Mere Humdum Mere Dost (MHMD) is a Pakistani romantic drama which is based on a novel by Farhat Ishtiaq’s novel of the same name.
Actors: Adnan Siddiqui, Sanam Jung, Hareem Farooq, Farhan Ali Agha, Zainab Qayyum, Junaid Khan, Shamim Hilaly
I was on a break from Pakistani dramas but caught a few episodes of this one while changing channels & it caught my interest.
What I liked:
- Adnan Siddiqui: I have loved this man ever since I saw him in Mere Qatil Mere Dildaar. He is a subtle & versatile actor & is brilliant as Haider Masood, Aimen’s friend & guide. He once again shows his versatility when playing the energetic & lively boyfriend & husband of Sajeela & then later on the reticent friend of Aimen. The passage of five years & the signs of all that he underwent five years ago is masterfully portrayed by Adnan.
- Sanam Jung: I am not much of a fan of hers but she is too good as Aimen. The initially reserved & quite girl who literally blossoms into this confident budding businesswoman under Haider’s care & attention is nicely brought out by Sanam. The director too has been careful in not making her those typical loud, irritating & almost foolishly innocent village belles. Her innocence is believable & doesn’t border on stupidity & hence is all the more appealing.
- Hareem Farooq: The typical “love to hate” character, she has played Sajeela perfectly. You do feel sorry for Sajeela when she is betrayed by Mazhar for she did love him with all her heart but then you are reminded of how horrible she has been with Haider & her behaviour with Aimen when she returns to Pakistan & all the sympathy you feel for her is lost.
- Taufeeq Kamaal: This character proved to be a surprise package. While in the initial episodes I dismissed him as the usual uncaring husband & father who ditched the poor wife for the more accomplished & sophisticated Almas, it is later revealed that Taufeeq wasn’t entirely to be blamed.
- The supporting characters: I loved the supporting characters in this drama, especially Bibi & Sahir. Bibi was a no nonsense woman & the only one who called out Sajeela on her bullshit & gave her a fitting reply. I wouldn’t say she was the only one who understood Sajeela’s true intentions, but where Haider was all ice, she was all fire. Sahir was cute as Aimen’s younger brother. I liked how the story did not take the usual route of step brother/ mother hating the step sister/ daughter. I had even loved Aimen till she fell prey to Sajeela’s crocodile tears & hurt Haider & Haider – Aimen’s relationship in the process.
- The OST: Like all Pakistani shows the OST of this show is melodious & has been playing on repeat on my cellphone. The lyrics too deserve a special mention, especially the male part which bring out Haider’s POV so succinctly.
Dil ki jalti huyi veeran si tanhaaye mein
Tu kisi narm se jhoke ki tarah aayi hai
Do ghadi ki hai mulaqat magar na jaane kyun
Aisa lagta hai ke barso ki shanasaai hai
Meri beraft ummeedo ko sajanewali
Dil ki hasrat ka main izhaar bhala kaise karu
Mana mushkil hai iqrar – e – mohabbat lekin
Apni chahat ka inkaar, bata kaise karu
What I did not like:
- The background music was too loud at some places. Also it doesn’t help that Adnan speaks very softly & a few times I had a hard time understanding what he said with the background score often being louder than him.