Yakeen Ka Safar finale review
I am in two minds about this week’s finale: one part of me says it was fine, everything worked out well and it all fitted together , but the true Jabra fan inside of me could clearl ysee all the missed opportunities that would have taken Yakeen ka Safar from a great serial to an iconic one .
Since Humsafar I have always watched every serial written by Farhat Ishtiaq, but Yakeen ka safar attracted me in particular because of the theme of suspicion and the way the concept of sharafat , honour , ghairat , call it what you will is used to control and abuse women in particular . It also showed how a Man’s reputation can be ruined by an allegation of rape and how rumour and gossip can ruin lives. The story started off with a bang, showing us the abusive relationship between Zubia’s parents . Zubia is shielded from her father’s cruelties and abuse by her mother’s presence, she thinks that she has been living a normal life till her mother’s sudden , violent if accidental death at Abi’s hands changes her world forever . The shock of loss, the realization of all her mother suffered combined with guilt and loneliness leave Zubia vulnerable to anyone willing to give her a few crumbs of affection or attention. Zubia escapes an attempted rape but the memory of public shame and despair marks her forever.
However, instead of turning inwards Zubia moves on , her character grows in courage and strength : her focus on her studies and work allow her an outlet to help and care for others. Ehtashamuddin and Sajal Ali were absolutely brilliant as father and daughter , the changing dynamic of their relationship under the shadow of Mah Talat’s death was one of the best parts of the serial. Something the director captured really well.
Perhaps this is why I am feeling a little cheated by the last episode , sure it was good but it could have been great . It was as if all Zubia’s spirit and energy had been sucked out of the finale while the men played out their emotions. Asfi deservedly got to say his piece and Ahad Mir had me melting into a puddle of sympathetic tears . Then Zubia’s brother Rehan turned up out of nowhere and started demanding things like apne Ghar sey rukhsat hona etc . Instead of saying, I want to make it up to you , or I want to return what I owe you or anything that spoke of true contrition .It was as usual all about Rehan and his feelings, while Zubia is reduced to silent spectator .
The suicide attempt in particular was deeply disturbing, especially after the dreadful suicide ending of Mohabbat tum sey Nafrat hai . I can understand Zubia’s desperation, seeing her brother reappear must have felt like a punch in the gut . She had no idea of Rehman’s change of heart and fully expected him to disgrace her once again, only this time in front of Asfandyar and his family ,whose approval was so precious to her. The need to simply escape or break down can happen to anyone, sometimes the burden is too much and we all need a helping hand . Kudos again to Sajal Ali’s acting and Farhat Ishtiaq’s writing for giving me that connection. What I didn’t expect was that Zubia would actually jump rather than talking to Asfi. If only Zubia had been allowed to step back .
I think Ahad Mir was a great choice for Dr Asfandyar , the transition from care free younger son to responsible Doctor and the healing glue in his family’s grief was flawlessly executed. Ahad Mir seems to have inherited his father’s incredibly expressive eyes and he puts them to great use, if he cries I cry . end of story! . Obviously I am not sure which part was shot first (these things are often out of sequence) , but to my eyes at least Ahad Mir was more comfortable in the more serious role of Doctor , and less so in the lighter touches as Asfi the student. I am sure that will change as he takes up more and more challenging roles. Ahad Mir has been one of the biggest charms of this serial and his amazing on screen chemistry with Sajal made them the “it” pair for the season.
While I loved Dr Asfi’s character throughout I was little disappointed in him at the beginning of the episode as his understanding of Zubia’s situation showed me his confusion. Is it me or did Asfi not trust his own judgement of Zubia as a person, after he remembered Zubia’s escape from the assault in college? Did he put off the wedding proposal because he wasn’t sure who Zubia was anymore, without even speaking to her? Did he really need her khala’s and brother’s assurance that Zubia was “a good girl wronged “to make him understand, had he learned nothing from Danyal’s death? Well he made up for it by not asking for a single explaination sitting on her hospital bed .The sudden threat of Zubia’s loss brought his feeling sharply into focus . This was the woman he had fallen in love with and there was nothing more he needed to know.
Rounding out the rest of the cast, I think Shaz Khan cannot not be praised enough for his fabulous portrayal of barrister Danyal and the beautiful relationship between brothers was once again captured by Farhat Ishtiaq’a perceptive writing. Shaz and Ahad look nothing like each other, yet it’s a tribute to their acting skills that their love and connection as brothers was alive on the screen. I am not sure if I liked Hira Salman as Gethi that much until Danyal died. However, I did Like the open-ended acknowledgement of Dr Haroon and Gethi’s track much more than the voice over about them. I think both Hira and Mani were a great pair and I hope to see them together again.
Overall this was a wonderful serial to watch, despite the rushed ending .Yes, I am disappointed that Asfi and Zubia didn’t get the time to hash things out but I think it still brought the essences of this serial to closure. There was so much that could have been said butt we are forced to bid our favorite Doctors adieu with a quick reconciliation. The scene of Zubia teaching was really unnecessary as was a lot of the concentration on the Khajista track . Maybe next time Hum Tv could organize their actors time and story tracks better by highlighting the main couple. This is not a new thing, I seem to remember this happened towards the end of DeD as well.
Director, Shehzad Kashmiri brought this story together really well in the beginning, but he seemed unable to bring all the threads together in a satisfying way towards the tale end of the serial. It’s a tough job being a director, actors aren’t always available and managing a long story can be confusing, but that skill is exactly what raises a serial and its maker to the next level rather than someone just doing a job. Hum Tv has its ratings but if they had just managed and focused better on a few elements this serial would have given them even more in terms of a more complete product.
Now to my biggest disappointment, that I didn’t get to see either of Zubia’s wicked bhabi’s get the punishment they so richly deserved . Yes ,I know they hardly mattered anymore etc. but there is a medieval part of my yearning to bring back witch burnings every time I think of them. So a big round of applause for Beenish Raja , who made us hate Sheema so much!
Yakeen ka safar has been a pleasure to watch and made Wednesday evenings a highlight of my week . I just loved how the relationship between Dr Zubia and Dr Asfi developed , the way they slowly grew to understand and then admire each other . It was a journey of love , but also one of mental and spiritual growth as they both overcame the difficulties life had thrown at them . Most of all I am grateful that Farhat ishtiaq did not show them turning to negativity or self pity. Both emerged greater than the sum or their parts .
P.s despite spending the better part of a day writing this review I forgot to mention Noorie , and the fabulous job Suhaee Ali did portraying her . Although Zubia and Asfandyar avoided becoming negative , beychari Noorie’s situation was so bad that her violent revenge seemed justified . I look forward to seeing Suhaee in My Pure Land which is Britain’s entry to the foreign language film category of the oscars