Pakistani dramas

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Pakistani dramas or Pakistani serials are televised serials produced in Pakistan. The serials are produced in Urdu Language; however, an increasing number of them are being produced in other Pakistani languages such as Sindhi, Punjabi and Balochi. One of Pakistan's oldest television drama is the Urdu-language serial Khuda Ki Basti which aired in 1969.[1]

The serials have helped attract a wider audience across the country to television.[2] Women are often given stock character roles in serials, with rare exceptions.[3] They are watched in India, and are also popular in other countries of South Asia, including Afghanistan[4], Bangladesh[5] and Nepal.[6] According to Shailja Kejriwal, an executive at Zee Entertainment Enterprises, Pakistani dramas have a reputation for "being slightly classier than the local fare" in India.[2]

Popularity outside Pakistan[edit]

Middle East[edit]

In 2013 the Pakistani drama Humsafar was dubbed into Arabic and broadcast by MBC in the Middle East under the title Rafeeq-Al-Rooh.[7][8] The show was an immediate, popular success and after the broadcast of its first few episodes became the most watched drama on the channel. Prior to this, Pakistani dramas were not broadcast in the Middle East. Following Humasafar, other shows such as Malaal (aired as Hob-Wa-Nadam) and Zindagi Gulzar Hai (aired as Asrar Al Hob), Mera Naam Yousuf Hai were also dubbed into Arabic and broadcast by MBC.[8]

India[edit]

Traditionally, such dramas Deewarein, Waris, and Jungle were popular in India during the 1980s.[9] The Government of India then imposed a ban on the airing of Pakistani television channels in India.[9] In 2009, the broadcasting division of the Senate of Pakistan appealed to the Parliament of India to repeal this ban. In 2012, India began debating whether it should reverse the ban on Pakistani government and private television channels, both news and non-news. India assured Pakistan that it would consider a proposal to lift the ban on Pakistani television channels. This was a consequence of a strong pitch by the Pakistani foreign secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani, who proposed the same.[9] The Indian government has imposed a ban on the airing of Pakistani television channels in India[9] for over twenty years. But dramas such as Deewarein, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Waris, and Jungle were popular in India.[9]

In 2009, the Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting appealed to the Indian Parliament to allow airing of Pakistani television channels in India. In 2012, India began debating whether it should reverse the ban on Pakistani government and private television channels, both news and non-news. India assured Pakistan that it will consider a proposal to lift the ban on Pakistani television channels. This was a consequence of a strong pitch by the Pakistani foreign secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani, who proposed the same. However, as of yet, nothing has happened regarding the ban.[9] On 23 June 2014, Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) launched its new entertainment television channel, Zindagi.[10] The channel airs syndicated television shows from Pakistan. The channel, and its content, has been very well received.[11][12][13] But, at the same time, the channel as been criticized for showing dramas consisting of a shorter number of episodes. So to assuage viewers,[14][10][15][16][17][18][12][13][19][20] the channel has aired Pakistani television shows such as Aunn Zara, Humsafar, Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain, Maat, Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan, Mere Qatil Mere Dildar, Mirat-ul-Uroos, Ullu Baraaye Farokht Nahi, Akbari Asghari, Ashk, Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat, Badi Aapa, Behadd, Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley, Bilqees Kaur, Daagh, Daam, Durr-e-Shehwar, Dil e Muztar, Do Qadam Door Thay, Gohar-e-Nayab, Ishq Junoon Deewangi, Ishq Gumshuda, Jab We Wed, Jackson Heights, Kaash Main Teri Beti Na Hoti, and Zindagi Gulzar Hai amongst others.[10][12][13][19][20][21] Zindagi Gulzar Hai became so popular, because of public demand, it was re-run just one month after it ended its premier run in India.[21][22]

In September 2016, the Indian government reinforced the ban on Pakistani channels.[23] Zindagi followed by dropping all Pakistani shows from their line up.[24][25]

Other countries[edit]

Pakistani dramas are also watched in Afghanistan,[26] Bangladesh,[27][28] Nepal[29][30] and among the Pakistani diaspora. Pakistani television shows are aired on certain cable television channels in various countries such as the United Kingdom, Norway, United States, and Canada.[31]

References[edit]

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  23. ^ "Zee channel Zindagi removes Pakistan shows, announces new line-up starting October 3!". India Today. 29 September 2016.
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  27. ^ "On Pakistani dramas and the Bangladeshi mind - The Opinion Pages". 12 August 2014.
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  31. ^ "Pakistani drama Humsafar (Rafeeq Al Rooh – رفيق الروح) takes the Arab world by storm!". 8 November 2013.