A Study of Extra Marital Relations in Urdu Dramas: A Qualitative Analysis


  • Yasar Arafat International Islamic University Islamabad
  • Nauman Sial International Islamic University Islamabad
  • Abid Zafar International Islamic University Islamabad




Urdu Drama, Extra Marital, Family Values, Marriage, Divorce


It is highly perceived that most of the stories of Urdu televise dramas in Pakistan are revolving around the problems of wedded couple. It is point of discussion that plots of the contemporary Pakistani Urdu televise dramas is depicting more extramarital relations. Through narrative structure analysis, the current study revealed that drama serials start with a family and then a quarrel arises between married couple. At that point, a protagonist enters in the scene which also becomes as catalyst in making separation between the married spouses. The bad and harsh attitude of the husband appears to be the enough reason to bend toward extramarital relation. Divorce seems to be the only solution in case of incompatible relations between the spouses. Consequently, the divorced lady marries with her protagonist and starts living a happy life with her second husband. It is apparent that these dramas are promoting extramarital relations in positive ways. The current bombardment of such issues by electronic media seems to be trying to legitimize the illegitimate relation. The analyses depict that televise Urdu dramas of Pakistan are violating the family values and promoting the extramarital relations in positive ways.




How to Cite

Arafat, Y., Sial, N., & Zafar, A. (2020). A Study of Extra Marital Relations in Urdu Dramas: A Qualitative Analysis. Pakistan Journal of Gender Studies, 20(1), 251–271. https://doi.org/10.46568/pjgs.v20i1.63