15 Reasons Why Pakistani TV Serials Are Better Than Indian Ones

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    15 Reasons Why Pakistani TV Serials Are Better Than Indian Ones


    Once upon a time, the Indian TV industry was ruled by a certain Miss Kapoor who was hell bent on ensuring that our televisions retain their title of Idiot Box in the true sense of the word. And then she moved to the big screen albeit with the same motto though. Yet the benchmark set by her still rules Indian TV serials. And while our serials were too busy maintaining their quota of saas-bahu saagas (Balika Vadhu, you really tried hard, but Sasural Simar Ka, Shastri Sisters, Saraswatichandra?), a single Pakistani TV channel broke into our living rooms and totally challenged our notions of, well, a TV serial!

    If you've ever managed to catch a glimpse of the Zindagi channel, you'll know what we're talking about. Their TV serials (Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Kitni Girhain Baki Hain, Kaash Main Teri Beti Na Hoti, and more) are definitely a breath of fresh air compared to the regressive Indian tales we keep showing on our channels. So much so that some of their shows had to be repeated on the channel on popular demand. Here are 15 reasons why Pakistani TV serials are better than Indian ones. And if you find it offensive, deal with it, because that's reality! And there's certainly a lot to learn from it.

    1. They have a start and then they have a definite end. Yes!


    Surprised? We were too! Because being an Indian audience, we're used to being served TV series which go on for years and years, and some more years! In fact that's one huge benchmark of measuring a show's success in India. Guess the Pakistani TV industry just shook our entire bench! All their shows are bound by a tight, meaningful script, which ends within a few weeks or 1-2 months. And within that span of time they manage to show the entire series beautifully, with (again!) a definite end.

    2. They are based on social issues. Not saas-bahu fights.

    Agreed, when Colors channel started initially they tried to bring in a fresh wave. But few years down the line, it's all the same. Remember the TV serial Baani? It was supposed to be based on fake NRI marriages in Punjab. Turns out it became yet another saas-bahu tale! Alternatively, Pakistani series deal with real social issues, even as sensitive as the issue of a surrogate mother (Kaash Main Teri Beti Na Hoti) or of crossdressers (Yes! One of the episodes in Kitni Girhain actually had a story based on this).

    3. They don't have a makeup overload covering 90% of the screen.

    Because they have actors depicting the characters they play, not their huge bindis, pitch black eye shadow, or their Kanjivaram sarees. The get up, dressing, makeup, everything is super simple and real in their serials, which just makes it so much more believable. And let's admit it, easy on the eye.

    4. And their actors don't wake up in make up either.

    Exactly! It's funny how the actors in our serials are in full (and loud) makeup even if the scene shows them sleeping or getting up while still in their beds. We're sure there's Shehnaz Husain somewhere sulking in a corner. And the courtesy stretches to even jewelry, including the mangalsutra and bindi. Good thing it doesn't happen in Pakistani serials.

    5. Their pool of actors are simply better at their art. Over reacting and neck jerks are just not their thing.

    Okay, hate us all you want, but their TV actors are just so much better than ours! But maybe that's got something to do with the complex and layered characters that they get to play on screen. Alternatively, women in our TV serials are busy filling oceans with tears, or better, spoiling the bahu's daal by adding extra chillies or garam masala in it! Hardly requires any acting talent now, does it!

    6. Their weddings or festivals don't stretch over for months and months.

    Oh, this is my personal favourite grudge against Indian TV serials. They are never ending to begin with. But even a wedding or festival being celebrated on screen is bloody endless! I wouldn't be surprised if an on screen pregnancy has lasted for about a year on some Indian TV soap. While a wedding or a festival in a Pakistani soap would take hardly 10-15 minutes screen time. Yes, they made it possible!

    7. They don't have their movies' songs playing in the background half of the air time.

    See, this is the thing with Indian TV soaps. You have to fill the air time? Simple. Just play an entire Bollywood movie's song in the background and have the lead actress cry to it, dance to it, or do anything for that matter. And this practice is, well, rampant in Indian TV serials. While Pakistani soaps never adopt this policy. Maybe that's how they get to end their freaking shows on time!

    8. They are way more realistic and believable.


    Pakistani TV soaps deal with real people problems in a very simple yet realistic manner. They don't have people owning 500 crore business empire by the day and on the street by the night! To put it simply, their characters behave just like real, normal persons would behave in everyday life situations, making it much more believable.

