Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 6: The Unraveling of Sameer
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Ishq Zahe Naseeb, Episode 6: The Unraveling of Sameer

As Zahid Ahmed’s “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” progresses, this tale of dissociative identity disorder continues to reveal more about Sameer’s condition.

What’s interesting about “Ishq Zahe Naseeb” is the way it has taken its lead pair, Kashif (Sami Khan) and Goher (Sonya Hussain) and split them apart, while essentially sending them down the same path. In the first episode, a fortune teller predicts that Goher and Kashif will have life paths mirroring one another – at the time, Goher takes this to mean that they will be together. However, as the show progresses, it’s evident that their paths have separated, yet seem to follow a similar route. While the term “disabled” is a broad one, it does describe one with a disability – and essentially, both Sameer (Zahid Ahmed) and Donia (Zarnish Khan) are disabled in different ways. Kashif and Goher each work under a boss with complex issues, their issues trickling down to affect Kashif and Goher. How will Donia and Sameer figure into Kashif and Goher’s life moving forward?

Episode 6 begins with Goher arriving late to work – this offends Sabiha (Sameer’s stepmother, played by Ismat Zaidi) and in a rage, she fires the staff. Sameer steps in and sends the staff away, pacifying his stepmother. Sameer has a short conversation with Goher, warning her that she will be fired if she repeats this mistake.

Kashif’s track focuses on his new workplace and his strained relationship with his boss, Donia. Kashif continues to miss Goher, busying himself with work as a distraction, as well as a necessity. With Donia slowly beginning to warm up to Kashif, he begins to feel less threatened, though his hours are hard and long.

As Sabiha and Goher begin to bond, Sabiha’s condition begins to deteriorate and she falls ill with a high fever. As per Sameer’s rules, no one can disturb him in the evening once his door is shut, but as Goher needs his permission to take Sabiha to the hospital, she breaks the rule and knocks on the door frantically before making the decision to take Sabiha to the hospital, telling the staff that Sameer gave his permission. Sameer, dissociated as Sameera, is not in the presence of mind to acknowledge Goher’s calls for help and ignores her. The next morning, when he discovers that Goher has lied to the staff about getting his permission, he heads to the hospital where he confronts an exhausted Goher, who has been by Sabiha’s side all night. When she agrees that she did lie, Sameer slaps her across the face before walking off, leaving Goher upset.

This episode highlights the lack of control Sameer has, not only when in an “altered” state, but also otherwise in his day-to-day life. The moment when he slaps Goher is telling of his inability to handle and control his emotions. It also highlights how Sameera controls his psyche when Goher tries to ask for permission – Sameera hears her cries and casually ignores her, choosing to go to sleep instead. Sonya Hussain deserves a mention here for her performance as Goher. She has come a long way as an actress and the way she projects the pain and humiliation Goher feels after being slapped for only trying to do the right thing is brilliant. While the show is only 6 episodes in, these characters have already made a great impact on viewers, Kashif and Goher touching hearts, while Sameer sparks intrigue. Ishq Zahe Naseeb is a gripping, engrossing drama that everyone should be following.

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