So, Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 drew to a close with a rather predictable conclusion. Now that the drama has come to a close, I still believe the excessive dragging was what made it so difficult to watch. I appreciate Hashim Nadeem’s point of view, but it’s regrettable that the substance of the story, as well as the souls of the characters, were lost in translation by Syed Wajahat Hussain. When a writer writes a 22-episode script, the channel and producers decide to convert it into a 39-episode drama. This is unjust to the writer. This plainly demonstrates that the tempo was kept slow and that a lot of dragging was required to meet the target figure. This is precisely what Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 lacked, and while being a big-budget, technically well-directed drama, it failed to leave an indelible impression. There’s no disputing that Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 drew a large audience, but it falls short of being the kind of story that Khuda Aur Mohabbat 1 was, which is still remembered today!
Peerni Jee was ultimately successful in persuading Kazim Shah to accept to Mahi and Farhad’s marriage. He made the decision to go ahead and let it happen. It was heartwarming to see a father fall to his feelings for his daughter. It would have been wonderful if they had included a discussion or two with Mahi’s father, honouring all of Mahi’s sacrifices. Yes, he mentioned how his ego had gotten the best of him in the past and how Mahi had come to his rescue, but he should’ve also mentioned Mahi’s troubles.
Nazim Shah did not spare any effort to demonstrate his ruthlessness. However, I’m grateful he wasn’t the one who shot Mahi in the end since, based on the way he departed silently, I was afraid Mahi would die after being shot by her brother. Although they didn’t turn it into an honour killing, which I am grateful for, Nazim’s comments about Mahi and women in general hinted as much. Those talks were revolting, and while they were meant to demonstrate the type of thinking males in such a social context might have in general, they seemed more like reinforcement. They should’ve definitely phrased this dialogue differently!
As a result, Kazim Shah agreed to let Mahi go, but only on his conditions, as he wished to cut relations with her. Well, I’m sure a part of him knew Mahi would be alright because she had Jageerdarni’s support, but I’m glad he made his own decision and didn’t let his son influence it.
So, Mahi and Farhad finally met, and all the while, I was wondering why Dilawar wasn’t doing anything – like calling Farhad’s family, since he had previously met Farhad’s brother. Why weren’t Dilawar and Sikandar doing anything to get him to the hospital instead of letting him suffer and die from his wounds? The way things finished out was a little unconvincing once again, but then again, so have most of the scenarios in this play. They’ve been winging it and not giving much thought to how to make things persuasive or at the very least sensible. They’ve always kept a door open for “what ifs” and “why nots.”
As a result, Farhad and Mahi met and died. It was a tragic situation, but not one that could have been predicted. I knew something like this was going to happen, so I just went with it. Normally, when a character dies, you feel empty – like Kashf, I remember thinking about her character for days after the last episode ended – but this one just feels like a drama that has concluded with nothing for me to take away from it. It’s unfortunate that they couldn’t be together, but it’s fortunate that neither of them lived to endure the loss and regret it for the rest of their lives!
The plot of Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 was quite basic. There should’ve been some depth and layers to the characters, but that didn’t happen. Even today, when the drama has concluded, I’m left wondering what it was about Farhad’s trip that made it spiritual. It was not investigated in any way. Some of his conversations with the Dervish were more like lectures, with the Dervish simply giving him an overview of the spiritual trip, but Farhad had never actually travelled that route on his own. He was still head over heels in love with Mahi, and she was still the focus of his universe. His love for her was never truly transformed into God’s love or anything like that. The filmmaker gets a lot of credit for visually bringing Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 to life and creating that ambiance. The production value was evident in every shot, but I believe that stories like these should be portrayed in a more straightforward manner, similar to how Khuda Aur Mohabbat 1 was done. The essence of the plot and the soulfulness of the characters were also considerably more obvious than in Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 since it was shown in such a basic manner.
Feroze Khan did an excellent job as Farhad, and it is fair to conclude that he was a perfect fit for the role. He did give it his all. In any of her dramas, Iqra Aziz has never looked so beautiful. I wish Mahi’s character was fleshed out a little more, with additional speeches and inner monologues — it seemed like Mahi was always responding to Sahiba and denying her feelings for Farhad. It’s unfortunate that the major characters are so one-dimensional; there was clearly a need for them to have more personality and substance.
Sohail Sameer, Sunita Marshal, Hina Bayat, Junaid Khan, Tooda Siddique, and Usman Peerzada were among the supporting cast members who performed admirably. With his cartoonish expressions, Saqib Sameer was underwhelming. Shameen Khan and Momina Iqbal were both squandered. With their performances in the episodes in which they appeared, Asma Abbas and Waseem Abbas created a lasting impression. Farhad’s family was not notified of his deteriorating condition while he was alive, which makes me sad. Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 had a level of production value that had never been seen before. All of this, I’m sure, contributed to the film’s visual impact on the audience, but the story and characters were lacking. I can’t believe the first season of Khuda Aur Mohabbat ended after only 16 episodes, and here we are, 39 episodes later, still pondering about the characters’ journey and how realistic or logical it was. It just goes to illustrate how far commercialism has progressed.
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Zahra Mirza is a Pakistani actress.
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Zahra Mirza is a Pakistani actress.
In 2012, Zahra Mirza became a part of Reviewit.pk. Pakistani material was a method of maintaining linked to the roots, language, and culture of Pakistan after relocating to Australia since it felt like home. Review writing began as a hobby eight years ago and has now evolved into a passion.