces. It also goes to show that when things were in Hatim’s favor, he continued to dodge the bullets with Rubab not overhearing his conversations with Fiza & Uzair but when his secret had to be out, it didn’t take much effort for Rubab to find out. I really liked how the element of reality was integrated throughout these events because nothing seemed out of the blue & poorly conceived.

The highlight of these last episodes was Kamal’s efforts in making amends. He actually deserved a second chance & even though Hatim did not allow him the luxury, Kamal ended up finding a way to prove his fatherly love to his only son. It was actually quite beautiful & emotional when Kamal confessed what Hatim meant to him & how he too longed for his presence in his life. Kamal & Fiza were very much on the same page, they both took a long time to realize that all that they were running after was nothing in comparison to the love that they had for Hatim. It was also realistic that it actually had to be something huge for Hatim to actually believe that Kamal had changed & that he actually was looking to start afresh. Kamal ended up proving & redeeming himself & for the first time, Hatim was now experiencing how important these relationships were as well.

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Rubab turned out to be a stronger character than what the viewers usually perceived her as. She stood firm & upon finding the half-baked truth, the way she reacted went to show that she was never going to shy away from voicing her opinions & letting others cloud her judgment. Rubab grew as a person & Ramsha’s death didn’t turn her bitter, but made her stronger to the point that she realized she too could fight the toughest battles. I was at the brink of being super upset with Ehsan when he walked to the police station with Rubab because at first he never showed interest in putting the culprits responsible for Ramsha’s death behind bars, but now he was very much supportive of the idea that Hatim should be punished, that too when he did so much for the entire family. However, he too redeemed himself when he told Rubab to let go of the grudge because she actually found out the truth about Hatim.

Fiza & Uzair were really strong & nice characters too. The way they always supported Hatim & helped him deal with his guilt was one of the best aspects of the story. Rameez’s faith in Hatim was another commendable factor because he could see through Hatim’s sincerity. The way they all came together to show support to Hatim was quite sweet. I am usually always against the overuse of flashbacks & in some cases OST’s too but when it comes to Dushman e Jaan, I for the first time loved the flashbacks which were used when Fiza told Rubab Hatim’s side of the story because they included all the scenes of Ramsha – the character that all the viewers of Dushman e Jaan fell in love with. The OST of Dushman e Jaan was brilliantly used throughout the drama as well because it always added more emotional quotient to all the scenes.

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Phenomenal Performances, Strong Direction & Brilliant Script

Sarwat Nazir definitely writes some of the best love stories that I have come across. Hatim & Rubab’s love story was beautiful too & these characters were performed phenomenally by Mohib Mirza & Madiha Imam. Mohib Mirza should take a bow for carrying this entire drama on his shoulders. If it weren’t for him, Dushman e Jaan wouldn’t have been what it is. The way he embraced the character of Hatim & portrayed it actually goes to show his caliber as an actor & I am sure after this project, he is going to be one such actor whose projects will be looked forward to by drama viewers.

Madiha Imam should be super proud of herself for elevating the level of this drama with her display of emotions as Rubab. It was beautiful how in the beginning, Hatim & Rubab seemed to be such a mismatch but they worked on their relationship & continued to help each other become better versions of themselves. Tooba Siddique also got to prove herself. I am sure it is because of her performance that everyone fell in love with Ramsha’s character & she turned out to be the main reason initially why people started keenly following Dushman e Jaan. I am so glad they decided to keep these ending episodes purely about Hatim & Rubab & subtracted all the side tracks because they wouldn’t have helped the situation at all.

I will be completely honest, when I saw Kashif Mehmood in the beginning, I was actually looking forward to his performance & thought his character will have a lot more to offer. Although Aqeel was a negative character I found Kashif Mehmood’s acting quite underwhelming. I guess in this entire drama, the only actor who didn’t quite perform well happened to be Kashif Mehmood, that is why his scenes lacked impact & didn’t really have that in them to make the viewers curious. While watching his scenes, I actually felt he was bringing down the overall excitement that I had to see the ending Hatim & Rubab will have.

