Despite Dhoop Ki Deewar writer Umera Ahmed issuing a detailed statement to address objections on the web series, the criticism is not letting down.
Now #BanDhoopKiDeewar is trending on Pakistani Twitter.
Although Umera Ahmed shared how the web series doesn’t go against the two-nation theory but talks about how war causes grief on all sides, people didn’t get the hint. The story then follows how two people are united by grief despite all the animosity.
— Rana Mehwish (@rana2k21) June 18, 2021
— M Naeem ❤️🇵🇰 🇹🇷 🇵🇸❤️ (@MNaeemUllah3) June 18, 2021
There’s also the objection that the drama serial is trying to present a positive image of India. How? And does it villanize Pakistan? No. So how is this even an issue?
If I may ask #AhadRazaMir and #SejalAli
Didnt you guys read the script?? How and why you choose to work in a project that is trying to soften the image of evil, brutal and shameless Indian Army? Have u forgotten the atrocities on our #Kashmiris ?? Such a shame !#BanDhoopKiDeewar pic.twitter.com/F06QTo38Rw
— Nousheen Irfan Khan (@nousheen_irfan) June 18, 2021
It is an old Indian tradition to stab in the back under the guise of friendship. This mistake will not be repeated again.#BanDhoopKiDeewar
Stop double standards 07@Rashid2k21 pic.twitter.com/aRzF6DdTa0
— راشد ملک Rashid Malik (@Rashid2k21) June 18, 2021
Then there was the issue of Kashmir. It is unclear if the drama serial draws light on the issue aside from the obvious fact that it is the main sore spot between India and Pakistan. Yet people alleged the drama serial promoted anti-Kashmir sentiment.
— Maria Saeed Ch (@UmeHareemLhr) June 18, 2021
The ideology of Pakistan is Islam.
"Pakistan ka Kashmir se Rishta kiya?
LA ILLA HA ILL ALLAH"
Pakistan stands with the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
We demand self determination right for the people of Kashmir.#BanDhoopKiDeewar
— M. Saad Arslan Sadiq (@Arslan_Sadiq) June 18, 2021
— Syed Hasnain Mash'hadi 🇵🇸 (@SyedOfficial92) June 18, 2021
— Elمirah Khaن (@elmir_khan) June 18, 2021
Some even dragged Balochistan into this.
RAW sponsored are killing our soldiers in #Balochistan & we are sponsoring the web series based on Anti-state and #Kashmir narrative. Shame! #Pakistan will always stand with the oppressed people of IIOJK.#BanDhoopKiDeewar #DhoopKiDeewar pic.twitter.com/38Bl10j9N6
— 🇵🇰 Wali Khan 🇸🇩 (@WaliKhan_TK) June 18, 2021
Umera Ahmed is also trending on Twitter as people call for her to be banned too.
— Safia_Afaqi.🍁🍂 (@Safia_Afaqii) June 18, 2021
How d young generation can feel d pain which our forefathers received at PARTITION TIME
INSTEAD of reading Umera Ahmed razia butt billo butt etc
— mUhAmMaD aReEb sIdDiQuI (@buisnessareeb31) June 18, 2021
Umera Ahmed's all works are outstanding, but this one is what we call a literary scandal.#BanDhoopKiDeewar
— Akash Farooq 🇵🇸🍁 (@akashsayss) June 19, 2021
Pakistanis Call Out the Hate
Meanwhile, some people are disgusted by the pointless discussion and called on people to focus on issues that actually affect the average Pakistani.
— im crysis⁷ (@hibathesloth) June 18, 2021
Others criticized the fact that Pakistanis will watch Bollywood movies despite the Bollywood ban, yet will not support Pakistani artists, and a Pakistani project.
Paki people can't watch #BanDhoopKiDeewar as series based on anti pakistan but we can watch "Tiger Zinda ha","Singhum", "PK".DKDseries has message that "there is no hate b/w ppl of india and Pakistan but reason of conflict is Kashmir which should be solved accordance of kahmiris" pic.twitter.com/Z0u8SMjH9b
— S A I M A M J A D (@a6a_bacha) June 19, 2021
#BanDhoopKiDeewar trending in Pakistan.
— Mystic Vedette (@North_Star88) June 18, 2021
The criticism is warranted given the offensive statements some people are making, such as Hindus and Muslims cannot live together. It is pertinent to mention that there is a clear strip of white in the Pakistani flag to represent Pakistan’s minorities.
India and Pakistan came into being on the ideology of two nation theory. Hindus and Muslims cannot live at the same place without conflicts. We need to understand this fact and should condemn this serial.#BanDhoopKiDeewar#جون19_شب_خون pic.twitter.com/RunMFrDaqW
— Ahmed Ali Awan (@ahmed_awan07) June 19, 2021
Perhaps it’s high time we re-evaluate our opposition for India. We need to make sure we direct our dissent where it belongs; on issues like Kashmir. Not internally at our own minorities that have been contributing to Pakistan since independence.
ZEE5 Free Subscriptions
On the other hand, ZEE5 is offering free viewing of Dhoop Ki Deewar exclusively for Pakistanis.
“This special gesture in Pakistan is a reinforcement of the series’ message of Heart over Hate and an attempt to take this show and its premise to maximum viewers across the country.”
The web series will premiere on 25th June 2021.
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