Monday, 1 June 2015

Good old PTV times

Times have changed. Lifestyle of people have drastically changed from what it was 10 years ago due to technology. We cannot even imagine a life without mobile phone or Google today. But I remember the time of late 90’s when I was a kid and life was comparatively much more peaceful. Even after school, homework and play we would have plenty of time to sit with family and enjoy. Since I had elder sisters and a mother who would enjoy watching television, I got hooked on to dramas from a young age. That was how I enjoyed my family time.

In those days there wasn't any satellite channel, there was only PTV. I remember the dramas having strong characters, beautifully scripted story lines with simple production sets. Those dramas have no comparison till date. The actors were flawless or maybe it was the seriousness of great direction which made those actors performance so well.  Dialogues wouldn't be something out of a book of poetry. They would be simple and everyone could relate to them. I know the concept of morality is different for everyone but dramas of that era even if touched the most sensitive issues of society, were not morally wrong.

I remember the dramas being family entertainment. I remember wardrobe and sets being the least concern of the actors as well as the audience. The stories never were only focused on a damsel in distress and two men trying to win her heart or a cunning woman trying to ruin everyone’s lives. The stories back then had an impact, stories that the audiences were able to relate themselves to. People would be sharing the sorrows and joys of the characters because they thought of them as part of their lives. Dramas so moving that would make even grown men weep.

My personal 3 favorite dramas of PTV are:-

  1. Dhoop Kinary
  2. Dhuwan
  3.  Alpha Bravo Charlie

Though I watched repeat telecast of these dramas in later 90’s with my mother and sisters who already had seen the dramas, they would enjoy it as if they were watching them for the first time. Even today whenever I see these dramas on air I watch and enjoy them thoroughly. I honestly wish Pakistani Drama Industry today would focus on its roots and come up with quality dramas as these. 

What are your favorite old Pakistani dramas? 

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