Imran Peerzada’s acting also improved in the last couple of episodes & I felt his assertiveness actually added a lot more appeal to his scenes as Hatim’s father – his dialogue delivery actually worked this time around. Saba Hameed & the actor playing the role of Uzair were brilliant. I am glad Sarwat Nazir showed us a mother like Fiza who not only acknowledged where she went wrong but continued to do what it takes to make everything right. The rest of the supporting actors also performed well & they too did justice to the assigned roles. Director Amin Iqbal led this entire drama with a lot of finesse & attention to detail, his approach towards this script was commendable & I am so glad he did not add any situations that would’ve slowed down the progress of the story. Sarwat Nazir deserves full points for bringing such an interesting script & keeping all the situations realistic. The dialogues were meaningful & some of the conversations were beautifully written. The entire team of Dushman e Jaan should take a bow. Please share your thoughts about the final episodes of Dushman e Jaan.

Keep Supporting,
Cheers,
Zahra Mirza.

PS: Apologies for the super late review. I went away for a little break & didn’t know Dushman e Jaan would actually end this week. :/ Thank you so much to all the lovely readers for recommending me Dushman e Jaan & keeping the discussions under all the reviews alive & fun. I had such a great time discussing this drama with you all. :)

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.

  • Completely agree, I’m still struggling to understand why this drama wasn’t aired earlier, it’s better than a lot of hyped up dramas nowadays. Brilliant review as always zahra. Which drama will you be reviewing now?

    • Thank you so much Ayesha. Indeed Dushman e Jaan turned out to be better than all those dramas that ARY usually promotes heavily. I am looking forward to reviewing Prem Gali, let’s see when does it get released. :)

  • Zahra, I have read and appreciated your reviews on DeJ. For the last episode, I beg to differ…

    I have loved and looked forward to this drama every day since the first episode but I have to say that I have been disappointed with the turn the story in the last 3 episodes. It makes no sense to me that Rubab suddenly decided to believe a stranger (she had met Aqeel once) who told her a story with NO EVIDENCE (she did not see the CCTV footage, was merely told it existed). She turned against a loving husband to the extent that she did not even want to hear his side of the story and demanded a divorce, a mother in law who had been kind and generous to her and even her brother whose conviction seemed a lot more balanced and mature. Then her volte face at the end made no sense either. She pointedly stated that her husband was the reason for her sister’s death but two sort of emotional speeches (a milquetoast one by her father and a strong one by her father in law) convinced her? I had been really impressed with the blossoming of Rubab’s character until this point but this incident made me believe that she is truly very “bewakoof”. She was lucky that Hatim was so deeply in love with her, I wouldn’t have taken her back, after all anyone can merely tell Rubab anything and she would be convinced!

    It would have been nice to see a family scene or a living “happily ever after montage scene rather than that inane bird scene. Couldn’t Hatim have been shown united with his son?

    Why was Uzair the only logical one in the whole group? He was the only one who thought to involve the police in looking for Ramsha’s murderers or sort out the blackmail situation? Come to think of it, he may have been the only logical one in the drama, pointing out the inherent flaws of each scenario. Pity he was somehow completely unreachable in Japan (?!) when all of the blackmail drama unfolded…seems odd in this day and age.

    Mohib Mirza’s acting was phenomenal! The mark of a great actor is to bring a character to life. He did not just play Hatim, he WAS Hatim. The two are inextricably linked in my mind. I don’t know if I can ever look at him again and not think of Hatim. He carried the entire drama on his shoulders.

    I loved the story until the last 3 episodes (as outlined above) and appreciated the taut direction. The pace was quick and I hope that other directors take a cue and follow suite.

    Overall, Dushman -e- Jaan was not just a drama, it was an experience. I usually watch dramas for “background noise” as I do other things (work, cook, clean, surf the internet). This one had my undivided attention and I shall miss it!

