Can family pressure drive a man to commit suicide? Did Murad really shoot himself? The promo of the next episode cleverly leaves this a mystery, making audiences wonder what really happened. Should Mannat Murad have shown such a graphic suicide attempt? Could the same idea have been communicated differently, without making it triggering for many?
The Insecurity Of A Mother
In a dramatic twist, Razia Sultana asks Murad to divorce Mannat. Though exaggerated, Mannat Murad points out how mothers become insecure when their sons get married. The insecurity is so intense that it makes them blind towards their son’s happiness. A watered-down version is visible amidst us in society.
Softy Murad & His Limited Choices
Despite all the negative actions of his mother, it must be noted that Murad doesn’t think poorly of his mother. He defends her before his sister and even tells his friend that he cannot afford to get his mother angry at him. So, although timid and with zero courage, Murad is a softy at heart. If we really examine his situation up close, what choice does he really have? Should he take the risk of his mother attempting to carry out her threat to commit suicide? If she really does, will he be able to live with the guilt and regret that maybe, he could have handled the situation differently?
Mannat Deserves All the Sympathy Too!
At the same time, our heart goes out to Mannat. How awful, angry, betrayed and sad she must be feeling, that Murad has no regard for her, that Murad is not standing up for “Them” when they are not even in the wrong. She represents so many wives stuck in love and marriage with men like Murad who fail to take a stand.
Tough Times Lead To Tough Actions?
Murad pulling the trigger on himself, though questionable in some ways and highly dramatic, highlighted a significant point – how we can push men towards depression or even suicide by the undue pressure, and often, unfair expectations we impose on them. We often take men and their perceived strength for granted and underplay all the challenges they must undergo to maintain equilibrium in relationships. Would the point have been communicated so impactfully if the suicide attempt was not shown?
Could Murad have been shown to spiral into severe depression or maybe, suffer a nervous breakdown, to create the same impact? We hope Murad is not pulling off another one of his lies or tricks to evade the situation as this would end up treating a very serious issue like suicide in a very casual manner.
The Sisters Failed Us (And Murad)
Could the sisters have played a crucial and positive role in facilitating the situation rather than making it worse and provoking the mother into taking the extreme action of asking Murad to give Mannat a divorce? Especially Itrat, who faces the wrath of her mother for having a love marriage, should have been shown to be more sympathetic towards Murad and his dilemma.
Niggi represents many of us who can’t go against their parent in time of crises, given how she hugs her mother when she is extremely angry at Murad but later, takes food to Murad and also advises him to take a reality check; that their mother is not going to change. At the moment she just wanted to calm down her mother.
What Should Mannat Do?
Last but not the least, Mannat’s household presents another dilemma; what should a girl’s family do in this situation? The bhabi and younger brother are insisting that Mannat should at least return to her susraal and try to figure out what is really going on, rather than waiting for the situation to get worse. Should Mannat go or stay?
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Mannat Murad is a project by 7th Sky Entertainment, which airs every Monday & Tuesday night on 8pm at Geo Entertainment. It is produced by Abdullah Kadwani and Asad Qureshi and written by Nadia Akhtar. Directed by Syed Wajahat Hussain, the drama boasts a star-studded cast including Iqra Aziz, Talha Chahour, Irsa Ghazal, Noor ul Hassan, Rabya Kulsoom, Uzma Hassan, Tipu Sharif, Faiza Gillani, Mizna Waqas, Sachal Afzal, Sana Nadir, Rehma Zaman, Ali Safina, Hammad Siddiqui, Anam Tanveer, Salma Baig, Parveen Akbar, and Rahat Ghani.