Dushman e Jaan – Will it make the cut or not?
Covid affected the entire Showbiz industry in one way or another. So after Eid, the most anticipated Drama (which was shot almost 2 years ago) Dushman e Jaan released and it took the internet by storm. The story is written by the very experienced Sarwat Nazeer (whose Do Bol and Mein Abdul Qadir Hoon are my favourites) and directed by Amin Iqbal who has given one of the most popular dramas last year named Deedan.
The plot revolves around Hatim played by Mohib Mirza who is sensitive, emotional and yet a very dark character who had a disturbing childhood because his parents (Saba Hamid and Imran Peerzada) were always busy in their work life. Hatim meets Ramsha (Tooba Siddiqui) who is the only bread earner of her house, (as her father is disabled and brother is kidney patient).
What I like about Ramsha’s character, is her strong-headedness. Hatim and Ramsha are both equally arrogant but the similarity ends there. They have polar opposite natures.
Over a period of time Ramsha gets to know of Hatim’s underlying issues with his family and this creates a soft corner in her heart for him. Eventually, during an argument, Hatim leaves her alone at a desolate place where she is abducted, raped and killed. As soon as Hatim knows of her murder, he begins to consider himself responsible for her murder.
The story line is engaging so far. There was a drama with a similar plot named “Woh Aik Pal” (starring Feroze Khan, Ayesha Khan, and Ramsha Khan) which was not executed very well and didn’t achieve much in ratings, but Dushman e Jaan seems to be nailing it so far.
Dialogues, Direction & Performances
Sometimes when I watch it i feel it is a psychological thriller (much better executed than Yeh Dil Mera) or a murder mystery. Another great thing about Dushman e Jaan is that the characterization, dialogues, and the direction is so natural that we can actually relate to it.
Also it is a treat to watch Madiha Imam as Rubab, a very different role from Raima in Muqaddar. Here she has evolved so beautifully as a character that we can feel the story is shifting to make Rubab the focal point.
At the moment we see Hatim, (in the guilt of his uncommitted sin), supporting Ramsha’s family monetarily and also helping out in Ramsha’s brother’s medical treatment. This is a source of mental peace for Ramsha’s father. We can also speculate that Hatim will eventually marry Rabab and in time, they will fall in love with each other.
And ofcourse how can veteran actors be forgotten?
The performances of Irfan Khoosat, Mohsin Gillani, Saba Hamid, and Imran Peerzada are phenomenal.
I strongly recommend Dushman e Jaan to everyone who is seeking something different and interesting to binge-watch. The drama is basically a murder mystery with hints of a psychological thriller but the best thing is, that it’s shot so realistically that we relate to every scene.
The most intriguing elements for me that will keep me hooked to Dushman e Jaan?
Does Hatim really loves Ramsha, or it is just a guilt playing on his emotions? How will Rabab react once she uncovers Hatim’s reality?
I am anticipating the mystery to unfold soon and also I hope that the next half of the drama will not be stretched unnecessarily and keep our interest alive!