Drama Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi was the centre of consideration final 12 months — however not for the proper causes. It was criticised for spinning a romantic storyline out of poisonous masculinity and for being misogynistic to its core. Lead actor Dur-e-Fishan, who performed Mehak, differentiated between herself and her character saying she wouldn’t voluntarily watch a present like that herself and even need to act in it however she will be able to’t deny that dramas like that do commercially nicely.
In an interview with BBC Asian Community, she admitted that the drama put her on the radar. “Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi made the producers or made me extra possible to the alternatives that I may say sure to. As we speak if I’m getting 10 scripts and I’m not liking 10 of them, I’d be getting 5 extra as a result of they might be like ‘Oh, we want her on board.’” she stated.
Although she wouldn’t personally vouch for a drama like that, she stated it resonates with the society she lives in. “Dur-e-Fishan would not watch a genre like or would even like to work in something like this again. But Dur-e-Fishan belongs to a kind of society where people really like any woman being saved from any toxic area around.”
She talked about how girls are taught to depend on males. “Because our audience is just focused on [how] a girl needs to be saved by a boy. And no matter how that boy saves [her], it’s more [about] how we raise women in our culture,” she stated. “We just tell them that your brother, your father, your husband is supposed to be around you. I feel like when I was reading the script, Dur-e-Fishan would not have acted the way Mehak did because Mehak is a Pakistani girl who has no experience of boys, who was never told that you are good yourself.”
The actor stated that although she has began to obtain extra scripts that painting girls as impartial beings, she wonders how they may carry out. “But again, are these types of dramas that will do commercially well? We hope so because it’s all a chain of producers getting their money back. If you’re not giving them the views, no matter how progressive, feminism-driven the drama might be, they won’t be able to make another one,” she added.