Teasers of Sajal Aly and Ahad Raza Mir starrer Yeh Dil Mera, directed by Aehsun Talish and written by Farhat Ishtiaq, released last week. Reviews pouring in since then are both positive and controversial; there are people who are eager to watch Ahad and Sajal together onscreen in a romantic setting but then there are those who felt the drama seems to glorify workplace harassment.
Going by one of the recently released teasers, Sajal’s character is excited to have gotten a call for a job interview while Ahad plays the employer who asks her irrelevant questions. What is problematic for viewers here is how lightly the girl takes it; in fact, she is apparently pleased by her boss’s inappropriate comments/questions.
The second teaser, however, portrays the two enjoying nature in a romantic setting.
Twitter is flooded with comments pointing out how the promos treat something that otherwise comes across as workplace harassment. Amidst tweets bashing the writer, a Twitter user pointed out how critical our society is and that it cannot wait until the drama premieres.
Responding to the tweet, playwright Farhat Ishtiaq assured, “Thanks for your confidence. I will never romanticize rape, sexual harassment and/or misogyny.”
We agree that while drama serials do tend to turn a blind eye to all these issues, it is too early to draw any conclusion with reference to Yeh Mera Dil. We can put it in front of a firing squad once it goes on air and all intentions are exposed.