A New Dawn For Pakistani Dramas

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  1. Neo

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    A new dawn for dramas
    By Rafay Mahmood
    July 13, 2014


    The success of Pakistani dramas in India could be a major game changer for the local industry.

    KARACHI:-Behlul and Bihter took everyone by a surprise when Turkish soaps graced the Pakistani screens, with gorgeous faces and unconventional storylines getting an even better response than expected.

    Two years later, the situation has changed. Zindagi, a channel owned by Zee TV network in India, has started airing Pakistani dramas- — an exchange that Pakistani artistes and the UPA (United Producers Association) had been asking for, for quite some time. The Indian media and viewers have greatly appreciated the content, however, the question remains, what does this success mean to our local artistes?

    “It can have the same impact as the Turkish plays had on us. Only this time, it would be bigger and long-lasting. Given that we share the same language and don’t have the dubbing handicap,” says script writer, Vasay Chaudhry.

    Chaudhry is more interested in how this exchange will benefit the local production houses because that is essentially where the real creative force is and not the TV channels. “This will lead the production houses to stop giving world rights to Pakistani channels. If a producer knows that his play can resell and run in India as well, he will produce one quality play rather than four half-hearted products,” he adds.
    Faysal Qureshi, on the other hand, was optimistic about the response but had not imagined it to be as overwhelming as it is. “I was confident that our dramas will be recognised worldwide. Our audience still doesn’t believe that but that’s another thing altogether,” says Qureshi.
    “The best thing is that now Indian channels are asking our producers to produce content for them and are not just interested in buying content that has already been aired,” he adds.

    This moment reminiscent of how Bollywood opened its windows for Pakistani singers in the mid 2000’s. Since then, every newcomer started making the kind of music that sells in Bollywood and consequently, we didn’t see any big singer emerge after Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam.

    “That would be equivalent to finishing your own career before it has started,” asserts Qureshi. He says that every newcomer has to start from his home ground- — just like a cricketer, who starts at college level, goes on to play for the national team and eventually for the counties. “The reason why Fawad Khan is now working in India is because he was recognised in Pakistan. There are no two ways about it,” says Qureshi.

    Veteran actor Samina Ahmed says that the local drama industry tried its best to imitate the Indian ‘formula’ to cater to a wider audience and that failed terribly. She gives the example of how the Indian drama Uttran was aired with local dramas in Pakistan and didn’t do as well

    “The 50-minute serial structure is our forte and that is what the audience has gotten used to over a span of fifty years. In the long run, we only need to improve on that and not undermine it by switching to some other format to suit a bigger audience,” says Ahmed

    For Samina, the response for local dramas across the border is a positive sign as it may eventually lead to a wider audience for Pakistani dramas; however, it is still too early to say anything for sure.
    “For now, the response is due to the novelty of discovering something new, as both, Indians and Pakistanis are very curious to know about each other. We get to know about them through their films and these dramas are the first formal inlet in Pakistan for them,” she adds.


    Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2014

    A new dawn for dramas – The Express Tribune
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  3. ninja85

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    who is financing shah rukh pakibeggar khan. :rofl::laugh::lol:
     
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    HHMM Interesting paradox for Pakistan. On one hand, they hate us from the bottom of their hearts, on the other hand they want their Dramas (Films) to be successful in India.

    They want their cricketers to play in the Indian Domestic league.

    They want bilateral sporting events.

    They want basic healthcare from here, if possible for free.

    But they will hate us.
     
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    मुल्लों का काल Regular Member

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    All these dramas regardless of the country of origin are complete crap
     
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    People love crap hence the popularity of Bollywood.
     
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    U mean people of Pakistan ??
     
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    Crappy Bollywood movies are a better source of entertainment than the beheading videos which you guys flock to for entertainment. At least all the actors are ALIVE after the Bollywood movies are finished.

    Try not to behead folks, then you may see Lollywood flourish and make some money needed like Bollywood does.
     
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    Yeah, check out the incoherence in their national psyche. Look at the Dawn frontpage right now. There's a big news article about a rape in India, this is to show how backward the ugly kuffar across the border are and how much better they are. Then right below it you'll see an article about how some actress is winning [kuffar black]hearts across that very same border.
     
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    Nothing new under the sun. That is how Pakis behave. Same people will cozy up when there is something of benefit to them from India while bash everything Indian the rest of times, them being of superior Arab culture and all.:)

    Maybe one day Wagha Candle Worshippers will see this and possibly question their liberal Paki views.

