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Learning from Turkish soaps


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THE recent protests against foreign soaps being aired on TV channel is just another way of local producers, directors and artistes demonstrating their domination over the industry.

It is quite interesting though that how a single Turkish drama was able to wreak havoc with the local industry. I would like to point out that the very same soap has been dubbed and aired in Europe and the Middle East. It was received as a major hit and none of the respective industries found them threatening in any way.

What our local industry needs to do is to act more sensibly and invite such ventures as to learn new techniques of story-telling and direction. Fresh new faces, good actors, new stories and mature scripts are what we need at the moment.

The people are tired of watching same old faces and baseless scripts. As far as cultural and religious aspects are concerned, Pakistani dramas contain such elements as well which are far from both our religion and culture.

Our industry needs to come over these double standards and bring something new for the people to attract their attention.

SANA KHALIQ   Islamabad

Comments (4) Closed

ahmed Jan 11, 2013 07:16pm
yes, you are right...
Abid Mahmud Ansari Jan 11, 2013 06:22pm
Local industry was protesting telecast of Turkish soap, because of an array of reasons. After those protests, now, almost every channel is telecasting Indian dramas. But there is pin drop silence in our industry,as if there are no differences in culture, display of religious rites, language etc. Its not honest of our media to maintain this criminal silence in case of Indian soap.Turkish soap , at least, has so many commonalities with our Muslim culture,like,Muslim characters,use of same religious terms etc. I would suggest that we should have some more new programs from Bangladesh, Iran, China. Particularly, Iranian movies are of high quality in acting, direction, and script. these will be far better than the Indian soap, which is continuously over stretched to test our patience. Abid Mahmud Ansari, Islamabad.
roquefort Jan 11, 2013 06:20am
Totally agree with d writer, with freedom of choice u can change the channel.Majority of pakistanis r die hard followers of d faith n still the state of the country is right in front of u. All the ills of the society in abundance.
ZDee Jan 12, 2013 03:24am
100% right. People love the Turkish soap. Instead of protesting its presence, local producers/directors should compete with higher degree of cheesy productions. Its a soap, not rocket science.