Inside Pakistan's adult film industry

Published: May 2, 2010

It’s late at night and the room is dimly lit. The walls are decorated with paintings, posters of sportsmen and some birthday cards. There is silence. A boy and a girl are sitting hand in hand. In due time, the boy starts playing with the girl’s hair. She walks away from him and he follows her to the edge of the bed. The girl looks coyly up at him and says, “Please don’t.”

The moment of intimacy is broken as someone shouts, “Repeat.” The young couple has been shooting a scene for an adult movie at a studio in Defence, an upmarket Karachi suburb. The studio, which is considered one of the best in the country, combines the innovative with the traditional in its products. Two of the four rooms in the bungalow serve as sets. The room in which this movie is shooting has been designed to look like a study.

“The movie has been made to attract students and to show them how to enjoy intimate relationships,” claims Junaid, owner of the studio and producer of the film. While the use of hi-tech equipment has given his work a more sophisticated look, Junaid credits another factor for the rapid rise of his career.

“The reason for our success is not the use of sophisticated equipment but the introduction of youngsters,” says Junaid. Producing such flicks can be very lucrative. A film typically costs Rs 400-600,000 and can make as much as one million rupees. “Last year,” says Junaid, “we produced seven films.”

Do the math and it becomes obvious that this little makeshift studio is minting money. As for the actresses, they are paid between Rs 30,000 to 50,000 per film. For three of the seven films he produced, says Junaid, youngsters volunteered themselves for the main roles. And what of the rest? Tina, a director who was once an actor herself, adds somewhat menacingly, “We have the ability to convince people.” Junaid and Tina laid the foundations for the studio in 2002 and claim to have produced more than 90 films since.

They have, in time, learned the ropes of the industry. At first they mimicked the moves and plots of English movies but then slowly gained the confidence to add a hint of local flavour to their productions. Tina says, “We wanted something that would appeal to the local audience and show them something about sex in Pakistan.” Tina remembers the first time they produced a film without providing directions to the actors. It was in 2005 and, in Tina’s words, “it rocked the market.”

The studio initially hired commercial sex workers for their films. Soon, though, they began to expand by hiring enthusiastic volunteers. They felt it would make the performances look more natural. During the filming none of the actors are allowed to use condoms. “Condoms take away from the viewer’s pleasure,” is Junaid’s calculation, proffered with a loud smile. He does not think it necessary to carry out HIV tests before employing performers. Defying all odds, the producers of both of Pakistan’s leading adult film-studios claim to never have encountered a single HIV-positive actor in this field.

Beena, 24, volunteered for a movie in 2007 and has appeared in seven since. She says, “My friend Aliya worked in them and would tell me stories. One day I asked her to take me with her to a shoot and she agreed.” After attending, she decided to give it a go herself. Zunaira, who is 5’6 and has blonde streaks in her hair, followed a similar path to the adult film industry. “After attending classes at college I would come to the studio. It turned into a sort of addiction.” Twenty-three-year-old Zubaida is sitting in a well decorated ‘guest room’ at her Tariq Road flat. Located in a commercial building, the interior is adorned with colourful prints.

There are four other people in the room; three men aged between 30 and 35 and Binda, a girl in blue jeans and a red T-shirt, who joined the industry two years ago. In 2006, Zubaida ran away from her home in Gujarat with a boy she loved. “He used me for 10 days and then sold me to a man from Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The man raped me for a month and then put me up for sale again.”

In the spring of 2008, Zubaida met Arsalan, a handsome boy from Defence, at a party at Hawke’s Bay where she had gone on a ‘date’ with a customer. Zubaida and Arsalan soon became closer and started an intimate relationship. Arsalan was already in the business and convinced Zubaida that appearing in adult movies would make her famous. She describes the experience of making her debut movie. “I was confused in front of the camera the first time. I had seen never pictures or movies of myself in such a situation.”

Arsalan and Jan, the producer and star of the film persuaded her to do a photo shoot undressed and then started shooting the film. “It was all new for mebut I am used to it now,” the young actor said, blushing. The process of shooting a film, according to Arsalan, is not as easy as it sounds. “You have to arrange sets, dresses and hire professional cameramen to do the job.

It not as simple as two people doing scenes and one cameraman shooting them,” he explained. They then circulate the films in the market with the help of their regular shopkeepers. The films are circulated all across the country and posted on websites. The team also poses as viewers and start chat room discussions and post blogs about the quality of their films and beauty of their stable of actors. Arsalan reckons that Titlyaan and Andheri Raat are the biggest hits that have come from his studio as yet. Junaid and Tina’s shortlist consists of Take Me in Your Arms and Love On The Beach. Junaid’s latest innovation has been shooting films in cars at night.

It took some very brave actors and skilled cameramen, but after some initial glitches, they pulled it off. “The police are not a problem. Pay them Rs 5,000 and they shan’t bother you,” the producers say. For its part, the police deny the existence of such movies. Some police officers laughed at the very idea of such adult movie studios in Karachi. But others did accept them. Crime Investigation Police SP Fayyaz Khan said that such films are not allowed and whenever police receives information regarding the presence of these movies in shops, they take action. “Many shops have been raided in the recent past,” concedes Khan.

For their part, the police are quick to defend their role in turning a blind eye to these productions. CCPO Karachi Police Waseem Ahmad rebuffed the allegation that police are involved in promoting the industry saying wherever, “we find such movies or people we fine and punish accordingly.”

Reader Comments (213)

  • May 2, 2010 - 4:30AM

    I am sure this will cause outrage! On how the young are being corrupted! or the shock that there is a porn industry in Pakistan!. What I found disturbing was:

    1) The lack of awareness of using protection and HIV testing

    2) The police claiming that “we find such movies or people we fine and punish accordingly”. For one, how do you fine or punish a movie? Second, its not the job of the of the police to punish anyone. That is for the court to decide. Recommend

  • Amir
    May 2, 2010 - 8:15AM

    I think this article is a fake, as a connesuir of porn I feel I would have seen some of the porn that they claim to have made but I must say the quality of Pakistani porn does not reflect the kind of technological advancement that the writer talks about, it is a sad day when a national news paper will lie about porn, isn’t anything sacred anymore!Recommend

  • jasmine
    May 2, 2010 - 8:46AM

    Somehow the article is more of an advertisement than an actual news item, or one could say the information in it is more out of movie itself. The claims seem exaggerated and as unfortunate as it may be the ladies who have been pushed in the field are shown as somehow they were liberated from far worse situations.
    And I agree with the comments from Nadir El Edroos..
    I really think the article has been written in an irresponsible tone.Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 9:45AM

    Very well researched article i havnt read such detailed and researched article in Pakistan before on this topic.Well DoneRecommend

  • Mahnoor
    May 2, 2010 - 10:19AM

    Recently I read an article about same. http://nadiakhaan.blogspot.com/

    What are we going to witness in Pak, is all nonsense!

