n recent years, there has been growing concern about the portrayal of crimes against women in the entertainment industry. This article aims to explore the issue and advocate for a more sensitive and responsible approach to storytelling. Let’s delve into the complexities surrounding this topic and discuss the need for change.
One of the primary concerns regarding the portrayal of crimes against women is the tendency to depict these issues in a one-dimensional way. Such portrayals often lack depth, failing to capture the true gravity of the situation. This not only limits societal responsibility but also trivializes the need for reforming male conditioning and addressing the root causes of gender-based violence.
Many viewers have expressed their offense at the insensitivity displayed in these portrayals. It is disheartening to witness the trivialization of women’s grievances and the validation of extramarital affairs as a means of oppression. These storylines fail to connect with the lived experiences of women and perpetuate harmful gender dynamics.
Another critical aspect to consider is the representation of transgender individuals in these narratives. Often reduced to caricatures, subjected to transphobic slurs, and treated as a dirty secret, they are marginalized and further stigmatized. This regressive portrayal not only perpetuates harmful stereotypes but also denies transgender individuals their rightful place in society.
To bring about a change in the narrative, it is crucial that stories originate from the survivor’s perspective. By diving into the criminal mind and shedding light on the painful journey to recovery, we can foster empathy, understanding, and ultimately, societal transformation. It is through these nuanced portrayals that we can challenge existing norms and promote healing and understanding.
The entertainment industry holds significant power in shaping public opinion. It is imperative for creators and storytellers to use this power responsibly. By crafting narratives that reflect the survivor’s lens, the industry can move away from the odious mix of fantasy and humiliation. Simultaneously, the audience plays a vital role in demanding more inclusive and sensitive content. Together, we can create a culture that respects the experiences of all individuals and promotes positive change.
Hum Kahn k sachay the
Mental torture was the highlight of Hum Kahan Kay Sachay Thay. With a star cast like Mahira Khan, Usman Mukhtar and Kubra Khan, people had high expectations with this drama. But all expectations fell flat as this drama was heavily laced with toxicity and mental torture.
Mashal (Kubra Khan) was a sly creature and was always jealous of her accomplished cousin Mehreen (Mahira Khan). Mashal and Aswad (Usman Mukhtar) are to be married but as fate would have it, Mashal dies and Mehreen is blamed for her death. Aswad then marries Mehreen solely to avenge the death of Mashal. Through verbal abuses and constant criticism, he almost makes her a nutcase.
In the end, Aswad gets to know the truth and apologizes to Mehreen who recovers from her breakdown. She forgives him and they live happily ever after. Watching this drama was pure torture especially when people expect to be entertained and not traumatized. Mahira Khan was criticized for selecting this role especially as she is very vocal against any form of abuse.
If there is ever an award for most slaps in a drama, Dil-e-Veeran will surely bag it. Everyone was slapping the other one; mother was slapping the daughter, father was slapping son, the brother was slapping the brother, and so on. In between slaps, there was slandering, deceit, and misunderstandings. Talal’s (Shehroze Subzwari) parents arrange for their son to marry a rich girl Nawal Saeed (Minhal) for her money. Minhal was interested in Haider but due to some misunderstanding, they broke up. When Talal comes to know about this he is outraged and from a caring husband turns into a monster. Unable to bear his insults, Mihal tries to commit suicide but survives. In the end, Minhal forgives him and her in-laws for all their cruelty. The lesson of the story, suffer in silence, your perpetrators will come back to their senses and apologize (sarcasm).
Qissa Mehr-Bano ka
Qisa Meher Bano Ka is another Pakistani drama glorifying domestic violence. Starring Ahsan Khan and Mawra Hocane, it has left all dramas behind with repeated scenes of marital rape of a pregnant woman. Glorification of domestic violence came when Meherbano justifies her husband’s actions by saying “Haq hai uska” (it is his right). Viewers found the sexual violation of a pregnant woman most horrifying and there was a big outrage. In one scene, Ahsan Khan also tries to burn his wife alive! Although Ahsan Khan was sent behind the bars in the end overall it was a very disturbing drama.
Kasa hai Naseeban
The Muneeb Butt and Ramsha Khan starrer in 2019 tops our list of dramas depicting domestic violence and marital rape. Ramsha Khan’s father marries her off to his sister’s son Muneeb Butt who is well-settled in Malaysia. On reaching Malaysia, Ramsha finds out the ugly truth about her husband and mother-in-law’s financial background. Ramsha is forced to work to support the family while her husband stays at home. Not only this, she is regularly beaten by her husband and her mother-in-law is also cruel to her. Although Ramsha Khan stood up against the abuses in the end and escaped, the heavy dose of slaps and verbal abuse was too much to bear. Viewers found this overdose of domestic violence quite disturbing.
In conclusion, the portrayal of crimes against women in the entertainment industry is a matter of great concern. It is essential to recognize the impact of these narratives and the responsibility that comes with storytelling.