I decided to continue my analysis in this thread because I realised this week's episodes seem to focus on the two things I mentioned in my initial post -
1. Shraddha/Sumer/Gajra's beautiful bond - flicker of light in darkness
2. Sher Singh - The mystery
The episodes on Thur, Fri [14 May - 15 May] I think further confirmed my opinion about Sher's character. He has a bad side. And it came to surface fully, for the first time in these two episodes. This line of his very accurately sums up his character,
"When I am good, I am the best. When I am bad, I am the worst."
That is Sher Singh for you. He might look like a confusing character. But he's not. He's all about reciprocity. He gives you back what you give him. When he first met Shraddha, he was instantly attracted, & like a charming man, he extended his hand out, which she took. So he took it one step further. He offered his hand again, but she didn't take it. She looked back at him while walking away, & that was the signal for him. So he reached her house, with the proposal. The next time he met her, she fell to his feet, apologized & honestly shared her feelings about this alliance, & he accepted. He backed off, with a heavy heart. She approached him again, but this time she made the proposal. He was skeptical, but he accepted, happy at the thought of getting her love. On the wedding night, just when he was about to begin his new life & newfound happiness, she spilled the beans. She rejected him & told him that she never wanted this marriage. He was insulted, he was rejected for the second time, that too after she was the one who brought the proposal again. Her rejection invoked that bad side, that arrogance. But his mother's bad behaviour with Shraddha came in between & stopped his bad side from surfacing. His arrogance, however, remained & so he didn't help her. He didn't bring her to her grandmother's house, he refused to stand up for her infront of all.
He told her clearly to escape without anyone finding out, but again her mother discovered this. And there we saw it, the real evil & mean side of Sher Singh. All the emotions came out in that scene when he made Shraddha hit Sumer. His anger as to why she didn't heed his instructions to not get caught. His arrogance with the woman who rejected him, pleading infront of him. His possessiveness that Sumer & Gajra were privy to her plans, they are important to her but he is not. Flashback to when Sher was drunk, he questioned Shraddha as to why she did not speak to him before marriage, about his mother blackmailing her. He hates it. He hates being kept in the dark, especially when it comes to someone he loves.
I don't think that he doesn't love Shraddha. He does. The issue, in my opinion, is
1. that he doesn't know how to love. Notice that BD displays her affections for Sher in a very twisted, rather than maternal way. She does it by constantly implying her right on him, on his life & her love for him. But she never actually sits with him, makes conversations with him. That is the kind of love he is used to. And that is exactly what Sher is doing with Shraddha.
2. he is at a crossroad & he is not sure of the road to choose - he wanted Shraddha to accept him out of love but instead he is now stuck in a marriage which he can't just break but can't accept either because she does not love him. He is constantly tormented by the fact that he has been forced into this unwanted bond, even though he wants it at the same time.
All his emotions are in a mess. And with BD & Vikas constantly instigating him, it is getting more difficult for him to keep the growing volcano within him. And the past two episodes were just a trailer of the eruption. There is a lot more to come. Virat's entry is not going to make things any better. For Sher to truly become Shraddha's protector, like we see in the first promo of the show, he needs to deal with all these emotions. And Shraddha needs to make the first step. A quiet, scared Shraddha is only making things more difficult.
Looking forward to your thoughts!!