In entertainment Pakistan has produced good name in the genre of drama. Amid the international popularity of Pakistani drama there are some serious concerns which are growing bigger with each passing day. The undisputed big name in the drama industry; playwright, screenwriter and educationist Haseena Moin has criticized contemporary drama serials on account of their nonconformist content.
Haseena has directed the attention of her readers in a column that the downfall in Pakistani drama started in 1980 when quota system was introduced. It was made mandatory to select people from each province in the programming team, consequently people who are not familiar with literature and art got high positions in the industry. She has also mentioned a disturbing fact that scriptwriter have now appointed many other junior scriptwriter who they assign scenes to write and thus it has become a factory now.
Haseena regretted that her forty years of daunting struggle in writing was aimed at witnessing an empowered woman but form the time she has left writing nobody has written extensively on women discrimination which ideally should have been showed to the world through dramas, “since oppression on women is being done on public level it could only be halt through writing” she added. n dramas that are aired on Television have lost the integrity that once used to be the landmark of Pakistani dramas. There are very few or no drama that could be watched by the whole family together.
Haseena also talked about the decline PTV is facing. She is of the opinion that initially PTV was doing extraordinary because government was not directly involved but later on the institution could not maintain its autonomy and government started influencing it. People got appointments on the bases of favoritism and nepotism. And it has reached to the level that not only the Managing director of PTV but the chairman also is incapable of making independent decisions.
Dramas though do not seem to affect our life but it does, we might not be able to spot the influence but under the surface our minds are getting shaped from the reflection of life, depicted in dramas and the affect appears over the period of time through our actions and our behavior.
Dramas are primarily meant to highlight the social and political issues with the rationale of making people aware of it so required steps towards a plausible solution could be taken but contemporary drama are filled with romantic love and to get high ratings they have overstepped modesty. And by doing this they are not only going astray from the essence and importance of drama in society rather leading people’s life towards more frustration and isolation.
It is high time for the people in Pakistani drama industry to rethink on their strategy of quota and come up with something that could give a chance to the true intellectuals to empower the marginalized and vulnerable factions of the society like women through their writings.
MediaBites Editorial: Mudabbir Ali & Imran Malik
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