Mann Mayal

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Mann Mayal
Against a dark-maroonish background four faces appears from head to abdomen, among them two are girls and two are boys showing all four main protagonist of series.
Created byMomina Duraid
Sana Shahnawaz
Written bySamira Fazal
Directed byHaseeb Hassan
StarringHamza Ali Abbasi
Maya Ali
Gohar Rasheed
Ayesha Khan
Aiman Khan
Opening theme"Tere Naal Mein Laiyan" by Quratulain Balouch and Shuja Haider
ComposerMAD Music
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
No. of episodes33 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersMomina Duraid
Samina Humayun Saeed
Sana Shahnawaz
Tariq Shah
Production locationsHyderabad
Karachi
CinematographyZeb Rao
EditorMahmood Ali
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time35–43 minutes
Production companyMD Productions
DistributorHum Network Limited
MD Productions
Release
Original networkHum TV
Picture format1080p (HDTV)
560i (SDTV)
Original release25 January (2016-01-25) –
5 September 2016 (2016-09-05)
External links
Hum Television
MD Productions

Mann Mayal (Urdu: من مائل, lit.'Heart inclined') is a Pakistani romantic drama television series that aired on Hum TV on 25 January 2016 to 5 September 2016, [1] and was digitally released on the Amazon Prime and Iflix. It is co-produced by Momina Duraid of MD Productions and Samina Humayun Saeed of Next Level Entertainment, written by Samira Fazal and directed by Haseeb Hassan.[2][3][4][5] Mann Mayal starred Hamza Ali Abbasi as Salahhudin and Maya Ali as Manahil in leading roles.[6][7][8]

The series centers on the lives of Manahil and Salahuddin who fall in love with each other, but due to their social class differences Salahuddin refuses to marry her. Despite these issues Manahil was not willing to give on him. He crosses-path with her after five years and realises that everything has been changed. However, it is seen that Salahuddin and Manahil are still not over each other.[9]

Mann Mayal was 2016's Highest rated drama serial in Pakistan. [10][11][12]

Premise[edit]

Mann Mayal depicts the story of Manahil, (Maya Ali) who lives in a joint family in Sukkur, and her neighbour Salahuddin (Hamza Ali Abbasi). Salahuddin is ambitious and intelligent, and is asked by Manahil's father to give tuition to her because of her low grades. They fall in love with each but Salahuddin doesn’t marry Manahil due to differences in their social-class status and due to fear of rejection from her family. Manahil's parents accept the proposal of Mikaeel (Gohar Rasheed), who unbeknownst to Manahil's family, is a spoiled alcoholic and gambler. Salahuddin says goodbye to Manahil for a last time before her marriage only to end up in allegation that he attempted to run away with her. He then settles things out and leaves for Karachi to work at his friend Ifti's (Vasay Chaudhry) firm, where he meets Ifti's father Rehman (Talat Hussain) who is in failing health and is treated poorly by Ifti's wife Cookie (Arjumand Rahim) and the housekeeper Jameel (Saleem Mairaj). Salahuddin and Rehman develop a close bond and they confide in each other.[13]

Salahuddin starts to take care of Rehman while Manahil marries Mikaeel who proves to be an abusive husband and gambling addict. Tensions rise between Salahuddin and Ifti when Cookie accuses Salahuddin of conspiring against her to gain Rehman's favor with an eye on the latter's wealth. After a heated confrontation with Ifti and Cookie, Salahuddin decides to leave their house, but upon learning that Rehman is terminal and suffering from cancer, he begs Ifti to let him stay and agrees to Cookie's condition that he must care for Rehman in place of Jameel. Eventually Ifti comes to terms with the truth, and repents allowing his father to be mistreated. Rehman later dies of his cancer while Salahuddin is on a visit to his home. Salahuddin is devastated to learn of Rehman's death on his return. Jameel asks Salahuddin for forgiveness and requests to stay with him in his service. Jameel also hands him a sealed package from Rehman which contains the deed of a highly valuable plot of land left in Salahuddin's name as a gift. After a one-year leap, Salahuddin has become a successful and wealthy businessman while Manahil becomes a mother of a baby boy. Mikaeel's behaviour towards Manahil and their child continues to worsen and he views them as obstacles to his lifestyle. After three years, Salahuddin hires a new employee Jeena (Ayesha Khan). Jeena secretly falls in love with him, and starts to insert herself into his life by preparing meals for him and arranging his clothes despite being discouraged by Salahuddin. Manahil gives birth to her second child (a daughter). All this while, Salahuddin has been secretly keeping tabs on Manahil's life via Jameel, who is now his employee, friend, and trusted confidante. Mikaeel's gambling addiction continues to worsen, and after his parents' death he severs ties with Manahil and his children, leaving them virtually abandoned. Time once again brings Manahil and Salahuddin face to face, and Salahuddin is devastated to see a ruined and broken Manahil. He realizes how his mistakes have led to her suffering. His care and concern for Manahil makes her the target of Jeena's jealousy and insecurities. Salahuddin faces hopelessness as he tries to repair the harm he has done, realizing that the passage of time has left indelible scars on Manahil's soul, and his once exalted place in her heart is forever lost. Yet, when Manahil sees his constant and undeniable love for her, her bitterness seems to fade away, and she falls in love with him, again.

