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The story of drama serial “Kankar” Is revolving around a beautiful girl “Kiran”. The parents of the Kiran are looking for the proposal of their daughter as they think that she should marry now. The second important character is Sikander, son of Shaista. He wants to marry with Kiran, but his mother is not in the favor of this marriage. Shaista agrees for this marriage due to her son’s will. Kiran falls in love with the Sikander after the marriage but soon she saw a new face of Sikander. The drama serial is written by famous writer Umera Ahmed and directed by Aabis Raza.


Review of Drama Kankar

Marriage is partnership in which two people share their lives, hopes and dreams; it's about respecting your partner and focusing on making them happy. Unfortunately, in our society many marriages tend to revolve around the wants and needs of husbands, with the feelings and desires of wives often taking a backseat. A majority of women are socialized to believe that the most important responsibility of their husband is to provide for them financially and as long he is doing that, they should passively accept any abusive behavior on his part.

Drama serial Kankar challenges this societal norm, forcing the viewers to think about the issue of domestic abuse and violence in a new light and understand the perspectives of men and women caught in the cycle. There is the abusive husband who has grown up seeing his father beat his mother at the smallest aggravation and cannot help treat his wife the same way, the mother-in-law who suffered at the hands of her husband but did not stand up to him because she wanted to save her marriage, the parents of the wife who understand her pain but still pressurize her stay with her husband because they don't want to become social pariahs.

The story centers out Kiran, a confident and lively girl belonging to a conservative middle class family. Kiran's outspokenness often lands her in trouble, especially with the older women of her family, who predict a very grim marital future for her. Her problems increase when her cousin's fiance, Sikandar falls in love with her and breaks off his childhood engagement. Kiran's parents agree to the marriage, succumbing to the duress of Sikandar's family and the promise of a great future for their daughter.

In the beginning, Kiran appears to be living a fairytale existence as Sikandar lavishes her with his love and money. Soon after, Kiran discovers that Sikandar doesn't think twice before slapping her if she argues with him even slightly. He also taunts her about her mediocre financial background, constantly reminding her that he has given her a lifestyle she could only dream of. After each beating he apologizes, promising to never strike her again but cannot seem to control his anger and violent behavior. Tired of dealing with the continuous abuse, Kiran takes the bold decision of divorcing him. As expected, no one supports her but she sticks to her stance fighting her way through self-doubt and the disapproval of her family.

There are several poignant moments throughout the serial which spell out a strong social message. For example, Kiran repeatedly questions why when a woman is getting married; she is told that it is her responsibility to uphold the honor of her husband and her family. What about her own self-respect, and who is responsible for upholding it, she asks. And should she opt for a life of luxury at the cost of her self-esteem?

What makes Kankar different is the multi-dimensionality of all the characters, granting them an air of realism. The drama focuses on how external factors govern human behavior and the characters in Kankar evolve as their circumstances change. In the climax, Kiran helps Sikandar realize the consequences his abusive actions could have on his son, forcing him to reassess his attitude towards his second wife. Kiran herself settles into life with her cousin who promises to treat her with the kind of respect she yearns for.

Overall, Kankar is a serial that leaves a deep impact on the mindset of the audience, compelling them to rethink the flawed notions our society has towards marital relationships.

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