There’s something unnerving about the juncture at which “Tinkay Ka Sahara” is currently at. Starring Sami Khan, Rubab Hashim, Sonya Hussyn, Haroon Shahid, Ayesha Toor, Adnan Jaffar, Sana Askari and others, the story of “Tinkay Ka Sahara” has been written by Zanjabeel Asim and directed by Zeeshan Ahmed. After Hammad’s (Haroon Shahid) death, Qadr (Sonya Hussyn) is at an emotional low. Qadr has never had happiness in her life and lived robotically only to please others. After marrying Hammad, she finally discovered what true happiness was, Hammad being the light at the end of the tunnel for her. He was a person who truly loved and supported her – and in return, she inspired him, allowed him to discover his own productive nature and feel self-fulfilled. This was a true partnership…..and now Qadr has lost it all. To make matters worse, she blames herself for what happened. Qadr’s emotions are understandable and she continues to be a genuinely lovable character.
However, in episode 8, what’s perplexing is how she is being treated and how she, herself, is allowing herself to be treated. When we think about concepts of “sati” in Hinduism and notions where women are meant to live alone in a life of self-deprivation after their husbands are gone, we believe those times are long past. Watching a mother-in-law actively listen to a vindictive woman like Sana Askari’s character. While she may be the eldest daughter-in-law, she is a thoroughly vindictive woman and while she once used to taunt Qadr about Hammad’s unemployment, she now has her sights set on the property and money Qadr herself has earned. And while characters like this exist, it’s ridiculous to see Saba Faisal’s character actually listen to her. Why would a grieving mother align herself with a woman talking finances, property, dressing, etc. at a time when Hammad has just passed away rather than grieve alongside Qadr, the woman who truly loved Hammad and wanted his betterment in every way? And again, it’s Qadr’s money and finances which had been keeping the house going and improving. Why wouldn’t the family support Qadr instead of stifling her and forcing her to sit alone in a room? Qadr is a working woman and should stand up and earn for herself, if only to defend herself – and hopefully we will see this in coming episodes. It’s understandable that things certainly do change after the death of a husband, but this situation is very difficult to watch and digest.
Meanwhile, Wasay (Sami Khan) continues to throw his weight around in jail, making threats, his anger spilling out and only worsening his case. His brother-in-law (Adnan Jaffar) continues to take advantage of this situation, trying to take over Wasay’s business and happily allowing him to remain in jail. Durria’s (Rabab Hashim) absence is felt here and while it’s understandable that she would want to continue to keep her distance, we did see her place a phone call to Wasay’s sister (Ayesha Toor) – so why wouldn’t she have paid Wasay a visit in jail simply to speak to him? At this point, he cannot harm her.
It’s Sonya Hussyn’s performance as Qadr which is just brilliant. She is magic on screen. Sami Khan is, as always, wonderful in this role of an angry young man who cannot control his emotions. It’s hard to see how Wasay and Qadr will come together. How will their stories finally connect? How will Qadr receive justice? This is why we, as an audience, are holding on. Otherwise, “Tinkay Ka Sahara” is utterly miserable at the moment and is very difficult to watch.