Pakistan’s First Lady, Begum Samina Arif Alvi, said on Thursday she does not watch Pakistani drama because it makes her depressed. She made the remarks in an interview with Independent Urdu.
She went on to say she does not watch them due to “repeated storylines”. The First Lady said: “Pakistani drama makes me depressed. There is nothing new in them.”
انڈپینڈنٹ اردو کے ساتھ ایک تفصیلی اور شاید اپنی نوعیت کے پہلے غیر سیاسی انٹرویو میں بیگم ثمینہ عارف علوی نے ایوان صدر میں آمد اور اب تک کے قیام، ملک میں جنسی زیادتی کی روک تھام، کراچی کی صورت حال اور ارطغرل سمیت پاکستانی ڈراموں پر بات کی۔
— Independent Urdu (@indyurdu) October 16, 2020
She commented that when she discussed the issue with producers and directors, they said they chose these themes because of TV ratings. She quoted them as saying that other subjects do not give ratings.
However, the First Lady disagreed with them and said: “I think if you make a good thing, people will definitely appreciate it.”
Begum Samina Alvi stressed that producers and directors should try new themes and stories in their dramas.
When asked if she had watched the smashing Turkish series, Ertugrul, Begum Alvi said she had watched a few episodes of the series during the virus lockdown.
Both President Arif Alvi and Begum Alvi have appreciated Turkish series, Dirilis Ertugrul, in the past and recommended the youth of the country to watch it.
In his interview with SAMAA TV in July, President Alvi had said that he is a big fan of the Turkish series. He thinks that the series is helping Muslims connect with their history.
He had recommended Pakistani producers and directors to produce similar series on Muslim personalities in subcontinent like Tipu Sultan and Siraj ud-Daulah.