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      PTV got lot of talented writers who created classics till late 90s.

      We had following writers:

      1) Ashfaq Ahmed ( who gave us dramas like Ek Muhabbat Sau Afsane, Man Chale ka Sauda, Hairat Kada, Band Gali, etc)

      2) Hassena Moin ( Everyone remember Tanhaiyan, Dhoop Kinare, An Kahi & many other classics by her)

      3) Amjad Islam Amjad (Long list of classics from Waris to Din)

      4) Anwar Maqsood (Though he wrote comedy programs, but his long plays like Mirza & Sons and Daur e Junoon are one of the best single plays of PTV. Aangan TeRha and Sitara and Mehr u Nisa proves how versatile writer he is)

      5) Fatima Suriya Bajiya (She dramatised many novels like Shama, Afshan, Uroosa and probably written one original serial Ghar Ek Nagar. Her plays were the source of learning)

      6) Asghar Nadeem Syed ( people always admired his works from Darya to Hawa'ain & Chand Girhan)

      7) Abdul Qadir Junejo (writer of serials like Deewaren, DarraRen, Choti si Duniya, SeeRhiyaan)

      8) Noor ul Huda Shah (who portrayed problems of common men in Jungle, Marvi, Tapish, Hawa ki Beti beautifully)

      The list goes on and on........

      Then came the period of Seema Ghazal who started her career with serials like Manzilen (with tons of scenes copied from Ankahi and Tanhaiyan).

      She was followed by many digest writers who contributed only shallow scripts IMO except some works of Umera Ahmed. Even lately I observed that new serials by veteran writers like Asghar Nadeem Syed, Haseena Moin, Anwar Maqsood, Noor ul Huda Shah, etc didn't get attention of viewers and in fact they were not upto mark.

      Do you agree that script quality suffered during last decade?

      What are the reasons that even veteran writers could not leave impact? Is it lack of good directors?

      How do you see the practice of a writer writing serials after serials without taking a break... I think Umera Ahmed is continuously writing.. As soon as her Maat ended, it was followed by Durr e Shahwar and now Shehr e Zaat.

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      Anwar Maqsood's Loose Talk became very popular, I think if you will provide something of quality, people will certainly watch and appreciate it. I think Umera Ahmed has written some brilliant dramas, Daam and Dur e Shahwar. Zard Mausam, currently running, is also a good one.

      About Haseena Moin, she said in one of her interviews that she can't find another Marina Khan or Shehnaz Sheikh for her dramas so she doesn't write much. In some of her recent dramas, however, I saw the likes of Nadia Hussain and Ayesha Omar being casted! I mean, for God's sake, there are so many talented actresses now like Aiza Khan, Naveen Waqar, Sania Saeed, Hina Dilpazir, Sanam Baloch and many more! Maybe they are not up there with Marina Khan and Shehnaz Sheikh but I know they are much better actresses than Nadia Hussain and Ayesha Omar.

      Another problem is that the older lot is reluctant to try something new. The channel your drama will be aired on matters too. Most people turn to Hum TV now for dramas, not PTV, or even ARY and GEO to an extent. Haseena Moin's Kaisa Yeh Junoon was pretty popular as well, it was aired on ARY, hence, more people watched it. I am pretty sure if she writes for Hum, her dramas will even break Humsafar's record.

      Having said that, I don't mean any disrespect, just sharing my opinion. I get pretty sick and tired of the same old roti sisakti pakeeza aurtain in every other drama now. We need more stronger heroines (not shown as evil).
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      I think channel does matter, but I've observed that Asghar Nadeem Syed latest serials like (Tum Ho ke Chup, Dil Bhatge ga aired from Geo TV) was not upto mark compared to his previous work. Last I remember a quality script from him was Riyasat (telecasted from ARY). Noor ul Huda Shah's Meri Adhoori Muhabbat (Geo TV) and Ishq Gumshuda ( Hum TV) were average compared to her previous works like Marvi, Tapish, etc. Somehow, I found that subjects of the dramas lack variety. Too much love stories.

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      IMHO its this muddling up of digest writers which has lowered the script quality of the dramas. Well once a thing comes in vogue, people cant help following it, quality be there or not. Remember the era of star plus drama craze? Much of our tv channels still copy their style, knowing public falls for it.

