When Mehwish and Danish graced our screens with Mere Pass Tum Ho, the first episode started of by showing a simple family at the beach with no complaints. Little did we know this drama will keep us on the edge with its gripping story line which was not the same “saas baho” drama or the typical “man left woman for another”.
However, it was a woman leaving her husband for a better life. And with a child in the mix, things became even more intense. As the drama progressed we saw the characters evolve and the punch lines reel in such as “do takkay ki larki” breaking the pakistani internet. Watching this drama as a woman, the line didn’t settle with me at first but i told myself “its just a drama, i don’t need to take it too seriously.” But a particular episode sparked a sense of rage in me where danish so profoundly compares his ex wife’s actions as “shirk.” It was no longer just a drama for entertainment but a topic widely being discussed and scrutinized by the public. With over ten million subscriptions on YouTube and a mega viewership, it made me think what are we putting forward in this world?
Women can’t cheat or leave their marriage because its shirk for them?
Men can be forgiven for the same.
Women can’t leave their husbands, but men can have a wife, cheat and still manage to be forgiven and loved ? But God forbid a woman does the same, she’s not forgivable or even given the benefit of the doubt?
Also the fact that religion is being brought into this drama to show the public and reinforcing the severity of cheating for women as a whole. To our horror we will hear a man stoned his wife because she looked at another man in a certain way. Thus i ask the question why are we focused on how wrong Mehwish is that the writers are showing her act of weakness a heinous act that even God won’t forgive.
It is to be understand that I am not promoting cheating in anyway, but just the realization of how drastic and adverse effect TV content has on its viewers.
Cheating is wrong, done by anyone regardless of gender and should have the same repercussions for both. Only thing is that by comparison one gender always gets away with it, even in dramas and the other has been show as an “ahchooth” not worthy of forgiveness.
Author: Faria Waqas