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Rishta Culture In Pakistan

Posted In Dating By Fiza Khan - 15 Feb 2019

Will ‘Shameless Proposals’ rise up to Rishta Culture in Pakistan?


Source: dawn.com


Shameless Proposals’ is an animated web series produced by Sadia Jabbar, which will traverse the notorious Rishta culture in Pakistan.


The series will supposedly address the stereotypical patriarchy that women and young girls suffer in Pakistan. This is essentially concerning proposals that come their way, which includes the process of arranged wedlocks.


The web series will explicitly highlight how some females waive their happiness as they implicitly have no option when it comes to the wedding.


Source: Twitter


The web series is controversial for many. The leftists feel it is forward thinking in revealing the typical Rishta culture in Pakistan.


So open-minded people think that producer and director Shoaib Mansoor has been at the fore of females idiosyncratic Pakistani cinema with movies like Bol (2011) and Verna (2017).


Therefore it is only normal for Jabbar to proceed this trend on a web platform.


Notwithstanding, there are others who think ‘Shameless Proposals’ can be very detrimental to Pakistani culture.


Those who are skeptical think the web series may direct to more females living single or ultimately getting a divorce.





‘Shameless Proposals’ is co-created by Sadia Jabbar, CEO and Creative Director of Sadia Jabbar Productions. This web series is a collaboration with BVC Media.


Tehseen Shaukat co-creates ‘Shameless Proposals’ with Saji Gul and Atlas wrote it. Hunny Haroon is the director for this digital series.


The seven-episode web series is to reveal how desi wedding proposals can be embarrassing and hurtful to womankind.


Speaking about this controversial web series, Jabbar told Express Tribune:


“The theme of Shameless Proposals is to deal with the objectification women in a desi society by presenting them as products when a proposal is considered for an arranged marriage.


The web series also sheds light on how parents would agree to almost every condition by the boy’s family to ‘accept’ their daughter.


Source: The Express Tribune


She continues saying:


This is the background we have chosen to highlight this pertinent issue. Shameless Proposals seek to explore seven different types of proposals through the lens of arranged marriages.”




Besides, the Balu Mahi (2017) producer stated the upcoming animated web series would tackle the conservative image of females in Pakistani culture:


One more thing that we have discussed is how Pakistani women of today refuse to have succumbed into silence. She wants to raise her voice.


“If we talk about arranged marriages now, girls wish to have their say in the matter. They would inquire about more significant questions.”


“They would rather turn down an offer to marry someone who would just want to spend their life based on how they look.”


Sadia insists that women now aspire to get a life partner with a comparable mindset and philosophy. According to Jabbar web renders a unique platform for film-maker such as her.


“I believe web series is a brilliant initiative for people to discuss social issues. They can be used to raise their voice.”


“The television shows are limited to a certain audience. Theatre and feature films have a different genre. The web is free of such restrictions.”


She adds:


“Web series, however, is an excellent window as it is budget-friendly.”


“The digital platform has become a medium of immediate release worldwide, and we are just warming up to the potential it promises.”


“Pakistan has just stepped in this medium. Yes, people are working on it, but we haven’t completely explored this avenue.”


With shoot for this contentious series start, Sadia took to Twitter to share some images:


Source: @Sadia_Jabbar


Though, there is no formal announcement about the starring, featuring in this web series.


Opposing Viewpoints



Post-announcement, there have been contrasting opinions about ‘Shameless Proposals’ with few in favor and others frowning their eyebrows.


Some liberal people think this series will genuinely support women to uprise and not outlast quiet against this popular culture.


In other words, women should choose where they wish to marry, proffering them the right to reject any likely Rishta.


For others, it is a bothersome sign as they think by promoting women to uprise against an arranged marriage practice, it will have an adverse impact on Rishta culture in Pakistan.


Source:  The Express Tribune


A fan spotted questioning Jabbar:


“‘Parents would agree to almost every condition by the boy’s family to ‘accept’ their daughter’ this does not happen in majority cases now, please stop making money by showing our culture in wrong way.”


There is a meager minority who are also lying on the fence, including one user who says:


“I had an arranged marriage, and my husband is definitely far better than any person I have ever met in my entire life."


“But yes this proposal thing s**** big time, I remember how humiliated I felt when I was presented in front of a bunch of people.”


Also, there has been a mix of reactions to pictures of the web series shared on social media.


In the cover picture, there is an image of a man exposing his muscles, whereas there is also a gutsy female who appears to be counteracting him.


The followers of Sadia Jabbar think these images show a positive representation as they empower and encourage females in Pakistan.


One user, comments, saying:


“There couldn’t be a better objectification of a desi female than the one in the cover.”




But the right-wing parts of Pakistani society perceive the images as questionable.


Rebuffing a thriving liberal viewpoint, the conservatives have started a debate using different statistics.


The traditionalists believe such depictions will raise divorce rates in Pakistan which have increased big time already.


A study conducted by the Gilani Research Foundation in 2017 shows that 78% of people think that the divorce rate is on the rise in Pakistan, while only 22% believe it is going down.


Some people in Pakistan will always be wary about women making choices and dictating men. They also indict the liberals for numerous women who end up single.


They debate men marrying more than once is often impersonated negatively as compared to having an affair outside of marriage.


Haqeeqat TV rejecting the planned web series raises various questions including:


“If a man marries once, what will happen to all the women who cannot find a husband? Do they not become public property?”


These questions reasonably may be implying to the 2017 census as results show that there is a more significant male population in Pakistan as compared to women.


Additionally, traditionalists claim Pakistani culture is already such that females are tying the knot late. They think many late marriages aren't even lasting.


Opponents of Jabbar think that she is transferring too much empowerment to females as experienced earlier.


In Sadia Jabbar’s movie Balu Mahi, the hero Balu (Osman Khalid Butt) attempts to call off a marriage, with the actress Mahi (Ainy Jaffri) taking the chance to run away.


Detractors of Jabbar believe her work illustrates a culture of dysfunctional relationships and disputes.


They think the web medium can possibly ruin the family system of Pakistan.


The conservatives are also of the belief that some sectors of the Pakistan media are customarily exhibiting the evil liberals.


Nevertheless, the drama Mera Naam Yousuf Hai (2015) produced by Sadia Jabbar Productions promotes a more level playing field. Thus her creations do not take a little feminist prospect.



Other than Sadia, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy owns a series of 14 short animated videos that display problems facing women in Pakistan.


Chinoy’s public service drive named Aagahi (2018) targets to familiarize women about their legal benefits.


Also, producer Jami Mahmood and Wajahat Rauf are also working on their own web series.


While, notwithstanding the contrary views and doubts about ‘Shameless Proposals,’ it is too quick to foretell the upshot of this digital web series, which strives to launch a social change.


Have your say on this burning question! Do you think the Rishta culture in Pakistan needs to be changed? Let us know in the comments below.


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