5 Problematic Storyline Aspects of Pakistani Dramas That Need to Stop Now!

Despite the popularity of Pakistani dramas inside and beyond the nation, there is a steady erosion in the quality of the plots of Pakistani dramas. The plots are becoming predictable, presenting poisonous people as attractive and charming, desensitizing the public to important issues.

Family politics

The idea of a joint family, quite popular in Pakistan, is portrayed with exaggerated wickedness, most notably the villainous, tricky, and deceitful mother-in-law. Quite often, the narrative of a dysfunctional family is all about the evil acts of women. This propagates negativity. 

Many dramas, including Dushman, Meray Hamnasheen, and Habs, walk this line. 

Stereotypical male and female characters

The portrayal of male protagonists as egotistical, harsh, and spoilt seems to be a developing tendency, while the portrayal of female protagonists as naïve, attractive, timid, and quiet persons who are supposed to take abuse in stride is believed to be the norm. What good does it do to make such male chauvinism acceptable or romantic?

Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi is a prime example of such a storyline. 

Love Triangles

Gone are the days when two people appreciated the positive traits of one another and got together in a respectful relationship that was beneficial to both. Instead, we have love triangles forming in extended families regularly. It romanticizes and therefore normalizes, an extremely disturbing situation that should be frowned upon. 

Koi Chaand Rakh and Alvida are classic examples of this debauchery. 

Class Difference

Just like there may be a disparity in other things between romantic partners, there may be a financial disparity. This, however, does not justify the extreme extent to which Pakistani dramas portray these differences. 

Even critically acclaimed shows like Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzaar Hai are guilty of overplaying this trope. 

Eastern vs. Western Dresses 

Think of the last Pakistani drama you watched with a female protagonist. We are willing to bet she was wearing an Eastern dress. Now think of her female antagonist and what she was wearing. And we’ll bet it was Western clothing.

While we love Eastern clothing, the villainization of Western clothing through media leads to its villainization of Western dressing in society, which is problematic in the 21st Century. 

There needs to be a drastic revision of the content produced. It should be centered on reality, ambition, positive family structures, responsible males, and strong women.

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