Pakistani drama started its journey with PTV in 1964. With very little budget and other facilities the industry flourished on its talent .Pakistani drama set its own class and it gave a new introduction to Pakistan and its society.
PTV gave birth to some classics such as Waris, Afshan, Tanhaiyan Andhera Ujala and Chaon. It also introduced our great writer such as Anwar Maqsood, Haseena moin, bano qudsiya and there is a never ending list. It was the golden era of Pakistani dramas
“It has been said when ever new episode of Waris was casted; roads of whole Pakistan were become free of traffic”.
PTV reigned alone in Pakistan but late 90’s came with competition from the neighboring country. The historical Star Plus was introduced in our households giving birth to the “Saas bahu sagas”. For ten years our mothers, sisters and wives cried with Tulsi, Parvati and wore kashishs jewelry n clothes.
It was HUM TV who not just brought Pakistani drama viewers back but it made our drama popular in the whole world. Hum tv is only the channel who actually attracted me too because they introduced the new way of thinking. Most of their dramas revolved around the vicious circle of poverty, a miserable daughter-in-law suffering at the hands of her evil in-laws, societal customs, dowry issues, giving birth to a male child or the perfect “rishta”(proposal). Indeed these are issues which need to be addressed in dramas or movies .Hum TV tackled the norms in our society but with style and glamour.
One such example is “Humsafar” drama. It actually brought me back to the world of dramas. A very simple story dealt with style, suitable cast and attractive presentation was shown. The love between Ashr and khirad made us forget all Tulsis and Parvatis.
Once what Indian channels did to our industry now our dramas are doing to them i.e stealing our viewership. ‘Zingdagi” channel has seeped in all our blockbusters dramas in india. Humsafar is one such drama which has gained immense popularity there too.
Anupam Kher an Indian actor openly said:
“I am impressed by the perfection of diction and the smoothness with which they deliver Urdu dialogues in Pakistani dramas.”
“We have been teaching Pakistani dramas in our academies for quite some time and even the Indian audience admires Pakistani dramas like the Pakistani audience admires Bollywood films.”
Hum tv are doing great job as far as concerned about drama and our drama is now reflecting true picture of our society and its problems. Some channels are still playing dramas of other countries such as India and Turkey but these dramas are just good to fantasize and such dramas do not reflect our social issues. Therefore there is no need to play drama of other countries as our drama is too good to entertain a viewer and enough to give some good lesson to our society.