By Bushra Hassan.
Pakistani Drama Industry, after having history with only one TV Channel and giving many unforgettable dramas to the nation, is yet again on the fast track. Drama Industry is producing many dramas which gathers families in the lounge and forces all eyes to be on TV screens. Generations have been witnessing the awe inspiring work done by our producers, directors, actors and the whole cast and crew that have actually made Pakistani Drama Industry what it is today.
Dramas are usually depicted to be a female thing that only females are addicted to watch, but yet inspite of that there were few dramas which had attracted people from various age groups to watch the dramas. We all must have witnessed or heard from our elders that families once used to gather and stayed at their homes for a particular drama. The roads outside used to be empty and people waited the whole week for the drama’s episode. Naming a few of those were Dhoop Kinaray, Dhuaan, Bandhan, Ankahi. Then came the era of television-cable having our females addicted to watch Indian dramas on various Indian Channels and there used to be alot of discussions on the episodes after watching it. Later then Turkish dramas ruled Pakistani viewers to maximum extent through their glamour and the beauty they portrayed. But Pakistani Drama Industry, with its outstanding production, has not only survived but also got successful in giving wonderful and unforgettable dramas, showing and reflecting Pakistan’s cultural norms and values.
Legendary actors Javed Sheikh and Shahnaz Sheikh in drama serial Ankahi.
Meri Zaat Zara-e-BeNishan, Ikk Tamanna Lahaasil Si and dramas like Hamsafar have made the history to repeat itself. These dramas have not only inspired females but have made our father, husband and brothers to leave everything and come home early only to watch what happens with the particular character in respective episode. These dramas have gathered families together and yet again have proved that Pakistani dramas do meet the standards of outclass production even if we compare them with other country’s drama industries. Pakistani dramas have now included such kind of content that does not only makes production up to the mark but it also makes Pakistani nation addicted to it. The glamour shown, young actors & actresses in fancy dresses, trendy hair styles (be it males or females), natural makeup, tremendous sound tracks and producing a clichéd love story in a manner that you start loving it, have made our dramas glow. Providing a complete screen-package within a clean environment is a challenge that Pakistani producers have been facing for decades but now they got pretty much successful with flying colours along with the appropriate content. Dil Lagi, Mann Mayal, Gul-e-Raana, to name a few, are all love stories that parents, without a doubt, can watch with their young ones.
Human nature includes liking whatever that is close to reality and which people see every day, or a story that they can relate with themselves. Be it their family clashes, university and friends’ lives or it can be an incident that has changed their lives. Pakistani writers nowadays not only write love stories but they also try to include what is happening around and to stay close to reality that viewers can relate to. Writers now produce lesson-oriented stories that have an impact on their viewers. Shehr-e-Zaat shows the story of a rich young girl, Mahira Khan as Falak, who is proud of her beauty and thinks that no one would ever reject to marry her. Being the student of Fine Arts makes the sculpture of his dream guy but her proud nature breaks into pieces when the leading male character Mekaal Zulfiqar priors a dark complexion and a middle class girl over her, leaving her to realize that beauty and money is nothing when it comes to humbleness and behaviour towards real meaning of life. She faces the bitter truth of life and then tries to find the true purpose of life through Islamic teachings. Every girl thinks and feels proud because of her beauty but this drama gives a lesson to such girls that beauty is not the only thing one should possess but we have to look for the true purpose of life. Shehr-e-Zaat is not the only one of such content. Pyaray Afzal, Kankar, Zindagi Gulzaar Hai, Khudda aur Muhabbat, are all those dramas which have a lesson hidden in them, may it be fight for your rights or never be hopeless. Such dramas have made the history and ultimately helped to revive the true spirit of dramas that was once lost.
Many people think that Pyaray Afzal was merely a popular drama because of charismatic Hamza Ali Abbasi and gorgeous Ayeza Khan, as they both have attained massive fame and fan-following after this drama, may be one reason for drama’s popularity but according to me the dialogues of cleric, Firdous Jamal, took the drama to another level. Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar wrote amazing dialogues and stayed close to reality. Many fathers can relate themselves with that character as they also scold their children for their betterment even if they regret it afterwards. Intelligently written and efficiently directed stories are the real reasons that gave Pakistani Drama Industry a major come back. They have given their audience neat and clean stories that they actually want to opt for. Pakistani Drama Industry has proved that it is not less than Indian, Turkish or Persian Drama Industries. Pakistani Dramas are short and they are message-oriented as well. We hope to see much more such kind of dramas till a time comes when Pakistani dramas would have the top most TRPs among the dramas of other countries.
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