“Ishq Zahe Naseeb” continues to weave a beautiful, yet complex web of relationships. The way the show has been shot and the acting combine to deliver a beautiful show with characters that have layers to them. The characters, within 7 episodes, have already shown so much growth and that too in a way that is believable to the viewer. In last week’s episode, viewers witnessed Sameer’s (unjustified) anger towards Goher and his overreaction at her lie – a lie she told to save his stepmother’s life.
In episode 7, Sameer (Zahid Ahmed) realizes the extent of his stepmother’s illness and immediately realizes his misstep in his behavior towards Goher. Goher quits her job with Sameer, angry and humiliated at his behavior. After quitting, as she arrives home and is overcome with dread – not because she’s sorry for doing the right thing, but because her family is in dire need of the money. This highlights the plight of those who work out of extreme necessity and the type of abuse they endure at the hands of their employers in order to make ends meet.
Viewers are (finally) taken back through parts of Sameer’s childhood with his stepmother. His stepmother would lock Sameer into a closet every time he would misbehave. As a coping mechanism to endure this trauma, Sameer invented “Sameera,” a kind friend who would be there for him during these moments. However, it seems that “kind friend” has taken a sinister turn in his adulthood. Sameer’s recent past comes to haunt him when Zoya’s (Azekah Daniel) sister arrives and begins to accuse him of murdering her sister – and Goher witnesses this.
Donia (Zarnish Khan) has a discussion with her father, discussing her past relationship with a man named Farhan, someone she loved deeply – but a man who was not sincere with at her worst. This discussion upsets Donia greatly and she cancels a meeting with Kashif (Sami Khan). As Kashif has formed a good bond with her father, he tells Kashif about the circumstances surrounding Donia’s illness (muscular dystrophy) and how Farhan ultimately was unable to stay in the situation with her. Kashif’s loan is approved and he finds himself in a more comfortable place in the office.
Jahengir (Khalid Malik) serves as the show’s light, almost comedic relief. Despite being an antagonist in Goher’s life, he is a character that is foolish in his affections towards her and his scenes greatly lighten up the mood of the show. Despite the movement in their lives, Kashif and Goher continue to reminisce and miss each other. The simplistic and natural, yet visually pleasing cinematography of the show serves to pull the viewer further into this already interesting storyline. The show continues to progress in a relaxed manner, but this only adds to the intrigue quotient of it. At present, it could be said that Ishq Zahe Naseeb is the best show on television.