Redefining Romantic Leads in Pakistani Dramas
We’re all familiar with the stereotypical Pakistani lead couple: a toxic, brooding boy with a traumatic past and a sheltered, angelic girl who’s never interacted with a man. They meet, go through various phases, and ultimately reach a happy ending.
Challenging Stereotypes with Middle-Aged Couples
However, Pakistani dramas occasionally break these stereotypes by introducing us to middle-aged couples. This challenges the notion that women’s worth diminishes after they turn forty.
Celebrating Beauty and Desirability Beyond Thirty
It’s essential to remind women that their beauty and desirability don’t diminish after turning thirty. Life continues.
Pakistani Dramas Leading the Way
Thankfully, Pakistani dramas are gradually breaking this stigma by featuring well-written dramas with middle-aged women in central romantic roles.
“Dobara” received a warm welcome from Pakistani audiences upon its debut. Hadiqa Kiana, who plays Mehru Nisa, a woman in her forties with two grown children, embarks on a journey to reclaim her life on her own terms. She was forcibly married at sixteen and deprived of her passions. The heartwarming core of the drama lies in Mehru Nisa’s relationship with Maahir, a man in his twenties. He helps her regain her confidence and protects her from family members who persistently mistreat her.
In this upcoming drama, Zara Noor Abbas and Haroon Kadwani portray lovers with a significant age difference. The story centers on societal backlash against an older woman marrying a younger man, as seen in the trailer.
Shahista Lodhi’s on-air drama revolved around an old man’s marriage to Nargis after his wife’s passing. However, his re-marriage at an advanced age doesn’t sit well with his children, who refuse to treat Nargis kindly.
Transitioning to Lodhi, who portrayed Nargis in the drama, she emphasized the importance of this topic. She wanted to undertake this project to remind the elderly that life doesn’t end as they grow old:
“It portrays a love story between these two main characters, challenging the notion that our elderly parents are solely there to take care of our children. Moreover, it also addresses the loneliness that many elderly parents experience as we focus on our own lives, mistakenly thinking they can’t find new partners or have a life of their own.”
Teri Raah Mein Rul Gayi:
Samiya Mumtaz plays a middle-aged woman who loses her husband shortly after their marriage. Her brother-in-law supports her and confesses his love for her.