Mansha Pasha defends Yasir Hussain's stance on 'Diriliş: Ertuğrul'

Mansha pointed out that Turkish content has state patronage while local content does not

Entertainment Desk May 18, 2020

Yasir Hussain has once again found himself in hot waters owing to his comments about the airing of the Turkish show Diriliş: Ertuğrul on national TV. However, this time, Yasir has some support from his industry peers including Mansha Pasha and Anoushey Ashraf.

Yasir Hussain believes Turkish TV shows will destroy the industry

Taking to Twitter, Mansha pointed out why she agreed with Yasir just this one time, saying, "Those lambasting Yasir Hussain and calling the work in Pakistan "sub-par" seem to have forgotten what it takes to make content here."

She went on to highlight how the local entertainment industry does not get state patronage and thus, suffers. Mansha lamented how, even if some people manage to gather their own funds and make content, they get banned, citing Sarmad Khoosat's Zindagi Tamasha. 

"Don't like the content here? Wonder why our content isn't as great as others? Because they have state patronage and we don't. And currently we are giving state patronage to foreign projects. Go figure," said Mansha.

She then continued to back up her argument, adding a link to an article that listed all the grants that the Turkish Government provides to its local industry - pointing out the importance of state patronage for arts.

Many people naturally presented their own arguments and Mansha came with receipts to defend her point. When a user implied that there hasn't been the same hue and cry for earlier Turkish content, Mansha posted a link to a seven-year-old article that details the industry's outcry at the airing of serials like Ishq-e-Mamnoon. 

Another user listed the kind of content that our local industry is churning out. "We need to watch more of the current content - mother-in-law and daughter-in-law controversies, husbands assaulting their wives, husband divorcing their wives..."

Mansha called this generalisation 'supremely annoying.'

She also pointed out another fact worth noting - not all Turkish dramas are like Ertuğrul. 

In the end, she did clear her stance that she does not agree with Yasir on a lot of other things but this time, she does agree with him.

Mansha isn't the only one who voiced her opinion on the matter - Anoushey Ashraf also chimed in saying that the "trolls defending Ertuğrul's airing in Pakistan could have used better language for their own actors."

She also reminded people how their "Ertuğrul wouldn't have lectured, hated and abused him (Yasir). He would have seen it as exploring 'two sides to a story.'"


Safe to say, Yasir seems to have some support for his statements despite the intense backlash that ensued after he initially made his statements which said how "Landay ke kaprey aur Turkey ki dramey, dono hi local industry to tabah kardenge (Second-hand clothes and Turkish dramas will ruin the local industry)."

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