Hum Kahan Ky Sachay They – Just Another Love Triangle?

Have you ever wondered why people who have grown up together suddenly begin to dislike each other? Have you ever pondered upon where fierce competition between siblings and cousins stems from? Surely, children are not born with such hatred. Hum Kahan kay Sachay Thay, a Pakistani novel-based drama written by Umaira Ahmed, depicts the sad reality of Pakistani family systems. The drama generated a lot of attention long before it hit screens. The serial features a star-studded cast along with an impressive story and soundtrack that has us hooked!

I once read somewhere that children are innocent, absolutely angelic. I also once heard that the bitterness of an elder’s tongue doesn’t let children stay angels. It turns them into a dwarf. And then these dwarfs remain dwarfs all their life, they can never go back to being angels. So, this story is about two children, who turned into dwarfs from angels. And I was the third one, I didn’t turn into a dwarf, I became a joker.

The drama begins with these powerful words as the narrator explains the impact elders’ discussion can have on children’s growth and mindset. The story revolves around three cousins and childhood best friends Aswad (Usman Mukhtar), Mehreen (Mahira Khan), and Mashal (Kubra Khan). However, their innocence is swayed by their elders’ bitterness, breaking the bond they once shared.

Mashal is a beautiful girl raised in an elite household where she gets everything she wishes for. Her cousin Mehreen is not as well-off and has a troubled past. Mehreen often wakes up breathing heavily, dreaming of her dead father who used to indulge in drugs and corruption at work.  Aswad is a young rich guy who returns to Pakistan after several years.

The trio enjoyed a happy childhood. But, the constant comparison of Mashal and Mehreen creates a complex and hatred arises between the two girls. Mashal’s mother Shagufta (Zainab Qayyum) keeps coaxing her negatively towards her relatives, particularly Mehreen, at a tender age. Aswad is spared from the bitterness because he is considered a suitable match for Mashal.

The story is a love triangle where both girls try to outdo each other. Mashal’s love for Aswad knows no limits. Hence, she tries her best to condescend to Mehreen in front of Aswad. Aswad more or less reciprocates her affection and hates Mehreen.  The story takes a turn when Mashal is found dead and Mehreen is accused of murder. Everyone including Aswad believes Mehreen is the murderer. Thus, he avenges Mashal’s murder by torturing Mehreen. He even marries her to take away her freedom.

Mehreen, unhealed from childhood trauma, always remembers her father and seems to revisit her past every time something happens. Mehreen lives miserably and can’t seem to take control of her life.

Mashal-and-Mehreen Hum Kahan Kay Sachay Thay

We’re yet to see how things go. We’re very keen on finding out what does Mehreen do? Will she accept living in this cage or will Aswad ever learn the truth? We assume the story will uncover in accordance with the title of the drama which suggests regret and introspection.

Elders often forget the influence their words, behaviour, and action holds. They can fail to realize the consequences of their negativity. Umaira Ahmed picked some of the most important yet ignored topics in our society and culture which are child psychology, and mental illness.

Nevertheless, there is nothing exceptional about the story, since Pakistani stories have a lot of drama surrounding household politics, cousin marriages, and love triangles. However, Hum Kahan kay Sachay Thay depicts internalised toxicity rooted in children which follows them throughout their lives, passed on to generations to come. Where did this hatred, toxicity, selfishness root from? They learnt it from their parents.