Heer Episodes 3-6: Rich People Got PROBLEMS!

I did the first two episodes one at a time, but now I am just plowing through. So much happens, and yet also nothing. And somehow now that we have left the village, it all feels a little less important. Anyway, rich people got PROBLEMS! That’s the theme of these episodes. (Heer reviews index here)

There is a grand old tradition of “pure of heart poor person moves in with wealthy household and opens their minds and fixes them.” Everything from Bawarchi to My Man Godfrey to An Old-Fashioned Girl. It’s very socialist, the rich people are innately flawed due to their wealth and need to learn to appreciate other values. Now that our heroine has fled her village and been taken into the city household of her rich mentor, we get that in spades.

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This book is so good

Seemi Pasha is the rich mentor. She is well-intentioned and sincere, but also a little impulsive. She takes Mahida home with her without really thinking through how it will work, including where Mahida will stay. Their guest room is currently her son Yasir Ali Khan’s work out space. And her mother-in-law is a bit stubborn and doesn’t approve of Mahida leaving her village. And her medical student daughter is just generally grumpy about things. Everything is happy when they drive away from the village, and then she calls home and reality intervenes as everyone complains to her about Mahida.

The son is, of course, the photographer who took Mahida’s photo in the village and she spat buttermilk on his car in revenge. He doesn’t like giving up his room, especially to her. The daughter is moderately friendly, but also aware of how Mahida will shake up their already shakey household. The grandmother is 100% against her.

Naturally, Mahida’s warm lovingness is going to win them all over! Not by being sweet and humble, but being confident and pushy and flinging her braid around. She puts up movie posters in Yasir’s room after chasing him out, she talks back to Grandma and insists on making her watch music videos and letting Mahid massage her head so she can relax. She even bonds a little with the grumpy daughter once she learns to respect her special diet for Grandma. Seemi Pasha, who originally brought her into the household, is a bit lost at all she is doing.

These episodes do the work to get her tucked in firmly. She bonds with Grandma culminating in planning a special birthday party for her. She and Yasir still hate each other and have a war of practical jokes, but tolerate each other too. Seemi still loves and respects her as she has all along. And she and grumpy daughter have some nice conversations. And then, DUN DUN DUN! Father comes home!

MY MAN GODFREY (1936) • Frame Rated
Father is always so sad and hardworking in these movies

Mahida is now firmly in the household, that’s no longer at issue, the new problem is for her to fix all their problems. Father has been working overseas building up their business (which supports this luxury lifestyle) and wants his family to come join him. While they want him to stop working and come home. It’s unspoken except by Grandma who yells at him for leaving her, and grumpy daughter who sweetly asks him to come home. And Yasir, the son, is refusing to join the family business because he would rather pursue his dream of photography. It’s all a mess. Plus Grandma isn’t following her diabetic diet and medical student grumpy daughter has a little flirtation going with a co-worker that no one at home seems to know about (he takes the blame for her giving the wrong medication to a patient, it’s super cute).

This whole section culminates in Mahida’s aunt and uncle showing up to take her home to the village. When she first arrived, no one wanted her, especially Grandma. Now it is Grandma who speaks up for her and smells something fishy with aunt and uncle and makes sure Mahida has the option of staying. Lovely! She has officially become a member of the household. And, at the same time, Grandma arranges for her to have the garage space to use to start up a handicrafts center in the city, she is really settling in.

But meanwhile, back in the village, things are happening! First, we get confirmation that Chaudry’s rich med student daughter is in a relationship with her estranged cousin (the cousin thing isn’t an issue, because Pakistan, but the estranged part is). Second, handsome Asad Siddiqui, Chaudry’s other nephew/adopted son and heir, is talking on the phone and smiling a lot with Mahida in the city. And his aunt/adopted mother wants to arrange their marriage already and get Mahida home again. So the Chaudry’s continue to be awesome, and I await the devastating thing that will make the Mahida/Asad marriage not happen after all.

It might be that her aunt and uncle have started to make a deal with evil Peji for him to marry Mahida. Her uncle is still officially resisting, but her aunt is pushing for it hard. Peji’s threats and pressure are why they came to the city to get her, but they lied to her about it.

Mahida is in the city and firmly established in this new household and on the way to fixing things (getting Father to come home and stay home, probably helping grumpy med student daughter with her romance, and continuing to fight/flirt with son. She’s already cheered up Grandma!). But in the village with have this odd love triangle/power struggle going with lowdown drug dealer and money lender Peji trying to overthrough noble Chaudry and Mahida as the unknowing pawn between them. Plus the secret romance between cousins. And Mahida’s best friend with the broken engagement hasn’t been seen for a while, but that plot is still burbling away.

Okay, things I liked! Mahida has no fear of this wealthy household, just settles in and talks back. Mahida and Yasir, who are clearly end game, don’t fall in love at first sight, in fact he is the only person in the household to still be resisting her. Grandma smelling a rat when aunt and uncle come and scaring them off with her Grandma-ness.

Things I loved, Mahida insists on working, either cleaning the house, or being given space to start her own center, because she wants to earn money for herself in order to feel fulfilled. The Chaudry’s having no class hang ups about their son marrying Mahida, she is clearly the best young woman in the village to their minds.

