Pakistani Actors speak up For Their Rights

“I don’t want to see a future where I am going to do voice acting on someone else’s face; that is simply outrageous!” said by Humayun Saeed in reference to the Turkish plays aired on Pakistani channels. At one end where there is a hype created by foreign play like, Ishq-e- Mamnoon, where its mega hit all over the middle east has brought highest rating , the silence of endangering Pakistani drama industry has grown to such as extent that Saeed hypothesis concludes that “If such serials start running regularly, then there will be no audience for Pakistani content,” whereas ,veteran television and stage writer-director Khalid Ahmed says “he is glad that better quality programming is being broadcast in Pakistan”. What about aagan tera, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Dhuan,etc which were used to be few of the many Pakistani legendary dramas and still there are many broadcasting like Humsafar, but now is it the quality of production or the invasion of foreign plays in Pakistani industry that is leading to endangering or extinction of Pakistani actors.

“Our local production standards are very low; if we don’t raise them then in no time these dramas can eat us up,” says Rashid Khwaja — President of United Producers’ Association (UPA). “However, stopping the influx of foreign content is not the solution,” Khwaja tells The Express Tribune. Shutting off foreign plays is the only solution to end the dispute of extinction? According to Khawaja it is not! As he said, “The consumer will not let it happen because now we live in a global village and he will find access to it somehow but the stakeholders need to sit down and develop a new model of ‘high-scale drama production’ that is economically feasible to both, the producer and the channel”. Syed Nabeel the TV artist requested to limit the foreign channels by quoting one of his friend’s words, “I wish my son will say asalamualaekum one day instead of Namaste”.

The professionals and Pakistani actors have a compound opinion on what can be considered the biggest foreign invasion on Pakistani television since Indian shows, now it seems like Turkish and Indian soaps are replacing the Pakistani dramas. At one end where they are gaining popularity among the Pakistani audience they are becoming the greatest threat to Pakistani actors, culture and to the industry, same concern is being portrayed by Syed Mohammad Ahmed who believes that the Turkish soaps are not only a threat to the drama industry, but also to Pakistani culture.“This is absolute cheating with the local drama industry!” says Ahmed. “You can’t get more ridiculous and insane about art then those Turkish soaps; if you think that works then we are not short of seeing a day where nude films are dubbed in Urdu and aired as well. If things go on like this, then it won’t take much time for Pakistani artists to go jobless,” says Ahmed. Khalid second him saying “These dramas show a more liberal Muslim society which our viewers want to see and feel”.

Though audience demands for such dramas but that doesn’t mean they should be given that is slowly poisoning them and their culture. Hussain said in response to broadcasting such soaps elegantly by saying “But does that mean that these programmes should be allowed in Pakistan? Certainly not — until or unless a dubbed Pakistani drama is playing in Turkey.” Hussain also showed concern that culture differences will definitely cost us in long term effects.

Bushra Ansari and Faisal Qureshi also criticized the foreign plays and showed concern and lash out regarding the accelerated indulgence of foreign plays into Pakistani drama industry. The Facebook page has been also created to get audience responses towards the protest and lash out by actors and just within 3 hours the 47, 219 people like it and in the favor of decreasing the foreign plays indulgence to our society.

Pakistani drama industry is the only growing industry in Pakistani, threat to it is not only threat to Pakistani actors and their jobs but is also a threat to Pakistani culture as on day the foreign culture will definitely influence our generation. Will you allow your culture and own people to suffer just for the sake of entertainment? I guess I leave here to receive your comments and views.


Nida Zaidi

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  • Maya

    no Turkish dramas should be allowed to be on aired after their dubbing in Urdu in pakistan, they are really good, moreover this will also increase the competition for our local drama industry lacking in major areas.
    or yeh jo lbaray baray loag bari bari baatain karraih hain kia unhon nat khud beth kar ishq e manoon ki last episode nahi dekhi ho gi………. losers khud tou kuch acha nahi karsaktay atleast let others do something good

    • hanu

      yeah kud hamare actors ne maze ly kar dekha hy

    • haider

      agreed! Jis ko jo pasand hai wo usko dekhe kisi per koi zor zabardasti nae hai!

  • Maya

    and one more thing yeh jo baat kar rahi hain abt their dressing and clothes k bohot khula hai and whether do we want our pakistani actresses to actually start wearing such type of clothes tou yeh tou waisaiy bhi bohot pehlay say ho hi raha hai. what abt those actresses jo lux style awards 2012 main bohot khulay kapray pehnay nazar arahi thin wat abt them? i can also name them including Amina Sheikh, Model ayan, Mahira khan (not Humsafar wali the other one), film actress sana, Maria wasti, saba Qamar etc. yeh loag tou baray tameez walay shalwar kameez pehen kar or baray dhakay chupay andaaz main aye thin? Hunh!!!! wat do u say abt them??? ab is tarahan kia hamaray local culture or religion ko farq nahi parta??
    in sawalon k koi jawab hoon tou baat karain warna apni bakwas apnay pass rakhain…. especially Nida Yasir jo bohot barh charh kar batain karrahi thin…

    • gul

      u must be one of those who should get out of pakistan, like GEO ….majority people of pakistan want to watch pakistani dramas, models actors , actresses… whether they r bad or good….we just want to watch pakistani content…thats it …

      • Anonymous

        Gul, people like YOU need to get out because you're ruining our diversity.

