Dear Pakistani dramas, please stop playing these 4 stereotypes. We’re tired!
This really needs to stop, NOW.
Pakistan’s television industry has grown more than ever before, and whopping TRPs are a testament to that. However, almost every story is heavily laced with societal stereotypes. However , contrasting to what is being depicted on television, Pakistani culture is much more than what we see on TV.
To give you a glimpse of the stereotypical rut that Pakistani dramas continue to be stuck in, we jotted down 4 of the most common stereotypes that are a hallmark of almost all Pakistani dramas.
1. Making The Abuser Look Good
Pakistani drama writers know how to make any abuser or criminal look good. Be it narratives about abusers getting away with crimes such as Saba Qamar and Zahid Ahmed’s Sangat or murderers being forgiven and getting their heroines like Khaani, there’s a dire need to address these stereotypes for good!
2. The Bechari Larki
One of the most commonly seen stereotypes in our Pakistani dramas is, of course, the victim. Pakistani dramas have always been glorifying abuse by portraying women accepting unhappy marriages, abusive relationships, and torturous families, and that too with a smile on their faces. Tumse Hi Taluq Hai, Khamoshi, Lamhe, and Mere Khudaya, boiled our blood!
3. The Bholi Bhali Larki
Every other drama series just revolves around the story of a quirky girl whose only wish is to find true love. Even the most popular ones like Ghar Titli Ka Par, Khamoshi, and Mera Khuda Janay revolve around the same theme. We hope that the new generations find out that there was much more than this, such as shows like Tanhaiyaan and Dhoop Kinare.
4. The Devil Of A Saas
Not sure if all Pakistani mothers-in-law are actually that evil, or it’s just what our drama industry has done to their reputation.
Remember Ashar’s mother from the super hit drama Humsafar?
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