Let’s take a look at the worst offenders.
The best TV shows end with us wanting to watch the pilot episode all over again. If you are not emotionally satisfied with the journey you took with the show’s characters, the ending probably wasn’t great. While we’re almost sad when our favorite shows end, some Pakistani dramas are known to leave their viewers exasperated instead.
We’ve all known Pakistani television shows to highlight and cash off with stereotypes, but to have an ending we could have seen a mile away? That is where viewers mostly draw the line.
Here is a list of all the overused and corny endings in Pakistani shows:
Insanely Wicked Turns Wickedly Insane
Almost always directed towards the female villains, we’ve all seen quite a few dramas ending with them falling mentally ill. Although these dramas have morally corrupt men as well, somehow their mental capacity stays intact throughout the show.
In shows like Balaa, Mehboob Apke Qadmon Mei, Jhooti, and Titlee, female villains were out of it by the end of the story line.
While viewers were eagerly waiting to see the fate destined for them, it was a stereotypical slap on the face to see these ladies ending up in the mental asylum.
There are more shows with such absurd endings, but the writers of Balaa and Jhooti deserve a special mention here for overusing that ‘mental asylum haircut’ trope.
In real life, if a woman is cheated on by her husband, there is no way in hell she would forgive such a devious act. However ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ is not a phrase known to Pakistani women in stereotypical TV shows.
Other than promoting toxic masculinity, these shows promote women putting the other woman down. Not only do wives forgive and go back to their cheating husbands, but they also blame the women they had an affair with. Wait, what? Husbands get a free pass but the ‘other woman’ doesn’t?
Pakistani dramas like Mere Bewafa, Thora Sa Haq, and Ghar Titli Ka Par have all showed such bizarre endings.
Killing the Lead Off
Killing the main character isn’t exactly off-putting, in fact, it usually leaves the viewers engaged in a dialogue or holding onto the sentiment for quite some time. But when it comes to writers like Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar [KRQ], we almost definitely know the main character will die.
Dying in the name of love is a theme KRQ seems to love and fantasize about. In shows like Sadqay Tumhare, Bunty I Love You, Pyare Afzal, Mere Pass Tum Ho, and Mohabbat Tumse Nafrat Hei, the writer killed off one of the main characters.
This ending technique is so overused by KRQ in dramas that we’re surprised when something different happens.
Farhat Ishtiaq is another writer who recently killed off characters at the end of Yeh Dil Mera.
The only difference is that he decided to kill off the villains of the show.
Happily Ever After
Writers work so hard in building a storyline for their viewers, but some shows’ endings leave us agitated. Not only do these shows abruptly end but they also have a forced happy ending.
Dramas like Ishq Tamasha and Aangan ended with the union of the main characters. Their unification made no sense whatsoever. And it seemed like the writers crammed it in for a happy ending.
Do you have more Pakistani dramas with hackneyed and stereotypical endings to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section.