Ishq Zahe Naseeb caught the attention of viewers with the first teaser alone. After the first episode, the show immediately became a topic of discussion. Dissociative Identity Disorder, which is what the story is assumed to be based on, is a topic that has not been seen in a Pakistani show before. Episode 1 introduced us to the lead characters, slowly unraveling the story at a pace that held interest while not revealing too much all at once. Episode 2 continues to tread this path, giving the audience enough information to bring back repeat viewership, but revealing only bits at a time regarding the mysterious aspect of the show.
In episode 2, the show begins with Bushra (Sundas Tariq) and Goher’s (Sonya Hussain) Phupo asking for Goher’s hand for her son Jahangir (Khalid Malik). As Goher’s parents have taken a loan from this Phupo’s husband, they are indebted to her and this makes rejection of the proposal difficult.
Meanwhile, Goher and Bushra meet with Bushra’s fiancé, Kamran, in order to discuss his family’s objection toward her working after marriage. Despite agreeing to her working beforehand, Kamran outright states that his parents will never agree and she must give up the notion of working. This upsets Bushra, as it’s her goal to work in order to pay off the debts of her parents. During this meeting, Kashif (Sami Khan) shows up under the pretense of working on an assignment with Goher, staging an exit for the sisters.
Bushra and Kashif share a moment of bonding while discussing his relationship with Goher, as this is the first time Bushra is meeting Kashif. Bushra gives the lovebirds advice, telling them they should be careful, as their path ahead has many difficulties on it. Goher and Kashif continue to share sweet moments together, both thoroughly invested in their relationship with one another.
The next day, as Goher and Kashif are heading out to the Mazaar, they are intercepted by Goher’s brother who takes her home and informs the family of her actions and relationship with Kashif. Coming from a conservative family, this is a real problem for the family and not only is Goher’s phone taken away, but she is stopped from leaving the house for classes. Bushra consoles Goher while also calming Kashif down over the phone, telling him she’ll contact him when things cool down.
Focusing on Sameer’s (Zahid Ahmed) track, Sameer’s relationship with his stepmother, played by Ismat Zaidi, is shown as strained. Sameer is shown reminiscing about his love story with Zoya (Azekah Daniel), taking viewers into the past to analyze his story.
He remembers her passion in wanting to marry him and the way she had won him over. Unfortunately, his stepmother is well-aware of Sameer’s problems and has been concealing his mental health for 20 years. She argues with him against marrying Zoya as he would not be able to handle a woman being with him for 24 hours a day. Once Sameer proposes to Zoya, he begins having discussions with Shakra (Yumna Zaidi), a woman who only exists in his head – a part of him. Shakra, upset with his decision to marry Zoya, instructs Sameer to kill her. Sameer, worried, tells Shakra that she’s innocent, to which she replies that she’ll kill her. Sameer declares that he will stop meeting her, which satisfies Shakra, but she then states “Agar woh yahan tumse milne aa gayi to?” (And if she comes here to meet you, then?), foreshadowing Zoya’s future.
It must be said that Yumna Zaidi’s expressions in Ishq Zahe Naseeb as Shakra are fear-inducing. Despite fleeting glances of her character and only a couple of scenes so far, Yumna manages to create goosebumps, instilling psychological fear in the viewer regarding her upcoming actions in Sameer’s life. The acting in this show is phenomenal. Whether it be Sami Khan and Sonya Hussain’s bubbly naivety, Sundus Tariq’s mature concern or Zahid Ahmed and Yumna Zaidi’s creepy sense of mysteriousness, the entire cast is doing an outstanding job. As of right now, Ishq Zahe Naseeb is moving at a gripping pace, keeping the viewer hooked and left wanting more at the end of each episode. One hopes the show continues to follow this path. As of right now, Ishq Zahe Naseeb is quality and possibly the best show currently airing on Pakistani television.