    9. They sleep in nightwear!


    Oh yeah! Since they actually put in effort to make their shows believable, their characters sleep in actual nightwear. Now that's a totally new concept for us Indian viewers. While we all sleep in our nightwear in our daily lives, we're used to seeing Indian TV actresses sleeping with their sarees, suits (complete with dupatta), and full jewelry on. Saves up on the shooting time, you see. Now, are we an understanding bunch as an audience or what!

    10. They don't have a single case of plastic surgery or coming back from the dead!

    We have no idea how the hell Mihir would have survived in a Pakistani TV serial. The dude's got like ten rebirths and seven plastic surgeries! And even after years, Sausral Simar Ka is continuing with the legendary trend. While Pakistani TV serials are just not into this whole plastic surgery or back from the dead business.

    11. They actually have damn good title tracks.

    No kidding! So much so that their title tracks have got their own proper videos shot (Remember Yeh Shadi Nahi Ho Sakti?), and the channel plays them as fillers in between two shows, complete with the singer, music and lyrics credit. And we're no connoisseurs here, but their title tracks have got some damn nice singers lending their voice to them. While Smriti Irani's infamous hand gesture is all we remember when it comes to Indian soaps' title tracks. Yeah, true story!

    12. They don't need dramatic 'dhum ta na na' background to depict every emotion.

    Actually, that's precisely the reason why their shows are less towards the tangent of high octane drama and more towards realism. Their characters' acting skills are enough to put any emotion across on screen. In fact, their TV soaps seldom use background music. Or it's used subtly. There. Subtle. That's one word our India TV soaps just don't play by.

    13. Surprisingly, they don't revolve around religion.

    Okay, we've had quite a few TV shows in the country revolving around Muslim households. Remember Qubool Hai or Beintehaan? Well, surprisingly Pakistani TV soaps don't revolve around the stereotypical 'Mashallahs' , 'Wallahs', or qawwalis for that matter. Neither are they a discourse on Muslim culture. They play by their content and that's what rules the screen. While in our Indian TV soaps we have to celebrate each and every festival (in detail) or show a gigantic puja or temple scene every few episodes.

    14.Neither do they exhibit stereotypical fancy and flowery language.


    Like I said before, even the language and dialogues used in Pakistani TV soaps seem totally simple and legit. And neither do they ever go overboard with the flowery Urdu language. While some random Baa or Motabhai in our India TV serials would go 'Jai Ambe' every few seconds, or some random Punjabi Bebe would 'hayye rabba' in every second scene!

    15. And the best thing about them, surprisingly, is their focus on women's liberation in the true sense.

    Which as a matter of fact is the most refreshing appreciable thing about Pakistani TV serials. While we always consider ourselves a way more progressive society than theirs, our TV soaps don't seem to reflect it. But the Pakistani serials have totally nailed the art of depicting women's liberation on screen. Be it Kashaf from Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Zara from Aunn Zara, or Maham from Mere Qatil Mere Dildaar, or other such characters, they have depicted women's liberation and independence in Pakistani society in the true sense of the word

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    15 Reasons Why Pakistani TV Serials Are Better Than Indian Ones | who we are | Indiatimes Mobile
     
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    Another Di** measuring contest ? Generalization of Indian serials...
     
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    Idiots :pound:

    Data Source: Gallup Pakistan
    Top 20 channels in terms of viewership in 2013


    Target Audience: Cable & Satellite Viewers
    Period: Jan-Jun , 2013
    Function: Daily Average Reach (in % and thousands Viewers)
    Rank Channel Name Avg Reach % Avg Reach '000
    1 Star Plus 17.645 12,507
    2 GEO News 11.434 8,105
    3 PTV Home 10.544 7,474
    4 Sony 8.925 6,327
    5 Cartoon Network 8.543 6,055
    6 GEO Entertainment 7.376 5,228
    7 ARY Digital 5.078 3,599
    8 KTN 5 3,544
    9 PTV News 4.825 3,420
    10 Urdu 1 4.233 3,000
    11 Hum TV 4.19 2,970
    12 ATV 3.898 2,763
    13 Express News 2.972 2,107

    http://www.gallup.com.pk/Polls/Gallup TV Ratings Services.pdf

    forget Indians even Por** don't like Paki entertainment channels.
     
