While there will be the odd anomaly in the form of a Pakistani drama that restores your dwindling faith in television, at most you’ll find yourself watching a monotonous, painful loop of the same tropes over, and over, and over again. Our dramas have lost the essence they once held, from the glorious days of ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ and ‘Dastaan,’ where they simmered in essence, hope and a beholding beauty.
These days, Pakistani television has lost most credibility, with plotlines recycled, reused with the same few themes.
Not only have they become uninteresting, but they’ve also become both crass and dull. While we must commend the few that bravely address societal taboos, they barely scratch the surface of them and simply take the easy way out – by merely ‘highlighting’ them (take ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’ for example, when it was criticized for normalizing marital rape).
We asked our ShowSha family what they disliked the most in our current dramas, and we got some fantastic responses that serve as a red flag about the fading future of our entertainment industry.
1. Religion seems to be more concentrated within the lower classes.
2. Is rain being idealized?
3. Religious characters seem to be shown as regressive and more often than not, antagonists.
4. Strong women are a rare breed these days – minus ‘Inkaar’ and ‘Cheekh.’
5. Clothes shouldn’t define who you are.
6. Women don’t have goals apart from getting married in most dramas.
7. Most dramas have become tedious in the plot, mostly because they’re verging on 40 episodes!
8. Urdu seems to have strayed from its correct use.
9. Characters are at most, very predictable i.e. “black or white.”
10. People are tired of seeing the same few themes recycle.
11. More relationships should be explored.
12. THIS IS VERY TRUE!
13. Are we being influenced by Indian culture?
14. Shalwar Kameez seems to be a popular opinion within dramas.
15. Locations should change.
16. Class variation must start to show in dramas – we often show two stark extremes.
17. An entire community is yet to be discovered in the realm of our dramas.
Do you agree with any of the points made?