    Meanwhile, DFI folks are doing a good job repaying Pakis in their own language. So kudos.
     
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    Grow up guys. there is a market in North India for these Pakistani TV shows and it is not new has been for last 2 decades or even more.

    A refreshing change from the crap being dished out on TV nowadays.
     
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    It won't be surprising at all that once these shows are over and money is made, they'd go back to their India bashing ways like how Veena Malik did.
     
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    Bollywood manages to produce some good stuff,but all these soap operas are nonsense
     
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    Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Pakistani drama serials win hearts in India


    KARACHI: As the clever saying goes, if you’ve got it, flaunt it – and our Pakistani drama serials are doing exactly that across the border.

    With the launch of Zee Network’s Zindagi TV channel last month, Indians are being treated to the best of new-age Pakistani TV dramas on offer. Hum TV’s booming success Zindagi Gulzar Hai and A-Plus’ Aun Zara have earned much praise and appreciation in Indian newspapers and social media, with the former drawing to a close with its season finale in India tomorrow (Friday).

    On-screen couple Kashaf (Sanam Saeed) and Zaroun (Fawwad Khan) were the subjects of adoration and amazement, as fans tweeted their respect with no praise barred.

    Bollywood actor Divya Dutta is just one who was blown away by the duo:



    Another Indian actor, Kamya Punjab expressed the desire to work for Pakistani dramas. Kamya tweeted:


    Actors and film directors from Bollywood also showed their appreciation for Pakistani soaps.



    With its tagline ‘Jodey Dilon Ko’, Zindagi TV is fast becoming a platform radiating Pakistani art and culture to a receptive Indian audience.

    A report published by Caravan Daily said, TV shows on Zee’s Zindagi channel were shattering misconceptions and stereotypes about Pakistan and Pakistani society.

    Another report in India.com listed seven reasons why Zindagi Gulzar Hai was a smashing hit, listing suave Fawad Khan and brilliant Sanam Saeed as top reasons. Other factors behind the general success of Pakistan TV shows in India are the number of fixed episodes, their closeness to reality, nicely-woven sub-plots, and a brilliant supporting cast.

    The Caravan Daily also quoted an Indian filmmaker Kunal Kohli as saying that the technical side of Pakistani soaps is superior. “Must say the quality of shooting [and] writing of the shows on Zindagi is [very] refreshing.”


    A scene for drama 'Zindagi Gulzar Hai'. – Publicity photo
    Sanam Saeed is overwhelmed
    According to Indian media reports, the 29-year-old is ecstatic and "grateful" that Zindagi Gulzar Hai has turned out to be the "first drama to have broken the ice across the borders in current times".

    In an interview with IANS, she said, "India uses Bollywood, rather cinema, to tell its stories. It is one of the largest filmmaking nations in the world and so your talents get to tell stories about politics, love and drama through films. In Pakistan, our medium is the small screen.”

    "We don't make many films, and hardly have theatres. A majority of people seek entertainment while sitting at home and TV gives it to them, so we excel on that part," Sanam said, stressing that since the command over language and gift of the gab are "strong", and that Pakistan has some prolific writers.

    Regarding India and Pakistan, Sanam said they are not very different. "I don't understand why we are considered different. We were one nation. We are not different. In fact, there is so much similarity between us culturally, in terms of food, clothes, family, bonds and language. So, I have never been under the impression that we [India and Pakistan] are different. Nevertheless, I'm glad that the shows are having a positive impact on people in India – it's the same effect that they had on people here [in Pakistan]," she said.

    Zindagi Gulzar Hai: Pakistani drama serials win hearts in India - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
     
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    There is a difference between praising something and lining up to work in something. Of course, you with your madrassa educated brain would not understand anything.

    Just like Pakis are lining up for medical visas to India, to play in IPL, Kabaddi league and what not and to say nothing about the scores of Paki actors lining up to be a part of Bollywood, right?
     
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    Did you even care to see the video?
    Apperently not! :wave:
     
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    The reason why Pakistani TV serials are getting popular, is because there is an insatiable desire amongst Indians to know about Pakistan since Pakistan continues to be an enigma given its kaleidoscopic history, politics, religious intolerance and so on, when if you scratch the surface, they are as same as you and me!

    When we were posted in Ferozpur, we used to see the Pakistani soaps and it was a great education to realise what Pakistan is all about.
     
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