For the last couple of years a particular trend has been annoying me. I am sure many of the Pakistani readers will feel the same; heres a hint: Its got to do something with our news and entertainment channels. I will first start with our ‘sacred’ news channels which for the last 10 years has become quite the tour de force in informing the nation’s of the chaos around them. But there is something which all channels have made of habit of doing which makes me go around the bend.
See it goes like so: It’s the 9 o’clock prime time news on all the big wig channels (GEO, NewsOne, ExpressNews etc), the headlines are blaring across the TV screens, all the major news channels are in a state of upheaval at the latest happening in the country. The budget is under the microscope, there’s the cyclone in the lower part of the country while floods in the north. The bane of load-shedding making the country careen to oblivion while the politicians and the head of state and their tales of corruption are the top news…and yet the last piece of the headlines talks about how Deepika Padukone was the talk of the Cannes Film Festival due to her sari!!!. Yes some of you must be wondering who the hell is Deepika Padukone?. *sigh* Do you see where this is going. I mean the country is in a shit storm, Allah’s is not happy with us, and the country is getting robbed in broad daylight, by our leaders no less, but we still need to know the latest Bollywood news?!?!
It is VERY important that the people of Pakistan know how awesome Om Shanti Om is!!!
Look I don’t mind a little escapism in form of movies and music but Bollywood news/gossip in amongst the top stories of the day?!?!?!. Since when did the Indian film industry happenings become so important?!?!. As I said don’t get me wrong, but if you ask me I rather have the lesser of two evils: Give us the happening of the Pakistan entertainment industry. Report the start of a good drama serial or a concert somewhere, in Pakistan. Or talk about the revival of the Pakistani Film industry or whatever. But why do the people of Pakistan need to know that Salman Khan shaved his arm pits today?!?!
What really gets to me is the country is burning on all fronts and we still have time to support the Indian entertainment industry!?!?!. Hence that is why I deem almost all our news channels as cheap and without depth. Yes call me a fool or a patriot, whatever tickles your fancy, but this is how I feel. Just to clear out something though: I don’t want to come off as an Indian movie basher as I do like watching an Indian movie or two, but getting a little coverage on our new channels is totally stupid!!!.
GEO News, the end all be all news channel for Indian movie news!!
Now let me come on to our entertainment channels. First and foremost Pakistani stuff is what I am interested in. Be it the awesome TV dramas, the talented music industry and all the shows which puts a lime light on the Pakistani society: good or bad. But imagine my disgust when in amongst all the aforementioned awesome-ness there is the ‘desi/ Indian’ influence (and don’t get me started on the word ‘desi’).
For some odd and totally ‘ASS’ reason many of entertainment channels show Indian movies?!?!. I mean SERIOUSLY?!?!. Why are there Indian movies on my country’s channels?!?!?!. The most common reply I get “This is what the people want to see”, that statement is wrong on so many levels and heres why. When there are so many amazing Pakistani stuff on for show, then why the hell the need for Indian movies??!?!. The stories, the acting, the direction, the pinpointing of some of the problems of our society, it’s all there. The question which rises is, do Indian channels show anything Pakistani. Does DoorDarshan or Star Plus show Pakistani dramas or movies. I HIGHLY doubt it.
"Don't leave me behind"!!
Anyways before I sign off here another example of the wrong influence being whole-hearted accepted by the Pakistani media and in extension the people is the influx (well not an influx but you get the point) of dancing competitions. I still don’t understand this concept. Forget religion for a second but dancing is so far removed from the Pakistani culture it’s not even funny. This show which comes on ARY Digital called “Nach Ley’/Let Dance and is totally stupid complete elaborate dance sequences and outlandish moves. Look dancing in India or the West is either a part of their religion or culture, but it is just not part of our culture. I am sorry if people don’t understand this, but just think about it.
I am sure this post must have come off as a little callous and has hint of India bashing, trust me that was not my goal. It just gets me all hot and bothered like this when we don’t respect Pakistani stars (movies or musics) and we get all crazy about Indian stars. Why the hypocrisy?!?
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