Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly fans who have been impatiently waiting for their now show are in for a treat. Or are they? High expectations surrounded the trailer of Yeh Dil Mera as it marked the comeback of a power couple and their undeniable chemistry, but some tropes in the clip have left people feeling confuzzled, to say the least.
It gives us a glimpse of Aly, naive and super excited for her job interview, meeting her future employer which happens to be Mir’s character. In any other era, this meet-cute would have been considered utterly romantic, but Mir’s character’s unwarranted questions for his potential employee have raised some eyebrows.
In simpler terms, people feel this particular clip romanticises and glorifies workplace harassment, especially in times when the audience is direly looking for intelligent content. And speaking of hot takes, people feel their meeting is highly reminiscent of a scene in the popular controversial film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
For those who haven’t seen the movie, don’t fret, as there’s no need to. Let’s just say the lead characters have a similar meeting where the male lead appears overbearing which puts the female lead off at first but she simultaneously finds it attractive. Having said that, it has been established that the kind of behaviour between potential employees if a definite no-no.
Coming back to Yeh Dil Mera, you have to check out some of these reactions to know what we’re on about.
hdhdhshwjhsh tTGEY DID NOT JUST RIP OFF 50 SHADES OF GRAY DHSGSGS https://t.co/cjcAlnhwd0
— (the not-so-great) depression (@hassonling) October 20, 2019
it gives such 50 shades of grey vibess. idk why https://t.co/7KdFg6Ims7
— zobia (@zobiadar_) October 20, 2019
is there gonna be green room in pakistani version instead of the infamous red room https://t.co/QtcICvHj6B
— nothing, i am (@iamkuds) October 20, 2019
— Izma. (@IzmaSiddiqi) October 20, 2019
Many felt it normalises harassment faced by girls in workplaces, which isn’t romantic by any means.
Ummm what on earth is this.
A boss openly hitting on the candidate he's interviewing for a job, and that's supposed to be romantic?
This is harassment. When will our TV dramas stop normalising this crap? https://t.co/DaZ9hapTqw
— Hamna Zubair (@hamnazubair) October 20, 2019
To all young women looking forward to workplace interviews, a sincere tweet: This, is not cool. Interviewers, bosses, department heads, men in positions of power, cannot, must not twist a professional conversation into rishta-talk/ blind-date. https://t.co/fMi9LN2pPu
— Sana Munir (@SanaMunirWrites) October 20, 2019
Just when you thought these drama serials couldn't get worse than crying, wailing women, the TV industry hits a fresh new low. Romanticising sexual harassment at workplace. Seriously? https://t.co/qEMANzj6lE
— Maria Shamim (@Mariaa_54) October 20, 2019
My 45yo boss once told me "aap ne aj tou bara acha colour pehna hua hai". Another, in his late 20s, used to stare at us. Yet another used to flirt, was kinda handsy in a subtle way (media's full of such men). Stop romanticising harassment. This is not cool, not romantic. https://t.co/XtqorfqE0V
— Sindhu (@Sindhu_Abasi) October 20, 2019
I sit everyday at a workplace where 40+ guys at power position think they have a goddamn right to harass every women that comes to work. Thanks for enabling such assholes @Humtvnetwork https://t.co/ZKJ8IDhKiS
— S! (@sanivaince) October 20, 2019
Am I the only one who thinks this is harrasment? https://t.co/6ZRczK5Zva
— Ghafra (@ghafra_zara) October 20, 2019
thats how you normalize harassment in office by employers 🙂 https://t.co/6MJYa8Z0nQ
— Ali (@alyfarooq_) October 20, 2019
Normally women would walk out of the office when asked such cringeworthy questions but in pakistani drama you fall in love with a creep https://t.co/JtJ2EVZ6Mh
— mohom (@annoyyyinlady) October 20, 2019
Nope, even a guy like Mir does not get a pass.
Why is this scene romanticised. This is next level bull even when you’re Ahad Raza Mir it’s creepy ew https://t.co/5TYVJSlP6a
— Kinza Tahir (@Nymeria__i) October 20, 2019
Interestingly, a lot of people brought up how Aly’s attire was completely inappropriate for a corporate job.
Literally haven't seen anyone who wears "jhumkay" to a corporate interview. I mean what even https://t.co/AdbwWiIWbN
— H. (@yurrmiahh) October 20, 2019
Please let me know who inspired you to wear Jhumkas and Gota lined dupattas for a corporate interview?
Genuinely curious! https://t.co/dvXvbYP4Sc
— Bano (@BanoBee) October 20, 2019
First of all who wear jhumkas and long frauks to the interview and secondly which HR representative interviews in such a stupid way? Dramas are meant to be fictitious and are not to meant to be in 'parallel world' we all refer to. https://t.co/X3NzHxDLh2
— Biya Ali Zaib. (@BiyaAli9) October 20, 2019
Well, that gives us a lot to ponder over. Nevertheless, we’re still keeping our hopes up for the show and are itching to see what turns the story will take. Meanwhile, check out the teaser!
— Sajal Ali (@Iamsajalali) October 19, 2019