Who remembers Fifty Fifty?

Published: May 31, 2010
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Fifty Fifty remains one of the most groundbreaking television productions to have aired in Pakistan.

Fifty Fifty remains one of the most groundbreaking television productions to have aired in Pakistan.

KARACHI: Decades after the show ended its run on state-run television, Fifty Fifty remains one of the most groundbreaking television productions to have aired in Pakistan.

A satire show with exemplary sketches – and starring young actors who are still leading television stars – Shoaib Mansoor’s Fifty Fifty took on everything from cultural phenomena like the ‘Dubai chalo’ wave, the impact of Michael Jackson’s music or the fixation with speaking English.

Here’s my personal list of the best sketches presented on the show. Feel free to add your own in the comments section

1. Bashira in Trouble

Paindu Productions’ English film Bashira in Trouble is easily one of the best sketches on Fifty Fifty. Featuring a meld of every single cliche from Lollywood productions – all in English! Classic dialogue: ‘Touch me not Bashiryaaa!’

2. Kasauti parody

A spoof of the game show Kasauti, the show parodied the original hosts, Qureshpur, Obaidullah Baig and Ghazi Salahuddin, down to the letter and features the classic couplet: “Na bhindi hai, na teenda hai, na bhindi hai, na teenda hai, jaan bohat sharminda hain”.

3. Disco chor

Ismail Tara stars as a burglar who attempts to rob a house to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”.

4. Telephonic Nikah

Shoaib Malik really should have seen this video before he married Ayesha Siddiqui on the phone!

5. Dubai Ka Visa

Fifty Fifty capitalises on Pakistanis’ obsession with getting a visa for Dubai.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Akif Khan
    May 31, 2010 - 7:13PM

    The realities haven’t changed and the skits are still very true our social, political and economic life, except for the skits on telephonic services (Thanks to technological advancements in west). It seems that the whole journey of all these yesteryears were in circlesRecommend

  • Mudassar Ali Khan
    Jun 1, 2010 - 10:49AM

    and the parody songs by bushra ansari at the end of every episode.Recommend

  • Mudassar Ali Khan
    Jun 1, 2010 - 10:50AM

    haye meri anguthian… abhi to rakhi thi yahan.. le gaya tera mian.. haye meri anguthian….. lolsss… it was insane.Recommend

  • Jun 2, 2010 - 10:05PM

    Amazing work by Shoman,,, it had a one way ticket parody too…short skits…Recommend

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