Yun To Hai Pyar Bahut goes on air

The first episode played out every possible desi stereotype that exists.

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: There is no denying the chemistry between Affan Waheed and Hira Mani considering their acclaimed drama serials such as Do Bol. Hence, fans were excited when news broke that the two were starring together in another drama. Titled Yun To Hai Pyar Bahut, episode 1 of the drama went on air earlier this week. However, it is unfortunate as it is to say, it was a letdown. It endorsed almost all the stereotypes that every Pakistani drama has hashed and rehashed and offered nothing new so far.

1. The overambitious sister vs the spoiled sister

Hira Mani plays Aima, an ambitious girl who is juggling her career and her studies side by side. As per her mother, played by Mariam Mirza, it’s Aima who is running the entire household. She’s responsible and worries about everyone but herself. All in all she’s nothing short of a saint.

On the other hand, her sister Nazi, played by Abeer Sajid Qureshi, is nothing but a spoiled brat. She spends the entire first half of the episode complaining about the fact that her sister, who is literally drowning in her responsibilities, is late when all she wants to do is cut her cake. Nazi is immature and irresponsible, she gets into random men’s cars and passes them compliments about how good they look when they laugh, and doesn’t even close the doors to her house when she goes out. Despite the fact that she hardly passed her intermediate exams, she has big dreams, which we know she’ll end up cutting corners for.

2. The brooding, misunderstood musician

Affan Waheed plays this brooding, misunderstood musician who repeats the same thing over and over again throughout the episode which is: “once I launch my music career.” His day starts in the afternoon, doesn’t work a proper job and his neighbors are tired of the noise/music he makes. He has no money to his name and is even willing to sell his mother’s jewelry to make ends meet. He is a walking-talking stereotype of how musicians are perceived as.

3. The job and marriage troupe

Affan Waheed’s character, much to his annoyance has to constantly endure the same taunt from different people that he needs to get a real job and leave his music behind. Of course, his response to the taunts is simply, “once I launch my music career.”

Whereas, Hira’s character has a stable job. But this doesn’t matter since she’s a woman; her aims and ambitions are not important. Instead, her mother tells her that she should be thinking about her marriage because her real house is the home she lives in after she gets married.

4. The rich, evil family

While Affan Waheed and Hira Mani represent characters belonging to middle class, we see Javed Sheikh’s character who has a big car and a lavish house. He’s supposed to be this hotshot business man and is obviously super rich. From the brief glimpse we get of his daughter, she comes off as a self absorbed airhead and his wife, played by Nadia Hussain, is incredibly catty. While Sheikh is concerned about his daughter and the fact she doesn’t want to work or study, Hussain just keeps taunting him about his uneducated ex-wife and tells him that their daughter doesn’t need to work or study because she can bank in on her father’s wealth.

Why are all the rich people so mean?

So, that’s a basic summary of episode 1 of Yun To Hai Pyar Bahut that went on air earlier this week. Here’s hoping the story picks up as it goes on.

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