Disappointed But Not Surprised: ‘Ishq Hai’ Receives Flak for Romanticizing Obsessive Love

Drama serial ‘Ishq Hai’ and its makers/actors have landed in hot waters for glorifying misogyny and romanticizing obsessive love.

Ishq Hai

Pakistani drama industry has come a long way but unfortunately, we are still portraying all the negative connotations attached to love, marriage, and society in general. Drama serial Ishq Hai and its makers/actors have landed in hot waters for glorifying misogyny and romanticizing obsessive love.

Minal Khan and Danish Taimoor are great actors but the public isn’t happy with their recent projects. After Jalan and Deewangi, they teamed up for Ishq Hai, however, people are disappointed to see the problematic forced love trope over and over.

Pakistani dramas often recycle the same plot and we have seen the obsessive, abusive men torturing the damsel in distress numerous times. Sadly, the Big Bang Entertainment’s Production leans towards the same narrative but netizens have had enough of it.

 

Twitter condemns Ishq Hai

When Aamna Isani took to Twitter to share a problematic clip from the drama, it sparked a debate, and the majority of the people felt that the drama romanticizes the obsessive lover.

“The #ishqhai 101 on how to get a girl to agree to marry you,” she wrote.

In another tweet, she mentioned,

“Actually it’s one way of showing how the male ego in our society collectively destroys women.”

 

Here’s what netizens had to say about it.

Twitter user Asif Altaf said,

“You’re (Pakistani media) not helping anyone by portraying them as irrational and/or victims. These kinds of tv shows are the reason why I actively avoid exposing myself to anything Pakistani produced. This does not depict my reality. Unrelatable!”

 

Another Twitter user replied with:

“What’s sad is this is being portrayed as love. This is only his obsession that what is his can’t be anyone else’s. The girl is nothing more than an object. I wished, naively, that the girl walked away.”

 

Here are some more reactions:

 

 


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