On 4th May 2018, a beautiful discussion with Amjad Islam Amjad and Asghar Nadeem Syed the eminent Urdu TV drama writers was arranged at the University Auditorium 2 by the English Department. The three hour discussion focused on the day’s theme of “Literature and the TV Drama” in the context of the developmental growth of Urdu drama from the stages of Pen to TV, film and the electronic media.
The event was hosted by Ms. Faiza Anum (English Department). She highlighted the professional as well as the literary contributions of both writers to the Urdu Literature, especially as the Pakistani TV drama writers in the era from 1970s to late 80s. Both writers were then invited on stage.
The audience included Prof. Dr. Nasim Riaz Butt the English Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Arif who doubles as Dean of Linguistics and Literature & Social Sciences, all the faculty members and students of the English Department.
The writers shared that the content now being aired on TV channels is mostly stereotypical and it had no connection with our cultural and the social values. “The recent rating trends have totally damaged the real soul of the dramas.” They argued. The writers also emphasized that there should be a denunciation from the side of the spectators to bring back the same original elements and the story lines once again in native dramas.
They added that commercialism had transformed the original content in the contemporary dramas and the films, which should be supported in some way but not at the cost of social identity.
At the end, students’ questions were also accommodated and the guests were presented with souvenirs.