Netizens debate over "cliched" Hijabi portrayal in Maya-Bilal's 'Yunhi'

09:05 PM | 3 Oct, 2023
Bilal Ashraf Maya Ali
Source: Platform X

Pakistani drama serial Yunhi is garnering heaps of praises and its fair share of criticism for its portrayal of transformation of a Hijabi woman. 

Momina Duraid's production featured actors Maya Ali and Bilal Ashraf as Kim (aka Kaneez Fatima) and David (aka Dawood Basharat) respectively. 

The television series prompted the audience — and its fictional characters — not to judge a book by its cover, however, the final episode and the ending had some social media users concerned about the "cliched" projection of Hijabi woman as "more Pakistani/Muslim."

Journalist Fifi Haroon objected towards Kim's transformation stated on platform X, “literal change in clothing the only way to make her more Pakistani/ Muslim?”

She also raised the question, “So as I dont wear hijab Im not Muslim enough, right?”

“To show finally a woman is domesticated usko dopatta lapait do [To show a woman is domesticated, drap a shawl around her]” adding that it was “cliché.”

“If only she had not shown up in that attire it would have been so much better ... Dawood fell in love with her original version, he didn't want to change her,” one user opined.

In tandem with the criticism, one user called Yunhi “one of best masterpieces in Pakistani dramas” and appreciated the way it represented Islam.

Another user stated that they “loved” the ending which “was beautifully presented and showed” the audience “Kaneez Fatima's journey towards getting closer to Allah and her Imaan yet also showing how culture and religion are different.”

The user also lauded Ali and Ashraf for their “fantastic” performance.

Yunhi is directed by Mohammed Ehteshamuddin, written by Sarwat Nazir, and produced by Momina Duraid under the banner MD Productions. The television serial boasts an ensemble lead cast of Maya Ali and Bilal Ashraf. 

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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