Fifty Fifty (Pakistani TV series)

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Fifty Fifty
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Fifty Fifty DVD cover
GenreSketch comedy
Created byAnwar Maqsood
Directed byShoaib Mansoor
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
Production
Producer(s)PTV Productions
Shoman Productions
Production location(s)Karachi, Pakistan
Running time60 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkPakistan Television Network (PTV)

Fifty Fifty (Urdu script: ففٹی ففٹی) is a popular Pakistan Television Corporation comedy series which was aired on the national television PTV from 1978 to 1984, based loosely on the American comedy show Saturday Night Live.[1][2] The programme was a sketch comedy considered by many critics as one of the best television shows to be produced in Pakistan.[1] Along with pop singer Nazia Hassan, Fifty Fifty was one of the pop-culture phenomena of the 1980s in South Asia.

The content of the show includes satire and parody, with some slapstick comedy. It is widely considered to be a trendsetter in its genre, with its content being ethnically balanced and written to respect all Pakistani communities. Regulars on the show included TV actors Ismail Tara, Zeba Shehnaz and Majid Jehangir. Some golden-era songs of Naheed Akhtar and Ghulam Ali were also featured on the show. It was produced and directed by acclaimed Pakistani film and TV director Shoaib Mansoor and written by Anwar Maqsood.[2]

Fifty Fifty and Alif Noon are the two prominent comedy series in Pakistan television in the 1980s. Their writers were regarded as being dedicated to creativity and patriotic values, and that is why they are still the most-in-demand comedy serials.[3][1]

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2005 1st Indus Drama Awards Special Award for Direction Shoaib Mansoor Won
Special Award for Performance Zeba Shehnaz

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Nadeem F. Paracha (5 July 2015). "Smokerrs' Corner: Satire in the time of cholera (Fifty Fifty TV show)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fifty-Fifty: The best PTV show ever? All Things Pakistan website, Published 15 July 2006, Retrieved 9 February 2019
  3. ^ a b Anwar Maqsood and Qazi Wajid remember Moin Akhtar (Fifty Fifty (comedy show) writer and actors) Dawn (newspaper), Published 22 Oct 2013, Retrieved 9 February 2019