Episode 15 of “Jalan” inspired rage and, quite honestly, took the callousness of Asfandyar to a different level. Starring Minal Khan, Areeba Habib, Emmad Irfani, Fahad Sheikh and Hajra Yamin in prominent roles, this has been a controversial show from the get-go and continues to be one that riles fans up. Depicting a girl, Nisha, luring away the husband of her sister, Misha, “Jalan” is a show with some highly grating characters and situations. However, in this episode, Asfandyar gives competition to Nisha as the show’s most “terrible” character.
As the episode begins, KInza (Nadia Hussain) spots Nisha (Minal Khan) on the road after her robbery and asks her to join her as she’s going to her house anyway to pick up Misha (Areeba Habib). Nisha quickly worms her way out of the situation and heads back home, leaving Kinza confused. Her confusion, however, is quickly erased when she arrives to meet Misha and Tanveer (Mohammad Ahmed) and Sajeela (Sajida Syed) order her to leave immediately. Misha comes down to greet Kinza, but informs her that Nisha is the woman Asfandyar is having an affair with, leaving Kinza shocked.
Back at home, Kinza confronts Nisha and attempts to throw her out of the house, only to be stopped by Asfandyar (Emmad Irfani). Asfandyar and Kinza get into a heated argument, which shows that Asfandyar has become completely infatuated with Nisha and no longer puts his respect for anyone before Nisha. He storms out with Nisha and visits Misha, not only giving her a divorce, but also pushing her onto the ground violently while doing it. This man has completely lost his senses in his “love” for Nisha and one cannot wait to see a twist of fate for him. Returning back after divorcing Misha, he informs Kinza that if she wants to stay in his house, he has to respect Nisha. On the other end, Misha gives birth to a baby boy, but mourns the loss of her marriage.
Minal Khan takes a backseat in this episode as Nisha allows Asfandyar to do all the dirty work. But does this mean Asfandyar is being manipulated by Nisha and she is to “blame”? Definitely not. If anything, one thing has been made very clear in this episode – Asfandyar is equally as bad as Nisha. While she may be manipulative and completely unstable, Asfandyar has shown his real face, a face that does not have respect for his elders, his wife or even his sister. This is a character that, quite honestly, deserves Nisha. But the question then arises – how long will Nisha remain loyal to him? Will something “better” come along? Emmad Irfani is a great actor, but it’s painful to see him in such roles, because “Cheekh” turned him into the ideal husband and it’s grating to see him playing the exact opposite. Still, he has been doing a good job.
Fahad Sheikh and Hajra Yamin are not seen in this episode but for maybe 1 minute of screen time and have been relegated to the background. One can only hope they take over and develop their relationship soon enough. While it’s understandable that Misha wants to save her marriage, the preview for the next episode is stomach-turning. Misha wants her baby’s father in her life, a man who wanted to abort the child and threw her on the floor, completely uncaring about the fact that he could’ve caused a miscarriage. Does a man who wanted his child’s death deserve the chance to be in the baby’s life? It’s horrifying to see her seek Afandyar’s approval still – and that too with Nisha now begging Asfandyar to stop visiting Misha and his baby. Yes, good girls are great. We love to see the good girls win. But what is the prize the good girl is competing for? And is that prize a prize at all or is it a punishment? It’s difficult to critique a show like “Jalan,” because it’s frustrating, but also addictive. There’s a lot of chaos and action, but there’s also unnecessary misery. There are scheming characters and overly good ones. And now that we are at episode 15, a lot rests upon where the show goes from this point onwards.