    • Rubab believed Aqeel after putting two and two together herself. That is what those flashback scenes were for. She realized that he had been helping them so that they wouldn’t punish Hatim when they will find out the truth. Also when they talked on phone, Hatim didn’t deny it. I think Rameez believed Hatim because he was alive because of him, so he thought Hatim couldn’t have murdered his sister. Rubab thought that Hatim’s help was just a propaganda. She had already started to believe Hatim’s story a little bit after Fiza came. And then police’s evidence made it more clear for her. Then when her father and Kamal sb talked to her, she sort of saw it all for what it was and thus forgave Hatim.

      • Even if that is true. Her logic was pretty weak. They didn’t talk on the phone. the only conversation they had was when she asked him if he was with Ramsha the night she died. If you recall. Even after the police evidence, she said that even though Hatim did not kill her sister, her sister was killed because of him and she could not forget that..then she did…Rubab was written as a very inconsistent character. Great acting by Madiha Imam though.

        • They did, Hatim called Rameez, Rubab picked up phone and told him that she knows the truth and Hatim didn’t deny it, well you can say she cut the phone before listening to him. Also I forgot to mention that the servant also told her that Hatim introduced Ramsha as wife and that made her believe the stranger she met even more. See it was not easy for her. First she thought he raped and killed her sister. Then she got to know the truth and she was a bit lenient this time and she said though he didn’t kill her, he was responsible for it. But then when Kamal and her father talked about it to her nicely, she made her final decision.

          • But how could he deny it? She did not let him speak? The servant’s statement barely added to the story. She had already overheard it.”Nice talks” should not convince or unconvinced anyone. In my Rubab was a very weak character. Ramsha had made the correct assessment in the beginning when she relegated her to housework..she was not discerning enough to manage in the outside world. She is just lucky that she is surrounded by people who love her. You are entitled to your opinion of course.

    • Thank you so much Tehseen for sharing your thoughts about Dushman e Jaan. LOL, I can so relate to using dramas as background noise because that’s what most of them usually are nowadays but then we luckily get to see dramas like Dushman e Jaan which are so intense that you can not miss even a single scene.

      Honestly speaking, I do understand your concerns about the sudden shift in Rubab’s character but I guess they had reiterated time & again what Ramsha meant to Rubab & how she could not move on from her sister’s death, this is why she found it easy to forget everything that Hatim had done for her entire family. I so agree about Mohib Mirza embracing this character & making it his own, we all will definitely be reminded of Haitm every time we will see him in any other project. He definitely carried the drama on his shoulders. :)

  • PERFECTT Review Zahra! I was waiting for it!!
    You just wrote everything that I wanted to say. I had a few questions that what was Aqeel doing at that place where the incident happened, glad that they answered that. But what I didn’t find satisfying was how did Aqeel get to know that Rubab (or let’s say Hatim’s wife) is sister of Ramsha. He looked up all the information on internet but I don’t think this information would have been there. I agree Kashif Mehmood is such a brilliant actor but he wasn’t as good as he should have been.
    Mohib Mirza in that scene where he was alone at home, was beyond brilliant. He shared a BTS from that scene that his hand got cut during that scene. Madiha Imam was brilliant. It was good to see that despite loving Hatim, she wasn’t ready to let someone get away with her sister’s murder. I loved the flashbak scenes too, the way she realized how Hatim reacted everytime she talked about Ramsha, when Fizza narrated the truth. Brilliant direction. Saba Hameed looked so elegant throughout. Kamal sb’s scene with Hatim was so good. I am glad that Nighat’s family wasn’t there in the last few episodes.
    Yes! I am glad that it ended without any sort of dragging but at the same sad that it ended too soon. It was the only drama that I was regularly watching now-a-days. Tooba Siddiqui and her portrayal of Ramsha was what attracted so many of us to DeJ. She should take a bow for that.
    Thanks to all the actors, Sarwat Nazeer, Amin Iqbal for bringing us this kind of drama amid the torturous crap that is being aired on TV now. I have always loved Mohib’s acting in dramas and films like Dukhtar and Bachaana. I always thought that he was so underrated. But this time he has impressed me even more and I am glad that he is getting all the appreciation he deserves.
    Last but not the least, Loveddddd your reviews and discussing the episodes with you ❤️❤️ Thank you for picking it up on our requests. I know it wouldn’t have been easy to watch 4 episodes per week and then review them.

