With the new year there is a new wave of dramas coming as well. Among many upcoming dramas Iqra Aziz, Ahmed Ali Butt starrer “Jhooti” is about to air soon. The teaser of Jhooti started making rounds on social media yesterday evening and Twitter is entirely happy.
The makers have released two teasers one of which start off with Iqra as a victim of domestic abuse. A few seconds into the teasers it turns out that her character is just being manipulative. Her bruises are fabricated and just part of her elaborate facade to get her way.
Twitteratis have instantly reacted giving their verdicts from teasers alone. But this isn’t the first time viewers have been too quick to judge. Recently Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly starrer Ye Dil Mera teasers were also met with a similar negative reaction. In Ye Dil Mera’s case the issue raised was that the drama is promoting work place harrasment. However like the writer Farhat Ishtiaq clarified, there was more to the story than the teasers indicated.
As for Jhooti Twitteratis believe our society is already well equipped when it comes to victim blaming and declaring abuse victims as liars. The drama is further encouraging this culture by propagating the idea that victims are liars.
Stand with the victims of domestic violence. Boycott @aryddrama #jhooti and all the female actors who accepted to play a role in it. This is going to give the already toxic society more ammunition to shoot and throw the victims of domestic violence under the bus.— ᴇʀɢᴏᴘʜɪʟᴇ (@RstyClinomaniac) January 5, 2020
Iqra Aziz is phenomenal actor but this is disappointing, hoping there’s more to this drama than just depicting a bruised woman “jhooti”— Ayesha Khalid (@ayeshakhalid7) January 5, 2020
Also bcz society is fed up with that same storyline of cheating husband & cruel in laws, this is going to sell good…pic.twitter.com/PviSzCEb9h
Some even critiqued the network for bringing yet another drama that disrespects women and their standing in a patriarchal society.
ARY really is on a mission to villify women.— 🥨 (@vordwomitt) January 5, 2020
Ikra Aziz points at bruises and cries about domestic violence in the promo for Jhooti and then cracks up with laughter about her lying skills.
Women’s suffering is already ignored. Why create dramas to further demonise them?
Irresponsible choice from ARY and Iqra Aziz. Such a storyline is not needed in a society where women are already not believed when they say they’ve been harassed/raped/beaten. I’m hoping there’s more to this drama than how it seems right now. Show ka naam bhi ‘jhooti’ hai🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/bt7t10W9KD— Manal Faheem Khan (@ManalFaheemKhan) January 5, 2020
The influence that such dramas create on the audience was also debated!
men and women from minorities all over Pakistan , tailors, maids , mazdoors, all watch shows which famous channels keep airing like jhooti and mairy pas tm ho. In the end what do they do? they think their wives and daughters are the same. cheaters and fakes. thanks ary . https://t.co/WO4pSzGvIJ— 🐥 (@dontfingdisturb) January 5, 2020
Just saw the trailer of #Jhooti which depicts #iqraaziz as a lying woman who fakes her domestic abuse injuries. Seriously concerning. What kind of message are we giving to society? Women are genuinely abused in Pakistan. The trailer is an insult to victims of abuse.— Mawish Moulvi (@mawish_m) January 5, 2020
If ARY airs #Jhooti , I am going to boycott all dramas of ARY. Doesn’t matter what the content is.— وردہ نور (@Wardahwrites) January 5, 2020
Teaser of #Jhooti is so disgusting. How can you trivialise domestic abuse? In a country like Pakistan, this drama is nothing but a million steps back.@arydigitalasia
i personally don’t watch many pakistani dramas because almost all of them have shitty plots but SHAME on @arydigitalasia for having the audacity to script and air a drama (#jhooti) which shows a woman who fakes being a victim of domestic abuse.— . (@BadassBakri) January 5, 2020
In a country where the first response to a victim of domestic violence is disbelief, victim blaming or “sabr karo”, trivializing domestic violence is not really what we wanted to see from a big budget production “#Jhooti ” #ARYDigital— Madiha Saeed (@MadihaSSheikh) January 5, 2020
With Jhooti yet to begin airing, lets hope writer Ali Moeen has an interesting story for the audiences as well. Jhooti has been directed by Ramish Rizvi and produced by Abdullah Seja’s I Dream Entertainment. The drama will be airing soon on ARY Digital.
What are your thoughts on the teasers?