Sajal Aly, Ahad Raza Mir's new drama criticised for 'romanticising workplace harassment'

Published: October 21, 2019


Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir’s fans were in for a treat late Saturday night, when the starlet shared a glimpse of their upcoming drama Ye Dil Mera on social media.

The public was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to see their favourite on and off-screen couple sharing screen space for the third time. Aly and Mir have previously worked together on Yakeen Ka Safar and Aangan.

Their obvious chemistry never fails to wow the audience and that was exactly what was expected in Ye Dil Mera. And the duo did deliver it. Well, more or less.

The show, written by Humsafar and Diyar-e-Dil famed writer Farhat Ishtiaq, is being accused of glorifying and romanticising workplace harassment.

Many have taken to Twitter since Saturday to explain how Ye Dil Mera is disguising workplace and sexual harassment as romance. “I think they did a good job at representing Pakistani culture here. There’s biryani, there’s workplace harassment. What else do you need?” a user wrote.

“If someone spoke to me like that at a job interview, I’d leave right away. And I can do that because I have the privilege to walk away from a sleazy boss. How many girls would be able to take a stand up like that for themselves? This isn’t romantic. It’s sleazy,” shared another user.

Soon after the backlash, many came forward to defend Ishtiaq, whose female characters are usually strong and independent. The writer herself clarified she would never romanticise rape and harassment.

The onscreen couple sparked dating rumours since the time they first shared screen together in Yakeen Ka Safar. Th very show was penned by the same writer.

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  • ayesha
    Oct 30, 2019 - 9:28PM

    If they were in US the employee could file a compliant for sexual misconduct. This is a new low in our drama writing.Recommend

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