    PS: Anyone from ARY if you read this, stop torturing us with sister rivalries, extramarital affairs and your so called social issues. Make more content like DeJ.

    • Thank you sooo much PP for your kind words always, I had such a great time discussing Dushman e Jaan with all of you. :) Indeed, we need more dramas like these. This is what a perfect entertainment is like, no dragging, no unnecessary situations & consistent progress in the story.

      I agree, they could’ve shown some other way through which Aqeel finds out the relationship between Rubab & Ramsha but I guess they wanted to wrap everything up quickly, which amazes me because usually in our dramas, we only see dragging & things that can be wrapped up in 1 episode are left to be dragged for weeks & weeks.

      All the actors for sure performed brilliantly but I am so glad Mohib Mirza got to prove himself yet again & has now turned out to be a front-runner. I am sure people will be excited to watch his dramas from now on. LOL @ the PS, oh well, it seems we’ll have to deal with these ghisay pitay scenarios because ARY is not ready to give up on them yet! :/ :D

  • i can’t praise this drama enough, the story is written wonderfully, i will look up Sarwat Nazir’s other dramas to watch & the direction was fantastic too, they all acted so brilliantly, i think Kashif Mehmood acted his part very well, it’s just we were all expecting him to be the good guy so maybe that’s why we were disappointed in him
    28 episodes & not 1 extra scene that should not have been there, it just proves that it can be done if they don’t go for the extra episodes, if i was the writer, director and the producer than i would not have been happy with the way ARY ignored this drama until when they got desperate for something new to air on their channel

    thank u for the lovely reviews on this drama i too loved being part of your reviews

    • Thank you so much Shameem for your kind words & for always being a consistent reader. Yes, you should definitely watch more of Sarwat Nazir’s dramas, she never disappoints. I will recommend Besharam, it will another beautiful drama that should not be missed.

      I am glad you enjoyed Kashif Mehmood’s performance. I guess it was expected that he will not be playing a positive role. I think Dushman e Jaan’s success should serve as an eye-opener for the channel, they usually rely on star-studded dramas but this one turned out to be so much better than quite a lot of dramas that were heavily promoted by ARY.

    • Thank you so much Shameem for your kind words & for always being a consistent reader. :) Yes, you should definitely watch more of Sarwat Nazir’s dramas, she never disappoints. I will recommend Besharam, it will another beautiful drama that should not be missed.

      I am glad you enjoyed Kashif Mehmood’s performance. I guess it was expected that he will not be playing a positive role. I think Dushman e Jaan’s success should serve as an eye-opener for the channel, they usually rely on star-studded dramas but this one turned out to be so much better than quite a lot of dramas that were heavily promoted by ARY.

  • Zahra outstanding review really enjoyed reading it you covered everything that happened so well these four episodes were brilliant I’m glad they didn’t drag this drama this has to be the best drama of 2020 the only thing I feel wasn’t convincing was how aqeel found out that rubab is ramsha’s sister on Internet.
    Mohib Mirza was the star of DeJ he truly outdid himself his superlative perfomance in DeJ is definitely going to be the reason viewers will be looking forward to his next drama or film. Madiha was brilliant her acting in last two episodes was great. Tooba Siddiqui was also amazing her appearance was short but impactful. Thank you so much for reviewing this drama you did complete justice to it your reviews made this drama more interesting.

    PS: Please review the upcoming drama of Faisal Qureshi and Aijaz Aslam Log Kya Kahenge it will be starting on 25th July its looking interesting if you haven’t watched the teasers they are available on YouTube. Please review this drama please

    • Thank you so much Sami for reading & appreciating the reviews. :) Mohib Mirza got a chance to prove himself through this drama & it is good to know he has emerged as a front-runner after Dushman e Jaan. Madiha Imam & Tooba Siddique were brilliant as well.

      I haven’t checked the promos of Log Kya Kahainge, as cliched as the title sounds, I hope the story is interesting. I am actually waiting for Prem Gali, will be reviewing it but I will see.

