Sania Saeed Drops the Truth About Women in Pakistani TV Shows
Sania Saeed, Ahsan Khan spoke about the portrayal of women in TV dramas and how they are not reflecting what’s going on in the community
When it comes to the entertainment industry, there are only handful celebrities who have the guts to say things as it is. One such actress is Sania Saeed, who started her career a long time ago, but has managed to emerge as one of the most successful stars of the TV industry. She has worked in the likes of Tapish, Aahat, Kahaniyan and many others. The actress was appearing as a guest on a Pakistani talk show, Bol Nights with Ahsan Khan, where she shared her two cents about the depiction of women in Pakistani TV. She was sharing the couch with Yasra Rizvi – another Pakistani TV actress, where they spoke about women on TV.
Sania shared, “The entire narrative of TV has been focused on this one thing, that the biggest problem for women is marriage. There is no education, no health, no economic independence and no dignity for her. She doesn’t have the right to choose or a right to express herself. And she has no other problem in life, except that she should just get married. This is what TV dramas show.” However, she explained, “What most mediums of expression do around the world is get involved with the movement that helps bring about a change in the community. However, in our entertainment industry, we do the complete opposite. Women in this country are doing everything they can do. They are excelling in their careers, they are walking out of abusive relationships, despite showing that narrative on TV. This is something that I consider very shameful for our media industry.”
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Sania further commented, “My most important question for TV drama makers is: What is this TRP game? Nothing can justify it. So why should I design my career according to something that is so dicey?”
Recently the concept of misogyny in Pakistani tv shows became a flashpoint when Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, who has written a currently highly rated tv show called Mere Paas Tum Ho, gave an interview to an online portal where he made numerous derogatory remarks towards women. The tv show Mere Paas Tum Ho also was criticized for being too misogynistic.