Yakeen Ka Safar episode 26 review
This was one of the most crucial episodes of this entire serial and one of the most emotional. Farhat Ishtiaq is a master at making us care for her characters and with each step Asfandyar Ali Khan took towards doing his duty as a doctor and decent human being we were right there with him. Sadly the director wasn’t but more on that later.
Barrister Danyal, played by the wonderful Shaz Khan, was a true warrior, one who carried the burden of speaking truth to power till it broke him. That burden broke his family too; there was something ambivalent about the way his father Barrister Osman retired from life, as if all the accusations and lack of support from his family and friends had weakened his belief in his own son. I can’t speak for Gethi, because the writer or the makers have not allowed her much of a voice but that party of two, Asfi and his mother, never once lost faith. They say faith is stronger than mountains and definitely stronger than what the eye sometimes and it is that faith that sustained them through all the times of pain and doubt.
I think it is very important to point out that the writer did not make her hero an angry young man, toting a gun, looking for justice. Yes Asfi is angry and deeply hurt, but he is also patient and manages to control the anger which might have become a destructive force within him. Just like Khirad before him he doesn’t look for revenge, even when it is presented to him on a plate. So Asfi grapples with his feelings and saves Arooj’s son, forcing the hand of fate in his favour. This entire episode belonged to the fabulous Ahad Raza Mir who took on the doctor’s dilemma with great skill and charm, overcoming the somewhat mediocre camera work and unimaginative direction to make this such a powerful and moving episode.
While I loved the scene showing Asfi walking determinedly past Arooj in pursuit of his duty just like his brother Danyal; my favourite was Asfi looking at his father, with all the innocence and pain of a young boy whose heart had long ago been broken. I can’t be the only one who thinks Ahad looked incredibly like his father the famous Asif Raza Mir in this episode? Normally Ahad has his own unique style but this week was the resemblance was remarkable. Fortunately the talent and skill to carry each scene was all Ahad.
Meanwhile the seed that Zubia planted in Dr Haroon’s mind is beginning to flower and he is taking an interest in Gethi in the sharifest way he can by going on a play date with her son. The whole Gethi and Dr Haroon track could have been a great addition to the story if it had been developed further. What a missed opportunity! How nice it would have been to see a little romance for these two widowers. Would it really have been dreadful to see Gethi fall in love again?
Even our main love story seems to be on a bit of a slow simmer this week. The short, brusque telephone conversation between Asfi and Zubia might have been an argument for any other couple but for these two it was equivalent of two page love letter written by KRQ. Their interactions are so cute and true to character , no flowery romance just a few ordinary words and yet it means so much. While Asfi and his parents are all set on Zubia, she is still very nervous and hesitant. Zubia is very afraid that when Asfi’s family does visit her family and ask for her hand they will only blacken her name with the spite and meanness they have always shown her. Hopefully there will come a time when Zubia will trust Asfi enough to tell him her fears. I cannot wait for Sheema and Zubia’s brother and her jahil cousin’s wife to get what they so richly deserve.
Farhat Ishtiaq often writes epic, inspirational stories and translating them to the screen requires a good director. While I think Shehzad Kashmiri , did a great job in the first 20 episodes which were mostly about zulm and ziyati , he hasn’t been able to translate the complicated emotions of the last 5 or 6 episodes with the finesse they deserved . The press conference called by Arooj was ridiculous and could have been presented in a more elegant and believable manner. This was one of the most important scenes in the story but was shot so indifferently that it began to lose all impact for me at least. The worst part was the blank stares from all of Danyal’s detractors. I think Danyal’s Chacha and Faryal could have shown a lot more emotion and contrition. While Arooj’s speech was probably satisfying, it didn’t sound realistic at all , a shorter mea culpa might have had more impact. Serials are not always shot in the order that they are watched so not sure whether he lost his touch or gained some understanding as the story progressed.