    MahnoorRecommend

  • zam
    May 2, 2010 - 10:35AM

    i think this the reality of pakistani society fully infulenced from the today’s world but our education doesn’t provided sex education to youth to protect themself from unwanted or unprotected sex.Recommend

  • Shahd
    May 2, 2010 - 10:38AM

    You people are seriously going to attract a ton of readers with this piece. Nice controversial topic. Recommend

  • Muhammad Shabbar
    May 2, 2010 - 11:45AM

    It is an example of other side of extremism, I would call “Sex Taliban”, this shows how our society hitting extreme lows, one side is of extremists such as Lahskare-Jhangvi and Taliban, terrorism in the name of religion and the other side is this terrorism in the name of culture, freedom, liberalism, It is a shock for the vast majority of Pakistani parents and sane minds of society who knows how this ugly menace of porn poisoned society’s veins, how the nation would become bunch or perverts and sex-offenders, the most liberal nations realized how this uncontrolled craziness effects them.
    On the name of freedom, liberalism this will only inflict misery on our nation. It is time that our media politicians, and civil society to come forward and act before its too late, before the other side of extremism took control and when the Taliban use these nude-ikins for the justification of beheading every model, every media person and every movie watcher.Recommend

  • Ahsen
    May 2, 2010 - 11:57AM

    Oh come’n. At first place this article shouldn’t have been published/posted. And if it has as of now we speak, why these so called directors are not revealed in e-medium. Why shoaib/sania masala story?Recommend

  • Muhammad Aamir
    May 2, 2010 - 12:27PM

    awfully bizarre , where the hell are these law enforcement authorities ??Recommend

  • Nuzhat.
    May 2, 2010 - 12:59PM

    I would only like to ask the esteemed writer of this article one thing: What, sir, is a ‘loud smile’?Recommend

  • kryptic
    May 2, 2010 - 1:16PM

    Sad. This article is a porn story itself.Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 1:20PM

    Well definitely it was surprising for me and m sure for others too. I didn’t have any idea that it is happening in such a level. But i am still confused about the authenticity of this article. Doesn’t it is a job of media to highlight and expose the names of these people who are corrupting our nation. If they do the same for terrorist and talibans they should do the same with this too. Recommend

  • Awais Saleem
    May 2, 2010 - 1:28PM

    Stop publishing such articles. You guys should help community by publishing some informative and educational articles.Recommend

  • Fahad
    May 2, 2010 - 1:34PM

    Dear reporter please forward this issue in front of police and other agencies.Recommend

  • Asad Hasnain
    May 2, 2010 - 1:54PM

    Strange!! Exciting !! Entertaining!! yet Informative!!
    i wonder from where you catch such stories and characters!! Although i doubt the genuineness of this particular article, i do not rule out the existence of SEX INDUSTRY in Pakistan.Frankly I find this article too fictitious but it DO reflect what is happening here.

    our Generation are too entangled in such issue.. so it should better be educating about the CONSEQUENCES rather than PROMOTING and arousing the young lads.

    please be cautious next time!!Recommend

  • damon
    May 2, 2010 - 2:04PM

    though not beyond the realms of possiblity by a long shot, this article fails to ring true for some reason.Recommend

  • Saira Saba
    May 2, 2010 - 2:28PM

    I trust what the writer has scripted … no doubt at all … am wondering why we are hesitant in accepting the reality?? its all happening around us. Wonder is this Islamic state of Pakistan ?? Producer and Director of such acts must be happy on receiving appreciations but why they forget that we all have to answer Allah for our deeds. Recommend

  • Mohammad bIn Iftikhar
    May 2, 2010 - 2:32PM

    This cover story I guess is published to promote the magazine. Hitler once said “ once must have proof to support a claim”. This article is an example of Advertising bias which is a part of media bias and is thus against the codes and ethics of journalism which must be avoided. Practical limitations to media neutrality include the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and the requirement that selected facts be linked into a coherent narrative. I was beginning to like the tribune but now I guess with this report the image is shattered and I will first confirm sources and then accept any news published in the tribune. Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 2:35PM

    It is the first time I have read about such a controversial topic in detail in the mainstream Pakistani media. Exaggerated or simplified, this story should be taken as the inception of healthy debate on the issue. It is unwise to entirely blame the writer for ‘promoting’ or ‘advertising’ this industry in the country. We have to take the matter realistically so that that we initiate a healthy debate on the matter. Recommend

  • Muhammad Luqman
    May 2, 2010 - 3:31PM

    Very interesting. A real inside story.Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 2, 2010 - 3:36PM

    I will definitely agree that this article is more of an advertisement than an eye opener. It is informing the reader about a new emerging industry in Pakistan, not only for viewers but an unethical and irreligious employment opportunity, be it the Cameraman-ship or acting.Recommend

  • Nishaa
    May 2, 2010 - 3:36PM

    Shocking utterly shocking ! has this also become part of the ‘cool niche’ prevailing in our country or is everyone as devastated as I am . Utter disgust, in an Islamic republic?.Police? institutions? who are we kidding here?. The promising generation.ha.Miserable.Recommend

  • Fatima
    May 2, 2010 - 3:47PM

    this article surely has a positive tone towards the industry….it seems like an advertising campaign-the sophisticated equipment, blending the traditional with western and new settings being created….PATHETIC!!!!…..Express is trying tooooo hard to appear ‘Liberal’……and certainly the presentation in no way sounded like a mature news article……it was much like a narration of personal experiences, tht also in a very praising manner……Recommend

  • Mohammad Hammad Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 3:51PM

    They say Taliban is Threat to our country.
    Look at them Porn Industry Growing in Our Country.
    Two Extremes Taliban and This Mess…Recommend

  • Waleed
    May 2, 2010 - 3:53PM

    I do believe that things so bizzare happen in our country, in our very cities that they never even occur in our minds & are hard to believe at the same time. I would say that such issues should be written and definitely published so as to raise awareness. However, the way the writer has presented and written this story, I personally think it was a little too explicit. It is our media’s responsibility to bring such news ahead but in a decent manner. All Im saying is that the writer didnt need to go into the unnecessary sexual details!Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 4:11PM

    Dear All,
    Duty of a reporter is always to tell readers whats going on in the society. We raise problems to the point of discussion. It is the job of the authorities to find out where its going on. We are not bound to disclose exact location of either Taliban or those who are running porn industry….You can find movies mentioned in the article in Rambo Plaza….Recommend

  • Zeeshan Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 4:22PM

    I believe this article is overly exaggerated to attract the readers.Recommend

  • Bahram Durrani
    May 2, 2010 - 4:45PM

    this what u call liberation ?
    personally , i strongly feel this is fake
    and secondly
    the reasons for doing this should be quite obvious to all of us.
    -to sell this article
    -to defame Pakistan
    -to misguide youth
    Recommend

  • a
    May 2, 2010 - 4:46PM

    a sad, disgusting way of promoting the porn-making industry. what is wrong with the editors of this paper?Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 2, 2010 - 4:48PM

    “a ground-breaking work of journalism” Kudos!Recommend

  • basma
    May 2, 2010 - 4:58PM

    the problem with our society is that we dont want to identify the problems we will shove anything that we dont find soothing to our eyes under the carpet. we cant blame our government and institutions for everything. its not just them this is what the public wants to see and this is what their selling their main is just making money out of it and they are. we need to start correcting ourselves and stop blaming everyone else in the world for everything Recommend

  • Qureshi, H
    May 2, 2010 - 5:14PM

    I have no doubt that the story is true,Although the name of characters may changed to conceal the identity. I myself had an offer from an aunty related with the Showbiz 15 years back, She too lived in Defence Karachi.Recommend

  • Asad Hasnain
    May 2, 2010 - 5:26PM

    Dear All
    See now the author is directly asking “Dear All” to check out the mentioned films specifying where they are available..
    thats what i said earlier ; should be avoided

    Dear fawwad i am not saying that what u have written is a fallacy, issue is that kindly do not promote such In-decent activities by setting a soft tone for such filthiest things, as if it is just another Sport or something!!!
    Great caution should be taken before touching such issues in a cultures like Pakistan.. hope that conveys the message.!!