Cast[edit]

Main Characters of Mann Mayal featuring (left to right) Hamza Ali Abbasi as Salahuddin, Maya Ali as Manahil (Mannu) and Gohar Rasheed as Mikael, Ayesha Khan as Jeena

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Directed by Written by Original air date Bizaisa ratings
(thousands)
Ratings
(TRP)
1Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal25 January 2016 (2016-01-25)49.6[15]
Rabiya passes her exam with A grade, but Manahil finds out that she has failed. She is saddened by her result. Her father consoles her and tells her that he will ask Salahuddin to tutor her. Unknown to Manahil, a proposal came for her which she thinks is for her aunt's daughter Sara.
2Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal1 February 2016 (2016-02-01)54.0[16]
Manahil becomes angry when she learns that the proposal came for her and gets mad at Salahuddin for not telling her. Rabiya confronts Salahuddin that he "loves" Manahil. Sara confronts Manahil and warns her that their family will never accept her relation with Salahuddin.
3Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal8 February 2016 (2016-02-08)43.7[17]
When Salahuddin does not go to tutor Manahil, she gets worried and runs to Salahuddin's home, her parents find out about them and whole family dispute over whether Salahuddin is worthy of Manahil or not. Later, Manahil's father and her uncle reluctantly agree despite their reservations about Salahuddin. Manahil runs for Salahuddin. Manahil keeps knocking on Salahuddin's house door, but without opening the door, Salahuddin, with a heavy heart, tells her to leave.
4Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal15 February 2016 (2016-02-15)62.7[18]
Manahil comes back to her house. Manahil's father accepts Mikaeel's proposal, while Salahuddin receives a job in his friend's firm in Karachi. Manahil's father meets Salahuddin and tells him that he is the "best" choice for Manahil but he wants better for his daughter and asks him to meet Mikaeel to inquire about him and his character.
5Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal22 February 2016 (2016-02-22)39.7[19]
Salahuddin calls Manahil one last time before going to Karachi, where she expresses her love for him and he asks her to meet and she secretly escapes. Manahil's disappearance causes panic in the house so Manahil's father calls Salahuddin's parents and accuses them for this act, he gets to know that they both are together and orders them to get home. Upon reaching, Manahil defends Salahuddin, but he says that this was all his idea and they should not hurt or say anything to Manahil. Manahil's father warns Salahuddin to never come back.
6Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal29 February 2016 (2016-02-29)51.8[20]
Salahuddin reaches Karachi and sees his friend, Ifti's, and his wife, Cookie's, estranged behaviour towards him. Manahil struggles and suffers in silence with her marriage as Mikaeel is more interested in spending his life alone rather than to be with someone. Manahil makes an effort to adjust with Mikaeel and asks him if she can come with him at his friends' but he refuses due to her senile fashion-style, she later calls Salahuddin.
7Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal7 March 2016 (2016-03-07)18.5[21]
Salahuddin tells Manahil that they should not talk to each other and Manahil should only think about her husband and he needs to move on for his career. Which leaves Manahil heartbroken, so she changes her appearance to please Mikaeel. When Salahuddin sees Manahil, outside a parlour, in her new avatar, he feels guilty. Manahil finds out about Mikaeel's drinking and smoking. He scolds her for being a typical wife and tells his parents that he cannot live with her.
8Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal14 March 2016 (2016-03-14)16.3[22]
Mikaeel asks Manahil to do house chores, along her social life with him. Cookie and Jameel mistreat Rehman while Salahuddin tries to help. Mikaeel's mother apologises to Manahil for Mikaeel's behaviour and habits, when Manahil asks for money for Mikaeel. Later, Rehman apologises for Cookie's behaviour and asks him to leave the house for better.
9Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal21 March 2016 (2016-03-21)74.3[23]
After seeing Rehman's condition and knowing that he has cancer, Salahuddin decides to stay to take care of him. Manahil goes back to her home for the first time after marriage, where her father realises that she is not happy. Salahuddin and Rehman grow closer to each other which upsets Cookie. Salahuddin gets to know about Manahil being home.
10Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal28 March 2016 (2016-03-28)35.8[24]
When Rehman gets to know about Salahuddin and Mannu, he tries to make Salahuddin understand about his love for Manahil, and asks him to go to her and try again, and if she rejects him, he wouldn't feel guilty later that he didn't even try. Manahil's family plans to invite Mikaeel, and her father calls him, but he misbehaves with him. So Manahil's father says that if he doesn't need Manahil, then Manahil doesn't need him either, and she will get a divorce.
11Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal4 April 2016 (2016-04-04)52.1[25]
Cookie apologises to Rehman on request of Ifti. Rabiya informs Salahuddin that Manahil is getting divorce and tells him about Mikaeel's behavior with her. Salahuddin bids farewell to Rehman to meet Manahil. Salahuddin returns home, Manahil confronts him for leaving her in the first place and asks him to let her go. She also tells him that she will not leave Mikaeel. Mikaeel, still in debt and due to shortage of time, thinks of selling Manahil's jewellery on his friend's advice.
12Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal11 April 2016 (2016-04-11)37.2[26]
