Zahra from ‘Daam’ was far from spineless. At first glance, you might see someone quiet, backless and somewhat nonchalant. Yet her character’s evolution throughout this spectacularly realistic drama is pragmatic and brilliantly told. Zahra hails from a humble background and is best friends with Maleeha, who is a higher class. Things take a tumble for the worst when Maleeha’s brother Junaid expresses his love for Zahra, and life only, unfortunately, becomes an incredible emotional odyssey. Her life serves as an incredible doctrine for us all; she’s only human, but the way she handles herself throughout all her tribulations is outstanding.
Zahra is incredibly caring, no matter the circumstance
Despite her innocence being an incredible weakness at first glance, it’s, in fact, this exact trait that makes her the master of plowing on through life
She isn’t a hopeless romantic per say, however, she is very realistic and remains incredibly calm
Her humbleness as a person is her greatest strength; despite being constantly belittled by those she thought were friends, Zahra was true to herself
Zahra would never let anything get her down, and although there were moments of trembling, her handling of all obstacles is admirable
Zahra always looks out for others, before her own self at times – self-preservation, however, is the most important; don’t lose yourself trying to make others happy
Her selflessness is aching – any prize money she would receive would be given to her mother and sisters
She remains incredibly nonchalant and in the face of someone like Junaid who was utterly in love with her
She is never discontent with what she has, and it perseveres in the end; it always does – it’s all about patience, and through the storm, there will always be a saving light
She will always maintain her family’s honor, despite such tremendously burdensome responsibilities
She spends her time introspecting, and does not overwhelm anyone with her problems; she thinks, contemplates and then makes a decision, and is never hasty in anything
Zahra takes Maleeha’s money, and despite being incredibly devalued and abused to an awful decree, an incredibly hurt Zahra returns home with a smile on her face
She never gave up on life, and took all opportunities by the horns; her leaving for Glasgow was her escape, and she took a risk
And despite all the pain, all the hurting and all the aching, she ended up entirely where she needed to be – it was her resilience that she held onto
It’s time, that heals us all in the end, and it healed Zahra.