      All the PTV drama writers you mentioned in the begining of your thread are exceptional. I so miss the scripts by Hasina Moeen, Asghar Nadeem Sayyad, Noor ul Huda and so on. Those were the names. Agree with your thread with exception of Umera Ahmad part. She might be better than the others but the same bhairh chaal. These ladies are meant to write for digests, thats it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by muqawwee123 View Post
      I think channel does matter, but I've observed that Asghar Nadeem Syed latest serials like (Tum Ho ke Chup, Dil Bhatge ga aired from Geo TV) was not upto mark compared to his previous work. Last I remember a quality script from him was Riyasat (telecasted from ARY). Noor ul Huda Shah's Meri Adhoori Muhabbat (Geo TV) and Ishq Gumshuda ( Hum TV) were average compared to her previous works like Marvi, Tapish, etc. Somehow, I found that subjects of the dramas lack variety. Too much love stories.
      Tum ho ke chup had Aisha Khan Good enough reason for me to not watch it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mirage View Post
      IMHO its this muddling up of digest writers which has lowered the script quality of the dramas. Well once a thing comes in vogue, people cant help following it, quality be there or not. Remember the era of star plus drama craze? Much of our tv channels still copy their style, knowing public falls for it.

      All the PTV drama writers you mentioned in the begining of your thread are exceptional. I so miss the scripts by Hasina Moeen, Asghar Nadeem Sayyad, Noor ul Huda and so on. Those were the names. Agree with your thread with exception of Umera Ahmad part. She might be better than the others but the same bhairh chaal. These ladies are meant to write for digests, thats it.
      How do you see Naheed Sultana Akhtar, the first digest writer turned into TV drama writer. I liked her serial 'Aanch'. 'Saibaan' and 'Ye Zindagi' were also good.

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      Quote Originally Posted by gupper.shupper View Post
      Tum ho ke chup had Aisha Khan Good enough reason for me to not watch it.
      Sometimes actros / actresses also destroy a good script. I think PTV had a good policy for allowing one or two serials to an actor during a year. Nowadays, you can't judge who is playing what in which serial. so much of Faisal Qureshi, Aamina Shaikh, Sanam Baloch, etc

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      Quote Originally Posted by muqawwee123 View Post
      Sometimes actros / actresses also destroy a good script. I think PTV had a good policy for allowing one or two serials to an actor during a year. Nowadays, you can't judge who is playing what in which serial. so much of Faisal Qureshi, Aamina Shaikh, Sanam Baloch, etc
      The Good old PTV authors that you mentioned all had one thing in common; Good quality work which was consistent, and yes their casting policy was good too. But I feel that there is no consistency in the quality of dramas these days. If you have watched a brilliant drama, there is no guarantee that the same team will come up with something equally good the next time. Does that mean the good work was just a fluke? I don't know.

      Its not just the writers but directors who are unreliable too. Look at Sarmad Khoosat, Haissam and Mehreen Jabbar. One would have thought that atleast they can be consistent with their work. But none of them have always lived up to the expectations. I dont really understand how there can be such a huge difference in quality from the same people. Is it always the writer's fault or the director's, or even the producer's? Maybe it is a combination of all?..

      Whoever is at fault here, one thing is clear; as a Pakistani drama fan, it plays havoc with your emotions and becomes an increasingly frustrating experience to follow your love of Pakistani dramas.....


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      agree with every bit except for umera ahmed part...her novels are pretty old...like 10-15 years old and producers are picking up write now.

      the blame you really want to give is HUM TV producer and managing director for why showcasing similar actors in one after the other drama. (doesnt matter whether it is theirs or some other channels)

      i remember one actor who appeared as a father in ABC's "Revenge" pilot episode also appeared as a lead in USA network's "Necessary Roughness". he had to give up his ABC's revenge role.
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      Quote Originally Posted by zobia View Post
      agree with every bit except for umera ahmed part...her novels are pretty old...like 10-15 years old and producers are picking up write now.

