In the modern era, TV serials and shows have become a source for women to highlight their importance in society. Almost every drama serial producing in Pakistan is discussing some of the social evils that are eating our society.
Iqra Aziz and Ahmed Ali Butt starrer “Jhooti” has received a storm of criticism as soon as the first teaser came out. People bashed at the story and the concept. People are not getting why they are producing drama serials like this?
Iqra Aziz’s character in this serial is that of a liar who always lied and so nobody trusts her. She refused to marry a person who is not up to her expectations. She wants something else from her life.
The first teaser of the drama revealed how she lied about being subjugated and oppressed. She was seeing complaining to someone about her life. She revealed how her husband beats her over ironing his clothes imperfectly. However, later on, her expressions and dialogues showed that whatever she said was all a lie. Here’s the teaser,
— ARY Digital Drama (@aryddrama) January 4, 2020
Actual victims of the domestic violence
Well, people are losing their control as the serial is actually poking fun at the actual victims of the domestic violence. Some thought that this would encourage those who are oppressing. Women have been portrayed as the universal liars and this is an insult to those innocent women who suffer at their in-laws.
In our society, the idea of domestic violence is already ignored and with these types of drama serials coming forward, people will lose their trust in the oppressed women. They will start believing that women always lied about their sufferings.
Here is all the criticism from the local public,
Where do I even fucking start with the #Jhooti trailer. I don’t even want to start, I don’t even want to think about it, I’m literally shaking.
— fuck up extraordinaire (@KamikazeKarela) January 4, 2020
and again pakistani tv channel coming up with a shit drama to belittle women of this country? Absolute crap that they are making domestic abuse look like a fraud and as If It does not happen…so sick.. mohsin abbas haider writing dramas too these days? https://t.co/IUmC4lbvjG
— Ali (@AlyFarooq_) January 4, 2020
The society already doesn’t believe in the physical, emotional, sexual abuse women face, and shows like these don’t help. They minimize the struggles encountered by everyday women. https://t.co/fN2u3VRgml
— Shajia Abidi (@abidishajia) January 4, 2020
Roughly 5000 women get killed every year in domestic violence cases in Pakistan. This is the most tone deaf, insensitive shit someone can pull off. Bravo kanjaru https://t.co/6l2xd6cshh
— سک آف یور نانسینس سغراں (@01101100A) January 4, 2020
instead of making a drama about domestic violence towards women you make a drama about a woman lying about being abused invalidating other womens experience, sickening. https://t.co/l9qq8Qcegd
— haaniya 🧚♂️ (@okhaaniya) January 4, 2020
Please stop producing such dramas which depict women as lying, conniving, & deceitful. We already have such heavy discrimination in the workforce, daily lives, and continue to vilify a gender collectively. Stop depicting violence, hatred, ignorance against women. It’s primitive!!
— #freekashmir (@tabdeeli_) January 4, 2020
However, we are still unaware of the strategies of the team behind “Jhooti”. Would it be able to tackle the theme smartly or would it fail to impress the audience? No clues, unless the serial go on air.
In order to observe the concept and theme of the serial, we have to see what it will hold for all of us.