‘Pyarey Afzal’ was unarguably one of the greatest dramas to ever grace Pakistani television. Penned by writer Khalil-ur-Rehman and directed by the effervescent Nadeem Baig, ‘Pyarey Afzal’ told the tale of unrequited love in its rawest, purest form. Afzal, played by Hamza Ali Abbasi was heart-wrenchingly loveable, soft and kind. Farah, played by Ayeza Khan was arrogant, pompous and selfish. As the story unraveled, what we saw was a Pakistani rendition of ‘The Wedding Date’ with a ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ twist. The drama was utterly fantastic in submerging viewers in what was a very realistic take on pyaar, and here are 11 quotes that will remind you of just how precious ‘Pyarey Afzal’ was.
On holding on to what might never be
On wondering about the blessed ones
On losing hope and accepting loss
On how loving someone can break you
On the importance of keeping love letters close to you
On how words fail you when you’re in love
And how at times you choke
On forever searching for your love when they aren’t around
On how unrequited love can eternally destroy you
On how to cope when the one you hold dear to you isn’t there anymore
The drama touched upon mental health, class divide, and family conventions that ripped apart the lives of all protagonists; Yasmeen who loved Afzal with all her heart but could never claim it; Farah who was far too blinded by hatred to feel for Afzal; and Afzal – who became a broken man after his unrequited love shattered before him.
Did you cherish ‘Pyarey Afzal?’