Shifting Paradigm….

Well, I’ve been noticing this from few years and have been scoffing at it for some time now, but a program in Rung just snapped me out of my bored stupor to write this particular post. I’m talking about a drama (didn’t had the patience to sit through the entire scene, so don’t know the name), with local actors playing a Hindu family with a Bahu sitting in front of Bhagwan with a very riled Saas behind. It was a very bad parody of the usual Star Plus ‘Saas-Bahu’ showdown.

Er…. What the hell is this? My mind pondered. So, we all know that the Pakistani Television Media has been lifting heavily from its neighboring country. All thanks to one Ekta Kapoor who glamorized and produced truck loads of soaps that are just that: all bubble and no storyline. Of course, it’s a shame that most of our mums, aunts, bhabies and even some friends (*cringes*) love to watch these Star Plus crap… Oh don’t mind me, junk! But, have we stooped so low that we are generating carbon-copies of whatever that is shown in Star Plus?

Weren’t the heavily penciled eyebrows, ghastly make-up, and all the damningly thousand close-ups with dhish dhish dhish background music enough to torture our souls that the local media is following suite? Oh, Lord, have mercy on our youth!

7 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Stop Watching these soaps and they will stop producing.

  2. Jamash (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

    This is the cheep commercialism our media industry is following which is rapidly distorting our culture and heritage and spoiling our taste for Art. Sadly all our media industry worries more about money, I hope they realize how rich our own culture is before it is too late.

  3. Original-Anon (unregistered) on June 19th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    Do you have to use four letter words? (example:h*ll, c**p)?
    Yo Yo is absolutely right.

  4. darthvader (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:33 am

    i would concur with YoYo .


  5. S (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 4:23 am

    We are like sheep, the day wont be far when we will be copying american junk tv shows in our own versions. Examples: Pakistani-Idol, Desperate Aunties, Azzaab Factor, Bara Bhai etc

    We can do one thing, we can say no to cable. Revert to the good old antenna receiver. Scrap the dish. Smash the vcd player. Dont give me the excuse oh we need bbc for news etc, NO, read it online. Oh we watch islamic lectures on vcd, RIGHT…. Go to a masjid if you want to listen real wa’az. You can make a change, question is are you willing to say No to the crap-producers? No demand=no sale.

  6. Dr.Hussain (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    Salaam alaikum
    A very interesting discussion…In my opinion smashin ur dish or VCD player is not a wise solution to the present dilemma.We the viewers and also the channels ppl are to blame,we have started seeing those soaps leavin our good ol’dramas which are still shown in our neighbouring country.The local channels here found a very simple formula no story+Stupid title+cheap dresses+ sound effects=100 episodes of nonsense.Whatever happend to the good old dramas of Hasina moin,Bajiya…etc

  7. Afreen (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    Orig-Anon, Those words were used for showing the extent to which I loath such practices. Nothing personal.

    I would echo what Dr. Hussain said. Let’s not go for destroying our TVs or Players for that matter. Because there are still decent foreign programs out there. What really piques me is that we were known by the quality of our dramas once. What happened to that quality and the magic of “Sunehre Din” ya “Dhoop Kinarey”?

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