Zunaira Inam speaks out against Bollywood's portrayal of Pakistani women

Web Desk 10:21 PM | 27 Jan, 2023
Zunaira Inam speaks out against Bollywood's portrayal of Pakistani women
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The representation of Pakistani Muslims in Bollywood has been criticised for being inaccurate and quite stereotypical.

It can also be seen in many Bollywood films that portrayal of Pakistani Muslim women often reinforces negative stereotypes. They are often shown as passive and submissive, with little agency or autonomy. Additionally, many Bollywood films depict Pakistani Muslim women as being overly sexualized and exoticized.

This kind of representation can be harmful, as it perpetuates negative stereotypes and can reinforce discrimination against Pakistani Muslim women in India and beyond. Furthermore, it can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about Muslim women in general, leading to increased discrimination and marginalization.

One of the people who highlighted this issue was Zunaira Inam Khan, wife of the heartthrob of Pakistan Usman Mukhtar,  who is an avid social media user and is vocal about her views on social matters. She is a successful associate research analyst at the Institute of Regional Studies.

Taking to Twitter, she specifically referenced to the Muslim women in the recent films, "Pathaan" and "Tiger" played by Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.

The 27-year-old stated, "So let me get this straight, Bollywood hates Pakistani men and shows them all as namazi topi-wearing fanatics but it fetishizes Pakistani women as sexy, bikini-wearing ISI agents? I...don't know how to feel about this."

Many Bollywood films depict Pakistani Muslims as being one-dimensional and overly simplistic characters, often depicting them as the "other". This can contribute to the marginalization of Pakistani Muslims in India, as well as to the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes about Muslims in general. 

The media also plays a vital role in shaping public perception, and it is essential to ensure that it does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes and discrimination. It is crucial for the media to depict all women, including Pakistani Muslim women, in a nuanced and accurate way that portrays them as complex and multidimensional individuals with their own unique experiences and perspectives.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 28, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 28, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 284.1 287.15
Euro EUR 304.5 307.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345.5 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.3 78.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.7
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 753.18 761.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.5 207.7
China Yuan CNY 41.44 41.84
Danish Krone DKK 41.30 41.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.92 36.27
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.09 933.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.84 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 178 180
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 735.91 743
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.43 78.13
Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 308.97 311.47
Thai Bhat THB 8.3 8.45

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 28 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,300 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Karachi PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Islamabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Peshawar PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Quetta PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sialkot PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Attock PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujranwala PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Jehlum PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Multan PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Bahawalpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Gujrat PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nawabshah PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Chakwal PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Hyderabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Nowshehra PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Sargodha PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Faisalabad PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465
Mirpur PKR 204,300 PKR 2,465


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