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Why do you decide what I watch?

Just when Bihter was nearing an emotional break-down and Behlul was feeling more trapped by the day, I thought this Ishq-e-Mamnoo fad is about to get over. However, that very moment my television screen took a slight turn and was bombarded with posters of these Turkish fames and Pakistani television actors appearing on popular news channels instead of their entertainment counterparts. All under the heated debate of whether screening foreign content on local channels was doing us any good or added to the existing lack of cultural integrity.

Since it was relieving to see different problems being discussed, I closely followed different programs that had mixed views of the industry connoisseurs. A little rave over falling TRPs of local shows, tad bit interest of their own production houses and a dash of concern for the lost viewers of Pakistani media pretty much dressed all conversations. Where there were some interesting points also being brought up, most of the time I switched the channel feeling ‘Oh! So they will tell us what to watch as well now!’

Even though I agreed with the idea that whoever brings foreign content in the country should pay appropriate taxes and firstly, domestic industry should be protected from its popularity, it was uncomfortable to see a bunch of people deciding what my entertainment should comprise of.

I believe entertainment has become a global industry and audiences are mature enough to place each type according to its due importance. And Pakistani audiences are also confident of their own shows.

Considering that, to have a variety of content is a right. Hence, content regulation should not exceed to banning and discontinuation of everything.

It would be better to see people discussing how they can improve local content than limiting what people see so they can keep watching their own channels.
“More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read,” said a character in The Importance of Being Earnest. And it seems applicable today when most of us only emphasise on what is not to be seen rather than what is to be seen.

3 thoughts on “Why do you decide what I watch?”

  1. SO WHAT DO YOU THINK MAHAM KAMAL KHANAM, THE ISHQ E MAMNOO IS GOOD AFFORD FROM OUR TELEVISION CHANNEL. SEE BOTH OF SIDES OUR CULTURE AND OUR DRAMA INDUSTRY, IS THIS GOOD FOR US OR NOT……….. please clear it my FRIEND

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  2. From the viewers point of view, it is very important to have a variety of content however, from the regularisation point of view, the content should be licensed. But in both cases, blocking and banning foreign content is not the way to go.

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  3. maham, They were good plays that occur to you?
    we really needs that kind of dramas?
    in my point of view,
    we enjoyed just because of nothing………..
    just because of criticizing

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