    *Cheer All *Recommend

  • Bakht Zaman Yousafzay
    May 2, 2010 - 5:29PM

    Prolifically written this story is a combination of distinctive contents, coupled with each others in a way to emerge as an astonishing theme. I would congratulate the writer for his firm dedication to his profession, especially where information from all the stakeholders are orchestrated so professionally in the tiny possible length of the story. The issue, I personally feel that; is a unique in a sense but to the reasons better known by the authorities, it still exists. The writer deserves applause. Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 5:42PM

    intresting true or false hard to say Recommend

  • Asad Zia
    May 2, 2010 - 5:44PM

    Dear Fawad.

    This is realty and I think that police are less involved in this kind of acts, according to my estimation, search those leader who support this kind of people whose involved in this kind of acts, because it a very bold steps to start this kind of industry. I think that it is the responsibility of chief minister, governor and DIG of the province to take action against this kind of activities and eliminate these acts. Recommend

  • Faraz Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 5:58PM

    I would urge the Express Tribune to report responsibly on these matters. The manner in which this story is written comes across, as someone else earlier said, as a form of advertising for the up and coming porn industry in Pakistan. Please exercise some editorial discretion when reporting such negativity. Porn industry is good for no one — especially so for the people who perform in such ventures. They are at a massive risk for STDs and other diseases. Adult stars in the California based porn industry in USA have a markedly higher incidence herpes, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Your article barely touches these dangers, and doesn’t even remotely address how absolutely incoherent this is with the the broader Pakistani society. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 2, 2010 - 7:06PM

    We all feel that there is a likelihood that such industry exists. That is not the complaint here. The complaint is that (a) it was written as if this is a ‘cool’ profession, (b) that educated youngsters also find it acceptable, (c) that it is an art form, (d) that it advertises names of movies (was someone in newspaper paid to do this) that will now become hunted and naturally raise revenue for the producer, (e) that the writer himself seems to have visited the place of such heinous sin and not reported it (even anonymously to at least the media) as a good citizen (f) that in pursuit of positioning the newspaper as a liberal for the young people, it has forgotten the responsibility it has to the culture, values, norms, religion and society it sells in. It is too good a newspaper to lose momentum with such articles. Expose and write of ills in society by all means but not in a way that one is almost seem to be admiring it or at least promoting oneself to publishers as a future porn movie reviewer and critic. And if so please don’t sully the hallowed name of the prestigious family that brings out this newspaper just for your personal gain.Recommend

  • Shahzad Sheikh
    May 2, 2010 - 7:14PM

    You seem to have absolutely no shame. People in the US who work in this industry have more shame than these people.Recommend

  • Suzanna Masih
    May 2, 2010 - 7:16PM

    A really provocative piece and a real eye opener for so called pious people who maintain that ours is a respectable traditional and ‘eastern’ society with no space for such vulgarities as porn. i have to admit i was shocked to read about how prevalent the industry is here but im glad that atleast someone from the media has made an effort to highlight the presence of such a industry in the country.Recommend

  • Loki Odin
    May 2, 2010 - 7:23PM

    Is this some kind of a joke?You people have no shame or self-respect for trying to score some views/money for such a fake yet controversial topic.
    Who in their right mind would do such a thing without fearing the consequences?

    But,if this somehow is true.Dont try to sound as if it’s a good thing,what,did u get an offer?

    Btw,90 videos?Enthusiastic volunteers?What the heck are you smoking?Recommend

  • Bonafide
    May 2, 2010 - 7:32PM

    faaaaaaaaaaaakeRecommend

  • Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 7:53PM

    This article is simply exaggeration. Mr Fawad, the writer, is perhaps blindly writing pieces to attract readership but violating ethics as his piece seems to be an advertisement. Even the westerners would be ashamed of such a thing. Some Pakistani folks, like the writer of this article, are ready to sacrifice national interests by defaming Pakistan.Recommend

  • Batool
    May 2, 2010 - 8:06PM

    i kind of agree wid basma, if we dont want to accept something, we simply reject it exists.im not taking sides here but its harsh to blame the tribune or the writer.like he said it’s a journalists job to tell people wat is going on.besides wat do u mean by ‘discuss this issue on e-media’.news papers r a medium.plus only seriously naive people will hang their mouths open on this info and refuse the fact that this industry exists in pakistan because it does and it is flourishing.turning a blind eye to it wont change the fact that seriously sick people live in this ‘islamic republic’.the writer did his job,he gave out some info,he tried to make people realise that this sick stuff is happening in pakistan.and about this article corrupting the youth:the article mentions clearly,youngsters ‘happily’ volunteer to work as porn stars.our youth is already corrupt………..

    but i’ll say that this article,though informative,is written in a provocative manner.forgive me…….:)Recommend

  • Behrawar Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 8:17PM

    this article is somewhat presenting porn as the next big thing we all desperately need, glamourising it to some extent… Just like how alcohol has now become kocher in our society, we all do it or know someone who does but we all accept it… I believe the porn industry is definately there but not as sophisticated or glamorous as the article presents it to be… And the police, i think they get more than a thousand ruppees to act coy…pornography should be tackled with much more seriousness because just like cig drugs and alcoho has influence our youth, pornography will affect them too. Instead of earning a lil cash from tutioning or a part time jobsuch as internships, a lt of them will turn to pornography, as the article suggests volunteers are paid 30 to 50 k…Recommend

  • Saba
    May 2, 2010 - 8:27PM

    Informative!!! i have never read such a bold story regarding this issue. it was a very good attempt but the tone of the writer was almost supportive of this industry. i dun blame the writer because this industry does exist here and i think its about time to address this issue..Recommend

  • Behrawar Khan
    May 2, 2010 - 8:31PM

    in the article it says that the studios are in the areas of defence and when the reporter can tell all the minute details of how it is carried , definately the police would know it too. Its all ludicrous that the poice dont know, as qouted from the article ‘…at a studio in defence, an upper karachi suburb…’, if that much is known, how hard can it be to find and raid the studio. The police claim to have raided the shops that deals in the purchase and selling of porn why cant or try to find out the studios wher they are shot… Tacke the problem from its rootsRecommend

  • Ahsan
    May 2, 2010 - 8:39PM

    This article is a publicity of porn in Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 9:00PM

    So in Pakistan it is not actually a full fledged industry but tiny businesses running by a bunch of like minded hawks who eye to make money out of society’s weaknesses in their private capacities. As long as porn film making hasn’t turned into a industry we still have a chance to discourage its audience with the introduction of healthy activities like sports, gyms, leisure clubs etc in our surroundings but a country where terrorism has grown by leaps and bounds, our masses especially the youth would definitely entrapped in such kind of activities. Recommend

  • f
    May 2, 2010 - 9:35PM

    lets face the reality and accept we have porn industries,avoiding or denying it wont help solving it…well written n informativeRecommend

  • May 2, 2010 - 10:11PM

    One is only kidding themselves if they believe that a pornographic industry does not exist in Pakistan. As far as “defaming” Pakistan is concerned, I think the beating of a helpless women in Faislabad reported a few hours ago does more than the existence of a pornographic industry.

    Even without this articles publication, it is pretty obvious that a thriving sex industry exists in Pakistan. The sex trade is perhaps the oldest market in human civilization and perhaps the purest example of a free market.

