Jacqueline Fernandez's 'Mrs Serial Killer' is criticized for its stereotypical approach

Critics called out Netflix original 'Mrs Serial Killer' for giving in to stereotypes

By Jacqueline Williams, May 04, 2020 09:38 IST

Recently, Netflix released its new original: Mrs. Serial Killer helmed by Shirish Kunder. It stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Manoj Bajpai, and Mohit Raina. It immediately didn't sit well with the audience who said it is too stereotypical. The whole team including the actors, producers, and the director got shunned for sending out wrong messages about women and health care facilities. The critics and fans alike rated it 2.7 out of 10.
Even watching it just for entertainment doesn't cover up the fact of how problematic it is. The plot follows a male gynecologist who discriminates against pregnant unmarried women. This character named Dr. Mrityunjoy ‘Joy' Mukerjee (Manoj Bajpai). He has the childhood trauma of his mother abandoning him to avoid his responsibility. As a result, he is now a psychopath who steals babies from mothers and also murders them as a 'punishment'.
The team of the film wanted to show how unstable the doctor is but ends up sending mixed signals to its audience. It incorporates progressive but conflicting dialogues and beliefs. The film shows that it belongs in the category of horror, thriller, and drama. Though every scene has a comical touch to it which makes it confusing for the viewers.
The film also sends out the misconception that only pregnant women visit gynecologists. Such messages sent out by popular media can harm the mindset of both men and women viewers. This is not the first time Netflix India came up with a stereotypical show but it is by far the worse.

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