Things I didn’t like, I hate the “middle-aged estranged couple” trope because it almost always ends up being the mother’s fault and it looks like it is going there here too. And Yasir has a girlfriend/friend who is clearly going to be written off at some point although she seems perfectly nice for now, why are we even wasting time with this woman. And finally, Yasir’s costuming. Half the time it is fine “rich kid casual”, but half the time it veers into “rich kid gym casual” and no one needs that.

22 thoughts on “Heer Episodes 3-6: Rich People Got PROBLEMS!

  1. I just finished watching the last episode and, my goodness, I loved this series. All the characters are just so well crafted, including the negative ones.

    In this review, I especially found your what you dislike section interesting. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but can’t wait to bring these points up in your future reviews.

    The only thing I hated about this show were the atrocious subtitles. They can’t even spell a person’s name consistently through the episodes. It became so bad that, I had to shut off the subtitles for the first time.

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    • Oh also, the Chaudharys are amazing. Yes they are just good people but, what I loved the most is their relationship; it’s just based on so much love and respect for one another and it continues to show with each interaction they have with one another. It’s not at all the main focus of the show but it made me really happy.

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      • The Chaudry’s are amazing, and their village is still kind of a disaster. Which is great! No matter how awesome the head family is, you still need Heers around doing stuff on the ground.

        On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 3:46 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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    • I am so glad you loved it! I am hitting a bleh part and having a hard time coming back to it, especially since I wasn’t sure how many people were still watching. So glad to know someone else loved it and watched it, and that there is good stuff to look forward to.

      Most important with the dislikes, does Yasir get his clothes fixed? Because I can’t with the gym shorts and tank tops around the house. I know he is a spoiled rich city kid, but BLECH.

      I know what you mean with the subtitles, Peji or Paji or Paaji, MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!!

      On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 3:38 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • The suit is nice too. There was one episode where he had a shirt emblazed with some stupid English slogan, that probably wasn’t spoiled rich kid, but made me think spoiled rich kid. I could do without those t-shirts. Suits or tank tops, I’m good with those.

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          • He wears a lot of sweaters in the episodes I just watched, not sure how I feel about that.

            On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 12:06 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. Ha. Yes, Yasir’s clothes get better. Although he still continues to wear t-shirts with necklines that are a little too low for my comfort.

    And the subtitles, the worst is when they turn Peji to PG. They do the same thing with Geeti. Also, how the hell do you translate Sri Lanka and Nepal to Sri Lanka and Japan??!!

    I will keep commenting so you are motivated to watch. I seriously hope more people watch it. Isn’t Madiha just adorable? I have a total girl crush on her. Her expressions just make me so happy! And for anyone that needs more motivation, every single woman on this show stands up for herself. Even the supposedly negative ones are shown through a lot three dimensional view point. Beside Peji, no one is just plain good or bad.

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    • Madiha is great! (Madiha? Mahida?) I know she has a limited range of expression, but I adore her little cocky smile and hair toss when a Man tries to bring her down.

      What I like about Peji being bad is that he is all kinds of bad. He’s an abusive husband, he’s a drug deal, he’s a money lender, all the sins of society in one person.

      Oh, and I also like that all the young women are either a) Feminists working to bring women up or b) Doctors. No one is just sitting at home waiting to be married.

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      • Madiha pronounced Muh-dee-ha

        And yes, but what is funny is Peji is just so not important. What i found more fascinating with the other “negative” characters and how they were portrayed, especially the aunt.

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    • Oh and for you, Margaret. You are about to get to my favorite part of the entire show starting on Episode 7, the banter between the grandmothers. These two grandmothers are so darn fiesty and cute.

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      • Angie – fair warning, this is still a Pakistani serial, which means people have the same conversations over and over again, and the plot doesn’t move quickly. It’s slow! Think Imtiaz Ali movies over the course of 22 episodes but without the OTT drama or hyterics. And the romance is subtle. In fact, everything is really really subtle, so if you don’t like that then you might think this is like watching pain dry.

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        • But, and this is the important part, the heroines hair is AMAZING. Long braid and she always has thingies braided into it in a way I don’t understand

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          • Yes!! It is 100% feminist show. Even the parts when the woman is “wronged” it is handled from a feminist point of view. And I mean it when I say, every single woman stands up for herself.

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  3. I tried to find out more about the cast and Wikipedia has deleted the page for this show and IMDB has only names, not photos. The actor playing Masood (the rich father) has such gravitas, he seems to be Someone Important. Maybe an aging film heartthrob? Heer is my lunchtime amusement these days. I watch “Little Things” while I am sewing masks.

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    • I was worried Wikipedia would delete that page! Oh well, I may have to break my rule and call people by character names after all.

      So glad to hear someone else is continuing with Heer! And Little Things. I am working on my new reviews of both of them, and Ep. 5 of Little Things and 7 through 9 of Heer are both EXCELLENT.

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  4. I didn’t want to read your review until I had finished all the episodes you were reviewing, and it took me FOREVER to get through episode six. I look forward to some romance, which will hopefully elicit some sort of acting from Madiha, at the moment she is my least favorite character. Everyone else seems to have some sort of depth, but so far I feel she is all loud voice and hair. But she is beautiful, and the young men are beautiful, and others, like Peji are interesting to watch.

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    • Episode 7 kind of resolves a lot of stuff from these boring “rich people have no love” episodes, and then 8 and 9 are all drama and love declarations.

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