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10 Trends That Should Be Banned In Pakistani Dramas

Pakistani dramas are based on realities of life. The writers of Pakistani dramas take pride in the fact that they pick up real-life incidents and turn them into stories suitable for dramatization. For decades, Pakistani dramas have done well and earned a reputation due to realistic portrayal of realities, however with the passage of time, everything became a lot more commercial where the main focus shifted from quality content to profits and ratings. This approach of the producers and channels in general gave the writers the edge to come up with different and random ideas as far as they got them the ratings.

In recent years, where these sorts of dramas did earn a lot of ratings, there was a large number of audience that did not condone what was being shown in the name of entertainment or dramatization. A lot of different dramas which dealt with different issues without heavily relying on the rating-grabbing-negativity-selling ideas also did well in terms of popularity, which already sent a message loud and clear that people were looking for better content and not everyone was a fan of such sort of dramas which had nothing new to offer.

There are quite a lot of trends in Pakistani dramas that have become a norm and the writers rely heavily on them to develop and establish the story. It is unfortunate how common these trends have become because now, instead of looking like a story based on real-life incidents, it looks like there’s nothing new or different that the writers can come up with, therefore they keep on writing stories on these lines. It becomes frustrating for the viewers to keep on seeing similar things over and over again. As much as the writers should take their role in drama-making seriously, they should also focus on how to strike a healthy balance between everything they intend to come up with.

Here are the 10 common trends that should be banned in Pakistani dramas:

Lies and Deceit

There is hardly any Pakistani drama that goes on air which does not include tonnes and tonnes of lies and deceit. Every other character is shown to be capable of stirring the pot with their lies and those, who may or may not speak falsely, find it very easy to believe in these lies. Unfortunately, in order to showcase these factors, the writers compromise heavily on the traits of a human being to analyze the situation and put their brains to good use. A lot of times, the writers turn these characters black and white and forgot to maintain a balance by adding shades to their characters. Lying and deceit has become so common in every single drama that people have gotten used to this trend and if there’s a character that does not speak falsely, the viewers find it hard to digest such truthful and honest characters. The writers are very well aware of the fact that media or dramas in general are a great mind-controlling tool, therefore for the sake of ratings, to make such a questionable attribute seem totally normal is definitely not alright.

Jhooti

Slaps and Domestic Violence

This is one such trend that should be banned in every single Pakistani drama whatsoever, irrespective of how grave the situation is. Domestic violence unfortunately is a reality for a large part of the population, therefore to bring it to such a basic level where every helpless character is subjected to so much of violence and mistreatment in general does not send a good message across. Those who are faced with this situation in their lives find no hope by seeing so much helplessness in the dramas and those who are capable of subjecting others to this cruelty find a justification for their behavior. This issue is pretty sensitive as it is but by showing it so casually in every single drama not only normalizes it but also desensitizes the viewers to an extent that they start seeing domestic violence or slaps in any given situation as a very trivial issue. The writers always bring in the argument of depicting reality through their dramas for their defence but they often forget that the viewers are intelligent enough to see through their rating-grabbing tactics because by the end of the day, not all but most of the writers do focus on this factor the most.

Thora Sa Haq

Childlessness and Miscarriages As A Punishment

These matters are very sensitive for people who are going through this in any way, therefore to make it so black and white is another trend that should be stopped in Pakistani dramas. One way or the other, a villain is shown to be childless, to automatically generate this perception that because of her negativity, she is unable to bear a child and is being punished for the atrocities she is committing. There are also a few examples of negative characters falling pregnant and eventually ending up miscarrying the child, which again is the writer’s way of writing the fate of these characters that because they have not been upto any good, they could not earn the status of being a mother. Childlessness, pregnancy and motherhood, each and every stage in a Pakistani woman’s life is already related to so much judgment to an extent of putting her into depression, therefore seeing the media play such a role and highlighting it in such a negative way definitely does not help and doesn’t show a good picture in any case.

