Media has the power to largely influence society, and how people act, but unfortunately, our Pakistani Entertainment Industry has failed to understand this. Pakistani creators cant process the responsibility they have on their shoulders, which is why often times the content they come up with, is disappointing. Pakistani drama serials were recognized on an international level and were watched worldwide. However, the same industry which produced groundbreaking drama serials like ‘Udaari‘, and ‘Damsa’, is now moving in the wrong direction and showing unnecessary content. The serials which have been mentioned below, are a prime example of this.
Problematic Pakistani Drama serials
Leave it to the Pakistani drama industry to show two sisters/cousins/friends fight over the same guy. A prime example of such scripts is drama serials like Jalan, Kashf, Koi Chaand Rakh, etc. The drama serial Jalan in specific has crossed all boundaries. It is disappointing to see how the industry’s well-known names like Minal Khan and Emaad Irfani are starring in the drama.
Since such a storyline has been repeated for a number of times now, it seems like this battle between 2 sisters is the favorite topic and plot of our creators. However, if we consider how uncomfortable and displeasing such topics are, we will understand the need for banning them (literally). These drama serials are actually INAPPROPRIATE, and they blur the line between blood relations. What are they even trying to teach? that you should keep your own sister away from your husband or else she might steal him? And he’s a little baby who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong?!
Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida
Speaking of Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida, many thought that they had seen the same story somewhere before. And even if you haven’t, it is truly disappointing to see how FAR FROM REALITY the drama is. Sonya Hussyn who said she rejected the role of Mehwish in the hit serial ‘Mere Paas Tum Ho’ since it showed the role of a gold-digger woman, decided to play the same thing but in a little different way in Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida, where a woman literally forces her husband to marry his boss for money. I mean?
Coming to ‘Band Khirkiyaan’ where Zain’s character was more than just toxic. Zain, who was self-centered and possessive to the point where he wouldn’t even let his wife meet her sister, literally made one go nuts. But then again, why should a woman be shown to step out of such a toxic relationship? The same person who made his wife’s life living hell all of a sudden becomes ‘innocent.’ Pakistani drama producers and directors love developing a ‘soft corner’ for the villain. Just like that, Zain, after isolating Saboohi, mentally torturing her, getting her into an accident, and disrespecting her, is forgiven in the end. WOW.
The question here is, why isn’t our media moving forward? Why are the same topics being shown again and again? Showing themes like over-possessive men, and men who make a woman’s life living hell for rejecting them, are the most liked in our industry. Meanwhile, dramas like Churails, Ishqiya, etc. are banned because they show ‘independent women’ and the ugly reality of the society; such dramas like Jalan, Kashf, etc. are watched by the masses, and no one has a problem with them.
It’s about time we realize that these drama serials are NOT what we need. It’s time to move forward, and unless we get rid of these sick storylines, we won’t get nowhere.
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