    Further, this article does not serve to publicize it. Rather than condemning the actions of the people identified in the article and the author, this is an opportunity to rationally discuss the issues involved. Especially the health of people who are involved in the industry. This offers an opportunity to engage people who work in such films and develop a regulatory framework to insure that women especially are not exploited or are not forced to take part in unprotected sexual activity.I am not proposing anything new or radical, such awareness creation exercises have already taken place amongst sex workers in Heera Market Lahore, and prostitutes across metropolises like Karachi,

    Fore those who would have these people “punished”, that would serve no purpose but to push these people further into hiding. Recommend

  • Slash
    May 2, 2010 - 10:13PM

    This article seems like a figment of Fawad Ali’s imagination. At first, it was one of the best studio in the country, then he calls it a makeshift studio. Recommend

  • Sumbal Gilani
    May 2, 2010 - 10:26PM

    I do not understand why people are bashing up the reporter for this article..He for his part tried hard to bring us the truth. Wat else do you call responsible media? I mean serioulsy people grow up.The guy brought you all the information which most of us were unaware of and rather than writing letters to government officials you are speculating about his credibility. If you knew about a porn industry working in pakistan beforehand and coudnt do anything about it well you should be happy atleast someone brought it out. And if you did not know about such an industry burgeoning in Paksitan then NOW YOU KNOW, he even gave you the proof. Go get the movies from rambo plaza or whatever but stop pointing your fingers at the media or the reporter. I am disgusted at some people’s comments.

    @the reporter this article was awsome. I never knew that such an industry existed in Pakistan although I knew about individual incidents of mindboggling kind. But thanks anyways.Recommend

  • Asif
    May 2, 2010 - 10:35PM

    i with you fawad u disclose the real face here…. thanks for this story…. cheeerz man im with u…… Recommend

  • FK
    May 2, 2010 - 10:42PM

    I do not doubt the likelihood of such things happening in Pakistani society, the only thing that appeared strange to me was that there was no attempt to conceal the identity of those involved. Every piece that I’ve read on controversial issues have made some such attempt, and it seems like the proprietors of the studio are propagating their trade as well… Having previously read Taboo, I came to understand that people who are part of such industries are either born into them, or forced into them. One of the comments by a fellow-reader struck me especially – at certain points in the article, it really seems to have been portrayed as if these people have been liberated from a worse existence. Though of course one of the actresses has given her rather unfortunate background – being used, raped, and then being sold again.
    So though it may be entirely true, I feel that this kind of information needs to be handled a little more sensitively… and it may be wise not to mention where such movies are available! It isn’t as if the flooded internet wasn’t offering enough temptation for curious minds!Recommend

  • Fayyaz Alam
    May 2, 2010 - 10:57PM

    The write is mentioning even the names of the films. I think there is something fishy here! I have been urging Express not to follow Urdu tabloid press but sadly it appears to be the case!

    There is a lot of added ‘masala’ in this article & Mr Fawad should join some Urdu evening tabloid. Recommend

  • Q
    May 2, 2010 - 11:02PM

    Disturbing and utterly disgusting, there certainly is a positive connotation in this article. Indirectly encouraging the reader to go and experiment… publishing such topics might be a way to make us aware of whats happening in our society but its equally important to imply the negative aspect to relay a message to the nation for precaution and care; other than just letting us know what happens and how it happens. I can count ten people on my fingers who would either want to visit the place or go and buy the movie AFTER reading this article (all young, in an experimental age..) they might even be wondering if they could give it a shot…

    Was that the aim of the author? well you have certainly achieved ur goal Sir!Recommend

  • Bilal
    May 2, 2010 - 11:08PM

    A bold and intriguing story. I don’t believe that it’s fake or exaggerated. The reporter has just been brave enough to venture into unexplored areas, and produce some good work. Recommend

  • Syed Arbab Ahmed
    May 2, 2010 - 11:16PM

    Talibans & liberal talibans, but moderates still alive.
    It’s a great shame that on one side the world is watching 1 extreme that is “Taliban”, who slaughter people, kill people, burn school for their personal motives, and now there is a another extreme who wants to represent Pakistan “Liberal Talibans” like Hammad Khan, such people thinks that progress lies in drinking, dating, doing parties despite the terror attacks on their city, somebody tell them that such things are the weak points of West, & *When Apple fell on Newton’s head he was reading a book under tree, and not dancing in the night club (So this is the way to progress “Liberal Talibans” & not what you think) *E=mc square formula researched by Einstein in a lab, and not while dating. (So this is the way to progress “Liberal Talibans” & not what you think) *Everyone who did service to humanity did that outside night clubs, they were not drinking while inventing something and they were not certainly not on a date when they were formulating their scientific research. “Is there anybody in Pakistan other than “Talibans” & “Liberal Talibans” who portray the real moderate image of Pakistan, who are neither violent like Taliban nor vulgar like liberal talibans? is there anybody who portrays the REAL PAKISTAN? which is moderate? which is us.”

    http://www.koolmuzone.com/2010/01/pakistans-slacker-privileged-youth-uncovered/#comment-13395

    for comments on article:
    http://syedarbabahmed.blogspot.com/2010/01/talibans-liberal-talibans-but-moderates.htmlRecommend

  • Motabacha
    May 2, 2010 - 11:29PM

    i do not mind reading about controversial topics and I have no doubt that such an industry exists. However, the way it has been covered is not professional. Why did the author have to take the names of the porn movies? Anyone can google them and that would promote them hence encouraging more of poor girls and boys to be enticed by the producers. Is that too difficult to understand for a publication attached to NY times?

    I must say that I liked this paper’s reporting so much that I discontinued the subscription of Pakistan’s leading paper that I have been reading for 20 years! Today, reading a half baked story that seemed to be in print only for selling the paper has made me rethink my decision. Sad! Mr. Editor, I hope you have taken note. Recommend

  • Farieha
    May 3, 2010 - 12:38AM

    With the number of staffers Express has, why doesn’t anyone bother to EDIT or PROOF articles?
    First, please get over Defence being an “upmarket suburb in Karachi” or that such activities take place there. “Posh,” “Elite” etc etc have become redundant when used to refer to this locality. Secondly, why are there so many irrelevant details such as “Zunaira, who is 5’6 and has blonde streaks in her hair, followed a similar path to the adult film industry.” How do Zunaira’s blonde streaks and her being 5’6 add to the story?
    The author has focused all his energy in dramatising the piece instead of delving into the what and why. The article reads like a promotional ad for some new industry that has been set up and is now thriving. The issue is treated with the same level of excitement as the revival of Pakistani cinema was! If one is to assume that this story reports facts, then it lacks depth.
    As a reader, I would like to know, what is it that lures the actors/actresses into this trade – apart from the apparent monetary benefits. Especially those who are not sex workers and actually “volunteer.” The author almost makes it sound as if it is an after school extra curricular activity. Also, a little more on the directors/producers and technicians. Who are these people who are involved in this trade. How do people have access to them, how do they contact and convince people, etc etc. And since all this takes place in a house in Defence, how is it that it is not common knowledge? You find out about these things one way or another.
    And the police bit is by far the weakest point in this article. Yes, I admit that the police accept bribes and it is not such a difficult task to get them to do so, but were there no other ‘relevant’ authorities available to comment? I mean the CCPO, seriously? That too, contacted for an 11-word comment which says nothing at all.Recommend

  • Vasi
    May 3, 2010 - 12:54AM

    Fake. Fake. Fake.
    90 movies? big hits? Clearly the writer doesn’t know anything about the desi porn situation?!
    Unless this article is about the so-called ‘dance party’ videos that go straight to CD release? They’re on youtube as well…Recommend

  • QI
    May 3, 2010 - 1:08AM

    All I can say is that this is evidently sensationalism. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 3, 2010 - 1:23AM

    How come this is all going on in Islamic Republic of Pakistan?

    The offenders should be punished according to the law.

    I could not think and imagine that adult films will be made in this very country. This will just ruin the society.