Mera Dil Mera Dushman

One-sided Domination of The Villains

This is another trend that has been prevalent in Pakistani dramas for the longest time, however in recent years, the negativity of the villains has touched the sky. There are such people in real life too, however, it is absolutely ridiculous on the writers’ part to show that the villains continue to commit their atrocities while others are completely blind and are unable to see the reality. This is one such factor which brings a lot of ratings unfortunately because the audience have become immune to seeing so much negativity that they automatically get drawn to these stories. Also because the audience do not have much option left when the leading channels sell such ideas, therefore these dramas become popular giving the writers a false idea that people are approving these themes and plots. The writers make the villains so strong for the major chunk of the drama and the rest of the characters take these sufferings as their destiny. This has to be the most absurd plot a writer can come up with. It is not only annoying but frustrating too because in real life, one way or the other, the villains are confronted and they necessarily do not have a control on every single situation that is happening under their roof, but in Pakistani dramas, the negative characters reign supreme and no one bats an eyelid.

Cheekh

Goodness To An Extent of Stupidity

This is another trend that frustrates a Pakistani drama viewer to no end. The good or God-fearing characters are shown to be so nice that they end up looking dumb or stupid. Things obviously don’t work that way. If someone is a harmless person who does not believe in violence or getting involved in negativity, it does not necessarily have to mean that they should not only be subjected to cruelty, they also do not speak up for themselves. In a lot of Pakistani dramas, it is shown that the good people are put through so much harassment and they do not have the courage to speak up or take a stand for themselves. To show helplessness of good or God fearing people is quite a stretch which doesn’t have much to do with reality and has been dramatized to make the most of it.

Kahin Deep Jalay

Marriage and Child As A Rehab

In so many dramas, those characters who are not fit for marriage or bearing the responsibility of a child are forced into marriage and the safest, common, most-heard argument to support it happens to be the fact that people believe these life-changing turn of events will automatically instill maturity, sense of responsibility and wisdom in the useless and good-for-nothing characters. It is quite common to hear these dialogues in Pakistani dramas that their good-for-nothing offspring will change for the better after the marriage, whereas things end up getting worse and both the people involved find themselves in deep trouble after getting to know the reality when the novelty wears off and the bubbles burst.

Rishte Bikte Hain

Male Characters Getting Away With Everything

This has to be one such narrative that needs to change in Pakistani dramas with immediate effect. It has been years and years of painting the finale of the dramas with similar brush where no matter what male characters do, they always get forgiven one way or the other and all they have to do is ask for a half-hearted apology. It is also ridiculous how men doing wrong is also blamed upon women that because they must not be meeting the man’s standards, he is losing the track and not being sincere. Cheating and infidelity is one thing, in general male characters in our dramas get away with everything and they are not held accountable and are never questioned for being complete morons.

Balaa

Message Not Being Conveyed In a Single Conversation

This has to be one of the most frustrating aspects of drama watching. Indeed the stories are dramatized and some of the situations are prolonged for the effect, but there are uncountable incidents where the conversations could be easily completed, conveying the message loud and clear but the writers don’t write the dialogues or the directors and the editors feel the need to cut the conversation short. This is the reason if an entire picture is completed in a single conversation and it is not dragged for unnecessarily long scenes, the viewers sigh with relief.

Main Na Janoo

Incomplete Conversations Leading To Misunderstandings

This is pretty much an extension of the point mentioned above but so many times, because the argument is not conveyed properly and accurately, it leads to misunderstandings and then every single character forgets what the actual issue was and they dwell so much into the misunderstanding that they lose the plot. There is nothing as relieving and refreshing seeing the characters having full dialogues at hand to say what is needed to be said and finish the matter off then and there.

Koi Chand Rakh

Giving The Drama A Half Baked Wrap Up In Last 2 Minutes

This has pretty much become a fact and a done deal that the directors and even writers of Pakistani dramas don’t really know how to give any drama a proper closure. Very few dramas out of thousands give the viewers a satisfactory and complete ending, which is unfair because the audience invests so much time therefore the least they deserve is a proper closure. It is always ironic that the drama makers have weeks and weeks of time to develop the story leading towards the ending. They have a lot of episodes where they can start building the ending up so that in the last episode, they don’t have to rush everything and leave so many questions unanswered and not tying the loose ends, but unfortunately, that turns out to be the case with most of the dramas, even with the dramas that are directed by intelligent directors.

