Yakeen Ka Safar episode 27 review
Another very emotional episode of Yakeen ka safar. Farhat Ishtiaq is a master at writing characters that get to our heart and soul. We become attached to them so easily, we root for them, we cry for them and most surprisingly of all we aspire to them. Its not easy writing inspirational characters, they can end up looking contrived and irritating, but Ishtiaq’s characters seem to capture our deepest hopes of ourselves, beyond all the shortcomings of our realities.
The first half had drowning in me own involuntary tears as I watched Asfi and Advocate Omar receive such well-deserved recognition from the Bar Association for Danyal’s shahadat and sacrifice. I personally agreed with every word out of Lubna’s mouth, as a mother I would not have touched any award given to my child after he had been treated the way Danyal had been but her husband made a very good point. if even one word of praise could help clear the mud that had been slung at Danyal’s reputation then it was worth the going to such a ceremony. Farhan Agha delivered a very moving and I must say beautiful speech about Danyal. The pictures of Danyal brought back his kind, generous presence in every shot, he was portrayed so well by Shaz Khan and is one of the great strengths of this serial.
Gethi got quite a bit of closure in this episode and maybe even some release. She is suffering her own survivor’s guilt; forgetting all the times she was a good supportive wife and remembering her very natural wish to protect Danyal as a crime against their mutual bond of love and trust. Hira Salman was very effective and I was happy to see her emotional investment in Danyal was finally acknowledged. One of the weak points in this story has been the way the fallout from Danyal’s death and disgrace seem to have been shown through the prism of the Khan family’s loss leaving Gethi as a bit of a bystander in her husband’s death.
A lot of this episode needed editing and tightening up, the tension and urgency that the script suggests is sadly often missing because of the poor direction. I feel bad pounding on Shehzad Kashmiri this way because the first ten or so episodes were good. However he has not only missed the mark in a lot of these later episodes, but allowed the story to drag. He has gotten away with it because Sajal Ali and Ahad Mir have captured everyone’s imagination so well that people are willing to sit through anything to see Asfi and Zubia’s story.
Can someone tell me what happened to Maryam Nafis? She showed so much promise in Dayar e dil as Zarminay, but it seems as if she was forced at gunpoint to act in this serial. The many tracks in this serial are all about showing the way Guman, or suspicion and lack of trust can ruin lives. I fully understand the Khajista? Bahadur track but could Hum Tv please cast people who want to be there next time? Even Hassan Noman as the ironically named Bahadur seems barely present.
Now turning to Zubia Khalil and her heart-breaking rejection of Asfi. I should be angry at her, God knows Faraa was the butt of much of my disgust when she gave Wali a hard time in Dayar e dil, and Khirad rejecting Ashar’s offer of peanuts resulted in a paragraph long rant. However, Zubia self-protection makes perfect sense, while Asfi needs to grow up a little. Zubia is scared, very scared. There is no way any woman would want to put her character on trial again after what she has been through. When Asfi’s family will ask for her rishta in the traditional way, she will have to face both her malicious bhabi’s and her coward of a brother. She has no hope of anything from them and the guilt from her past “mistake “still haunts her. Women are always subjected to harsher scrutiny and like all Farhat Ishtiaq heroines she has a lot of pride and a sense of self preservation that wont allow her to be humiliated again and again.
Asfi should have spent some time winning Zubia over, and gaining her confidence as an adult rather than taking their new emotional ease as a relationship in itself . Asfi needed to think beyond his reaction and Zubia’s response and see what prompted it . Doctors study Human behavior and have to judge their patients thoughts and personalities every day but Asfi seems to be at sea trying to understand Zubia . Sajal and Ahad have done complete justice to their roles , making this serial one of the most watched this season . Ahad in particular has that dole eyed Puppy dog , “my heart is broken look” completely mastered .
Next week, Asfi finds himself in Danyal’s shoes and I hope the direction doesn’t lag behind the script.