Last character post! I have a lot to say about these two, because it feels like there are a lot of interpretations of them, and the series never really landed on one or the other.
(oh, and index of all my Made in Heaven reviews is here)
All of these interpretations set up Ahil as a user, a cheater, one who is willing to hurt both the woman he is cheating on and the woman he is cheating with in order to feel good about himself. And they set up Faiza as damaged, another “bride” who was destroyed, married off to the appropriate man who was supposed to guarantee her happiness, abused by him and then by her family after she returned home, left to feel she has no value at all because she is not a wife. Ahil is bad, Faiza is a confused victim.
But the last episode throws us a curve. We have already seen that Faiza was Ahil’s friend first, she is the first to welcome Tara and tell her she is glad Ahil’s engagement to another woman failed. We even saw Tara have a tinge of guilt when remembering how she talked to Faiza before her engagement and encouraged her to marry a man who would end up abusing her. But in this episode we get another flashback, one in which Ahil is starring at Faiza with her fiance, looking distressed. And that was when Tara struck and played on his emotions to get him to propose to her. With this interpretation, it’s not that Ahil is a permanent cheater, it is that he is permanently longing for Faiza (who he cannot easily have because she is Muslim). He married Tara with a broken heart because Faiza was engaged. He was casual about his first engagement because his heart was still being pulled towards Faiza. His marriage to Tara was only good so long as Faiza was unavailable, once she got divorced and back in their lives, Ahil had to be with her. Ahil is the victim, not Tara or Faiza. Tara blocked him from being with his true love, Faiza broke his heart, Ahil wants to be a good husband but has to come when Faiza calls.
I don’t know if I like this last idea. We will see if they stick with it, or if they go back to Ahil always wanting what he doesn’t have as the central driving force, and Faiza always needing male approval.
What do you think? Which version of these characters and their relationship do you like best?