Ishq Zahe Naseeb

This concludes the list of the trends that should not be promoted rather banned in Pakistani dramas. Do you agree with the list? Which of these factors disappoint you the most as a drama-viewer. Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.

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  • Bas masla yeh hai k hum abhi tak Starplus k asar sey nai niklay. Saas bahu bhabhi dusri bv zaalim shohar ratings laatay hain to bas whi dikhanay hain.

  • Yes it should be banned in Pakistani dramas because of it purity and peace of our homes and society has ruined…

    • Ye Sirf Ahad and Sajal ke sabhi dramon hai. Aur inhone wo scene bhi Indian dramas se copy kar liye jisme hero heroine ko wall ke nazdeek trap kar leta hai. Kuch din pehle main ek serial Deewangi ka ost dekh rahi thi, bilkul Indian vibes aaye. Abhi current dramas main bas Alif accha hai jisme romance slight hai

  • Suicide should also be banned. If a character commits suicide, it’s writer’s and producer’s weakness. The rate of suicide has already increased in our society specially among young ones. I fear of Mir Farooq commiting suicide instead of accepting and facing his negativity in Ye Dil Mera.

  • It is a perfect round up of today’s Pakistani small screen & as mentioned in some comments that xtra closeness or intimacy can be & should be avoided.

  • 100/_ agreed one thing I would like to add : rivalry between sisters having affair with brother in law is also becoming very common in our dramas which is a very sad part. It should be banned too.

  • Nothing should be banned from Pakistani dramas…they are the best….atleast not torturous like our serials….Pakistani damas are quite realistic! Love from India

    • Oh com’n, there are a lot of negative things to be gotten rid off in both countries entertainment industry….

  • yes agreed , one more thing I will add to this list and that is “Extra marital affairs” shown in dramas should be I repeat should be banned!!!

    • Nothing should be banned, only shown realistically. Sweeping the ills of society under the rug doesn’t cure them. In fact they should be shown more and how to deal with them. Like Udari and Meri Ghuriya deal with such evils. The public should be made aware that child molestation, incest, and rape are very prevalent in our society and perpetrated by persons close to the molested.

  • True,this is what I feel the same as you wrote. And even I surprise to see negative rolls of the young children in drama,and annoying style of the girls characterso all ridiculous. We need good subject that give awareness and entertainment to the society through dramas.

  • The points were good and reasonable but I think banning the trends won’t help. We should condemn it of course but banning them would be a hinderance in creative freedom because dramas are something completely fictitious. If we start banning things then how will we produce work and learn to grow from the mistakes we made?

  • bus kardo ab yar q in dramo k peechay lagay ho cheekh dramay main aik important issue ko highlight kiya giya hai bus kardo ab ary k dramo ka peecha chordo

  • Also use of mobile phones while driving and driving without seat belts should also be banned… These are major reasons of road accidents and deaths.

  • Yes I totally agreed these stupidities should be banned and the physical touch of male and female, hugging, drinking Alcohol, smoking and the concept of boyfriend and girlfriend etc should also be banned because this is not our common culture. In my opinion this all going on with a set plan to distract our youth from the right path. Who ever are behind these have a plan to make new and dangerous mind set of our society and youth.

  • I would say the top-most deficiency in Pakistani dramas is conveying the wrong religious principles and practices for the sake of dramatizing. I mention below the following that are quite prevalent in most of the dramas.

    1. Talaq

    The first issue is with how the talaq (divorce) is implemented in the dramas. A man in his anger tells his wife that he gives her talaq three times in succession and she is considered divorced. This is not the correct way indicated in the Quran or the sunnah. If a husband wants to divorce his wife, then he can pronounce talaq to his wife once, after which there is waiting and a reconciliation period of a month during which both sides of the family try to resolve the difference. If still not agreeable to either party, then the husband can pronounce talaq the second time, after which there is again a month’s waiting period and reconciliation. At the third talaq, which is after three menstrual periods (if the women can menstruate), the divorce is finalized, and the divorce documents served through legal channels which both the husband and wife sign. This talaq is taken to an extreme form in the drama Ghalti in which the mother is complaining to the son about his wife, while the wife is present in the room, and the son in his anger asks his mother what he should do “Give her talaq”. The wife considers herself divorced and so do the immediate family and the word spreads among the relatives that the wife is divorced. This has taken the pronouncing of talaq to an extreme limit. Such wrong projections do not do any service to the audience but misinform them.

