‘Yakeen Ka Safar” was rightfully the most astounding drama that ever aired on our television screens. The romance between Dr. Asfi and Dr. Zubia had taken the whole country by storm, with people shipping them all over. While the apparent theme of the show has been romance and upholding the family virtues and moral values, there were a lot of times where the themes are a lot more subtle and thoughtful.
These themes were the reason that the show not only received commercial appreciation but also a huge amount of critical acclaim because as the drama progresses, it unfolds many extremely relevant and disturbing realities of our present society.
The way Yakeen Ka Safar has balanced the entertainment and educational quotient off the viewer is applause worthy. Here are some underlying themes and messages that you might have missed as a viewer:
1. The Rape Culture
The story of Noori revolves around how a feudal lord & politician’s son abducts a girl, with two of his friends. After along time, Yakeen Ka Safar was one such drama that shed light on the culture of rape that is still persistent in the rural areas of our country.
2. Victim Shaming
When Noori 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. 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. This story reflects the brutal reality in many parts of our country. There are many Nooris who fail to get justice because of the politically powerful connections of the rapists’ family. Case in point: Mukhtara Mai
3. Abuse Of Power
For many centuries, access of power within the hands of few people is the norm. This issue has created tons of other problem within our society. The same way, throughout the show we see how Rab 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. NGOs & Our Society
Unfortunately, the mindset of our society is that the women who run NGOs are considered annoying and overbearing and moreover the women who is fighting for the rights of other women are deemed to be wasting their time.
5. Domestic Violence
The show is absolutely wonderful in this aspect. They keep reinforcing the message 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.
6. The Role Of A Father & Brother 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 supports her 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 before his son and daughter-in-law.
7. The Not-So-Stereotypical Mother Inlaw
Daniyal’s wife, Gaiti was allowed to live freely at her husband’s house and was treated with respect, even after her husband passed away. To witness this, as well as a healthy and loving relationship with her mother-in-law, is surprising. A not-so-stereotypical mother-in-law relationship was a shocker and a lot more refreshing in itself, because in most Pakistani dramas, the mother-in-law is shown as an evil person.
8. Doctors – Superheroes in Disguise
Yakeen Ka Safar gave us a behind the scenes glimpse into the lives of those who follow the medical profession. It showed us how doctors sacrifice their own time and family lives to serve the people of their country. How they’re not in it for the money but as Khidmat-e-Khalq. How doctors actually have 36-hour long shifts, tending 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 Beauty of Our Country
As the drama progresses and the setting shifts to the Neelum Valley, each episode seemingly highlights how beautiful our country is. Sky-high mountains, lush green sceneries, mighty rivers, it is a delight to see these breath-taking views.
So that was Yakeen Ka Safar in a Nutshell, but if you’re STILL craving more, then head on to Ahad Raza Mir and get his chicken & mushroom recipe! Just click on the link below!
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