Yakeen Ka Safar episode 25
Good bye Faryal you won’t be missed and hello to a sweet measure of understanding between Dr Asfandyar and Dr Zubia. Faryal and her flair for dramatizing herself was a wonder to behold. Her hopes that Asfi would take her back were mercifully dashed in the beginning of the episode but she lingered on, and to give her some small credit, she actually managed to dimly remember why Asfi might not want her back. Her terrible behaviour after Danyal’s death and the way she broke of her engagement came back to her. However her apology was typical, putting herself center stage and falling on her knees in front of her aunt and uncle, instead of approaching them with humility and regret. I don’t know if that whole scene was part of the book or not, but on screen it looked strange and awkward.
Well Faryal kept being Faryal right till the end: by not attending Sime’s birthday party and just packing and slipping away like a ghost of times past. To be fair she was probably sharminda, but her last secret glance at the Osman Khan family celebration was a poignant reminder of all she had lost. When she and her father abandoned Asfi and his family in the name of “log Kya Kahenge”, they hadn’t considered that life would move on for the people they abandoned too. The Osman Khan clan looked happy and content, and most importantly complete with or without Faryal and her family. I am trying very hard not to mention Sabena Syed’s incredibly bad acting but it’s a losing battle. Khair she isn’t alone, Maryam Nafees looks bored out of her mind with her character Khajista.
Now to the real meat of the episode: the wonderful unspoken Izhar e Mohabbat between Asfi and Zubia. Sajal Ali is just flawless as Zubia, she so wants to believe in love but she is still a prisoner to her past. With every step forward, Zubia steps back, confusing beychara Asfi who cannot understand the sudden stranger she becomes just as he thinks he has gained her trust. Zubia’s wounds are deep and for a woman, society always sets, different standards and that may well be at the heart of misgivings. Learning to trust again is an understandably uphill battle for Zubia.
There were some really sweet moments between Asfi and Zubia this week. My favourite was Asfi, completely beykhabar, watching Zubia at Sime’s birthday party:
“Aap ka dehaan kaha hai Dr Asfandyar?” Asked Dr Shehroz.
Well, all his attention was on Zubia, who looks like some beautiful pink butterfly fluttering around the party. Sajal Ali is a beautiful woman but, I loved her styling in this serial, subdued, elegant and sweet just like her character Zubia. Then there was Asfi telling Zubia how jealous he was when she was with Dr Haroon, which made Zubia laugh out loud. Zubia seems to have been planning Gethi and Dr Haroon’s match for some time and of course those two look like a fabulous couple because Hira and Mani Salman who play them are already a fabulous couple. I am guessing the little boy who plays Sime is also Hira and Mani’s real son because the adorable little boy looks like them especially Hira.
There was a long sequence of Asfi and Zubia helping each other cross a river, an obvious metaphor for the support and understanding they have shown and will need to get to reach their true destination: each other. I have to say the direction hasn’t reached the level of the writing in any way and these wonderful scenes are always captured in a clumsy but “good enough “way. perhaps “Bin Roye “ was a bit of a hotchpotch because of the different directors used but the elements of drama and romance were so perfectly captured that I can only wish Yakeen ka safar got some of that attention . I used to complain about Dayar e Dil but I take my words back , suffice to say Haseeb Hassan and Haissem Hussain know how to capture those delicate fleeting moment of emotion that make the heart flutter.
Great performances from Ahad Mir and Sajal Ali made this yet another fabulous episode to watch. Their chemistry is undeniable and is one of the reasons that this serial is so much fun to watch. Farhat Ishtiaq’s writes such wonderful heroes that they often become iconic. It all started it off with Asher Hussain, then there was Wali Suhaib Khan and now Dr Asfandyar has captured the public’s imagination. While they are good men, their best traits sometimes become their greatest weaknesses: Asher’s overwhelming trust in his mother becomes his burden; Wali desperate need to protect his family allows Roohi & Faraa to take advantage, while Asfi love for his brother drives his broken heart into cold isolation.
Next week looks as if we will Asfi will get some closure about his brother’s death as the wheel of fate turns full circle and Arooj, Danyal’s villainous secretary makes her reentry into the story. From the promos Asfi recognizes her but doesn’t attack her or use her son’s injury as a weapon against her. I am not sure how realistic such an attitude is but it’s interesting to see this very different perspective. Revenge is rarely on the mind of normal people , normal people just want to get on with their lives the best they can and that is reflected a little in Asfi’s attitude . Having said that, Asfi is displaying some extraordinary sange froid, if he isn’t bothered by Arooj’s appearance.
This was such a wonderful, fun episode , It had me smiling and laughing in turns.