‘Mayi Ri’: Saheefa Jabbar Highlights Show’s Problematic Themes

“There are so many red flags that I don’t know where to begin.”

Actress and model Saheefa Jabbar Khattak has taken a critical stance on the popular drama serial Mayi Ri.

The actress she shared her thoughts on the show and highlighting the many ‘red flags’ she found throughout the drama serial.

Beginning her critique, Saheefa Jabbar addressed the issue of the drama normalizing cousin marriages, which she found concerning. She pointed out that the characters in the series appear to be underage or very young, as they are often seen in school uniforms.

Saheefa expressed her worry about the show portraying children who should be focused on their education and enjoying their childhood being pushed into marriage.

She stated,

That beautiful young girl wants to study, the teenage boy wants to explore and learn like any other boy his age, he wants to go out with his friends, ride a bike, all the things young boys would want to do and here, we adults are promoting them getting married.

Saheefa emphasized that normalizing cousin marriages or young pregnancies is not acceptable even in the Western world. She argued that while some may argue that today’s 15-year-olds are not children, she refuses to accept that a 15-year-old should become a parent.

She stressed the importance of educated, literate, mature, financially stable parents in a child’s upbringing and how this contributes to their well-being and the betterment of society.

The actress also criticized the content’s portrayal of romance and intimacy, stating that it followed the same old formula of teasing to keep the audience engaged, leading to characters engaging in sexual activity.

She expressed her disappointment in the way the show depicted the pregnancy as if it were a miraculous event, rather than addressing the consequences realistically.

Saheefa concluded her critique by reflecting on the impact of such content on society and questioned how audiences were responding to it. She drew parallels between the content in the drama and Bollywood’s portrayal of romance and urged for a more responsible approach in depicting sensitive issues on-screen.

Saheefa Jabbar Khattak is a popular actress and model who made her mark in the showbiz industry, winning the ‘Best Emerging Model’ at Hum Awards and Lux Style Awards as well.

She made her transition into the drama industry with 2018’s hit drama serial Teri Meri Kahani and Beti. Both of these dramas made Saheefa a household name in Pakistan as the actress received critical acclaim for her role.

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