ere Bin, the popular show that ended recently, had an intense storyline with Meerub and Murtasim. While Meerub was portrayed as a strong-willed woman, some viewers felt that her actions were irrational and selfish, which didn’t align with the idea of empowerment. It’s important to have diverse representations of strong women in media, showcasing different qualities and characteristics. Let’s hope for more nuanced portrayals in the future.
It’s disheartening to see the trend of degrading women in prime time dramas. Characters like Maheer and Saad seem to lack depth and development, existing solely for generating conflict. Fiction has a powerful impact on the audience, and it should be used to inspire and empower. We can look back at the golden days of Pakistani Television, where characters like Khirad from Humsafar redefined the role of the average drama heroine with their subtle agency. Let’s hope for more well-written and empowering female characters in the future!
Kashaf Murtaza from Zindagi Gulzar Hai is indeed an iconic character who resonated with millions of Pakistani drama viewers. Written by Umera Ahmed and portrayed brilliantly by Sanam Saeed, Kashaf symbolizes female empowerment and resilience. Other notable characters like Dr. Zubia from Yakeen Ka Safar, Farah from Diyar-e-Dil, and the strong women of Sang-e-Mar Mar and Udaari showcased the brilliance of writers like Farhat Ishtiaq and Momina Duraid.
More recently, characters like Noori from Ranjha Ranjha Kardi and Momina from Alif embarked on transformative journeys of self-discovery. These dramas have left a lasting impact on viewers, reminding us of the power of well-crafted female characters.
The timeless classics had a certain charm and depth that seems to be missing in some of today’s dramas. It’s essential for our content makers and writers to understand the importance of well-rounded characters and responsible storytelling. We should strive for better representation of women, where they can be strong, independent, and relatable without resorting to exaggerated or one-dimensional portrayals. The emergence of platforms like Green Entertainment gives hope for a revival of quality content reminiscent of the golden age of PTV. Characters like Shanoo are a ray of light in present times
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Let’s hope that valuable lessons are learned from the gems of the past and incorporated into the entertainment sphere.