      • تب تک زیبائش ڈرامے کے کوئی مزیدار، طنز و مزاح سے بھرپور رویو کریں، کیا چولیں ماری ہیں اس خاندان نے مل کر ۔۔۔۔

  • Before Dushman e Jaan I watched Dil Fareb by the same director. The drama is pretty underrated but now I have seen Dushman e Jaan and Dil Fareb l am a fan on the director.
    As for Dushman e Jaan’s last episodes they were predictable but interesting nonetheless.
    Your review just describes everything perfectly.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I watched Deedan before, therefore I was a bit skeptical but I will still suggest that if you’re a fan of Amin Iqbal’s work, you can watch Deedan. You will love the locations.

      • Zahra – Was Deedan worthwhile? I started watching it sometime ago. The first episode did not captivate with the Pushto accented Urdu and slow pace…does it get better? Should I give it another go during lockdown?

    • Oh yes! Dilfareb is the one with Omair Rana in it right? Didn’t know it was Amin Iqbal’s project. I watched it when it aired on Geo a few years back. It was a great one! I loved it’s bg music and ost. I watched it because of Zafar Meraj though. And I started watching DeJ bcz of Sarwat Nazer. Iman Iqbal really does justice to good scripts.

      • Yes, It is the one starring Omair Rana and I binged watched during the lock down. The drama is beautiful. No doubt. Every thing is just perfect. ♥️

  • Gr8 review Zahra, perfect ending.
    Performances by everyone was excellent as the casting too was perfect. But Mohib Mirza deserves an award for this , he was unbeatable, and his perf ranks along with the performances given by superstars.

  • Is week main nain ye drama properly naheen dekha na hee aakhri episode, jo mujhay pata naheen tha k last hai; balke I was expecting k villain bhee release hoga bail pe and story will move forward. Even in last scene, when Hatim came in slo-mo like tick tock star, main yehi sochta raha k agar Rubab Bibi chalee bhee gaee to baat naheen karegi, waghera waghera…🤦😂. Lekin phir donoan ka khushi ka izhar and then Rubab releasing beautiful birds jo bahir nikal ker kabootar ban gaey, I was bit upset k aik hee drama tha jo dekhany k qabil tha in dinoan…. But it’s true k timely concluding of plays brings relief to audiences. Our contemporary dramas should now run four times a week so that their dragged stories become qabil e bardasht.

    Character development was beautifully and convincingly shown esp Rubab becoming brave in dealing. Hatim was amazing character acted by Mohib so brilliantly. I liked Ramsha more than Rubab. But Saba Hameed was my favorite throughout. I couldn’t miss her scenes any time. Baqi chacha Imran Peerzada… Aakhir main theek hogaya to ach lagney laga naheen to kia zaroorat hai isay kam karney ki agar aisay bolna hai.

    Finally your reviews, jis ka bechainee se intizar raha aur were intelligently written.

    • Thank you so much Urs. Appke comments hamesha parhne achay lagte gain. :) LOL @ birds jo kabootar ban gaye, great observation I must say. Yes, I liked Ramsha a lot too, despite the fact that I began liking Rubab’s character as well but Ramsha remained my favorite. Fiza’s character was well-written & Saba Hameed’s acting made it even better.

      I agree, they should at least show double episodes if not 4, so that the dramas maintain their pace & aren’t spread over weeks.

  • It wasn’t a perfect ending. Because the killer of Rubab sister was not caught. Only the blackmailer was arrested. Still the killer was at large. So how could Rubab agreed to live with Hatim when she still doesn’t know who killed her sister.

  • Hello Zahra,
    I had corresponded with you a long time ago when you reviewed the Drama “Yakeen ka safari”.That still is one of my favorite dramas
    But after I watched DeJ I am without adequate words! I am so glad I watched it accidentally and then could not stop!
    It is an amazing piece of Art.
    Never seen Mohib Mirza before Where and Why has he been kept hidden
    Anyway,hope are well and I get to read your reviews more often
    Love the way you point out details
    KH
    Nigar

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