Manahil's parents are surprised to see sudden change in Mikaeel's personality, however Manahil gets suspicious and finds out the real reason. Salahuddin leaves for Karachi, he finds out about Rehman's death and that left him a four-thousand-guz plot. Mikael's was about to slap him, but Manahil suddenly tells the truth about him selling her jewellery, and faints. Later, when Manahil awakes, Mikaeel yells at her for telling his parents about selling the jewellery. Mikaeel's father orders him to leave the house.
13Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal18 April 2016 (2016-04-18)90.4[27]
Mikaeel's friend then advises him to father a child to divert the attention and to attain all the property and control over business. After one year, Manahil is pregnant and back home for the baby's birth. Salahuddin becomes a successful businessman and still deeply in love with Manahil. Manahil's father invite Salahuddin and his family before they shift to Karachi. Salahuddin and Manahil keep looking at each other. Manahil gives birth to a baby boy. Later, series take another leap of three years with Manahil pregnant with her second child. Mikaeel becomes more aggressive and unresponsive towards her and their son.
14Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal25 April 2016 (2016-04-25)45.4[28]
Rabiya gets married and shifts to America with her husband. Rabiya takes her parents along with her too, as she is afraid to go alone. Jeena, who just got a job at Salahuddin's office, becomes obsessed with Salahuddin and secretly watches him. Jeena is orphan and lives alone. Manahil has labour pain, so she was going upstairs to tell Mikaeel's parents, when Mikaeel sees her, he thinks she is going to tell about his gambling, so he throws her back in her room and leaves. Manahil, unable to get up, faints there. Salahuddin orders Jameel to find out what happened. So Jameel becomes a temporary servant at Mikaeel's home. Manahil gives birth to a girl.
15Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal2 May 2016 (2016-05-02)44.4[29]
Jameel follows Salahuddin's instructions to keep an eye on Manahil, and slowly develops a contact telling Salahuddin's sayings, who he refers to her as "Guru". Jameel comforts Manahil by telling about his Guru's instructions to solve her problems. Manahil and Mikaeel become more distant due to his behaviour. Manahil plans a picnic on the instructions of Guru for her children, where Salahuddin also follows them in the park.
16Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal9 May 2016 (2016-05-09)47.3[30]
Salahuddin watches Tipu (Manahil's son. Manahil continues to talk to Salahuddin, who has disguised himself as "Guru" where he regularly watches Manahil. Manahil shares all kind of things with him (like about Salahuddin, Mikaeel's gambling). Jeena consistently tries to impress Salahuddin, she picks up the phone and later, develops a relation with his mother. Manahil finds out about Jameel and Salahuddin, she confronts Salahuddin and warns him not to intervene her life and warns, if he continues, she will commit suicide.
17Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal16 May 2016 (2016-05-16)52.9[31]
Mikaeel misbehaves with his parents and orders the guards to throw them out of the casino. Heartbroken by his behaviour, both die in a car accident. Salahuddin, informed by Jameel. Mikaeel confronts Manahil for telling his parents about his gambling, to which she denies. Manahil goes to Salahuddin's office and accuses him of telling Mikaeel's truth to his parents and blames him for their death and for everything bad that happened in her life.
18Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal23 May 2016 (2016-05-23)58.9[32]
Manahil wakes up at night to find her daughter having high temperature. She calls Mikaeel, but he doesn't pick up as he is busy in a party. She then calls Salahuddin for help. Salahuddin slaps Mikael. Jeena inquires about Manahil's relation with Salahuddin through his mother and becomes jealous. She expresses her feelings to Jameel and he warns her not to go after Salahuddin as it is a hollow pursuit. Salahuddin convince her to come home for sometime, so Manahil agrees. She burst into tears remembering her parents in-law and decides to leave Mikaeel once and for all.
19Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal30 May 2016 (2016-05-30)36.1[33]
Jeena tries to get more along with Salahuddin and that's when he gets to know that she loves him. Mikaeel sells his mother's jewellery and says to Manahil to leave him and go with her parents. Jeena impress Salahuddin by cooking him breakfast and tells him about her family. Mikaeel tells Manahil that he wants to make this home a casino and throws Manahil, along with her children, out of the house.
20Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal6 June 2016 (2016-06-06)24.8[34]
Manahil sells her earrings and necklace to buy a train ticket back to her home, but the money wasn't enough, so she calls Jameel for help. Jeena overhears Jameel talking to Manahil, and grabs his phone from him and accuses Manahil for destroying Salahuddin's life. Jameel takes Manahil and her children to his quarter of Salahuddin's home. While Jeena on the other hand, manipulates Salahuddin and gets him ready for engagement. Meanwhile, unknown to Salahuddin that Manahil is staying in his home, she runs to leave the room, only to end up being caught by him.
21Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)60.8[35]
Salahuddin tries to make Manahil understand that she should leave Mikaeel whereas Jeena convinces her to go back and try again instead of going back home to her parents. Manahil agrees and asks Salahuddin to take her to Mikaeel one last time. There, Mikael gives her divorce. On his telephone conversation with Manahil's mother, Salah-ud-din finds out about Manahil's father's heart attack. Her mother asks him to keep her with him for a few more days. Manahil grabs his phone from him and, devastated by her situation, she informs her mother that Mikaeel has divorced her.
22Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal20 June 2016 (2016-06-20)36.5[36]