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    A review by some Indian, not a Pakistani.
     
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    Have I said anywhere it was reviewed by a Pakistani ? I have been seeing TV serials from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh since 80's ... each have distinct style...
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Here is what BBC has to say
    Now, if they are banned, and cable operators flout the ban and show Indian serials, what does that mean?

    Here what Pakistan's Express Tribune has to say
    Therefore, hardly any reason for Pakistanis to salivate over Pak serials being liked by India.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Here is what BBC has to say
    Now, if they are banned, and cable operators flout the ban and show Indian serials, what does that mean?

    Here what Pakistan's Express Tribune has to say
    Therefore, hardly any reason for Pakistanis to salivate over Pak serials being liked by India.

    Jago Mohan Pyare
     
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    Some Pakistani News anchors and female sports analysts look good !

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    It seems Facial features point that she might be a sindhi !

    Maria memon

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    Ayesha Bakshi

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Is the Leader of the Pack.

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    Close runner up.
     
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    After the Kargil war two retired soldiers - one Indian and one Pakistani soldier met at a hotel in Dubai. Having little else to boast about, the Paki started the topic of whose dick is longer. The Indian fell for the bet and agreed upon a method of measurement. It was to be from the tip of the organ to the balls.

    First the Indian dropped his pants and a measurement was taken as agreed.

    Next the Pakistani untied his brown shalwar and the referee and the Indian looked in horror to find that the Paki had no balls.

    The Paki said, "Now now. Remember the agreement. Length of dick must be from tip to balls"

    "But where are they?"

    "Aaah! I win.", said the Paki, "They are 5000 km away on top of Tiger hill where I left my balls during the Kargil war"
     
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    Tharki Srinu.... nee galli lo kuda intakante manchi figure lu dorukutaru vetakavayya vetuka
    They r avg,u found many in Indian streets :p
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    I like Pak TV serial.

    They are without any razzle dazzle and as per prescription of a staid and conservative way of life.

    Good stuff.
     
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    you are talking of 80ties or 90ties. but agreed on above said points


    i still remember being from ferozepur we used to watch PTV not door-darshan in mid and late 80ties.

    airwolf,night rider and nilaam ghar old one was my popular serials

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    I have seen some Pakistani TV serial's videos on youtube, they are even more crappier than Indian saas-bahu serials and their tehzeeb and lingua looks so artificial and copycat.
     
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    Dude your next thread should be how Pakistani movies are better than Indian movies. :lol::lol::lol:

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    Bole to hamre bhains ki aankh :pound::pound::pound:
     
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    OMG.... muhahahahha...lolllolawaa.... so thats Paki response to Bollywood. :rofl: :rofl:

    Even E grade films in India are better.
     
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    Problem is pakistanis dont make so much serials as Indians do ..

    Where as in India there are hundreds of dramas ranging from :

    Multi-million budget to low budget
    Ever lasting and interesting to Short dramas
    Dramas in multiple language
    Historical, Sci-fi, Comedy,Light-funny,Ghostly(bhoot ) ,non fiction, social issues,saas-bahu, Old only, young people dramas etc etc
    Dramas in India are realistic and unrealistic and in so much quantity ...
    ( unlike in pakistan ) Indian TV gives option to people according to what they want to see

    U cant compare Pakistani TV with Indian ... India is much more mature in quality and quantity and in presentation skill ...



    this stupid article can be written in many ways ( in just depends on what u want to read)

    1-Pakistan serials r bad coz
    Directors and writers dont have the skill on "how to extend it longer and also keep it interesting "
    thats why Pakistan has no brand of serials , they come and go without leaving long lasting impact ..
    Pakistanis should learn the skill from Indian media on how to glue people to TV screens ( Indian dramas r so popular in neighboring countries and also in s.america etc.)

    2-pakistani low budget industry have no money so they etc etc

    note: A few points r wrong too
    like except a few, most of pakistani dramas use lots of sound from Bollywood/Hollywood
    MOST of Paki dramas do revolve around Religion and they do they exhibit stereotypical fancy and flowery language.
     
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    What a coincidence. I too watched them in Ferozpur.

    Easy going, no tension, no twists but straight story telling.
     
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