Jaise Aapki Marzi has dropped 2 episodes so far, and although the Alizeh & Sherry have just had their first proper encounter, our heroine has been sending out clear messages to aajkal ki larkiyan to walk the Gen Z (Feminism) talk! And it seems to stick. Read on as we deconstruct her ideals & more!
1. Alizeh Knows How To Move On!
Alizeh decides to move on when she feels she’s not being valued in a relationship. When Salman turns around and asks for more time, and refuses to even have his parents call her parents to seal the deal for a future together, Alizeh doesn’t blink an eye. She let’s her mom know that it’s time to move on. Not her moping on a relationship, feeling heartbroken or self pitying. Alizeh knows where her emotions will be wasted and that they’re too precious for that.
There is a streak of bitterness we spot, but we’ll wait for that to emerge later, for now, we’ll let it rest. She is human after all! But well done Alizeh, those were positive, strong girl goals to send out to everyone watching!
2. Talk Before Tying The Knot!
She wants to get to know the person who proposed to her. Really? Is that so radical? Not really, unless we’re watching a Pakistani drama and then … it is! Past performance and history dictates that the bride meets the bridegroom on the wedding night and the rest follows. But Alizeh wants to get to know the guy, and she does so over a lunch meet. Not just that, she also arrives at the venue and leaves all by herself!
That’s not to say she couldn’t have asked for a lift, but the independent streak got us and notably noted as a great sign not to get too familiar unless we’re sure what and who we’re up against! Also, not to send out the wrong signals after the first meet. Alizeh strikes a great balance of friendly, firm and knowing her mind.
3. Marriage Is Not The End Goal
Alizeh has career goals beyond marriage? Surprise, surprise! Marrying a rich guy does not mean her life begins and ends with his. Whew, give us time to digest this one. Alizeh wants to be the CEO of her own company in 6 years, she wants to keep working and moving ahead – life has just begun, not come to a standstill just because marriage is on the cards.
4. Alizeh Can Pay For Her Restaurant Bill
This one is oh so relatable when young people step out to meet up. It’s going Dutch or splitting the bill. Alizeh walks the talk. When she upholds a woman’s right to be independent, have a career and speak up for herself, she also brings in the expectation that she won’t just slip into “damsel in distress” mode when she spots a good looking, wealthy man at her doorstep. Straightforward, outspoken, and maybe a tad opinionated, Alizeh speaks her mind. She’s not afraid to look after herself and that’s why, well, she’s giving us the Gen Z goals we can so relate to onscreen!
5. Alizeh Is Okay To Consider An Arranged Marriage
She balances her independence & free choice with family considerations. Where Alizeh is our emancipated, independent minded young girl who dreams of making it big in the working world and delivers inspiring TED Talks, she also pays heed to her parent’s advice and considers a marriage proposal, provided she can get to know the guy better. Independence doesn’t necessarily mean all decisions must be made single-handedly and Alizeh is once again showing us how to strike a balance!
Have you watched Jaise Aapki Marzi? Tell us what you think of Alizeh’s character and if it resonated with the Gen Z feminist soul in you!
Jaise Aapki Marzi is produced by Sana Hamid and written by Naila Jaffri. The cast includes Dur-e-Fishan Saleem, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Ali Safina, Kiran Malik, Javed Sheikh, Ali Tahir, Hira Umar, and Huma Hamid. It is a project of Six Sigma, and airs on ARY Digital every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm.