Oye Hero!

Published: May 5, 2010
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I am an actor at heart and until a few years ago wanted to pursue a career with all my passion. Yes I intentionally left career without a description because when I asked myself a career in what dude, I realised, with a very heavy heart, I won’t be able to live my dream in this life. I don’t undermine the hard work of men and women working for television.

Before writing this article, I browsed through 100 channels stored in my television and found out that the most noticeable actors on television are politicians. Although Pakistani news channels seemed to be an overwhelming majority I found around 15 Pakistani entertainment channels, half of which are regional while a few play music the entire day.

This left me with three to four mainstream Pakistani entertainment channels all of which were running a repeat telecast of their morning shows hosted by women. I am not genderbiased, I love women. But watching these shows made me feel a little left-out because none of them had anything to do with 23-year-old men. What was I left with now? Let’s move on to films. Does Pakistan make films? Now there might be a group that would say I am no one to comment on the Pakistani film industry because I don’t watch Pakistani films.

Yes I don’t watch Pakistani films, and I don’t know anything about the Pakistani film industry. Why? Because it’s not MY job to search for movies, it’s YOURS to drive me to the cinema. We have fought terrorism, battled extremism, survived bomb blasts, combated dictatorships, won sports titles and married Sania Mirza. Our boys go to India, sing for Hindi films, contribute millions of rupees to their industry while our children are raised dreaming of being Raj in my case, and well Batman in some others. But we can’t sustain an entertainment industry can we?

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Syed Adeel Hasan
    May 5, 2010 - 3:15PM

    Lets outsource/give this responsibility to the NGOs as well!! haha That’ll be fun.Recommend

  • Saif Hassan
    May 5, 2010 - 7:45PM

    I think films are not allowed in Islam, and it is for our good that Pakistani film industry is not flourishing. You may call it an excuse, but actually its true!Recommend

  • Sarah
    May 5, 2010 - 8:38PM

    well written.and i agree that being a man in the media is more challenging as compared to being a young womanRecommend

  • Hasan Sheikh
    May 6, 2010 - 3:09AM

    Well written indeed. Recommend

  • Hani
    May 6, 2010 - 4:28PM

    i’m loving the writer in you> once we’re back from pursuing the current dream we are chaisng you and i n my love munni need to set up something of our own.
    i love you.Recommend

  • Hani
    May 6, 2010 - 4:30PM

    fabulous last para!!!! “Because it’s not MY job to search for movies, it’s YOURS to drive me to the cinema. We have fought terrorism, battled extremism, survived bomb blasts, combated dictatorships, won sports titles and married Sania Mirza. Our boys go to India, sing for Hindi films, contribute millions of rupees to their industry while our children are raised dreaming of being Raj in my case, and well Batman in some others. But we can’t sustain an entertainment industry can we?”

    partiular;y teh ‘we married sania” and “Raj”Recommend

  • sajanon kay sajan
    May 7, 2010 - 3:48AM

    We have … married Sania Mirza?”
    Who’s the “we” here Chaudhary sahb?

    I like the sentence: “I am not genderbiased, I love women.” I’m afraid the ever increasing hordes of feminists in our generation will not consider a man’s ability love women as sufficient proof of his not being gender-biased; they won’t accept your claim until shed all the traits of masculinity and actually look up to women, almost worship them and let them dominate the whole of society…Recommend

  • Sadia Ahmed
    May 7, 2010 - 3:41PM

    If we want our entertainment industry, particularly film to flourish, we need to get rid of certain social stigmas. If people bypass the miraasi syndrome, a lot more than woman oriented morning talk shows could be achieved.
    Entertaining article btw :)Recommend

  • KK
    May 7, 2010 - 6:03PM

    Good Jokes.
    But i am pretty disappointed with the fan following on tribune. Also some articles as well. For e.g. this particular one is good to read and enjoy. But when someone points out that “its well written”. It doesn’t make sense to me. How can you put three paragraphs, hardly 500 words into an article (story)? And then people start commending them. doesn’t make sense to me. Recommend

  • Saif Hassan Siddiqui
    May 7, 2010 - 6:26PM

    I’m sorry for bringing this up here, but the comment right under Adeel’s wasn’t mine. I’ll find out who it was and text you.
    And well written, my friend. Recommend

  • Mahvesh
    May 8, 2010 - 3:37AM

    @ KK:

    Tell me about it. There’s a serious dearth of good writing on this website, and these articles under the ‘Opinion’ tag are just baffling! Is it a blog entry, is it a letter to the editor, I don’t know! They start off and then just randomly end… it’s like there’s no point to them! Nevertheless, this was entertaining – something I can say about this more than the other stuff that’s lying around. Recommend

  • Saif Hassan Siddiqui
    May 8, 2010 - 8:21AM

    Yaar anime halal hai. I think anime should be produced in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Faria
    May 8, 2010 - 6:34PM

    This piece and many others in the Opinion section are part of *Speakers Corner* a daily feature on the back page of the Express Tribune. The blog-style pieces are not meant to be news stories or op eds. The feature is a platform for young writers to have their say on a variety of topics – a public blog of sorts.Recommend

  • beeyou
    May 14, 2010 - 4:59PM

    “Yaar anime halal hai. I think anime should be produced in Pakistan!”

    HAHAHAHA! good stuff. Whynot!!Recommend

  • Saif
    Jun 4, 2010 - 3:58PM

    Anime is a ‘halal’ genre that is not very much produced in Pakistan! Why?? May be our developers are not familiar with producing ‘halal’ video content? umm!Recommend

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