Log Kya Kahaingey? The single-most damning statement in our society today. Be it societal pressure or family restrictions, we are often bound by the chains of log kya kahaingey? Fortunately, our media industry has taken an inspiration from the complications of this phenomenon to concoct a few inspiring stories that tell tales of characters that succeeded over the fear of ‘log kya kahaingey’.
We look at 5 of the best Pakistani dramas that rubbish the notion of ‘log kya kahaingey’ and present progressive storylines for audiences to follow.
Ideated and Produced by Moomal Entertainment/Productions, Udaari aired on Hum TV from 10th April 2016 to 25th September 2016. The drama focused on the trials and tribulations of child abuse and how the primary character Zebo undergoes severe trauma to overcome the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her step-father.
Both Zebo and Meera are shown as strong women that rubbish the narrative of ‘log kya kahaingey’ and find justice/respite. Even 7 years after it was first released, Udaari seems to have set a benchmark that other productions cannot reach.
Yakeen ka Safar
Directed by Shahzad Kashmiri and Produced by Momina Duraid, Yakeen ka Safar aired on Hum TV from 19th April 2017 to 1st November 2017. The drama was revolutionary in its portrayal of societal complications that we otherwise brush away.
Yakeen ka Safar addressed the elephant in the room and approached an otherwise sensitive topic of rape and domestic abuse in a highly progressive manner. The characters are strong and the storyline only becomes better with time.
Produced under the banner of iDream Entertainment, Sar-e-Rah was directed by Ahmed Bhatti and written by Adeel Razzaq. Released on Ary Digital, Sar-e-Rah is perhaps one of Saba Qamar’s best work with a storyline that revolved around routine interactions with diverse people on the roads of Karachi.
Saba Qamar as Rania takes up her father’s job as a taxi driver when he falls sick. Rania steps up to the job and lends a compassionate ear to her passengers, not caring about ‘log kya kahaingey’ in the process.
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
Released on Hum TV in 2018, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is a heart-touching tale of true love and romance that goes beyond the judgmental views of society. The drama highlights greed in our society, and how innocence and honesty will always trump over it.
Imran Ashraf was absolutely amazing as Bhola and gradually wins over Noori, Iqra Aziz. Noori is the daughter of a street sweeper, while Bhola is mentally challenged. However, both misfits come together to challenge society’s view and rubbish the narrative of ‘log kya kahaingey’.
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan
From where we see it Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan is an extremely underrated show. The serial aired on Geo Entertainment in 2009 and showcased the horror story of Saba and the allegations leveled on her by her mother-in-law.
However, Saba continued to fight through life, and even worked as a maid in a house when times called for it. She raises her daughter Sara to be a strong woman, and cuts down all approaches from Arfeen, her husband. The sad storyline sure will make you rubbish the narrative of ‘log kya kahaingey’.
It is not often that we equate Pakistani dramas with inspirational and thought-provoking content. However, over the period of time we have seen some amazing stories come through that have emphasized the importance of ‘kuch to log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna’. Cheers to these stories and let’s hope for more of the same.