*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.
*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series New Amsterdam. Read at your own risk if you have not watched the show.
There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.
When we start a new relationship, it would be nice to know if this person will be in your life for the short term or the long term. But, as much as we would like to have this knowledge, no one has a crystal ball. We can only put our best foot forward and roll the dice.
In New Amsterdam, Dr. Akash Panthaki (Sendhil Ramamurthy) enters Helen Sharpe’s (Freema Agyeman) life when she least expects it. He appears to be the answer to her prayers. After spending years building her career, she has reached the age in which childbearing becomes more complicated. For a while, it appears that Helen and Akash will be in each other’s lives for a long time.
But life, like relationships, are not as predictable as we would wish it to be. Akash reveals that he already has two children from a previous relationship. Helen initially stays with him after this information is revealed, even though she is miffed that he kept these details from her. But this romance is not fated to last, and they eventually go their separate ways.
To sum it up: I am a believer that people come and go from our lives for a reason. Their presence in your life is not just a random coincidence. We learn something from their presence, regardless of the time we are with them. Though Akash and Helen are not a couple for very long, they learn that they can find love, even if they do not walk into the sunset together.
That is why he is a memorable character.