It’s ironic that at times, a person can do everything in their power to protect their loved ones from mental harm, pretending to be happy in order to keep said loved ones happy and positive. But there is nothing more heartbreaking for that person than when those very people that they’ve worked so hard to protect turn around and accept everything negative spoken about them by a 3rd party. This is what has happened to Saba in the Pakistani drama Khaas. Ammar has been mentally torturing her for over a year, hurting her ego and emotions time and time again – and yet, Saba has covered for him in front of her parents, her sister and all those near to her. She did this in order to protect them and keep them from worrying about her, as well as in order to keep Ammar from appearing negative. However, all of this has now worked against her, as Ammar’s good image has made it difficult for anyone to understand her plight. Rather, she is being blamed for her own miscarriage and being called psycho by the majority of her in-laws.
In episode 12, Ammar (Ali Rehman Khan) continues his “investigation” by confirming with the house help that Saba (Sanam Baloch) was aware of her pregnancy and was intentionally careless, causing her own miscarriage. Saba continues to mourn the loss of her child, a loss that was triggered by severe emotional distress – distress that was caused by Ammar’s severe reaction to Saba’s job offer and the humiliation faced afterwards. Saba’s distress is further increased when Ammar’s Phupo and Farah (Natasha Ali) come over to offer condolences. Representing the mindset of society elders, blame is “kindly” heaped upon Saba for causing her own miscarriage by both Phupo and her mother-in-law (Saba Faisal), repeatedly bringing up her desire to work and her social life – as if visiting friends or holding down a job is cause for a miscarriage.
Ammar continues his negative streak and sabotages her job by informing his workplace of her miscarriage, stating that she’s too ill and will not be able to work in her present condition. An already distraught Saba snaps after finding out, instigating an argument with Ammar, attempting to show him the mirror and have him acknowledge his part in her miscarriage. Ammar, forever the narcissist, is unwilling to accept any responsibility and begins to call Saba a psycho, gaslighting her to further propel her mental state towards instability. Overhearing the argument, Ammar’s parents inquire about Saba and when Ammar calls her a psycho, his mother is infuriatingly agreeable, placing blame once again on Saba – and refusing to acknowledge any flaws in her beloved, “perfect” son.
The ray of light in Khaas comes in the character of Faakhir (Haroon Shahid), a character affected by abuse by watching his parents and what his mother went through. Saba has a conversation with her sister, a conversation in which her sister casually blames her for the miscarriage and when Saba hangs up on her, the phone rings again – thinking it’s her sister, Saba begins screaming into the phone about her mental state, finally venting her feelings and Faakhir gets to understand the extent of her misery. Offering her a shoulder to cry on, Faakhir has a conversation with Saba, telling her to confide in him any time she wants to. Later, after speaking to Javeria (Amna Wajahat), Faakhir realizes the cause of Saba’s stress and miscarriage. The friendship between Saba and Faakhir begins to strengthen when Saba reaches out to Faakhir after her fight with Ammar, needing reassurance from a friend regarding her mental state.
Many viewers have been vocal regarding the angle between Faakhir and Saba, stating that Saba needs to find herself and Faakhir should remain a friend rather than a love interest. However, when a young girl gets married and finds herself in a bad place, a character like Faakhir signifies a form of happiness that she not only did not receive, but also a happiness that she deserves. Some stories require an ending where the woman learns to stand on her own feet – and that has been seen in a show like “Kaisa Hai Naseeban,” where Maryam ended up alone and content with herself. In a show like “Khaas,” a show where Saba was already confident and self-sufficient, willing to work and has every opportunity provided to her to do so, a happy personal life with a man who understands and appreciates her is the happy ending viewers are all hoping for.