Salah-ud-Din tells Manahil that he would break off the engagement if he has to. Unknown to them Jeena overhears them and ask Manahil to leave. Finding Jeena with Manahil and seeing her cold behaviour with Manahil, he breaks his engagement. Manahil finds out about his father deteriorating and health breaks down in tears.
23Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)18.3[37]
Manahil's family convinces her to stay with Salah-ul-Din for a while until her father's recovery. Jeena try to seduce Jameel and manipulates him with her tricks, she told him that she has feelings for him, and tries to turn him against Salah-ul-Din. Jameel confess her love to Jeena when she threatens to leave. Salah-ul-Din sister Rabiya calls him to leave Manahil, and move on with Jeena and informs about their parents coming to Karachi. Manahil overhears their conversation and ask him to marry Jeena to put all the rumors to rest.
24Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal4 July 2016 (2016-07-04)20.3[38]
Jeena avoids Jameel as he tries to come near to her. Jeena uses Jameel to turn Salah-ul-Din's parents against Manahil. Salah-ud-Din mother taunts Manahil for getting divorced and living with Salah-ul-Din under one roof. Jeena becomes anxious due to Jameel intervening her life, trying to spend time with her. Salah-ud-Din's mother ask Manahil about Iddah of divorce and tells her to stay away from Salah-ul-Din.
25Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal11 July 2016 (2016-07-11)45[39]
Manahil ask Salah-ul-Din to keep a distance from her after having last conversation with his mother. Jeena ask Salah-ul-Din's mother for their marriage who tells her that proposal should come from her family member or friends, she then manipulates her against Manahil. Salah-ud-Din's mother ask Manahil to do house chores, seeing her doing chores, Salah-ud-din confront his mother and tells Jeena that he is going to marry Manahil and calls off his engagement with her.
26Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal18 July 2016 (2016-07-18)48.7[40]
Disheartened by Salahuddin decision, Jeena vows to take revenge from him. She try to turned Jameel against Salahuddin in a fit of rage. She then lure Jameel into her love saying that if he helps her taking revenge from Salahuddin, she will marry him. Manahil tells Salahuddin that she cannot marry him and asks him to arrange tickets for her and children to Hyderabad but he refuses saying, "he can't let her go".
27Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal25 July 2016 (2016-07-25)71.7[41]
Jeena meets Mikaeel and try to lure him out by convincing him to take Manahil and children back and then calls Manahil and accuse her of destroying their life. Jameel calls Jeena to tell her that Manahil is in park, where she reveals her plan that Mikaeel was never there to meet Manahil, instead to abduct the children.
28Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal1 August 2016 (2016-08-01)63.9[42]
Salahuddin's confront Jameel and blames him for the incident. Jeena turns the situation against Jameel and blames him for getting caught. Hence Salahuddin throws Jameel throws out of their lives.
29Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal8 August 2016 (2016-08-08)61.5[43]
Salahuddin shows no affection to her, when confronting by her mother he tells her that Manahil never loved her and he will go back to Jeena, leaving her mother in shock and furious. Jeena meets Manahil, where she create misunderstanding between Manahil and Salahuddin revealing that Salahuddin spent a night at her house. Manahil and Salahuddin had fight after she confront him, and both blamed each other for ruining their lives. Late Manahil leaves Salahuddin and went back to Mikaeel.
30Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal15 August 2016 (2016-08-15)54.2[44]
Mikaeel ask Salahuddin to settle him abroad, so that he could start a new life to which Salahuddin agrees. But seeing Salahuddin sacrifices and gratitude towards children, Mikaeel feels guilty over his mistakes and instead ask Salahuddin to take care of Manahil and children, he bring children to Salahuddin and leaves. Failing in her plan of separating Manahil and Salahuddin, she plans to poison Manahil and children.
31Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal22 August 2016 (2016-08-22)48.7[45]
Jeena adds poison in drinks that she plans to give Manahil and children but is interrupted by Salahuddin who drinks the juice despite knowing that Jeena has poisoned it. Jameel rushes into house to save Manahil while Jeena flees. Mikaeel visits his parents graves and accepts his mistakes for one last time and ask them their forgiveness, he then gets murdered over his gambling debt when his friend came to claim his money. Doctor later told Manahil that Salahuddin condition is lethal, disheartened by their fates and feeling responsible for his condition, she confesses her feelings for him, asks Jameel to take care of him and leaves.
32Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal29 August 2016 (2016-08-29)58.3[46]
Manahil blames herself for ruining the lives of people around her and prays for Salahuddin recovery. After failing in her attempt to separate Manahil and Salahuddin, and misunderstanding that she killed Salahuddin, Jeena kills herself. After Salahuddin's successful operation Manahil leaves for Hyderabad without seeing him. In Hyderabad, Manahil recalls her memories and asked her father that she wants to start her life again on her own.
33Haseeb HassanSamira Fazal5 September 2016 (2016-09-05)68.1[47]
Salahuddin searches for Manahil everywhere and finds out where she has been living. He visits her where she shuts the door after seeing him, she asked him to go and reminiscence how once she left her house for him and he didn't open the door and complains how he ruins their life, Salahuddin then apologizes to Manahil for not making right decisions and both reconcile proclaiming their love for the one last time.

