Coverage of Lehri’s death

Published: September 15, 2012

KARACHI: Legendary comedian Lehri’s death on September 13 did not get even a fraction of the coverage in the Pakistani media that Rajesh Khanna’s death received. May I ask those who own and operate television channels in Pakistan, why this is the case? Is this done because those who run television channels care only for ratings? And even if the answer to that is ‘yes’, don’t they think that Pakistani audiences may want to know about legends like Lehri?

Aman Ahmad

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 16, 2012 - 2:27AM

    I agree that Mr. Lehri’s death should have been given more attention but the industry he belonged and represented had died many years before his death. There is no one left to follow Mr. Lehri’s foot step, appreciate his art and mourn his death. On the other hand, Bollywood is flourshing and people who worked with Mr. Khanna’s are alive and doing great.

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  • Tariq
    Sep 16, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Sadly the fact is that after being in awe of the goras, now the media is in awe of everything india, as is evident from this contrast in coverage. People in the media have forgotten their own identity and stopped appreciating the pakistani culture and heritage. Media is only interested in presenting problems and troubles of pakistan.

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  • Agnivesh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Tariq: If the Pakistani people continue to be in denial of the fact that they are Indians by culture and muslims by religion, this will continue to happen. The reason they gravitate towards Indian movies is not because these movies deliver any value, but they appeal to the inner core of Pakistanis which is essentially rooted in this sub continent. Denial will only add to stress in Pakistani society. It is only an ego post partition that’s makes you guys deny this in public and love everything Indian in private.

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  • Tariq
    Sep 16, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @Agnivesh: We can love quality movies whether they be American, Indian, Irani or French, but we mustn’t forget our identity and our culture. While there may be similarities between Pakistani and Indian cultures due to geographic proximity, there are certainly clear differences due to our different religion. Let’s not confuse the two. Have a good day.

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  • Raza Khan
    Sep 16, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Although a great fan of Lehri Sahib but Rajeesh Khanna was a super hero of his times & still has millions of fans all over the world. Both actors were great in their own ways! Nobody know Lehri Sahib in India & outside Pakistan whereas Rajeesh Khanna was known all over India, Pakistan & where Urdu was spoken.

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