5 strong female characters from recent dramas that are changing paradigms of Pakistani drama industry

The majority of Pakistani dramas revolve around women, but most, if not all, female characters are portrayed as weak and helpless, who are most often subjugated. While many of our television drama writers feel reluctant to pen down strong female characters because they are afraid of rejection, a few writers believe that a nation is what it consumes. Therefore, having strong women characters, who are independent, intelligent, in control, and progressive is the need of the time.

A handful of recent Pakistani dramas have challenged typical Pakistani culture by showing women as strong individuals.

Here we have listed down 5 strong and likable female characters from the recent Pakistani dramas.

1. Washma (Pyar Ke Sadqay)

Although Washma is not the central character in the drama serial Pyar Ke Sadqay, yet she has throughout been one of the best characters in the drama. The way she has stood by Mahjabeen’s side, even though her brother and mother have turned against her, goes to show what a strong character she has.

2. Lalla Rukh (Pyar Ke Sadqay)

With very little screen time, the character undoubtedly has a definite screen presence. Lalla Rukh is an independent, gentle, compassionate, and positive woman who has been more than just a phupo to Washma. She is a mentor, someone who always gives the right advice, whether someone wants to hear it or not.

3. Ramsha (Dushman-e-Jaan)

Another strong female character who had very little screen time, but the impact she left was lasting. Ramsha is an unapologetic, confident, focused, compassionate daughter and sister. The character was loved by many, and we would like to see more of such characters!

4. Dua (Ehd-e-Wafa)

Among many progressive and strong female characters, Dua’s journey in the drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa started when she was only a student, and it ended with her impressive career in the armed forces. She knew how to balance relationships and when to speak out. When her father passed away, she was the one who took up the difficult task of taking care of her mother without any help.

5. Ramsha (Ehd-e-Wafa)

Ramsha was another female character that we rarely get to see in Pakistani dramas. She was educated, outspoken, full of confidence, and a go-getter. She represented all those Pakistani women who are just as capable of playing an active role in media as men. Just like all the other strong female characters in this list, Ramsha was also a woman with a definite purpose in her mind.

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