Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 5:  An Incredible Ensemble Cast
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Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 5: An Incredible Ensemble Cast

“Ishq Zahe Naseeb” allows its actors to shine in this gripping show about mental health and its impact when left untreated

Every once in a while, a show comes along that can be described as “poetry in motion.” Whether dealing with dialogues, visuals, framing, music and acting, it all comes together beautifully to create a show that keeps the eyes of the audience focused on the show from start to finish and leaves them wanting more when it ends. Ishq Zahe Naseeb continues to put forth a compelling, unique story with many layers.  It’s intelligent of the makers to hold some cards close and not reveal the details of Sameer/Sameera all at once. While some shows present the main storyline within the first 5 episodes and then are forced to stretch the show for the remaining 15, “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” presents an aura of mystery and intrigue, revealing only a little bit at a time in flashbacks interwoven with the present. 

With episode 5, the show follows the 2 now-separate tracks of our lead pair.  Kashif’s (Sami Khan) track is fairly straightforward, with him having started a new job and now working under Dania (Zarnish Khan).  Despite being in a wheelchair, Dania has an attitude with a temper to match and spares no one – most of all, Kashif.  After being informed by his coworkers that not one manager has ever held down his position, Kashif realizes he has his work cut out for him.  During his commute to work, he spots Goher in her office car, sadness overtaking him at the loss of her presence in his life. 

The second, lengthier track focuses on Goher (Sonya Hussain) as she is seen stepping into her role as governess at Sameer’s house.  Working for Sameer’s stepmother (Ismat Zaidi), she immediately begins to experience the odd nature of this household, not only told off by Sameer’s stepmother, but also finding to be under observation by a mysterious figure.  And while Goher and Sameer (Zahid Ahmed) do not share any interaction in this episode, Sameer pays her no attention as he enters the household and heads straight to his stepmother’s room.  Once there, he tries to pacify her into cooperating with the new governess – and makes a loaded statement in saying (translated) “She’ll do a good job, if you let her live.”  Once at home, a visiting Bushra (Jinaan Hussain) is alarmed that Goher is working in Sameer’s home, stating that he’s a very difficult person to deal with and that she should quit.  Goher, however, explains that she cannot quit, as she has to pay their parents’ loan – especially as Jahangir (Khalid Malik) has openly begun discussing their impending marriage. 

In the most intriguing part of the show, viewers are presented with an eerie flashback scene with Sameer’s alter, Sameera, first revealing herself to him.  She holds a young Sameer’s hand and pulls him into a room, adorning him with her jewelry – the show ends with an adult Sameer dressed up in women’s clothing and makeup.  The presentation of Sameer’s mental state in this show is fascinating, while also a bit confusing.  Is Sameera a vision/hallucination that Sameer aspires to be like – and is Sameer simply under her control?  Or is Sameera an alter, a personality residing within Sameer’s own head?  This would be the difference between schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder.  One hopes that this detail will be cleared in future episodes.  However, at present, each and every actor is doing justice to their role.  While Zahid Ahmed excels in his role so far, Sonya Hussain and Sami Khan capture the hearts of viewers with their sincere acting, making Kashif and Goher lovable characters.  Jinaan Hussain and Khalid Malik are also doing a great job in their roles.  It’s great to see an ensemble cast of talented actors coming together in a show like “Ishq Zahe Naseeb.”  This show has made Friday night television exciting. 

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