‘Laapata’ Slap Scene divides Pakistani TV Fans

Episode 12 of Hum TV serial ‘Laapata’ has gone viral after showing a scene, featuring a husband and wife slapping each other.

'Laapata' Slap Scene divides Pakistani TV Fans - f

“I appreciate how they dared to show falak slap Daniyal"

A slap scene from a Pakistani drama, Laapata has divided people across Pakistan and beyond.

Episode 12 of the Hum TV serial has gone viral on social media after portraying a husband and wife slapping each other.

In the much talked about scene, an aggressive character called Daniyal accuses his wife, Falak, of being intimate with her cousin.

Mirza Gohar Rasheed portrays, Daniyal, whilst Sara Khan features as his onscreen wife Falak.

He slaps her across the face and after a momentary pause, she slaps him back, adding:

“Don’t you dare! I will break your hands.”

The public’s reactions to the scene were extremely mixed on social media. One user said:

“Finally a very important issue of our society is highlighted in this drama! It also tells us why a woman should be educated, empowered and confident!”

Another agreed stating:

“ALL women need to be like this. If ur bf/spouse hits u for a wrong reason, hit back.

“Men like these are cowards, and only raise their hands on women cause they think they’re weak and won’t reply, just fight back and these type of men would never mess with a woman again.”

However, someone else tweeted, with a different opinion:

“I appreciate how they dared to show falak slap Daniyal back but the fact is that this guy could have easily beaten her up in rage.

“If physically women were able to take on men in a fight, DV would have a entirely different outlook.

“Sentiment appreciable, msg not so much.”

Another user questioned the scene, opening up a conversation:

“But is it really exemplary to show a husband & wife slapping each other onscreen?  Do two wrongs make a right? Just a question. Open to debate!”

Watch the Iconic Slap Scene here:

Rasheed, also got into the act, adding a caption to a video of the scene on Instagram.

“I hate the display of physical abuse on television. This is why I have always refrained from doing it in at least my own characters.

“It’s unfortunate but it has been done so frequently on our television that it’s almost become a subconscious reality for us.

“Apparently, physically abusing women is ‘fine’ and any misogynistic, spineless man can get away with it, just like Daniyal thought in yesterday’s episode of Laapata.

“It may sound strange but the slap scene was the only reason as to why I took up the character of Daniyal, to prove that oppression is a choice.”

The actor also promoted women empowerment:

“If any insecure man with his fragile ego tries his ‘so called’ muscles on you, make the choice that Falak did, without any fear!

“One tight slap back from a brave woman to such a weak man in our society would be a giant leap for womankind.

“We need such examples to be made by such women of strength, to empower women for their own safety, their well being [and] self respect.

“A scene [like this] that is so powerful, I hope that it’s effect is even more impactful on our women.”

However, many weren’t on board with Rasheed’s statement, including the Former Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh, Sharmila Faruqi.

“Oppression is not a ‘choice’, it is a hard reality.”

“Thousands of women are oppressed not because they chose to be ‘oppressed,’ but because they do not have the option to hit back or leave.

“Marital rapes, domestic violence, acid victims and child marriages are rampant in our society because the victims are helpless physically and financially.

“They suffer in silence. And those who do muster up the courage are either silenced, murdered or divorced with nowhere to go.

The victim-blaming never ends. It’s a vicious circle.”

Laapata first aired on Hum TV in 2021 and has become an instant success, especially with its catchy title track..

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