      the blame you really want to give is HUM TV producer and managing director for why showcasing similar actors in one after the other drama. (doesnt matter whether it is theirs or some other channels)

      i remember one actor who appeared as a father in ABC's "Revenge" pilot episode also appeared as a lead in USA network's "Necessary Roughness". he had to give up his ABC's revenge role.
      I think this lobbying of same actors was always part of private productions in Pakistan. Babar Javed is the person, whom I think is the biggest player in lobbying. Almost all his plays have a role (wanted or not) for Faisal Qureshi

      Regarding Umera Ahmed, though most of her projects are based on her old novels, but again she does dramatisation of her plays and thats where she has started losing field. Fatima Surayya Bajiya also dramatised novels of other writers like A R Khatoon, Zubeida Khatoon, but in her long career, how many serials she dramatised? Hardly 10. But you can see Umera Ahmed dramatising 5-6 of her novels in a year affecting script quality. I think writing a novel is totally different than dramatisation, where you need to develop characters. Umera's new project 'Shehr e Zaat' is a novelette of 20 pages (on digest paper), but I'm sure they will drag it upto 20 episodes for commercial reasons.

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      Quote Originally Posted by muqawwee123 View Post
      How do you see Naheed Sultana Akhtar, the first digest writer turned into TV drama writer. I liked her serial 'Aanch'. 'Saibaan' and 'Ye Zindagi' were also good.
      NSA wasnt a typical khawateen digest writer. She wrote for Suspense and other digests too. And she belongs to the last generation I reckon. Its this generation's writers, much too feminine, much too idealistic and surreal.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mirage View Post
      NSA wasnt a typical khawateen digest writer. She wrote for Suspense and other digests too. And she belongs to the last generation I reckon. Its this generation's writers, much too feminine, much too idealistic and surreal.
      But aanch was probably from her novel 'Behte pane pe makaan' or something like that from Khwateen digest. Problem is not with the feminine approach as Bajiyas serials also dealt the same subjects. I think today's writers don't have depth in observation or they don't invest required time to develop plot and characters. I remember rehearsals were important part of the dramas before they were actually picturised. It not only improved the quality but created chemistry between the characters. I don't remember watching the kind of chemistry between daughter-father as I watched between Marina - Qazi Wajid in Dhoop kinare or Maamoo-bhateeji charcters as watched between Shehnaz Shaikh- Saleem Nasir in Ankahi

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      One thing that had changed in Pakistani dramas and subsequently effected the quality of it is the length of drama series. Before dramas used to wrap up in 12 or 13 episodes and that kept the pace of story interesting without unnecessarily dragging it. Now dramas are more than 20 episode with useless material and fluff episodes.
      As for the digest writers, their work is nowhere near the caliber of our veteran writers. I know most of you like Umera Ahmed but personally I truly dislike her writing. She is preachy and very biased with her religious elements.
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      I agree with you about Umera's being too preachy... Her scripts always remind me Fazail e aimaal
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      Quality of scripts has gone down for several reasons:

      1. Length of plays. Most plays need to have atleast 4-5 epsidoes chopped off. 6 months after Daam's shooting wrapped up, the producers requested 80 more hours of content :s so the writer had to come up with a lot of fluff. This happens to almost all dramas these days
      2. QUANTITY over QUALITY- sarmad khoosat is brilliant, but he's been directing plays non stop. Two of his three plays that are airing are laughable at best. Most directors don't really work with the playwright to define the plot, they are simply handed the script by a producer and I guess no is not an option. That's what managers are for and our directors need to start hiring them.
      3. The demise of Urdu literature/language? just a general observation that the older generation had a really good grasp on the language. The O / A level ppl from my generation and younger have a vocabulary of a 4th grader since Urdu is one of the side subjects in schools that do O/A levels. In fact my school had us take the urdu/islamiat/pakistan studies paper a year before our other exams just so we could focus on the "real" subjects in the final year. and the urdu i studied was a joke at best (translations ). This is becoming a huge problem with the younger generation as they just can't express themselves in urdu.

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      Quote Originally Posted by muqawwee123 View Post
      I agree with you about Umera's being too preachy... Her scripts always remind me Fazail e aimaal
      There is always one extreme character in her novels and you can tell it is written by umera ahmed.

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      I think change of audience cannot be ignored, all these great writers that were hit in the past are not clicking these days because of change of audience.Minds are not alike now and the social issues that were dramatized in the past are so common now that people are not impressed by them.