The veteran actor Shaan is a man of endurance and grace and often in the news because of his very blinkered Tweets accordingly, and now the dapper actor is doomed on the government’s support to air the Urdu-dubbed version of Turkish hit drama Erturgrul and then, maybe Yunus Emre on PTV. His Twitter feed, however, has lately given the impression to illustrate otherwise. Shaan is Unhappy With Imran Khan For Endorsing Turkish Content on National TV.
Shaan is Irked on its Import of Foreign Content
“When a state-owned channel for which I pay taxes extends its support to foreign content, I begin to lose hope. I don’t have anything against Ertugrul, or against any product that is done well. I have never said anything against foreign content being aired on a privately aired channel. Some years ago, Turkish soaps Ishq-e-Mamnoon and Mera Sultan were such huge hits but they were being shown on private channels. But when a state-owned channel for which I pay taxes extends its support to foreign content – and furthermore, my government especially endorses it – I begin to lose hope.”
According to Shaan, Underlying Concerns Narrate our Dismal Faiths
“This is an insecure time for the entire world and every working professional has certain hopes. Some of our hopes are the same: a lower foreign exchange rate, less inflation. But then, there are hopes that are unique to an industry. Certain industries will feel hopeful if their government extends support to them by lowering taxes or providing them with aid. My industry similarly needs to feel hopeful. We need to feel like we aren’t just standing alone, paying our taxes but not being supported.”
Shaan Moans and Enquired that why the Government Never Support and Tweet for a Local Hit?
“Why hasn’t the government ever tweeted on behalf of a local drama that was a hit? A local movie that did well? Even a small statement of encouragement can go a long way. Instead, they choose to tell Pakistani audiences to watch international production. The government says that they want to reduce imports but what about cultural imports?”
#100%madeinPakistan these are the hero’s of our nation their stories must be told .. and there are so many more that our history has not forgotten.. but the people have .we need to transfer our pride to our children our stories our successes #pride??♥️
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) May 3, 2020
“And if this drama does well, don’t you think that other similar dramas will also become popular? Even private channels will reduce their investment in local productions and bring in international hit dramas, dub them in Urdu and air them on our channels. And this reflects on PTV’s performance. They haven’t created any production in recent years that they can be proud of which is why they have to rely on foreign content during this lockdown. All that the state-owned channel gives us is the news. There hasn’t been any entertainment that has emerged from it in years!”
The Government Should Support the Local Content and a Local Investor as well amid the Corona Crisis
“But how does that make me and others in the industry make me feel? Irani’s films are also brilliant. If tomorrow, the government starts tweeting about those when they haven’t ever acknowledged local cinema, how would that make us feel? I am a tax-payer and I have been in this business for 30 years now. And time like this has made me reevaluate things: how can I protect my front? How can I try to make changes so that there is some hope left in the industry for the new producers and directors that come in after me?”
Try to find our own history and it’s hero’s ..
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) April 28, 2020
Both Turkish hits are undoubtedly marvellous, but if the motive to aired them to raise the morale of the nation then why not the short plays created to celebrate the martyrs that were awarded the ‘Nishan-e-Haider’. There was a time when new jingoistic songs – ‘Milli Naghmay’ – would be devised every year, close to Independence Day. Nevertheless, that PTV of yore has vanished wholly. There isn’t any enthralling new content, neither any revelries of local heroes. Conceivably this disregard peeved the veteran actor to illustrate on social media.