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My problem with dramas like that is that they perpetuate victim mentality, reinforce the idea that women are property and that they don’t have the right to make their own decisions.. the solutions to a lot of the dramas is problematic because they almost always reinforce patriarchal values.

My problem is not that they show situations like this, my problem is that their solutions are almost always regressive. 

And a lot of the times, in order to portray “relatebility” the drama always loses the purpose and women end up looking like victims..

Pakistani women as I have experienced them are not indulgent in self pity and are not waiting to be rescued…

I’m sorry to hear about your mother’s situation.. my mom also had a similar experience as Dur e Shehwar, I was born after 8 years of my parents’ marriage.. but while watching that drama, my mom never told me bear all the burden in marriage, its your job to make it work… instead she told me to always stand my ground and not take anyone’s shit. 

Reality dekhanay kay chakar main hum bohut kuch ghalat bhi dikha detay hain jissay main itefaq nahin kerti…

But anyway… you watch what you want to watch and I will watch what I want to watch :)

runway-rundown asked
Opinions on Dil e Muztar? What about Akbari Asghari? What about Aahista Aahista?

The only drama I’ve seen is Akbari Asghari, I really liked the premise of the drama, loved the family dynamic. But I did find myself a little bored because at one point it was dragging sooooooo much. Like, why can’t dramas be 15-16 episodes? Dragging just makes me lose interest. But still, a nice drama.

thesociopathiccannibal asked
Could you please recommend some of your favourite pakistani dramas
  • Daam
  • Uraan
  • Talkhiyan
  • Coke Kahani
  • Baraat Series
  • Mata e Jaan
  • Badtameez
  • Malaal
  • Bunty I Love You
  • Pehchan 
  • Rehaai
  • Aunn Zara
  • Doraha
  • Mora Piya
  • Silvatein (first half)
  • Mastana Mahi
  • Pyare Afzal
  • Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay
  • Mera Naseeb

There is so many more but these are the ones I can think of right now. 

You should also check out the recommendation page:

Pakistani Dramas

Anonymous asked
What are your opinions on Durr E Shawar and Dastaan? I personally quite liked the general positive messages but I did feel that they could come across in a biased manner somewhat.

Dur e Shehwar: extremely regressive. Put the whole responsibility on women and basically told them marriage is a one way street; bear the burden until and iffff things better. I mean really? When will dramas teach men a lesson? “Betaaa ek aurat hi apna ghar abad rakh sakti hai” NO, SHUT UP!

Dastaan: I really can’t say a lottt because I have only seen the first 5 episodes. The reason why I decided not to watch it was because I don’t enjoy nationalistic/patriotic entertainment. I’m a history major and the amount of historical inaccuracy I see in American movies makes me MADDDD.. but period cinema aside, I just don’t enjoy watching this genre. 

kmfshaadiyan asked
Hi!:) Do you know if there was another series of episodes after Annie ki Aygi Baraat? Because I heard that Bobby ki Aygi Baraat was supposed to air but idk if it really did or not. Thank you!:D

Noooooo :(

Annie Ki Aayegi Baraat was the last season.
They decided to stop it at that :(

desigirl90, both ARY and Hum TV like to pat themselves on the back ;) I’m also okay with JH airing on Urdu1.. if it’s a good drama, it will catch everyone’s attention.

desigirl90 It’s true that the smaller channels are getting the benefit out of these dramas but the number one complain that a lot of directors, writers and actors have with big productions (hum, ary, geo) is that they demand scripts that have women hysterically crying, getting beat up, extra marital affairs, or saas bahu ya nandon ki laraiyan because that’s where their ratings come from.. it’s these producers that call the shots and leave people who want to do creative work in a dilemma because they won’t get to do the kind of dramas they want to do. This is where it takes guts for channels like APlus, Urdu1 and Express to air dramas that are unconventional. From a business point of view, they have more risk of losing money.. this is why dramas like talkhiyan and aunn zara, even if they were critically acclaimed did not get as much appreciation/fame like the others. And it’s the sad truth, only a small amount of people want to watch unconventional dramas and for a lot of these channels, it’s all about money at the end of the day; doesn’t matter to them what kind of messages they maybe perpetuating. 

Anonymous asked
Hey! I'd like to know your opinion on Janam Jali and Shehre Zaat! Thanks, God bless.

Janam Jali, not watching and won’t watch.
How can people stand crap like that? lol

Shehr e Zaat, can see why it was so well liked but I personally don’t like overly preachy dramas that want to shove opinions down my throat especially when it comes to religion. It could have taken a secular approach but that is asking too much from a Pakistani drama I guess..

A lot people complain about why certain dramas don’t air in bigger channels like Hum TV or ARY. The answer lies in the kind of audiences those channels cater to. Dramas like Talkhiyan, Pehchan, Mere Humdum Mere Dost, Aunn Zara and now Jackson Heights  won’t run on Hum TV or ARY because these two channels cater to the “saas bahu” audiences.. they hardly take any risks with dramas like the ones I mentioned. Thank God for channels like APlus, Urdu1 and Express that believe in stories that don’t just have mazloom and hysterical women. What’s sad is that Hum TV is run by women yet it airs dramas that have women being treated like property (ie; Mohabbat Subh Ka Sitara). Not saying that these bigger channels haven’t taken any risks, good dramas like Pyare Afzal, Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahin, Bunty I Love You have come out of them but once in a blue moon. At the end of the day, channels don’t matter, good work will be noticed anywhere. 

highfashionpakistan:

Pakistani Celebrities on Red Carpet # 3!
This isn’t exactly red carpet but I really wanted to feature this in the series because lets face it, Hadiqa Kiani's style is very questionable and she doesn't always get it right. This look was the only one in the entire Pakistan Idol season that I really loved. First off, I was already in love with this sari from Fahad Hussayn's Kaala Pani collection. I remember going gaga over it the first time I saw it. However, what is really nice about Hadiqa's look is that she paired a very strong sari with soft hair and makeup and we all know bad hair and makeup can ruin any outfit. Usually, Hadiqa goes overboard with hair and a lot of the times I'm embarrassed for her but here everything looks.. right.. and balanced. 

highfashionpakistan:

Pakistani Celebrities on Red Carpet # 3!

This isn’t exactly red carpet but I really wanted to feature this in the series because lets face it, Hadiqa Kiani's style is very questionable and she doesn't always get it right. This look was the only one in the entire Pakistan Idol season that I really loved. First off, I was already in love with this sari from Fahad Hussayn's Kaala Pani collection. I remember going gaga over it the first time I saw it. However, what is really nice about Hadiqa's look is that she paired a very strong sari with soft hair and makeup and we all know bad hair and makeup can ruin any outfit. Usually, Hadiqa goes overboard with hair and a lot of the times I'm embarrassed for her but here everything looks.. right.. and balanced. 

desigirl90:

Maliha: kya dost dhoka de sakta hai?
Junaid: de sakta hai, bura dost
Maliha: lekin dost bura kaise ho sakta hai? ya dost dost hota hai, ya nahin..
  - Daam (Umera Ahmed)

desigirl90:

Maliha: kya dost dhoka de sakta hai?
Junaid: de sakta hai, bura dost
Maliha: lekin dost bura kaise ho sakta hai? ya dost dost hota hai, ya nahin..
- Daam (Umera Ahmed)

My mom is supposed to come to New York next week from Islamabad, hope this chaotic situation calms down and keeps my mom and everyone safe!