TV dramas are not just another way of killing time when you have nothing better to do but an excellent representation of our society, culture and surroundings. Pakistani dramas in particular, are performing this duty well to some extent by presenting the evils and social issues of the community. Let’s have a look on the plays of recent times that had the power to evoke the audience and push them to think and question the usual setup and norms of society!
Ek Nazar Meri Taraf
Starring Alishbah Yousaf and Babar Ali, Ek Nazar Meri Taraf was the story of a young lively girl who loses her husband after a short span of the marriage. As it is common in our society, once widowed, she is asked to limit herself only to one corner of the house, not allowed to laugh, mingle with family, and dress up. Her bossy mother-in-law who is a widow herself narrows down life for her without even knowing that the dead husband was already involved in an extra marital affair. The play beautifully portrays the life of young Pakistan widows and the general attitude of society towards them which wants to see them in a deadly mourning state only.
Starring Sawera Nadeem and Faisal Qureshi, Qaid-e-Tanhai is the story of every fifth Pakistani household where the eldest son of the family is forced to leave his wife and a little daughter to go abroad for earning extra bucks to marry off young sisters and educate brother. Sadly, everyone looks forward to the dollars but nobody thinks about the miseries and loneliness of pardes! This theme is wonderfully presented in Qaid-e-Tanhai, a must-watch for every Pakistani who is thinking to leave country for earning.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Zindagi Gulzar Hai is the story of a strong lady (Samina Peerzada) who was abandoned by her husband only because she gave birth to three daughters. Instead of getting heartbroken, she saved herself and her daughters from drowning into the river of despair and brought them up as a responsible citizen. On the other hand, the father of the daughters who eventually got a son from his second wife stood alone at the end with his useless and spoiled son.
Kash Aisa Ho
Kash Aisa Ho is the story of Ifrah (Saba Qamar) and Shayan (Mohib Mirza) that compels viewers to think about its unjustified ending. Shayan leaves Ifrah to marry another girl, spends almost half of his life with her only to come back to Ifrah later on and be accepted because of their sick daughter. The writer Maha Malik couldn’t really contrive a strong ending of the play, this is the time when we need to break this stereotypical bechari and always-waiting-to-forgive Pakistani wife, at least in our TV dramas.
Kankar is the story of Kiran (Sanam Baloch); an ordinary girl with a humble background who refuses the bonus of domestic violence that came packed with her rich and handsome husband. Kankar received mixed feedback from the audience; some appreciated the courage of Kiran while other cursed her for being so stubborn about her rights and divorce. Even Sanam Baloch and other actors who were performing in the play didn’t appreciate the extremism of Kiran in their respective interviews. Nonetheless, the play was amazing, we don’t have such Pakistani dramas every other day that condemns the domestic violence and humiliation that remarkably.
As the name suggests, the play revolves around Bari Aapa (Sawera Nadeem) who considers ruling and intruding into lives of her family member her right. Gradually with the passage of time she realizes that real love and respect cannot be gained with a ruling attitude but by giving others a required space and their honest share of love, care and respect. A great food for thought for all ladies who think they can conquer hearts with scheming and plotting.