Background and production[edit]

Development[edit]

Director of series, Haseeb Hassan

Man Mayal was originally conceived by Hum TV's senior producer Momina Duraid and fashion-stylist Sana Shahnawaz as Tera Ghum Aur Hum in late July 2015, with Duraid's hiring Haseeb Hassan for direction, who was the director of channel's then running serial Diyar-e-Dil that ended in October 2015.[48][49] Haseeb returns to direct third year in a row since his first project for channel in 2013.[50] The screenplay for the serial is written by Lux Style Award-winning writer Samira Fazal who, previously wrote the screenplays of channel's critically acclaimed serials such as Dastaan, Bari Aapa, Mera Naseeb and most recently Alvida, it also marked the writer's first collaboration with Hassan.

In August 2015, Samina Humayun Saeed and Tariq Shah came on board as a co-producers, both Samina and Tariq previously produced cult followed-drama serial Sadqay Tumhare that aired between 2014 and 2015 television season.[51] while Sana marked her production debut with this serial,[52] she explained, "I'm thrilled to get a chance to work with such an amazing team so early on in my career. I couldn’t have found a better project than Mann Mayal to kick-start this new phase in my creative journey. It’s always a blast working with a team who are not only talented artists but also very dear friends. I’m confident the audiences are going to love this serial."[53]

Writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar initially wrote the lyrics for series soundtrack and helped producer Sana coined then series name Tera Ghum Aur Hum.[54] Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt sends regards to Shahnawaz for her production venture.[55] Series music and background score is composed by Hamza Jafri of MAD music, while title track composition and lyrics is written by Shuja Haider and Momina hired Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch to perform the song making her second collaboration with Duraid since 2011, for drama series Humsafar.[56]

Casting[edit]

Creative head and producers Momina Duraid, Sana Shahnawaz and writer Sameera Fazal mutually choose the cast,[54] which includes Maya Ali, Hamza Ali Abbasi to play the leading roles of Manahil,[57] Salah-ul-Din and Gohar Rasheed, Ayesha Khan Meekail[58] and Jeena played negative roles.[59] None of the leading actors have appeared together on television except Hamza and Ayesha who worked together in a 2013 film Waar[55][60] and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, and Maya Ali, Ismat Zaidi and Shehryar Zaidi who have previously worked together in Geo TV's, Meri Zindagi Hai Tu. Saba Hameed and Hamza Ali Abbasi have previously worked together in ARY Digital's Pyaray Afzal. Speaking about her character Khan said, "my role is the surprise element in the drama. She is the game changer of the play. I opted for this role because she is not a typical damsel in distress which I think I have done umpteen times; instead she is needy for love. She gives unconditional love to others and expects the same for herself,".[61] This is Mayal Ali second consecutive collaboration with director having previously worked in Diyar-e-Dil.[62] Stating about her character Hamza said, "my character will create magic in this serial".[63] Hamza who plays Afzal as his feature television debut in Piyaray Afzal in 2014, returns to play Salahuddin on the request of Sana.[54] Hamza described his character "is close to who I am."[64][65] In an interview Hamza explained that, "I have done this serial after giving a hit film because I don’t want to leave television and it is my moral commitment to myself to do one serial a year. Other than this, the story is not a typical saazishi aurto wali kahani and has room for me to come out as a better actor."[66] Gohar who have worked with Abbasi in theater and films said about his character, "Mikail is rich and a little bit spoiled; he has his own set of insecurities which he tries to overcome in his own way."[58]

Veteran Actors Mehmood Aslam and Laila Zuberi were cast to portray the role of Mikael's parents, this roles were initially offered to actors Javed Sheikh and Atiqa Odho. Veteran actors' Saba Hameed and Naeem Tahir were cast for the role Manahil's parents and Shehryar Zaidi and Ismat Zaidi were cast for the role of Salah-ul-Din's parents, popular soap actress Aiman Khan plays the role of Rabiya as Salah-ul-Din younger sister and Manahil friend. Series also cast Arjumand Rahim, Vasay Chaudhry and National award-winning actor Talat Hussain for the roles of Ifti, cookie and Rehman.

Filming and locations[edit]

Principal photography commenced on early June 2015 and was completed in September 2015, with a total of thirty-three episodes.[66] Director Haseeb Hassan and production house delayed the ongoing shoot of their series Sanam which was under-production to film ‘’Mann Mayal’’. During the shoot the title of Tera Gham Or Hum was used. Shooting was extensively done in remote areas of Hyderabad, Sindh and in Clifton in Karachi, Sindh.[67]

Several sets-locations were real including Salahuddin's home, which was a 'hundred-year' Haveli, director Hassan said, "The haveli we chose as Hamza’s house was almost 100 hundreds year old. I am glad we shot there because it has been demolished by government now,".[67] Shooting locations were overseen by art director Zeeshan. In an interview Haseeb said, "The wonderful artwork you will notice in the drama has been done by Zeeshan. Whenever I take up any project I always have some period in mind; and this serial the props and accessories we have used would represent the old era and it has been done in a way that everything looks relatable,".[67] Cinematographer Zeb Rao and editor Mehmood Ali return as director of photography and chief editing respectively[67] as both previously worked with Duraid's Diyar-e-Dil that earned them critical praise and acclaim.[68]