    Pakistan is located in the East and not in the West. We must adhere to our eastern values. There is a possibility that if Taliban will come to know about this very studio and its workers they may be attacked by Talibans. Recommend

  • Adil
    May 3, 2010 - 1:50AM

    It’s Rambo Center, Fawad Rambo Center ! not Rambo Plaza

    Seriously, stop faking. Have you ever been to Karachi?Recommend

  • Az
    May 3, 2010 - 2:28AM

    But where is all the good porn? and why the outrage most of us (Guys) do watch porn and we watch a lot of porn!

    Is the story fabricated? well could be!

    The only valid point here as someone earlier said is sexual rights empowerment and the need to use rubber! Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 2:29AM

    Its Rainbow center not RAMBO (Rambo rambo jaaaan rambo) centre : |Recommend

  • sana
    May 3, 2010 - 3:04AM

    seriously, it sounds like another one of those made up ‘inside stories of defense’Recommend

  • Fayyaz Alam
    May 3, 2010 - 3:22AM

    While I don’t claim that all men and women in Pakistan are virtuous, this article has a lot of sensationalism. 90 FILMS A YEAR? That is 10 times LOLLYWOOD’s yearly output.
    Recommend

  • Faryan
    May 3, 2010 - 3:39AM

    I’m sorry but this article sounds just totally and utterly FAKE FAKE FAKE!!! The people commenting on here who claim to be shocked / astonished / disgusted that such things are going on in Pakistan, obviously neither have a clue about what exactly is going on in Pakistan NOR have ever watched a porn film. As a couple of people here have pointed out and I can back up, there is NO SUCH porn product in the market. And there is NO SUCH ‘industry’. The only Pakistani porn available does not have willing and paid actors. I would challenge the reporter to produce the four titles he names out of supposedly 90 such films.

    Not only does the article reek of a ‘manufactured’ piece, the fact that it is written as titillation without much real substance, casts the editors of Express Tribune and their editorial judgement in a very sad light. Poor show to attract readers people.

    And we can guess at the authenticity of a ‘reporter’ who claims the films are available at “Rambo Plaza”.Recommend

  • Faizullah Jan
    May 3, 2010 - 6:34AM

    Notwidstanding all this controversy, prostitution is the oldest profession in human history. It existed in every corner of the world at any moment in human history. It should be no surprise that it exists in Karachi or Pakistan at this point of time. There is no time and no place known to humankind that is unknown to prostitution. The point is to recognize this as a profession.
    Good job! Mr Fawad Ali. I expect that you would explore it more.Recommend

  • rahim
    May 3, 2010 - 9:13AM

    great we were already exporting terrorism and now another grand addition to it… adult movies.

    We are truly a extremist country.(Extreme on both ends)Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 10:19AM

    Farieha is absolutely right in her comment. And so are a lot of people, sensationalism is unbecoming of a newspaper that I was hoping to be an interesting and cool read. I’m surprised that Express Tribune has taken the “shock & awe” tactic. At least so quickly. Recommend

  • Agha
    May 3, 2010 - 10:42AM

    The article is very well written – a refreshing piece considering the taboo topic. Good work!

    The health concerns are disturbing.
    But for all you people stressing about us being an Islamic state and jazz look up some stats first.

    http://pakspeaks.com/2008/04/18/pakistan-most-sex-starved-on-internet/

    Lets stop pretending, perhaps if we embrace the problems within our society we can finally start looking for a solution.Recommend

  • talat khan
    May 3, 2010 - 11:32AM

    i get a kick out of everyone who is “outraged” and “shocked”. the most searches out of pakistan are for “sex”. as a repressed society it should be no surprise that there is a local porn production scene. porn is a billion dollar industry worldwide and pakistan is a huge consumer of the “product”. good on the local folks who are banking on it creating employment !Recommend

  • Belal khan
    May 3, 2010 - 12:13PM

    Nadir El Edroos- luring the poor women into such acts? Every nation ,every place every organization has bad and good employees and nationals, those women are As immoral as the producers of these porn movies including the audience .
    and to Some one before up in this blog said Not to publish such thing on a paper/web. Question-Why not? why do you want to shut your eyes to such shameless acts , why do you not want your kids to know whats bad and whats right?
    No offence to anyone
    Belal khanRecommend

  • Farieha
    May 3, 2010 - 1:40PM

    Now I know what all the Express staffers do instead of editing and proofing – they post comments on the website.
    I don’t think this article has shock value at all. But I am surprised that people find it shocking that pornography or sex trade prevail in the ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan.’ Such statements baffle me. Islam prohibits such acts, it does not ‘deny’ their existence. It is common sense that a law or proclamation against a thing will only exist if the thing itself exists. So maybe the problem is with the implementation, but this is something the author doesn’t deal with at all – or does so only sketchily – so it can’t form the basis of an argument.
    The East and West argument says what? If someone is expressing shock that such ‘western’ practices exist in the East, well for one I don’t know what cocoon you live in but you are also negating the very fundamentals of your religion. If you believe that Islam really is a religion for all times and transcends geographical boundaries then there is no East or West. Humans exist around the globe and it is human nature the religion addresses. Which again brings us back to the point raised earlier: you cannot deny that ‘Muslims’ are involved in these acts or that such things take place in ‘Islamic’ states. It’s exactly the same as what Ahmedinejad said: there are no homosexuals in Iran. Well, Iran may not permit homosexuality, but that does not mean homosexuality does not exist in the country. Same is the case here.
    Again, questions of right, wrong, morality, etc etc are not discussed in this piece and a lot of people are posting comments that are as vague as the article itself. What is the problem really?Recommend

  • zardan
    May 3, 2010 - 1:46PM

    My only question is, if the author is aware of the people and the location, what is stopping him to lodge a complaint and expose them. Why should our society support them. I feel we have enough wrong doings already going on in our city and country.Recommend

  • Ebad
    May 3, 2010 - 2:11PM

    We used to brag about our traditions, family and moral standards. This is the begining of losing it all! If we don’t do something now, this fire will burn our society like dry grass!Recommend

  • S.A.R.A
    May 3, 2010 - 2:17PM

    LOL – for some reason, this article got the most comments!! Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 2:42PM

    Rambo Plaza? Seriously? Where is that? Also, I thought I had mentioned that in my previous comment. Seems to have been “Moderated.” Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 2:52PM

    Government can generate huge tax revenue from this industry as well other sectors like Alcohols etc by imposing heavy taxes on it. Similarly, Government can generate huge tax revenue from red light areas too by legalising prostitution in certain areas of big cities. Why wasting such a great opportunity. People are doing it openly. It can’t be stopped. Earn the money from it and serve the nation. Recommend

  • ali raza
    May 3, 2010 - 2:53PM

    no need of this kind of articles………women are already in great trouble in this world let them lived with honour,dont use them as toys—-i am out of wordsRecommend

  • Pakistani Aaloo
    May 3, 2010 - 2:57PM

    I get a real kick out of people who are getting outraged and are offended at the story getting printed.

    Your outrage will not make such an industry vanish, neither is this some kind of promotion. If this is happening under our very eyes in Pakistan, then the reporter has done a very good job of rubbing the story in the faces of all your people, who chose to play “ostrich-ostrich” and call it an attempt to defame Pakistan.

