Thankful for the drama
I was never a drama fan and whatever interest I had in this genre of entertainment died after watching a few serials on the Indian TV channels. The ‘soaps’, as they were called, had everything that I found alarming. The most irritating factor were the monotonous stories. We saw the same saas-bahu- extended family sob story played out in serial after serial. The theme was almost always linear: good vs. bad. The good people were annoyingly (and unbelievably) good. They wouldn’t do anything wrong in their entire lives. And the bad – don’t even ask about them! Combine all the terrible characteristics you can think of and the end product will be the vamp or the villain of the Indian soap. The richer a family, the far from reality its women were likely to be. So it was perfectly normal to see a woman waking up in the middle of the night, dressed to the nines and wearing matching accessories.
For a person like myself, the Pakistani drama is literally a breath of fresh air. The main theme remains the same across the border: the good vs. the vile. But it is a relief to see wellrounded characters. People watching the play can relate to many characters and situations in these dramas. Glad as I am that Pakistani TV serials are now shown in India, I hope the next to follow are Pakistani films.