Music[edit]

Mann Mayal OST
Mann Mayal (music cover).jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released23 January 2016 (2016-01-23)
Recorded2016
GenreTelevision soundtrack
Length04 Minutes 06 Seconds (4:06)
LanguagePunjabi, Urdu
LabelM.D Productions
ProducerMomina Duraid
Music video
"Mann Mayal" OST on YouTube

The title song of Mann Mayal was composed by musician Shuja Haider, who also penned down the lyrics while the background score for the series is done by Mad Music.[69][70] The OST was performed by Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch '"QB".[71] with Shuja Hyder as being in the chorous. It marks the return of QB to Hum TV, since she performed the OST of Roshan Sitara in 2012 and earlier it she performed the OST of channel's blockbuster drama series Humsafar's title song "Woh Humsafar Tha" in 2012.[56]

The first half of the soundtrack was released on 23 January 2016 as after the final title was revealed as Mann Mayal and next half was released on 1 February 2016. The soundtrack was produced along with series production by Momina Duraid, Samina Humayun Saeed, Sana Shahnawaz and Tariq Shah under Duraid's production company M.D Productions.

The soundtrack was praised for its lyrics and composition and vocals, QB and co-singer Shuja Hyder received much appraisal for their singing as well as enthusiastic reviews for Hyder composing, particularly Hyder being praised for "his vocals add depth and variety to the proceedings."[72] Popularity of "Tere Naal Mein laiyan" led an online competition where on 9 February Hum Network announced on its Facebook page to "record the soundtrack and inbox to series official page, to win a title of Voice of Art and gifts hampers."[73] On 8 August 2016, a slower version of Tere Naal Mei Laiyaan Akhiyaan was released on Mann Mayal's Twentieth episode with Rasmia Baloch and Shuja Haider performing the OST.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Shuja Haider; all music is composed by Shuja Haider and Mad Music.

No.TitleArtist(s)Length
1."Tere Naal Mein laiyan"Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch and Shuja Haider4:06
2."Tere Naal Mein laiyan (slow version)"Rasmia Baloch and Shuja Haider4:11
Total length:8:17

Broadcast and release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Mann Mayal was originally scheduled to air in late December 2015, however, due to post-production delays, Hum TV rescheduled the series for January 2016.[74] It was initially titled Tera Ghum Aur Hum in an early press releases but then it was changed to Dil-e-Jaanam and then to Mann Mayal, with no official reason given by Hum Network management to these changes.[75] Mann Mayal aired a weekly episode on every Monday succeeding TV series Maan which was shifted on Friday after the finale of Tumhare Siwa, starting from its premiere date, with time slot of 8:00 pm.[76] It was announced that series will be premiered on 22 January 2016 after Tumhare Siwa but then moved to Monday with the premiere date of 25 January.[53] The show approximately airs weekly episode for 35–40 minutes (without commercials). The series was ordered and comprised the section of 33 episodes whereas initially it was announced to air 24 episodes. It was aired on Hum Europe in UK,[77] on Hum TV USA in USA[77] and Hum TV Mena on UAE,[77] with same timings and premiered date. All International broadcasting aired the series in accordance with their standard times. By July 2016 Mann Mayal was broadcast by Hum Network's new channel Hum World HD for US region.

Home media, digital release and streaming service[edit]

In late January 2017, Hum Network released Mann Mayal. All episodes of Mann Mayal were streamed on Hum TV's official YouTube channel since its premier, in January 2017, all its episodes were removed from YouTube. In May 2017, Mann Mayal was digitally released on the iflix app as a part of channel's contract with the app. The series was one of iflix's first Pakistani series to stream. Furthermore in 2018, the series had another digital release on the Starzplay app. In 2019, Mann Mayal was removed from the iflix app and was released on the Amazon Prime app. In late January 2020, the show was again uploaded by the Hum TV on its official channel, and was released on the ZEE5 app.

Reception[edit]

Television ratings[edit]

Number of Episodes Timeslot (PST) Premiere Finale TV Season Rank Overall viewership
Date PAK Viewers
(Millions)
Television Rating Points (TRP) Date PAK Viewers
(Millions)
Television Rating Points (TRP)
33 Mondays
08:00 pm
25 January 2016 (2016-01-25) 15[78] 4.9 5 September 2016 (2016-09-05) 30[79] 9.3 2016 #1[80][10] 48.3[47]

Mann Mayal premiered with 11 million viewers in Pakistan, while on 29 January 2016, Hum TV announced that the pilot episode had received 4.9 Television Rating Points (TRP), which was the channel's highest ratings. Second week in a row it received the highest TRPs with 5.9 and for second and third episodes. For consecutive seven weeks it was the highest-rated drama series with ratings of 6.2 TRP respectively. On 30 March 2016 Hum TV announced that the channel has gained 5.8 TRPs for series tenth episode, the next week ratings were up further with 6.7 TRP for eleventh episode, with episodes twelve, thirteen and fourteen Mann Mayal was rated with TRP of 4.4, 6.7 and 5.8. Moreover, fifteenth-episode of series achieved highest ratings of 8.1 TRP,[80] according to the channel, it was network's highest rating for any series in 2016. Hunza Gul of Brandsynario stated that Mann Mayal, was the highest trending topic of Twitter.,[80] with next three weeks it scored TRP of 6.7 for sixteenth and eighteenth episode and 4.2 for seventeenth.