    If the police are overlooking the matter, if something shameful like this is happening with their sanction and if such an activity is happening unprotected, should the media overlook it or report it? Recommend

  • Haroon
    May 3, 2010 - 3:15PM

    Very interesting article. I was aware of this kind of thing but making such kind of movies in a commercial studio with hi tech equipments and using the teen agers well that is really shocking for me. You never know how many other studio are in the same business. Any way a very good informative and eye opening article. Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 3:28PM

    Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, has found in a survey that mostly Muslim states seek access to sex-related websites and Pakistan tops the list. Google found that of the top 10 countries – searching for sex-related sites – six were Muslim, with Pakistan on the top. The other Muslim countries are Egypt at number 2, Iran at 4, Morocco at 5, Saudi Arabia at 7 and Turkey at 8. Non-Muslim states are Vietnam at 3, India at 6, Philippines at 9 and Poland at 10. Recommend

  • Farah
    May 3, 2010 - 3:59PM

    What I feel is that this article has been written to promote the readership, since this newspaper is new in the market and needs more readers. This kind of acts may boost the sales temporarily, but will not be help ful in the long run.Recommend

  • TL
    May 3, 2010 - 4:04PM

    This article deserves a standing ovation! Tribune all the way. A mixed view about this article so far. But this is true, absolutely! Keep posting.Recommend

  • tanveer ahmed
    May 3, 2010 - 4:13PM

    The writer has rightly written about the the hidden aspects of our society, which were not known to common man.All kudos to Mr. Fawad for the this excellent article Recommend

  • Nida Haque
    May 3, 2010 - 4:26PM

    Are people only going to come down so hard on this journalist because of the topic his article is on? Don’t see people so concerned with the correct way of reporting and ethics of journalism elsewhere. Readers just seemed shocked and scandalized, and in an attempt to express that in some way, are finding vague and personal reasons to criticize what is merely a report on yet one more out of-the-norm industries thriving all across the world.
    Ostriches eventually DO have to get their heads out of the sand. And the next progressive step for them would be to read and discuss without getting worked up just because the topic at hand is perceived to be corrupting and besmirching. Recommend

  • Nida Haque
    May 3, 2010 - 4:27PM

    Oh and applause for the article! Recommend

  • Syed Irfan Ashraf
    May 3, 2010 - 4:51PM

    By writing about truth does not undermine it. Rather it helps understanding the situation. Porno movies are reality throughout the world and Pakistan is no exception. I wonder why the commentators are so surprised at the article? They should look around and realize how we all contribute to such a culture, in one way or another. Fawad, as your teacher, I am proud of you. You have polished the skills for what we have trained you. Keep it up! Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 3, 2010 - 5:05PM

    where do we get these movies?? :pRecommend

  • Manzoor Ali
    May 3, 2010 - 6:04PM

    Most of the comments on this piece reflect the holier-than-thou attitude prevalent in our society. A reporter may exaggerate an issue, but a whole issue could not be someone figment of imagination. When people vehemently deny existence of any such industry, why they forget thousands of clips circulating across the country, filmed and recorded with mobile phones by ordinary folk? Our attitude is like that of three wise monkeys, seeing, listening and hearing no evil and if someone shows us evil, then he is branded a liar and fake.
    I think the reason for this outrage lies in the fact that subject was unexplored hitherto and the corps of ghirat birgade were not able to digest this disclosure. Thumbs up for your good work…Fawad!Recommend

  • Umar
    May 3, 2010 - 7:38PM

    There are individuals working on their help ur self bases.So it might be true.I dont see there is any harm in promoting the porn industry in Pakistan .If we legalise it we can earn a good amount of money .Recommend

  • Ali Ahsan
    May 3, 2010 - 8:16PM

    Why am I not surprised? Pornography is as old as human civilisation. In such a sexually frustrated & repressed society like Pakistan, I am not not surprised a fledging porn ‘industry’ is existing here.

    That said, I do question the authenticity of the people quoted.Recommend

  • Bangash
    May 3, 2010 - 8:17PM

    This is all a CIA/RAW/European/Mossad conspiracy in partnership with hidden hands to destroy the moral fabric of Pakistani Muslims.Recommend

  • Jahanzeb
    May 3, 2010 - 8:21PM

    I feel this article to be quite contrived, bordering on fiction and fantasy. I’m not in denial. If there is a porn industry in Karachi, that is awesome, but sadly there doesn’t seem to be.

    I do not know where such works would be sold, I’ve never even heard of them and trust me I would have known if anyone in my massive circle of friends knew.

    I have a few thoughts regarding this quasi-fantastical piece (unless its proven it is fiction):

    1) I wonder if the kind of actresses (not actors who happen to be women, there is a specific word for a female actor in the english language) described here are really worth watching.

    2) Why is it a matter of such outrage that there is a porn industry in Karachi? Its about damn time if you ask me. Yes its evil and exploitative and in a perfect world we wouldn’t need porn. We would be asexual, solar powered beings with powers of transmutation and flight. But since we are filthy bags of water looking to get laid and fill our bellies with what the earth has to offer we like to watch other people do the nasty. Its the human condition. Voyeurism is the most basic and the most prevalant human behaviour.

    To all of those people who love to act holier than thou, get a life, if you don’t like it don’t watch it, but stop moaning about what your neighbour is doing.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 3, 2010 - 8:36PM

    Shariah is the only cure for our society, otherwise this will grow … Choice is yours … Recommend

  • Nadia
    May 3, 2010 - 9:46PM

    @bangash I wonder Why did you leave the Australians and the japanese in your lineup of the conspirators?? :)Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 9:50PM

    I guess the article is based on the real story on the other hand some fiction was added….seems to be like the face of truth but the relative fiction is generating masala for its reader..also it may devistate some, on the other hand in courage the youngsters by mention the huge amount of money….on the other hand some will consider it as their up coming career…. It has positive and nagetive impact..on the society…
    I wonder from where the writer gain such a knowledge ..its not possible to have such without being the part of it……I in courage the article on the other hand the way of describing the situation was very much related to fiction…..providing Chatpata Masala to its readers….social responsiveness should be considered first befor publishing such articles……. Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 9:53PM

    This is just fake, honestly. What were you thinking?Recommend

  • Ferya Ilyas
    May 3, 2010 - 9:55PM

    What awareness has it brought?!?! only that more young boys and girls can actually search those outlets and corrupt themselves. Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 10:30PM

    Wow. well MR. AUthor i live in defence and i know what studios you talk about.. as i also belong to the same industry Known AS MEDIA. and as per evidence, Sir Andheri Raat is an indian movie. and the Love on Beach, Well its a title of a song from lucy. or some one. and Titlyaan is the word used in urdu for prostitutes i completely agree with MR. FARYAN. SIr if you FInd any of such movies please do let me know and. AS pre websites. well thats what i do for living AS i also happen to work in SOme thing CAlled (CYBER CRIME). ANY WEBSITE ANY SUCH DIRECTOR. AND YOU HAVE ME BOWED IN FRONT OF YOu.Recommend

  • Imaan Sheikh
    May 3, 2010 - 10:38PM

    This article has unveiled one of the saddest faces of Pakistan as an Islamic nation. It is only tragic that we are now PRODUCING what we call high quality, modern pornography. I’m sure adult movies were actually being made in Pakistan since before this modern-act began but this has only made it worse.
    Although, I think the common man’s sense of curiosity will be provoked by the very clear information provided herein – the kind of availability of these sex-films (titles and places to find them)
    The article is still definitely an eye-opener and something people need to read because it has shown another face of how the youth is being tragically exploited and only after we know what is wrong, will we be able to prevent it.
    Great work, Fawad Ali. Remarkable.Recommend

  • bored
    May 3, 2010 - 10:45PM

    my only problem with this article is that it is HORRIBLY boring. how do you manage to make porn boring, tribune?

    ps, you didnt really call rainbow centre rambo centre, did you?!Recommend

  • Sarosh William
    May 3, 2010 - 11:17PM

    1) I have heard about the existence of such places(studios), and I am in no way amazed to find out that it has been happening on a commercial level. YES the youth of our country is frustrated, but engaging into activities like these leaves a bad stain on the existence of our nation.

