Got Buh-rains/Brains!? Put them to test on TV!

If you are 18-25 years of age, and love mental challenges, you are game!
A new quiz show (for ARY) is looking for able-brained contestants. So delight your parents and friends by winning with your brains, and quieten those who thought you were too brainy to be hip! It’s a smart people’s world on the Quiz Show.
And while you’re at competing and challenging yourself, you might just win the grand prize of Rs. 50,000!

Dial up 021-4381454, office hours, and seek out Hussain Talib for more info.
Good luck, genius!

Note: This entry was previously simply titled something else until this copyright notice arrived. I replied asking, “Is ‘hi there!’ also copyrighted?” Sigh. This might be the end of the use of the phrase in human history – apart from the holders and licencees of the copyright. What a limpin’ joke!

17 Comments so far

  1. Akram (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

    I hate ARY Digital. It’s full of stupid copies of Indian or other shows. Don’t believe me? Want proof? Watch “Ghaffars at Dhoraji” at 13 : 45 every saturday, and then watch “The Kumars at No. 42” on Star World on Sunday, at 21.30 . Everything from the set to the characters to the crude and tasteless jokes have been copied, of course their quality being brought down as well.

    What’s the quiz show going to be called? “Kaun Banye Ga Pachas-hazaarpati? No thanks.

  2. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    Hmmm. While I am not certain of under what arrangement has ARY prepared the show “Ghaffars,” being from the broadcast industry myself, I may share a little industry info with the readers:

    There is a thing called “format” which is often franchised in various territories under licensed agreement. An example is the “Idol” franchise by Fremantle. The original format creator creates an idea. Then they license the story line to various producers who can adopt them according to their culture, language, broadcast needs, etc.

    It *may* be that Ghaffars is a franchised version of Kumar’s. As for the quality and content of the show, it is up to the individual viewer to decide.

  3. Akram (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 7:05 pm

    Does that allow you to fully copy any show?

  4. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

    Yes, depending on the license. In fact, some formats are very strict about retaining their original structure. The Idol format is an example. In other cases, a basic concept or story can be reframed depending on the needs of the producer and their market. Another thing which is done is to create a stock footage or photo which is not readily identifiable culturally – there are ways to do that – and it’s sold around the world. Limitations apply. For example, a caucasian actor can be American and pose as a European in a neutral background (which doesn’t give any hint about the culture of the location – e.g. a forest)
    but naturally they cannot pass as a Pakistani.

    My opinion is that franchising is a very smart way around the problem of plagiarism. Imagine all those Hollywood movies that are going to be copied anyway licensing out their storylines and making legitimate money. Win-win!

    Just a last note: I do not know whether this (Ghaffar thing) is plagiarism or franchise. And second, the general unPakistanization of the TV content is a cause of general concern that I both acknowledge and mostly agree with. Depends from case to case.


  5. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 8:25 pm

    Now. Dear readers. The real topic was: those who are productively inclined – and love mental challenges – please don’t wait and nor be distracted. Call up 021-4381454, office hours, and get in touch with Hussain Talib for more info.
    Flex those mental muscles!

  6. DarthVaderfromClifton (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    what else are you selling ?? sales girl from Ary.

  7. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 4th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    Not selling this time, but buying a deep breath.

  8. Original-anon (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    Ramla, hats off to you for showing such grace under fire on this and other threads.

  9. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    Re: Original-Anon
    You didn’t see me crying! :)
    WHy, thank you. Please keep encouraging the (other) writers here. We appreciate it. And as it goes for humans, praise is a far better motivation!


  10. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    Re: Original-Anon
    You didn’t see me crying! :)
    WHy, thank you. Please keep encouraging the (other) writers here. We appreciate it. And as it goes for humans, praise is a far better motivation!


  11. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    Best of luck for the show! I except it to be a good one since you got some brains from GEO. :)

    Good luck! ;)

  12. Original-anon (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    “Re: Original-Anon
    You didn’t see me crying! :)”
    But you are peachy now, right?:)
    Anyway,this is to get some suggestions to you about posts on this site – you had asked elsewhere.
    I would like to see more news about what is happening in the city – art gallery openings, book signings,sports, music concerts, that sort of stuff.
    Visits to obscure neighborhoods/markets would be nice too (much in the vein of the recent post on Karachi diveristy). And lastly, a quick guide to the must see spots in the city, I am sure several are buried in the posts here, but a list (now I know I am really asking for a lot)would be so welcome.
    Just some ideas, whatever you guys can address will be appreciated.
    And , keep on smiling :)

  13. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    Just a clarification:

    this is not my show neither do I have anything to do with it or ARY. My friend Rabia Garib, editor of NetXpress (an IT/ tech magazine) has been hosting a couple of shows for some time now. One is a quiz show on ARY – me doesn’t know the name – and another is Ufone Tech Talk which is sold to both GEO and ARY (not sure).

    She is coming up with new shows too – sooooo I am not sure which show is it. She is inviting participants, and let me know – and I thought I’d share it with the community. (Have to think 9 times before trying to help anyone next time. I’m writing a manual on restraint on goodie-2-shoeness for meself, honestly.) I’m just the messenger, and have no information to give on ARY or any of their shows.

    Re: Maaz. Do we know each other?

  14. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 9:11 pm

    Re: Ramla. No we don’t… I am very new here, Just saw ur name on my PC profiles… thought, u must be here at GEO info. before (Talent Hunt, I guess) :) Are u still at GEO or have switched?

  15. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    On hiatus. Started in Geo as head of talent. When Career Online was under Info, I was offered to host it in addition to my regular position. They later settled on a different host (Ayaz). Good to see you. I actually thought I had known & seen you. (It happens when you’ve read 10,000+ resumes and interviewed 100’s of ppl.) May be… somewhere!

  16. Noman (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

    What was the criteria ? 10K + resumes ??? Its a big number, actually very big , no I guess its actually a very very big number. How many people were selected ?

  17. Maaz A. Khan (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Same here… (smile)

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