From nineteenth episode to its twenty-first, the series scored TRP of 6.3, 6.5 and 6.7,[81] on its twenty-third and twenty-fifth episode it received 7.4 and 7.7TRP. It achieved the record breaking 9.7 TRPs on Its Twenty-sixth episode[10] breaking all the previous records including channels 2013 series, Humsafar[10][11] and Zindagi Gulzar Hai.[11][82] Mann Mayal was placed on first position on a list of top 10 Pakistani shows of 2016,[83] It scored 6.1, 6.7 and 7.1TRPs for the twenty-seventh, twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth episodes, respectively. Close to finale, on its thirtieth episode Mann Mayal peaked at 5.5 TRPs, furthermore on its thirty-second episode it averaged 6.1 TRPs. The Last episode of Mann Mayal averaged 7.1 TRPs peaking at TRP more than 9.3 and maximising 9.8 as claimed by the channel on their Facebook page.

Mann Mayal TV Ratings : Pakistan viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode number
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14.95.95.96.26.26.26.26.26.25.86.74.46.75.88.16.74.26.26.36.56.76.57.47.47.79.76.16.77.15.56.16.99.8
Source: Kantar Media TRP's and Audience Management, see [84]

Viewership[edit]

From its eighth till fifteenth episode Mann Mayal averages 2.2 Million Viewers according to MediaLogic’s overnight ratings.[85][86][87] Onwards episode eighteenth, series begin receiving negative reviews from the critics, despite this it reached points more that 2.9 Million views till episode 21.[88] Till episode thirty Mann Mayal received 2.9 Million viewers [89] where as on its final episode it finally reached a record viewership more than 3.5 Million viewers.[90]

Critical reception[edit]

Before the premiere of series, Mann Mayal was listed as one of the most anticipated serials of 2016.[66] Writing for Dawn News, Sadaf Haider moderately reviewed the series saying, "Hum TV back to more family-oriented viewing. The recent fervor at Hum TV to make dramas like Sangat and Gul-e-Rana which glamourise rapists may thankfully have abated."[91] She concluded that, "This is a well-made drama worth watching. Anyone who sees the first episode can not wait to see the next. If Mann Mayal can steer clear of obvious clichés, it has the potential to not only be a blockbuster, or a 'must watch', but something iconic. All the ingredients are there."[91] In April issue of The Express Tribune, Mann Mayal was ranked second behind Dillagi.[92]

However, Sheeba Khan of HIP lauded the series positively praising it script, Haseebs's direction, Shuja's background score, and acting - particularly of Hamza and Aiman Khan, she also praised for family orientation script saying, "that old, traditional feel is hard to find in dramas these days...Diyar-e-Dil was the last family drama on air so it is grateful for Mann Mayal and how it was presented!".[93] Writing for same publication Khan heavily praised the screenplay, direction and acting for third episode particularly raising Maya Ali's character saying, "Maya Ali delivered a performance that has now pit her against the best of the best in the industry."[94] And said, "A flawlessly written episode, with flawless acting and direction!."[94]

In a less enthusiastic review for The Express Tribune Kanza Riaz said that, "Mann Mayal is teaching our society some horrendously wrong things."[95] She heavily criticized the serial saying, "the director and producer chose to tell a story of a weak woman who falls in love with her neighbour/friend's brother for no apparent reason. She then employs every cheap trick in the book to attract him and convinces him to ask her parents for her hand in marriage."[95] She further evaluate the role of women in society being "powerful" not "weak" and condemn "love marriage" concept in Pakistani culture. She praised the previous women oriented dramas such as Daam, Durr-e-Shehwar, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Alpha Bravo Charlie.[95] She concluded by saying "our entertainment media has become extremely commercialised and rating-oriented."[95] Ayesha Siddique of The Nation opposes the idea of spreading "wrong message" to the people and said, "Mann Mayal is attempting to make girls more expressive and bolder,"[96] and explained that, "If a girl likes someone she should express her feelings. It is not against the dignity of a woman. It is not against anyone’s dignity at all. The taboo over a woman proposing to a man should be revisited."[96]

The soundtrack of the series was heavily praised and has garnered more than a million views on YouTube, according to Saavn, the series ranked the top charts for three consecutive weeks of its release, and on the new official Pakistani music app Taazi, the song was among the highest-rated original soundtrack of series followed By "Yar-e-Man" of Diyar-e-Dil. In lukewarm reviews for Dawn News Sadaf haider felt that series suffers from "obvious plot holes" and stated "What doesn't make sense is that each character can see a clear path out of distress but they refuse to take it."[97] She also said, "Despite the soaring music Hum TV uses to invoke a pavlovian response out of its audience, much of the dramatic tension required to connect emotionally with the plot is lacking."[98] She further said, "Team Mann Mayal has managed to produce a very slick product, easily digested by the masses. While there are complaints of plot loopholes and one dimensional characters, this started off as a very popular serial and still is. So far, Mann Mayal has offered nothing new or challenging. It confirms every stereotype and comforts its audience’s prejudices, making it a winning and very commercially viable combination."[99]