    2) This doesn’t comes as a very shocking fact that the police and other law implementing agencies don’t know the happenings and where about of these events. But you wouldn’t actually blame them for they have a reputation of repeatedly letting things like these pass for a fraction of money. Recommend

  • May 3, 2010 - 11:25PM

    Dear Express Tribune

    I want to know that if the editorial board checked the veracity of the story. We couldn’t find the above mentioned website or the blog, and none of the comments seem to corroborate that these films actually exist. Please provide relevant online resources, only for verification purposes, i.e.

    Yours’ Sincerely
    DishoomRecommend

  • Elmyra
    May 3, 2010 - 11:27PM

    I’m just imagining what will happen tomorrow. Everyone should avoid all roads leading towards Rainbow centre since there will be a massive traffic jam because of boys waiting outside in a que to get hold of the movies this writer has mentioned here.Recommend

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    May 4, 2010 - 1:30AM

    This post confirms my ownership of the site and that this site adheres to Google AdSense program policies and Terms and ConditionsRecommend

  • R. Qureshi
    May 4, 2010 - 2:47AM

    I asked a friend to visit Rainbow centre and confirm whether these films (especially two mentioned here) exist. It all proved to be a big lie! While a VERY LIMITED third class porn (where lowest & poorest strata of society take part in an ugly manner!), no such classy role play films are being made in Pakistan (our source confirms!).Recommend

  • Midnightmadness
    May 4, 2010 - 10:13AM

    Wow..so many ppl bashing the writer when most of them have watched, and still watch porn. Hypocrisy on the rise..All we do is criticize anyone and everyone. Porn is here to stay..end of story. U cannot kick it out, be it any islamic state such as Saudia as well. Live with it.

    My only concern is that its been a while, and only now have I come to know the names of the movies. I doubt if Rainbow will be selling them off hand since it has already been raided a couple of times in the past.Recommend

  • Bahar Ali
    May 4, 2010 - 12:11PM

    I am very much surprised to hear about such Industry in the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN… Where are the Custodians of the Islamic Laws???? What is the Govt. Doing?????Recommend

  • Junaid
    May 4, 2010 - 12:13PM

    isn’t there any other topic to cover? is this a newspaper article NO it seems to be some erotic story to me.

    Express SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THE POST THAT PL ARE PUBLISHING OVER HERE:

    WRITING
    “Disclaimer: The views of our writers and commenters do not necessarily reflect those of The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune reserves the right to remove or edit comments that are posted. ”

    ONLY DOESN’T ALLOW ANY ONE TO WRITE ANYTHING HERE DOES IT?Recommend

  • Yousuf
    May 4, 2010 - 12:14PM

    I’m with Amir on this one. Titillating as this post may be, I have never heard of any local porn with such high production values. Unfortunately, our porn industry peaked with ‘Kisaanon di betiyan’ in the ’90s.Recommend

  • May 4, 2010 - 12:22PM

    Somehow I think such articles are to lay the ground and prepare our minds for upcoming storm(porn) that too local one.Recommend

  • jahanzaib.haque
    May 4, 2010 - 12:22PM

    We do not censor differing viewpoints. – (Web Editor)Recommend

  • May 4, 2010 - 2:00PM

    //CCPO Karachi Police Waseem Ahmad rebuffed the allegation that police are involved in promoting the industry saying wherever, “we find such movies or people we fine and punish accordingly//

    if above is correct, then it’s ok because criminals and law-breakers are everywhere but we need to find them and penalize, if it’s other way around then i worry we are running towards darkness :-(Recommend

  • Z Ali
    May 4, 2010 - 2:36PM

    People who has given comments agianst the articale that its not possible and fake, then what about the sex videos which are being watched nd forwarded in our mobile sets . are those also fake boy and girls willingly making such videos and share with there friends.
    What is not possible in pakistan.
    In peshawar there are such places like clubs where high ups do visit and enjoy under the protection.
    Then to whom we can blame.
    This is PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 4, 2010 - 2:49PM

    Contrary to your claim that you do not censor differing viewpoints, my yesterday’s posting was either not accepted or was removed in few minutes time. I don’t expect this to appear either. I am least concerned about my current posting’s acceptance. But I strongly feel that there was nothing obnoxious in my previous message. I had only asked that the editors should get the article in question fact-checked and verified as an in-house measure so that articles partly based on fact are not published. Recommend

  • saher
    May 4, 2010 - 2:50PM

    true and sad.. i dunno if ppl find it as spreading porn.. but it does highlight a problem. we live in a closed society… the poor girl had no idea perhaps what could happen to her if she ran away with her boy-friend… and these issues need to be highlighted.. there are those who do it voluntarily.. but what about those who are pushed into it due to circumstance, it is not legalizing it.. it is about bewaring the others. Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 4, 2010 - 3:12PM

    Very few people write about this aspect of life in Pakistan .In deed its an well written article .An eye opener for all of us .RizwanRecommend

  • Julia
    May 4, 2010 - 3:47PM

    Tribune should be ashamed to publish such a trashy article. Certainly this sort was not expected from a paper claiming international repute. Little did they realize that the paper, especially magazines attract children and teenagers who would have read this vulgar, cheap and yellow (nay blue) journalism even before their parents woke up on SundayRecommend

  • Muhammad
    May 4, 2010 - 4:16PM

    Dear Fawad,
    Duty of the reporter is not to make the report spicy by inclining oneself towards the issue in its favor. Now if i ask you to show their real name and let the express and other media starts marathon over it, I am damn sure you will not let it open, cause they are your sources(as they say in journalism). Major portion of your article narrates the story as if you are align with it and the rest is to dilute or to balance your willingness, so you could camouflage porn-advertisement with social saver. Well those who consider Tribune or Fawad as eye openers are actually living in fools paradise cause their prime objective is to maximize capital rather a “conception of Good” and spicy-sells-well fits in it. This is a fact that we came to this world through the process of sex but my parents never told me that and i am sure Fawad’s parents did the same. Brother every fact does not come under the domain freedom of speech, so be careful your facts may harm your kins God forbids. And as far as news is concern its definition is “Man bites dog is a news rather going other way”. Recommend

  • Abdul Rasheed Azad
    May 4, 2010 - 4:18PM

    If the reporter is correct and knows the whereabouts of such a criminal people, he should inform the law-enforcement agencies as a law abiding citizen.
    I am totally shocked to read this story, but i think the writer is trying to gain popularity.Recommend

  • David
    May 4, 2010 - 4:32PM

    I totally agree with Julia.Shame on Tribune.Recommend

  • Altaf
    May 4, 2010 - 4:32PM

    Call Express Tribune to confirm the storyRecommend

  • Ali
    May 4, 2010 - 4:48PM

    Shocking and disturbing article…………I’M speechless, thinking about “Islamic Republic” for the moment………Recommend

  • Hasnain
    May 4, 2010 - 5:10PM

    Informative! can i auditionRecommend

  • May 4, 2010 - 5:53PM

    Why would someone even begin to suspect this being a fake is beyond me. It’s like digging a hole and burrying your head in it in the face of something you either fear or don’t want to accept or understand. The Pakistani youth IS sexually active and it was only a matter of time before some one would see this is a potential and lucrative investment. Girls from affluent and renowned private colleges and universities here in Lahore are actively (and willingly) indulging in prostitution and escort services. It’s easy money – it’s a large amount of money and only for a few hours of pleasure (given and taken). Unlike their counterparts in the Red Light district where poverty and age forces many to sell themselves to virually any one for less than 50 ruppees at times, these girls belong to much better families. They are educated about sex, aware of the dangers, and have the sense to choose the clients and partners with protection assured.

