Opening Thoughts – Unique Script Done Well:
Ohkay so, this episode of Ishq Zahe Naseeb didn’t cover much but yes, it had one of the most important revelations to its credit. This was definitely something that no one saw coming. Props to Hashim Nadeem for coming up with a script & a story like Ishq Zahe Naseeb which not only is dealing with the subject of multiple personality disorder, but also has so many mysteries attached to it which are being revealed slowly. The director has definitely given it the right kind of treatment & I am glad that they have not overpowered the entire story with Sameer’s split personalities, they have kept that part very subtle & have showed how he is just like any other normal person, but with a little secret attached to it. However, one thing I find a little odd about Sameer’s personality is that his other side only shows up at specific times, whereas people with multi personality disorder obviously are not in control of themselves to be so systematic with fixed schedules. Anyhow, the drama has been very interesting so far & it sure is enticing even after so many episodes.
The Big Reveal:
Gauhar & Kashif may not be in contact with each other but their connection isn’t lost. Kashif has only accepted Dunia because Jabbar wanted him to but he still loves Gauhar, but this is something that she is unaware of. Gauhar has not been able to forget Kashif & that is why the news of his engagement with Dunia was disturbing for her. The way they showed that Gauhar was unable to concentrate on anything the moment she found out was convincingly portrayed.
Sameer has become very much comfortable with Gauhar & this is definitely something that Sabeeha doesn’t approve of. The flashbacks showed that Sabeeha saw the eagerness in Sameer where he believed that Zoya might help him overcome his issues & it is obvious that this is something that she doesn’t want. Sabeeha has no reasons to be so against Gauhar but that is happening ever since she has picked upon the fact that Sameer is becoming emotionally dependant & attached to Gauhar. Sabeeha used to like Gauhar as her governess but that is not the case anymore & this is the reason why she decided to insult Gauhar in front of everyone. Whatever Saheeba did basically showcased her insecurity, cowardness & helplessness where she is finding herself falling short of competing with Gauhar. Sameer continues to give Gauhar a lot of importance, while completely ignoring Sabeeha’s feelings about her & this is what is further riling her up. Sabeeha is a weak woman, she did have everything under control all these years because things were going according to her plans, Sameer didn’t question her & she controlled him like a stooge but that is not the case anymore & this is the reason why she is flustered. It is quite interesting to note how in this entire scenario, Sabeeha has made Sameer feel that he has certain issues, while being completely oblivious of her own problems. It is unfortunate that till date Sameer has not been able to give her a reality check about her obsessive compulsive & controlling behavior.
Since Bushra’s marriage, this was the first time they gave an insight into what her relationship with her husband & in laws was like. Bushra’s husband Kamran is the typical controlling & dominating husband, her mother in law has just accepted her as a daughter in law but does not believe in giving her the freedom or rights that she deserves. Bushra is stuck in this relationship but without complaining much, she has just accepted that this is how things are & will be. Saleem & Zakia continue to torture Gauhar & she continues to answer them. This episode definitely had a lot of filler scenes because the confrontation between Gauhar & Saleem, the scene of Jahangir’s mother & friend talking to his father about Jahangir are such scenarios which have been shown in the past repeatedly, so there was nothing new or exciting about them. Jahangir was finally caught by the police & now his father will have to pay to bail him out. I will however say that I find Jahangir’s father scenes quite amusing, the way he is always focused on either counting money or eating food is weirdly funny!
So, Gauhar stumbled upon one of the biggest secrets of Sameer’s life. No wonder why the butler Akbar had this mysterious vibe to him, he was obviously hiding this huge secret all these years. Surraiya happens to be Akbar’s sister & this was definitely something that no one saw coming. I am keen to know the details that Akbar must’ve shared with Gauhar because obviously, she is not the kind who will just let it go without finding out every single detail. Akbar must’ve assessed the fact that Gauahr is trust-worthy & she has best interest of Sameer. Gauhar would’ve never even a million years would’ve imagined that she will finally get all the details, that too coming from an insider who has spent years in Sameer’s home. I hope they reveal their conversation soon. This has to be one of the best twists in the story.
Closing Thoughts – Loud & Noisy:
Overall, this episode of Ishq Zahe Naseeb was nicely done & still interesting despite having a lot of filler scenes. I must say, even though it is appreciable that they have switched to instrumental background music, it still feels so loud & noisy. I was reminded of the old drama Doraha that I watched a couple of months ago & I couldn’t stop appreciating how easy its background score was on the ears. I wish the editors these days stop going overboard with the sound effects & overall sounds in the drama because it literally is enough to give someone a headache. I started watching this episode on a sound level of 20 but by the end of the episode, I had reduced it to 12, no joke! & yes, I was waiting for it end because the music got unbearable. They really need to tone it down. All the actors are as usual doing a wonderful job, be it the main leads or the supporting actors. The writer & the director get full points for bringing a drama like Ishq Zahe Naseeb to our TV screens. Please share your thoughts about this episode of Ishq Zahe Naseeb.
Ishq Zahe Naseeb Episode 18
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