‘Yakeen Ka Safar’ is currently the top drama on Pakistani television. The romance between Dr. Asfi and Dr. Zubia has taken the country by storm, with people shipping them all over. While the apparent theme of the show has been romance and upholding family values and moral values, there are a lot of times where the themes are a lot more subtle. And one of the reasons why the show is doing as well is because it is extremely, extremely relevant and applicable to the current state of our society. While the main lead remains the reigning power couple of television, Ahad Raza Mir, and Sajal Ali, the other characters and actors have also outdone themselves in providing us with the most emotionally balanced serial of modern times. Here are some of the themes that we picked up while bingeing on the show.
NOTE: The negative themes that run through the show are shown to be heavily looked down upon by the other characters and are shown to be extremely toxic to the society, on the whole.
1. The rape culture that is persistent in rural areas
The story of Noori revolves around how a feudal lord/politician’s son abducts a girl, with two of his friends. When the girl calls them out with a famous barrister in the country, that’s when the politician uses his power, turns it around and blames the girl
The fact when Noori’s rapists were going to be tried in court, they got false witnesses and in turn blamed Noori and her family for taking money from his rivals to tarnish his name and that of his family.
3. The fact that people are disposable within the feudal mindset and the abuse of power
Throughout the show, we see how Rabb Nawaz and Khan, the antagonists in the show, order for people to be killed off without flinching. We see them getting their own way with everything, we see them getting what they want and when they want it.
4. Of domestic violence and the place of women in society and within the household
The show is absolutely wonderful in this aspect. They keep harping on the fact that women are precious members of the family. And any violence or degradation against them is the worst act by a human. That women should be given a high position within a family.
5. How NGOs operating within Pakistan are perceived and treated
Women who run NGOs are considered ‘annoying’ and overbearing. That women who fight for the rights of other women are deemed to be wasting their time.
6. PTSD – dealing with the loss of a loved one
The show sheds light on a very serious mental illness in a very balanced way. While they show Dr. Haroon putting on a brave face, in light of the tragedy that has befallen his life, we see Dr. Asfi shutting down his emotions completely. We see Dr. Zubia taking the hardships she has faced, in her stride. And when we see Zubia’s father revisit the day he struck her mother for the last time, he vows to never treat another woman the same way, least of all his own daughter.
7. Of child marriages and early pregnancies
With the story of Khujasta, we see how families sell the female child to men, not caring for what condition they will be kept in. The unfortunate number of deaths during pregnancies also stems from the fact that the bodies of these girls are not physically able to
8. Shedding light on the daily lives of doctors
How they sacrifice their own time and family lives to serve the people of their country. How they’re not in it for the money but khidmat-e-khalq. How doctors actually have 36-hour long shifts where they go absolutely nuts trying to tend to each and every patient that comes into the hospital. Whether it is practicing in remote areas, carrying out their duties regardless of their own health, and putting everything aside, and keeping patients on priority.
9. The fact that a male child makes abusive husbands happy
This is a topic that’s lightly touched upon in the show. But its dealt with in such a way that it gets a very powerful message across. When Maryam Nafees, playing Khujasta, as. s Dr Zubia to pray for her to bear a male child, Zubia instantly tells her that girls are beautiful and should be cherished just as much as the male child.
10. How mothers-in-law should always support their bahus
While we see Khujasta’s character grow, we also see that of her mother-in-law’s character evolve, as well. From a bahu-hating saas, she begins to tend to her daughter-in-law during her pregnancy
11. How fathers and brothers should support the women in the family
When Zubia goes through unfortunate circumstances, the men of her family don’t even want to see her face. However, after her repentance, Zubia’s father takes her side in whatever she does and shows immense pride in the maturity her daughter shows by apologising. An orthodox religious man, her father sets aside his staunch methods and becomes his daughter’s strength in front of his son and daughter-in-law.
12. The importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle
With Gaiti as a professional nutritionist who had given up on her career after her husband’s passing away, they keep convincing her to join Asfi’s hospital as the nutritionist. They keep emphasizing on the fact that people can control and prevent half their illnesses just by managing their diet. That people need to stay hydrated in order to keep their healths about them. And that along with treatment, a good diet goes a long way in the treatment of several illnesses.
13. The fact girls who go out of the house are awaara
The show keeps harping on the fact that this is an ill-founded notion. That girls and women who step out of the house to work, or generally, are not of bad character. No matter how much people try to prove otherwise.
How many of these did you pick up on?