    So again, young people acting in pornos being produced in Pakistan is nothing more than a stark reaity.Recommend

  • GIbran Ashraf
    May 4, 2010 - 5:58PM

    There is a porn industry in Pakistan/Karachi – no two ways on that.

    This article promotes vulgarity – debatable.

    Fact of the Article – its a FAKE!

    Based on truth, but it is damning to even consider this piece a report.

    The figures for CD sales and budgets is blown way off proportion. Having reported on CD’s, porn sales in Pakistan are not much, thanks to the internet.

    And in a later comment the reporter bravely mentions “Rambo Plaza” – where in heavens name is that???

    The writer mentions in his article that it is a hi-tech setup and later describes the same studios as “makeshift”.

    having said that, i do believe there are people making porn films in Karachi and girls may be volunteering as well.

    p.s. volunteering means doing for free, not for Rs30, 000.
    Recommend

  • Shah
    May 4, 2010 - 6:53PM

    I would say the second comment on the script rounds it up perfectly … as going thru the comments one can clearly see no one has yet affirmed the existence of “titlyaan” or ” anderi rath” for that matter.
    Recommend

  • Fayyaz Alam
    May 4, 2010 - 7:03PM

    Can ANYONE file an application to Supreme Court for SUO MOTO action based on this artice??

    Recommend

  • Suleman.saadat
    May 4, 2010 - 10:13PM

    Good work Fawad.
    To some ppl it would be good just for the knowlege nd awarness bt for some it would be just a piece of crap nd advertisement bias.
    Well wotever it is.
    I commentde u ppl commented , wht does ths mean?
    It means the reportes has done justice to his profession tht his writting attracted so many of the ppl to thnk bout it.
    Congratulation fawad.
    U really did wht should have been done very earlier bt tribune is really working like media has to.Recommend

  • Saajid
    May 4, 2010 - 10:29PM

    Have purchesed Andheri raat from RAINBOW CENTER not rambo plaza, pls it is in groundfloor on inside!!!!!!!Recommend

  • saadat
    May 5, 2010 - 2:25AM

    its not shocking, actually this has been happening in the past. but the simple question of mine is that what will happen “kuch nai” if we high light it in the news or whatever media medium we use. its of no use for meand other people its just an interesting news thats it and for the newss paper its just another way of generating more money… im sorry for being rude but thats the truth.Recommend

  • Danish
    May 5, 2010 - 4:02AM

    By the way, there’s a huge sex industry in Pakistan, no doubt. But porn ? Please. Just google the film names and you’ll find there are none by this name.Recommend

  • naseer
    May 5, 2010 - 9:29AM

    Now anyone can say easily that express media group is promoting yellow journalism in Pakistan….they were good but now ….???Recommend

  • mazhar
    May 5, 2010 - 10:27AM

    Very interesting

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  • Harry John
    May 5, 2010 - 11:22AM

    Anyone from Lahore watched these local flicks?Recommend

  • Hamza A. Khan
    May 5, 2010 - 12:09PM

    The only thing I couldn’t believe was the part about the young volunteers. That is a lie if ever there was one. I think that is a ploy to attract viewers somehow.

    Also, thanks for this info:
    ‘Dear All,
    Duty of a reporter is always to tell readers whats going on in the society. We raise problems to the point of discussion. It is the job of the authorities to find out where its going on. We are not bound to disclose exact location of either Taliban or those who are running porn industry….You can find movies mentioned in the article in Rambo Plaza….’Recommend

  • Q
    May 5, 2010 - 12:14PM

    hie
    i read the complete article but more than the article i felt interested in the viewers comments;)
    honestly every comment has one thing in common
    all the people who read and commented are not only interested in SEX but also want to know about its current social status!
    i fell that such articles are very helpful as they PROVOKE the reader to share his/her views on topics that are usually termed TABOO in our society
    excellent work Express Tribune team !!Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 12:24PM

    Assalamoalaikum! This is highly disappointing, disgusting and terrifying! may Allash swt protect us all, Ameen. I fear for our children! What the hell is this all? Im married and have two children but alhamdolillah i was completely unaware of all such filth existing in our own country! What i dont understand is why did u mention the names of the short listed their porn-favorites?!!!! Is it to raise the curiosity of our youth and browse for these viseos???!!! Recommend

  • Imran Khan
    May 5, 2010 - 1:56PM

    This is what happening to women who run away from homeRecommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 3:04PM

    Criticism should not be for the sake of criticism…TRIBUNE has done a marvellous job….as the writer cannot proof his article physically…the critics cannot proof it FAKE….better take the issue seriously and work to solve it out….We ignored the radio of Mullah Fazlullah in Swat….due to our strong believe in conspiracy theories….we were not ready to accept that a mullah and his radio could be so fatal…now again we are condemning the report without any proof….we are in a state of denial…
    I checked web for the movies and the HARSH reality is that some of these movies and girls are there on the web….
    Better take the problem seriously and force the authorities to take action….WELL DONE REPORTER….ALL THUMBS UP TRIBUNE….you are doing excellent…..Recommend

  • Jehoshapat
    May 5, 2010 - 3:11PM

    what I’ll say is that this article actually is an advertisement, an ad to encourage youth to work in porn industry. there is nothing said in this article to discourage the youth of the country. all is written that, “It was hard at first, but it became easier as we went with it.”
    i think that this statement really means is, “Come on guys and girls, at first you’ll hesitate to do it, but after a period, you’ll get used to it and enjoy it. HA! this country is full of THIEVES AND HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve always heard my teachers say proudly, “Our country is a Islamic one”, did ALLAH teach us to sleep with everyone we meet on the road?
    NO sir!!!!!! Guys and Girlz!!! stand up and fight!! we won’t allow this darn thing happens to our country!!!! i CURSE All those who are involved in this industry and encourage others to do it in thy name of GOD!!!!!!Recommend

  • Azeem
    May 5, 2010 - 4:59PM

    having just talked to a few people apparantly this article has done more for the pakistan porn industry than any marketing effort in the past. people are now looking for these movies. i appreciate you shedding light on the industry but i dont think mentioning the names of the movies was appropriate.

    also what about the well known software and consulting firm that is responsible for the spread of much of the content online. i can understand you not taking anmes but i think the public deserves to know the extent of the industry and that its not limited to the odd CD shop or seedy distributor.Recommend

  • Sherry Butt
    May 5, 2010 - 5:35PM

    Let the point of it being fake or not be aside. The writer could have in some way presented in a better manner ie: an eye opener. rather than promoting it. It’s a shame more than anything else. And offcourse Defence Road or whatever, is in da news again for da wrong reasons. Seriously some sort of action must be taken against da parties involved n that even includes the writer. For presenting the whole thing in a ridiculous manner. as i believe he is also a party in crime kinda silent partner. I was kinda beginning to lyk Tribune but cheap articles such as these will only degrade it. Again we all are responsible for this industry in some way or the other because if we dont pay any heed to such films. The producers wont dare making them. So i would end on the point dat THINK WISE n SAVE PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • Shahid Majeed
    May 5, 2010 - 5:39PM

    Time has come to accept the realities and facts; it is neither a fake story nor the author’s imagination. This all is happening around us, in our suburbs, in our cities. I have witnessed a real story like this some days back in my native city(undisclosed) , where a gang of 5 was arrested for producing adult films and selling them in Pakistan even exporting them to foreign countries. This was disclosed when someone purchased a CD of adult film in UK and found that the female actor in the film is non other than his own niece. Violent protests followed the incident and public outrage caused higher authorities to take strict action against the film makers.
    Mr Fawad Ali Shah’s effort is laudable, as it may cause some investigation and action, but it may also work as publicity for the adult industry and those who are interested in it.Recommend

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