Dobara is a new drama that there’s on the Hum TV network. It stars singer,host and actress Hadiqa kiani up and coming actor Bilal Khan. The cast also boasts actors who always get the job done and newer faces.
The plot follows the newly windowed Mehru Nisa (Hadiqua Kiani) who has to make adjustments to her life and reclaim her sense of self and control and lost childhood despite everyone around her wanting to almost bury her personality with her deceased husband.
This includes her sister-in-law who constantly shames her for doing normal things and using using respectability politics to extend her own control over the household. The other lead is Mahir (Bilal Khan) who is a young man, who harbours several insecurities due to his troubled childhood and neglectful parents.
He faces difficulties is finding work or taking control over his life, and is almost unable to ask for basic things from his parents without sabotaging himself and having everyone treat him like a burden.
The show is upfront interesting and unique compared to its contemporaries, as it does talk about abuse and households but in a more calm and non sentimental way. It also drifts from the regular tropes of characters and is more daring and subtle with the way it shows sociatal issues.
The story is obviously progressive for deciding to show the friendship and love story between an older woman and younger man, which is otherwise treated as an oddity in society. So far the story progression has allowed the audience to bond with the two leads and come to a better understanding of their lives, problems and toxic environments.
It’s also made it interesting and exciting about the two will actually come together in marriage despite all the obvious road blocks in their way.
What Makes It Great?
What makes the Dobara a good show is that it is there to tell a different story e in a more nuanced sense. It decided to show more realistic portrayal of how the opinions of others and mistreatment hurts and damages people.
The characters of Mehru Nisa and Mahir showcase different cases of the same problem, and so far it’s been good to see how Mahir helps Mehru grow a back bone and see Mehru show him some understanding and support.
As a love story e it does have the charm of romance and adventure and the suspensive learning how to people from different worlds can come together in a beautiful union while despite roadblocks in their path.
It may not be atypical love story that we will come that we been accustomed to in movies and other dramas in which a lot of passive and aggressive behaviour is thrown around and characters have to constantly suffer due to love.It also doesn’t have two characters in the same place place in life, and it doesn’t show a younger girl who is at odds with her situation.
It shows two people who recognise the pain and solitude in each other and that in a world that otherwise want to push them down they can keep their heads high and live life with their own dreams, ambitions and principles.
A New Window Into Child Abuse
Perhaps more than the customary love story Dobara is actually both bad childhoods, and finally being able to escape a traumatic past and be a successful, independent human being outside of what the immediate world wants them to be. It is about being saved and saving yourself.
We’ve learned early that Mehru wasn’t the happiest in her marriage and was like a bird in a golden cage. She was a teenager when her father married her off and she didn’t get to live the life she wanted during her marriage.
The husband character wouldn’t otherwise be seen as ‘itna bura’ by Desi standards but the show allows the audience to gawk at the little losses and torments Mehru had to go through and how repressed she is.
As a child she was forced to be older and morphed into the ideal of her husband and now as grown woman she is bullied for doing simple everyday things – like eating ice cream or dressing up for a party.
Mahir also in a bad place from a young age, his parents aren’t that affectionate or understanding towards him and they constantly take the sides of their spouses over him.
Both of his step parents are verbally abusive and upright cruel towards him. Going as far kicking him out of the house.
That is perhaps the best thing for him. We only ever see him fully express his anguish and disgust to Mehru in the park.
A home is otherwise supposed to be a safe haven for children but for both Mehru and Mahir it is a park away from there that allows them to be better and find peace of mind.
Overall it’s a great show with excellent pacing and representation of households and the suffering of children and the constant fight for hope.