Former makeup artist, Kanwal Ahmed recently took to Twitter to express her opinion on the television serial Chupke Chupke. The 31-year-old is the creator of Soul Sisters Pakistan (SSP), a Facebook group that is a virtual safe space for women where they can talk about their personal issues without any hesitance. For her initiative, she was also selected by Facebook as one of its 115 ”Community Leaders” for using the social network to help other women.
Kanwal Ahmed’s take on ‘Chupke Chupke’
In her tweet, she called out the drama for ‘reinforcing problematic stereotypes’. She talked about the character of a man, who is belittled in the drama and made fun of for staying with his in-laws. Ahmed drew a connection between that character and the situation of a woman in SSP, who complained that she was unable to take care of her aging parents as she could not move in with them.
Actor and writer Osman Khalid Butt, who plays the lead character in the drama, took notice of Kanwal’s concern and replied why the ‘ghar damad’ is not the victim if we take into account the context. Further replying to his tweet, Kanwal added that her concern was comedy that includes age-old stereotypes.
To this, Osman said that he agreed that the take on stereotypes isn’t as nuanced as it should have been.
Although the two are yet to find common ground, indeed, our TV industry is yet to showcase a character or storyline that does not comply with societal norms in a positive light.
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