Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 21: Yumna Zaidi’s Character Remains a Mystery As More Layers are Exposed
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Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 21: Yumna Zaidi’s Character Remains a Mystery As More Layers are Exposed

Zahid Ahmed and Sami Khan give stellar performances in the latest episode of “Ishq Zahe Naseeb,” along with Sonya Hussain and Yumna Zaidi

“Ishq Zahe Naseeb” continues to be a show that triggers emotional responses. With a show like this, it’s difficult to focus on anything else while watching as the show relies heavily on connecting the viewer to the emotional state of each character. While viewers saw Kashif and Goher head in their separate directions, things take a turn this week when misunderstandings are cleared from Kashif’s side.

A Summary - Goher and Sameer

In episode 21, Goher (Sonya Hussain)  discovers that Akbar, Sameer’s house help, is hiding a secret from the household - Sameer’s mother is alive and being cared for. Not only this, but Akbar is Sameer’s mamoon. Sameer’s mother’s poor family was not allowed to interact with Sameer’s mother, a condition much like the one Sameer is placing on Goher’s family. Goher is perplexed by this and doesn’t understand how to hide it. She speaks to Sameer (Zahid Ahmed) who is in a state of transition into Sameera and expressed his lack of control over himself. As Sameer remembers Shakra (Yumna Zaidi) and the accusations placed on her, he emulates her mannerisms.  This is shown twice in the episode and both times, it’s brilliantly executed.

A Summary - Goher and Kashif

Kashif (Sami Khan) and Goher get engaged to Donia (Zarnish Khan) and Sameer respectively, but both are plagued with thoughts of each other, unable to get over this great love they have for one another. Meeting for one last time, Kashif makes his feelings for Goher clear as he asks to just be allowed to look at her for a last time. Goher takes him by surprise when she apologizes for standing him up when they were supposed to elope and then she leaves. This scene is powerful due to both Sami Khan and Sonya Hussain’s acting. The expressions on Sami’s face as he goes from sadness, shock and finally relief, realizing that he no longer has to carry the burden of guilt for standing Goher up - as she did the same.

The Performances

While it may seem that Kashif is an “easier” character to play than Sameer, Sami Khan deserves a round of applause for how brilliantly he portrays Kashif, this kind hearted individual unable to let go of his first and only love. His chemistry with Sonya Hussain is beautiful and the Kashif-Goher relationship is portrayed with such sincerity that the viewer feels their anguish and pain with great intensity. Sonya Hussain has come a long way as an actress and is simply a natural as the spirited, determined but emotionally broken Goher.  Likewise, it’s unreal how the scene can move from Goher and Kashif’s lost love to Sameer’s moment embodying Shakra, imitating her smile, and suddenly pull the viewer into sympathizing with Sameer as well. This is complicated, because Sameer IS a complicated character, but he is one that is seen as deserving of love and hope in his bleak life. And while no one should be rooting for Goher to marry a dangerous man like Sameer, it’s difficult to not want the best for him - even though Goher’s rightful place is with Kashif. Zahid Ahmed is incredible in this episode, as he always is, but Sameer’s lack of control over himself coupled with his desire to have a happy, normal life is fascinating to watch, only made better by Zahid’s brilliance on screen.  Of course, Donia is another character who has sadness in her destiny - and it’s difficult to think of this, as she also deserves happiness. We can’t forget the amazing Yumna Zaidi, who is striking fear and winning hearts simultaneously as Shakra/Sameera. Her range of expressions is what’s making this character, one with few lines, such a Stand-out character.

With Goher said to marry Sameer next week and Kashif now fighting for her, the stage is set for dramatics. It’s said each week and it’s the truth - Ishq Zahe Naseeb is the best show on television and if you aren’t watching it, you should be.

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By Sophia Qureshi
Pakistani Drama enthusiast, Bollywood fan, elementary school teacher, writer, reader, photographer, lifelong student and mother