Does ‘Tere Bin’ Romanticise Toxic Marriages?

‘Tere Bin’ has captured the audience’s attention, however, there are questions about whether the show romanticises toxic marriages.

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As a result, Murtasim avoids his wife

Pakistani television drama Tere Bin has quickly become a popular show in the country but does it romanticise toxic marriages?

The public is significantly influenced by television and film, which shapes their attitudes and impressions of numerous aspects of their lives.

Tere Bin tells the love story of Meerab (Yumna Zaidi) and Murtasim (Wahaj Ali).

While the show’s compelling plot and strong performances by the lead stars have succeeded in keeping viewers interested, there are issues with the way marriage is portrayed.

Physical and verbal abuse, a lack of communication, and violent conduct are all prevalent in the show and are unhealthy components of any relationship.

Viewers have expressed concerns about the character arcs of the on-screen couple since it appears to be romanticising the idea of a toxic marriage.

Some viewers contend that the programme promotes unhealthy relationship ideals, which could have detrimental effects on impressionable audiences.

In a recent episode, Meerab gets abducted by her male friend Rohail and is taken to Karachi after he confides in her his feelings for her.

Initially unable to contact his wife, Murtasim starts to panic.

But he eventually saves Meerab and warns Rohail to keep away from her.

Murtasim is traumatised by this event and believes Meerab went to Karachi to meet Rohail because she is in love with him.

As a result, Murtasim avoids his wife despite her efforts to make him happy by preparing his favourite meals.

He accuses her of cheating by going to see Rohail in Karachi, and when Meerab’s defence is insufficient, he encourages her to jump off a roof to prove her innocence.

This traumatic scene caused uproar for dealing with the topic of suicide in an insensitive, trivial manner.

According to many viewers, for Murtasim to casually resort to his wife committing suicide to prove she is telling the truth is a cause for concern.

On the other hand, one of the issues brought up by viewers is the absence of a resolution narrative for Meerab, who consistently refuses to display evidence of rationality and maturity in her marriage.

Although she acts stubborn when with her husband, she follows Rohail to the apartment without displaying any stubborn behaviour that she has towards her spouse.

She is inconsistent in how she treats Murtasim and Rohail.

Furthermore, audiences find Meerab’s refusal to love and fall in love with Murtasim despite being married to him to be a perplexing mystery.

While Murtasim’s charisma has succeeded in wowing young women in Pakistan, Meerab’s refusal to return his affection is viewed negatively.

Does 'Tere Bin' Romanticise Toxic Marriages

However, it’s alarming that the show seems to be promoting the notion that being aggressive and possessive in a partner are positive traits.

While Meerab is shown as stubborn and impractical, cutting off Murtasim when she wants, following her own will, and even confusing viewers with her demands, it appears that the show is promoting the detrimental stereotype that women should always submit to the will and the desires of males without question.

This image may be damaging because it reinforces the notion that women should submit to men’s demands at all times and that doing otherwise is a problem.

It is crucial to acknowledge that women have the freedom to make their own decisions and that they are not being obstinate or stubborn by defying social norms or expectations.

Tere Bin‘s portrayal of toxic marriage and relationships is a concerning issue that needs to be addressed.

While Tere Bin has been able to hold viewers’ attention with its compelling plot and strong acting, it is important to be aware of the possible harm that such portrayals can have.

To encourage healthy and respectful relationships, viewers must confront inaccurate or toxic depictions of gender dynamics and romantic relationships.

It is crucial to acknowledge that women have the freedom to make their own decisions and that they are not being obstinate or stubborn by defying society’s norms or expectations.

Ilsa is a digital marketeer and journalist. Her interests include politics, literature, religion and football. Her motto is “Give people their flowers whilst they’re still around to smell them.”

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