The character of Mikaeel (portrayed by Gohar Rasheed) received critical appraisal from critics, but he faces criticism and harsh reaction as Mikaeel from public, in an interview he said, "a woman came up to me and asked if I am Mikaeel from Mann Mayal, when I said yes, she responded, You are a bad person and you should leave this place before we slap you."[100] He further said "when the drama aired, I received messages from women on my Facebook page and profile saying, ‘Thank you so much for playing your character so well, our ex-husbands used to behave exactly like that; mistreating us while we used to sit naïvely and thinking no, he is my husband, there was also the societal pressure. Now after watching Mann Mayal we realise we were only ill-treating ourselves. Thank you so much for playing this role and you’re a terrible person’."[100] Gohar has been associated with organization that run for Down Syndrome Program causes and in a wake of this cause he auctioned all of his wardrobe from series to raise funds for this programs, he said, "I am honored to be a part of this auction and to do something for these children and I hope everyone to be a part of this auction and raise money for Karachi Down Syndrome."[101]

Despite receiving highest-ratings, Mann Myal has been a subject of skeptical reviews and reception.[102] In addition to critical reviews Jeenas character received wide media attention and has been a subject of controversy since beginning.[103][104] Commenting on her character Ayesha Khan said, "With Mann Mayal, people hate my character Jeena but that’s the success of the character. What is frustrating though is when people can’t seem to differentiate between my onscreen persona and who I am in real life."mean I'm going to take their words to heart and change who I am over it. For me these judgments by bloggers are trash and that's exactly where they go,"[105][106] She further said, "social media has given a voice to every idiot – that doesn't mean I'm going to take their words to heart and change who I am over it. For me these judgments by bloggers are trash and that's exactly where they go".[105][107] The supporting characters were also heavily criticised. Many veteran supporting characters of Saba Hameed, Naeem Tahir were criticised due to their irresponsible parenting towards their daughter and sudden disappearance. Role played by veteran actress Ismat Zaidi who played Durdana, Salahuddin's mother was appreciable and was a major supporting character throughout the series but was criticised in episodes 24 and 25 due to her negative role as she is famous for playing innocent roles.

Sadaf Haider of Dawn Images wrote, "Mann Mayal is an undeniable runaway commercial success, it will not have the repeat value or iconic status that Humsafar, Diyar-e-Dil, Pyarey Afzal, Dastaan, Aun Zara, or other great iconic serials have. It will go down as just another pot boiler that made a lot of money, which is shame because this serial started off with a spark of brilliance."[108][109] Furthermore, it was criticized for its storyline with critics saying it "senseless",[110] and was panned for its overrun which initially was to have only twenty-four episodes.[111][112] The finale episode of series revived widespread criticism and critical reviews both from public and critics. In a brief review of series, Sadaf Haider of Dawn News wrote, "even Mannu's newfound feminism couldn't save Mann Mayal's last episode,"[113] she further said, "Mann Mayal had some great production value in the first 20 episodes, the script still had some internal logic and it has always been beautifully picturised. High ratings may well have been the reason for its decline in quality, as the producers realised that this cash cow could be milked for another 10 episodes."[113] Haider, also equipped "Mann Mayal may well be a testament to the patience of the Pakistani public, the dogged determination of watching a serial to the end once it's started but the real X factor was, of course, Hamza Ali Abbasi," and advise him that he should concentrates "on quality before his brand starts to lose its luster."[113]

Controversies[edit]

Kanza Riaz of The Express Tribune wrote for her February 2016 blog stating that Mann Mayal is teaching our society some horrendously wrong things![114] Riaz discouraged the plot of Manahil and Salahuddin's love story saying that Mannu's young age love has a negative affect for Pakistan's youth, she also says that it highlights a bad influent for women. Riaz discouraged the introduction episodes saying Just three episodes in, I have to say that I, for one, am heavily disappointed. The director and producer chose to tell a story of a weak woman who falls in love with her neighbour/friend’s brother for no apparent reason. She then employs every cheap trick in the book to attract him and convinces him to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.[114] Lastly Riaz comments on Mann Mayal's television rating The rating of Mann Mayal has gone through the roof; young women are ardently watching the show and what’s sad is that they are even impressed and inspired by it! We are showing these girls that it’s okay to lust after our smoulderingly handsome teachers. [114] Looking to this Director Haseeb Hassan cleared the entire controversy in his interview with HIP.

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Date Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2016 Hum Awards April 23, 2016
28 May 2016 (televised)
Best Drama Serial Momina Duraid Nominated
[115]
Best Drama Serial - Popular Nominated
Best Director Drama Serial Haseeb Hassan Nominated
Best Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi Won
Best Actress - Popular Maya Ali Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Gohar Rasheed Won
Best Writer Drama Serial Samira Fazal Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Tere Naal Mein Laiyaan Won
Best Onscreen Couple Hamza Ali Abbasi & Maya Ali Won
Best Onscreen Couple - Popular Won
Best Actor in a Negative Role Ayesha Khan Nominated
Lux Style Awards July 29, 2016
20 August 2016 (televised)
Best TV Play Momina Duraid, Nominated
Best TV Director Haseeb Hassan Nominated
Best TV Writer Samira Fazal Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Momina Duraid Won
Best Actress Maya Ali Won

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