    2. Iddat

    ‘Iddat is the waiting period of four months and ten days for the wife after she is widowed or divorced during which time she cannot re-marry. Our dramas have taken ‘iddat to a grotesque level in which the woman is not allowed to go out of the house or continue with her job, and in some cases told to stay in her room, adding to her misery, loneliness and depression. In one drama, a woman is the sole earner working to support her family, as the husband is sick, when her husband dies. The woman is told to stop working, depriving her of her livelihood, and not even allowed to go out of the house to buy her food items and essentials from the market. She is miserable as she has no one to help or support her, even to get her the life’s necessities.

    3. Halala

    Halala is a religious practice that is wrongly represented in the dramas also. If a husband divorces his wife, then they cannot be re-married unless the wife marries another man and she is divorced again. The woman’s second marriage and divorce should not be pre-planned such that it is only for the purpose for her to re-marry her first husband, otherwise it is haram and is not allowed in Islam. In some of the dramas the theme revolves around the husband and wife trying to re-marry after they are divorced and trying to find a husband for the wife who will marry and then divorce her overnight for the sake of halala. This is again conveying the wrong religious procedure, and people not too versed in religious matters may believe it as an acceptable part of the religion.

    4. Adultery Punishment

    In the drama Deedan, the girl is suspected of running away with the boy she wants to marry and without any proof of conjugal relations between the two she is sentenced to death by stoning by the tribal jirga. In religion, aren’t four eyewitnesses required as proof before the couple are convicted of this crime. Again the writer blinds the audience by not including this fact in the story.
    If only the writers, directors and producers refrain from showing the wrong religious methods just to dramatize the story, it will be a great service to the community and at the same time not misguide the audience against the religion principles.

    • Your one is clear these things shld b banned or if the topic is this then it shld b cnvyd properly and rightly but not agreed wd the abv article

  • Yes I agree especially closure proper hona chaiye or attention grab krny ky liye readers ki aik pr aik baar baar masail ko exaggerate krna nhi chahiye kionky is sy resolution kharab or ending traumatic krni prhti hy jan churany wali baaat hoti hy ending pr, example “ANA” drama and “Mn khayal hun kisi or ka” even” merey paas tum ho” always ending with tragedy is good for rating but it develops negative impacts on society so please think upon these matters..

  • I didn’t understand when u were talking about cheekh As one side domination of the villains as at the end Saba Qamar (aka the one who was supporting the truth) won and the villain (aka Bilal Abbas Khan) lost and was sentenced to death so u can’t say that it was one sided domination of the villains..

  • “Mehboob ap k qadmoon me” n many dramas like this which promote black magic or any form of magic one way or an other. Should be banned as soon as possible

  • Agreed ,ikhlaqi tor par bhi ghalat dikharahe hn in dramon me bachon k sath beth kr dekhne k qabil nahi hn ab ye drama banned karen ,bs alif acha h.

  • totally agreed so beautifully described my emotions about dramas these days. but my question is why PEMRA is closing eyes about the content

  • What about when they show naasta and they have one fried egg and like 20 pieces of bread/toast! what is up with that LOL

  • Finally someone said it! These are the reasons I can’t enjoy Pakistani dramas. Always the same stupidity. Especially the part where the “good” character has no backbone and is essentially a doormat.

  • Suicides should not be that common in every other ending, this is showing to people that there is no redemption for you, if you have been bad to someone you should kill yourself, not improve yourself or ask for forgiveness

  • I disagree. These shouldn’t be banned. You can write about how they are wrong and repetitive but banning is crossing the line. Today we ban these, tomorrow we will find other topics to ban, until you back the writers into a corner to write the same kind of story. We need to let go of these trends but not ban.

  • IZH should not be banned. It highlight an important issue for the first on Pakistani television. Yes, there flaws with execution but not to this extend. Ruswai should special in this article.

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