Actors Sarah Khan and Gohar Rasheed became the talk of the town after a scene from their recent drama serial Laapata went viral on social media. The latter on Friday shared his thoughts on Laapata viral slap scene.
The scene in question involves Gohar Rasheed, who plays Daniyal, slaps Falak, who is essayed by Sarah Khan. Falak slaps Daniyal back when he hits her, instead of enduring his uncalled-for violence.
The scene was then hailed by many for finally breaking “the stereotype where women are always the victims of domestic abuse”. Despite the fact that many commended the writers for showing this course of action, others were a bit more skeptical.
Taking to social media, Rasheed shared his thoughts on the drama serial Laapata slap scene. “I hate the display of physical abuse on television,” he wrote. “This is why I have always refrained from doing it, at least in my own characters.”
“It is unfortunate but it has been done so frequently on our television that it has almost become a subconscious reality for us,” he added. “Apparently, physically abusing women is ‘fine’ and any misogynistic, spineless man can get away with it, just like Daniyal thought in yesterday’s episode of Laapata.”
“It may sound strange but the thappad (slap) scene was the only reason as to why I took up the character of Daniyal, to prove that oppression is a choice. If any insecure man with his fragile ego tries his “so-called” muscles on you, make the choice that Falak did, without any fear!”
Check out the ‘slap scene’ below:
“One tight slapback from a brave woman to such a weak man in our society would be a giant leap for womankind,” he further asserted. “We need such examples to be made by such women of strength, to empower women for their own safety, their well being, self-respect. A scene that is so powerful. I hope that its effect is even more impactful on our women.”
Behind the scenes, we understand the idea. However, violence of any kind should not be shown on television. Whether a man slaps a woman or vice versa. Two wrongs do not make a right.
This is not the first time we have seen a Laapata scene that caught the internet’s attention. In the same drama, Ayeza Khan’s character falsely accused a shopkeeper of harassment. Just like the infamous false harassment episode, we wish the drama reacted differently to this violence issue.
Earlier, in a bid to throw light on the plot of his drama serial Dunk, which revolves around false accusations of sexual harassment, actor Fahad Mustafa discredited the entire MeToo Movement.
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