Nadia Jamil calls ‘Toxic Masculinity’ in Dramas ‘Nauseating’

In relation to ‘Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi’, Nadia Jamil expressed her concerns about the display of toxic masculinity in Pakistani television.

Nadia Jamil calls 'Toxic Masculinity' in Dramas 'Nauseating' f


“Kidnaps her, humiliates and forces her to marry him"

Nadia Jamil expressed her concerns about the frequent display of toxic masculinity in Pakistani television, using Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi as an example.

As the show nears its conclusion, social media has emerged as a popular forum for both viewers and celebrities to debate and analyse its plot.

Nadia Jamil chimed in on the discussion, expressing her displeasure with the show’s toxic masculinity and how the authors “set the bar so low” for our fictional “heroes”.

Journalist Fifi Haroon expressed her opinions about the aforementioned drama on Twitter on December 8, 2022, saying it is “well-developed”.

She went on to say that impressionable young women like Mahek (Dur-e-Fishan Saleem) would inevitably fall in love with guys like Shamsher (Danish Taimoor) and ignore their red flags when they began “behaving better”.

Nadia responded to Fifi by listing various misogynist offences committed by the main character that went unpunished in the programme.

Nadia Jamil said the following in a series of tweets:

“Um, But he tortures her father and brother and has them locked up.

“Kidnaps her, humiliates and forces her to marry him against her will, then imprisons her in his house and loses his sh** when she visits her father.

“He also continues to harass her family and insults the life out of her.”

The actress went on to talk about drama scripts and emphasised how most Pakistani writers refer to poisonous and violent male characters as “heroes”, lowering expectations for men in the process.

“Now, all a hero needs to do is show remorse and every wicked deed committed by him is forgiven and overlooked.”

Nadia Jamil further expressed:

“In real life, men are decapitating women and beating them to death.

“At least in this drama, he [Shamsher] didn’t burn her [Mahek] or beat her to a pulp.

“It’s just that we set the bar so low when we are writing our heroes.”

“Also, now the Shamsher’s wicked father is all remorseful and giving himself up to the police too.”

Among her tweets, a fan asked the actress to avoid promoting such films that portray dangerous males as admirable heroes.

Nadia responded by admitting that she had contributed to the spread of such stories.

“Toxic masculinity is nauseating. I am a culprit as I watch many dramas propagating it.

“Even in Habs and Fraud, the men are so controlling and misogynistic.”

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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