      • Maya

        Oh really am i the one who should get out of Pakistan???
        ek baat tou bataou jo main nay likha is that wrong??? kia main nay sahi nahi likha??
        Dosroon ki taraf point out karnay say pehlay u should look at ur self k hum khud kia karrahe hain doosron ko kis baat say mana karrahay hain….

        if u r pointing 1 finger on the other person then 4 fingers at the same time are pointing to ur own self :p

  • aqd

    just hate turkish dramas

    • Anonymous

      Speak for yourself.

      • Maya

        yes diversity is good after all we are living in today's world

  • Anonymous

    "I wish my son would say Assalam o aleykum instead of Namaste"

    LOLOLOL. Really? Here in England, Pakistani kids mingle with Hindus, Arabs, Christians – all kinds of people. Yet, Pakistani kids say SALAAM, not NAMASTE or HEY YO to their parents and relatives or their Muslim friends. Such pathetic arguments presented in another bigoted and narrow-minded article by the same person who, like all of our celebrities, find the success of one Turkish show SO upsetting that she has nothing else to write on. Good job, Nida. Do you lose sleep at night?

  • Anonymous

    By the way, the Facebook page you are talking about has about 2k likes whereas Urdu 1 has 50k fans and counting, Geo has 70k fans and counting, and Express is 16 k fans and counting. Facebook fan count is a stupid method of counting votes. You should read articles in excellent newspapers like the BUSINESS RECORDER which highlight the hypocrisy of Pakistani celebrities and entertainment industry. Faisal Qureshi's morning shows aren't exactly a reflection of our culture either. What a shame. Liars.

  • hamna

    astonishing to see short sighted people supporting Turkish Dramas :O is there an end of stupidity, killing your culture yourself? wow!

    • LOL

      Astonishing to see short-sighted people talking against them. If you think Pakistani dramas reflect our culture, I suggest you seek help…ASAP.

  • khan

    our dramas are much better than any other countries dramas there is no doubt about it. but encouraging turkish or any other countries stuff just for this reason that our dramas are not showing our culture is not right. we can improve our dramas by positive criticism and over the period of time our drama producers must have learnt that the dramas which where closer to our culture had been more succesful.

  • HumsafarFan

    I am seriously very disappointed in people right now. When will Pakistanis realize that the more we talk about something, the more popularity it gets? I swear I had not even heard of Ishq-e-mamnoo until people started talking about it all over the internet. Then out of curiosity, some of my friends decided to watch it and some of them actually liked it too. I am so upset at this behaviour of Pakistanis each time something like this happens! We have given more publicity to Turkish dramas than their Turkish producers intended to give and as a result, everywhere I go, people are talking about it. Why do we always do this to ourselves? I come to this website to only talk and see Pakistani stuff but all I am seeing these days is people fighting over foreign content. Enough is enough! This is just a temporary trend which will die out in a few months. For God's sake have some faith in your industry. We produce great dramas for Pakistani public. It is human nature to go after a new trend but then people get bored. Sooner or later, people will forget about these dubbed dramas. To phir itna shor kyoon? Please it is my humble request to stop talking about Ishq-e-mamnoo. I am sick of it now. I didn't even know what Behlul and Bihter was but thanks to you people, now I do. Everytime something like this happens, we are divided and we start fighting. We have more serious issues in the country. Let's support and promote Pakistani dramas instead of talking about Turkish ones. Also, let's not use abusive language for Turkish people because they are our friends even if we don't agree with their culture. Aap sab ko kya ho gaya hay?

  • rashid

    maya mujhe batain…………keh ap neh suna keh Pakistani drama turkey main chal raha hai……………..look at our industry first then we shld look at others…………………2 dffrn points are ok but we should love the work of our actors because they support our media not sm1 elses media……….woh unki rozi roti hai

    • Maya

      ok fine im nt against pakistani dramas all i wrote was my point of view…

  • haider

    It is a free world and there is no harm in airing turkish dramas,only the actors are having problem because they will have to compete.All pakistanis watch indian and english films and they are shown in cinemas too.Everyone has the right to get there entertainment.Now lets see what culture is shown in our pakistani dramas exept love stories we will have nothing.There are only a few pakistani dramas that are made showing our culture and people like them too.

    • Maya

      good one!!!

      • haider

        thanks 🙂