“This drama teaches us what mental abuse looks like."
Mikaal Zulfiqar’s portrayal as Sherry in Jaisay Aapki Marzi is resonating with viewers as it highlights a husband’s toxic behaviour towards his wife.
The drama centres on the married life of Sherry and Alizeh (Dur-e-Fishaan) in which the latter constantly finds herself attempting to calm her husband down after his outbursts.
As the drama progresses, audiences have appreciated the makers for portraying an important topic that is usually ignored.
In the latest offering, Sherry and Alizeh travel to Dubai for their honeymoon.
But Sherry leaves his wife at her cousin’s house and spends the night with his friends.
A frantic Alizeh attempts to track him down as it starts to get late, but Sherry switches off his phone.
The couple cut their honeymoon short as an angry Sherry scolds Alizeh for contacting his father because she was unable to get through to him.
Once the couple returns to Pakistan, Sherry goes to Alizeh’s paternal home and claims to her family that Alizeh does not make an effort in their marriage and that she is always angry with him.
Jaisay Aapki Marzi viewers commented that they were pleased that the show sheds light on toxic and narcissistic behaviour.
One individual said: “This drama teaches us what mental abuse looks like. Interesting drama.”
Another commented: “It’s not easy to escape once you’re married. Some people are so complicated to live with, yet the girls are forced to live with them.
“Her husband is so insecure of his wife that he has ganged up with his sister to constantly put his wife down.
“I have seen toxic people like Natasha in my life who pretend to be nice but they’re twisting the knife in our back.”
The latest episode, which aired on September 27, shows a proposal for Alizeh’s younger sister Ramza.
An interfering Sherry tries to break the proposal by insinuating that Ramza would be an unsupportive wife in her husband’s struggle to become a successful career person.
The episode has garnered a lot of love and appreciation, and one individual admitted that it had given them goosebumps because they were able to relate to the emotions shown.
“This episode gave me goosebumps. I have seen this, the same. They try to portray the Bhabhi as an irresponsible person to try and ruin her image.
“Natasha and Sherry are the same, narcissistic psychos. Excellent episode.”
Another social media user wrote: “It would be an understatement if I say that this drama is a turning point in Pakistani drama history!
“Bringing this reality to light in such a masterful way, just WOW!”
Jaisay Aapki Marzi also stars Kiran Malik, Ali Safina, Javed Sheikh and Ali Tahir.
The screenplay has been written by Naila Jaffri and is directed by Saba Hameed.