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Also known asKamaau Bitiya
Written byFaiza Iftikhar
Directed byAmin Iqbal
StarringSee the section on cast below
Music byAzra Jehan
Opening themeThakan
ComposerWaqar Ali
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
ProducersAsif Raza Mir
Babar Javed
Production locationPakistan
Running timeApprox. 35-40 minutes
Production companiesA and B Entertainment
Original release
NetworkARY Digital
Release10 May (2012-05-10) –
11 October 2012 (2012-10-11)

Thakan (Urdu: تھکن) is an Urdu language Pakistani drama television series directed by Amin Iqbal and written by Faiza Iftikhar. First broadcast in Pakistan by ARY Digital, Thakan features Saba Qamar, Yumna Zaidi, Saba Hameed, Tauqeer Nasir, Saboor Ali, Bindiya, Farooq Zameer, Anusheh Asad, Farah Tufail and Jabran Shahid. It revolves around the plight of a working woman who sacrifices her dreams for her family.[1] Premiering on 10 May 2012, Thakan ended its run in Pakistan on 11 October 2012 after telecasting 22 episodes.[2][3]

In 2014, the serial was broadcast on ARY Zauq. In India, it was broadcast by Zindagi, premiering on 31 August 2014 at 8:55 pm (IST) under the title Kamaau Bitiya. It ended its run in India on 21 September 2014; the show was later re-aired, beginning on 27 October 2014.[4][5][6] The show was again re-run by ARY Network in 2016 on ARY Zindagi.


Sadaf (Saba Qamar) works extremely hard like a machine day and night to run her family, but no one except her grandfather feels sympathy or even cares about her. She is the only working member of her family and has to look after her mother, grandfather, younger sister and younger brother. Sadaf faces a lot of difficulties, harassment and criticism at work, due to which she has to change her jobs frequently. She couldn’t complete her education due to early responsibilities, hence is restricted to small menial jobs. But she continues to work to earn a livelihood and finally finds a stable, suitable and good job for herself. But despite working so hard and looking after her family, no one except her grandfather is concerned about her or is even loyal and faithful to her. Except for Sadaf's grandfather, everybody is self-concerned and selfish. And it happens one day that Sadaf visits her brother's college to pay the fees and learns that he had been suspended months back. Spending money on gambling, when confronted, he doesn't reveal the truth, and the next day, he steals money from home, injures his grandfather and flees, never to come back again. Sadaf's grandfather succumbs to his injuries and dies.

Similarly, by and by, the various facets of other people also come in front of Sadaf. For instance, Sadaf learns that the man she had thought of marrying didn't care about her but instead wanted to marry her as he expected her to be perfect and to look after his house and family. Similarly her brother-in-law, Khurshid informs her how her mother had refused the marriage proposals that had come for Sadaf in the past seven years to ensure that she remained in the house, worked and earned for the family. Deeply hurt, Sadaf decides to get married and leave the house. Sadaf's manager at the office, a lady, who happens to be a social worker, had always helped Sadaf in her difficult times and had also offered to help her with marriage. Thus, Sadaf informs her of her wish to get married soon, following which Sadaf's boss decides to get Sadaf married to her son, Kaashan, who happens to be a divorcee and a father of three kids, as she believes Sadaf to have all the qualities to look after the kids. And after marrying Kaashan, Sadaf does face problems in the initial stage but eventually copes up with them and begins to love Kaashan and his kids, and also succeeds in winning Kaashan's and as well as the kids' love and starts living a happy married life with him.

But this disturbs Sadaf's ex-boss, who now happens to be her mother-in-law, as she feels Kaashan gives undue importance to Sadaf. And thus, out of jealousy, she hatches a plot against Sadaf to create a bad image of her in the eyes of Kaashan. But her plans fail as Kaashan trusts Sadaf and later learns the truth, leaving her shocked and devastated. Sadaf had always been cheated and taken advantage of by her loved ones, begins to live a happy life with Kaashan and the kids.



Critical reception[edit]

While reviewing episodes 5–7, a reviewer from The Express Tribune said it was quite boring and pretty predictable.[8] In an article by DAWN Images, the reviewer Sadaf Haider praised the nuanced portrayal of the working woman.[9]


  1. ^ "Director Amin Iqbal is as versatile as they come". Daily Times. 26 June 2022.
  2. ^ DNA. "Zindagi channel's Thankan a rehash of Meghe Dhaka Tara". Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ BollywoodLife. "Thakan". Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Zindagi unveils two new shows 'Ishq Gumshuda' and 'Kamaau Bitiya'". Television Post. 21 August 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Zindagi offers two more new shows- 'Thakkan', 'Ishq Gumshuda'". Zee Entertainment (Business Press Releases - Media Relations). 21 August 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Zindagi presents 'selfish' Saman of 'Maat' in new avatar in 'Thakan'". Zee News. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  7. ^ Shabbir, Buraq. "TV actors we want to see in cinema". The News International. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  8. ^ Sahar Habib (29 June 2012). "TV: It's drama time!". Express Tribune.
  9. ^ Sadaf Haider (9 January 2016). "Do Pakistani TV dramas depict working women as selfish, unfavourable characters?".