Thank­ful for the drama

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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.

Deepika Ki­ran

Rae­bareli, In­dia

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