Humsafar: What’s to come
Lately, Hum TV is churning out the drama Humsafar every Saturday which has managed to keep people glued to their televisions like nothing else. Though it wasn’t such a sensation in my house earlier on as no one had read the book or heard the story, I caught up with the drama after three episodes had already been aired. The reason my interest was piqued was because of its title song “Humsafar” sung by Qurat-ul-Ain Baloch. Needless to say, it’s an amazing song. Check it out here.
If anyone is interested in reading the book, catch it here.
What’s happened so far:
Our main couple, Ashar & Khirad are cousins by birth but ones who rarely knew each other when growing up and get married due to circumstances in the family. Though Ashar has reservations to the match at first, he and Khirad end up falling in love with each other but are torn apart by misunderstandings and mistrust created by Ashars mother. She, along with Sara and her mother conspire and exploit Khirad’s naivete and using another boy Khizar as an accessory to their plan, accuse Khirad of adultery. Ashar & Khirad are both heartbroken but powerless in the face of total manipulation. Khirad is thrown out of the house that very night before Ashar even has the chance to claim the truth from her. When he does return, he is told Khirad ran away and was claiming to be “unhappy” in the marriage as Ashar and she were never a compatible match and that she would contact him shortly to demand a divorce.
On the other hand, Khirad has nowhere to go but an old aunt’s house and hence heads there. Once there, she persistently tries to get in touch with Ashar because she believes he will hear her end of the story. However, Ashar has a nervous breakdown before she can contact him and after he recovers, he refuses to take any of her calls. When she finally does get in contact with him, he refuses to listen to her and hangs up. Khirad is taken aback at Ashar’s behavior but persistently keeps trying, hoping to also share with him one thing she was never able to before: her pregnancy.
Days turn to weeks and weeks to months until finally, five months after she is thrown out of the house, Khirad gives birth prematurely to a daughter. Even though there were compications, her child is safe and alive. That day, all hope in her of ever reconciling with Ashar die down as she holds her child in her arms and vows never to think of him or go back to him again.
Yet fate does not always go the way we want.
Four years later, she comes back to see him but not for herself. Their daughter is sick and for her treatments, Khirad had no choice but to come to Ashar. At first, he is angry at her arrival back into his life and ignores her words. A chance encounter with his daughter, Hareem at the hospital however, opens his eyes.
Hareem has a heart condition and needs surgery. Ashar takes her and Khirad to live with him in a new house.Though he would much prefer to keep Khirad out of his life, he puts up with her for the sake of Hareem. On her end as well, there is no love lost. Both are too broken and still too raw from the events four and a half years ago.
What will happen:
Before he knows it, Ashar starts feeling sympathetic with Khirad once again but each time, he reminds himself of what she did to him all those years back and continues to hate her. He doesn’t tell his mother of her return and decides he will do it once his daughter is healthy and fine. He blames Khirad for keeping his child from him for four years. She doesn’t correct him.
Once when they are out and having lunch, Sara witnesses them together and cannot hold her anger in.She insults Khirad and Hareem for coming back into Ashar’s life and Ashar tells her she has no business poking into his life, his attitude more for the insult against Hareem than for Khirad. Uptil now, he still cannot forget or forgive Khirad. Through Sara, Ashar’s mother learns of Khiurad’s return. Sara in the meanwhile, starts losing her mind.
Hareem’s health however, takes a turn for the worst before they realize it and she is admitted into the hospital, awaiting surgery. Here, both Khirad and Ashar forget their past differences as they help each other to bear the tension and anticipation of their daughter’s health. Slowly, Ashar starts warming up to Khirad as he begins to see her in a neutral light, rather than through his hatred and contempt. But Khirad remains distant and Ashar begins to wonder what had gone wrong in their relationship.
Over time, he realizes he had been wrong to judge Khirad the way he had. Slowly, he starts piecing together the events all those years ago as he tries to see what had gone wrong. One by one, pieces fall together in his mind as he realizes that Khizar had lied. What he cannot understand is why?
Ashar’s mother returns from her trip abroad just as Ashar remembers something else. When he had returned from the hospital all those years ago after his nervous breakdown, a servant had given him a letter from Khirad which he’d thrown away but then put somewhere. Hareem meanwhile gets better day by day and Khirad realizes she has to make a decision now regarding their future. She doesn’t want her daughter to be away from her father anymore and Ashar clearly adored Hareem too. Hence she decides that it would be best for her to leave.
Ashar finally relocates the letter and reads it. Khirad had written it the night his mother had thrown her out and reading the truth leaves him stunned. For a while, he cannot believe his mother had a part in bringing this misery to his life even though his mind points out all the clues. As if to add fire to his wounds, he overhears a conversation between his mother and Sara’s mother where his mother says “If I’d known this was going to happen, I’d have made that girl get an abortion the very day I took her to the hospital for the checkup.”
There’s no running from the truth now. All the pieces fall into place and Ashar falls under duress from guilt and shame. He’d first thought Khirad was brazen to act the victim when she was the culprit, now that he knew the truth he saw things from her perspective and realized he deserved to be hated. But before he can ask forgiveness from her, his mom tries to interfere again but this time, he stands up to her. She loses her son and her sanity. When Khirad tells him of her decision to leave, he begs for her forgiveness and asks her to stay with him and Hareem-if not for his sake, then for the sake of their daughter. Realizing Ashar’s guilt and sorrow, Khirad tears up as well and forgives him.
(Yeah, the end is kinda abrupt!:( )
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