The family drama Kuch Ankahi, which was directed by Nadeem Baig, showed how important divorce, custody, and other important parts of the nikahnama even though they are sometimes left out or crossed out at weddings.
The most recent episode not only emphasized how Islam safeguards women’s independence and rights but also how, in the name of “love and affection” for their bahu, in-laws frequently persuade and pressure the bride’s family to eliminate the stipulations (daughter-in-law).
In a scene that has gone viral, Samiya’s (Mira Sethi) aunt Sofia (Vaneeza Ahmed) stops the moulvi (cleric) from taking things out of the nikahnama. She begs the cleric, “Moulvi sahab, please don’t cut these clauses,” even though he defends cutting them as “meaningless words” that the groom’s side gets rid of regardless.
Asma Abbas’s character, the bridegroom’s mother Zareena, agrees with the moulvi, saying, “He’s right. Worse yet, we don’t know what to do about them. There is no point in arguing over these provisions. But are you doubtful about our honesty? As a symbol of our openness and devotion, we’re bringing the bride home with us.
Even though the families of the groom and bride don’t agree on kuch ankahi in nikahnama.
To ensure the protection and security of women, our religion supports, among other provisions, the legal right to divorce and child custody. No one has the authority to erase them. I beg you to keep them. Vaneeza’s advocacy for the rights of the bride was bolstered by Muhammed Ahmed (Agha Jaan) and Bilal Abbas Khan (Salman).
Fans of the show generally applauded the effort to strengthen divorce and custody laws. Seeing them as safeguards for the bride rather than something the groom’s family should be ashamed of.
Another user of the microblogging service commented, “A very powerful thing to witness today. I’d like to thank Mira Sethi and the rest of the crew for their hard work.
Another user thanked the group for making people aware of the problem. Congratulations to the Kuch Ankahi in nikahnama. The crew for producing such a compelling drama and for drawing attention to this important topic. No one, not even the girls’ families, pays any attention to the divorce clause in the Nikah form. Especially in our patriarchal society, it safeguards a woman’s position within marriage.
Another reader expressed appreciation to the author for incorporating this element. So organically into the story. This was a pivotal moment, for sure. We needed to talk about this in our plays in nikahnama on kuch ankahi. “Thank you Mohammad Ahmed Sahab for authoring such a fantastic script; I’m very amazed,” the tweet stated. Someone on Twitter even said that this is the type of program that has been missing from Pakistani TV for years.
Kuch Ankahi is a “breather” for fans in the midst of “mediocre TV,” and it stars Sheheryar Munawar, Mira Sethi, Sajal Aly, Qudsia Ali, Babar Ali, and Irsa Ghazal. Throughout its brief run so far, the drama has discreetly challenged a number of stereotypes. It’s including those of the nasty phupho, the spiteful mother-in-law, and the dependent Bechari daughter.