Yasir Hussain doesn’t think much of Pakistani dramas

Yasir Hussain doesn’t think much of Pakistani dramas

The actor slammed the local industry and said Indian audiences only watch Pakistani productions because their own TV serials are 'terrible', not because ours are good.
19 Feb, 2024

Yasir Hussain slammed the Pakistani drama industry in a recent interview with Something Haute’s Aamna Haider Isani, claiming that poor drama quality is why foreign audiences are not watching our shows.

When asked why Indian viewers watched Pakistani shows, Hussain maintained that India produced “incredibly terrible” dramas, causing their audiences to turn to Pakistan for entertainment because “Pakistani dramas are better than theirs”. He mimicked the exaggerated “dush-dush-dush” onomatopoeia commonly heard in Indian serials, emphasising just how bad he believed them to be.

“Only places [countries] with terrible shows watch our [Pakistani] dramas — those who do not have good shows of their own,” the Badshah Begum actor said.

He commented that Koreans and Iranians were not watching Pakistani television content, which Isani claimed could be because of “language barriers”. However, Hussain quickly retaliated that “language barriers did not stop” Pakistani audiences from watching Turkish, Korean, Iranian or English productions.

“These aren’t our languages,” he emphasised, adding that local audiences watched those foreign productions because they were doing “good work”, while the Pakistani drama industry was “not doing good work which is why they [audiences] are not watching it”.

Hussain said that Pakistanis in America and England had “nothing to do” and those “trying to teach their children Urdu” were the only ones watching Pakistani dramas. “Who else is?” he questioned.

The Karachi Se Lahore actor also stated that he did not want his son to be an actor because an actor’s job was to act well but the only gigs being offered were “bad”.

“The TV dramas that are hits are not good. An actor is shown a script for a 25-episode show and it is stretched to 40 episodes — how can that show be good?”

As an active member of the Pakistani drama industry, Hussain has every right to critique it and call out the abysmal work being produced. However, as a screenwriter, actor, director, and playwright, Hussain holds more power than most others in making content that is worthy of being watched by local and foreign audiences.

We are the change we seek, and perhaps Hussain should — and hopefully will — work towards making the drama industry better with the privilege afforded to him.


M. Emad Feb 19, 2024 05:09pm
Turkish TV Drama serials (like semi-historical fiction 'Ertugrul Ghazi') overshadowed Pakistani dramas.
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Jamil Soomro, New York City Feb 19, 2024 06:26pm
Everyone loves Pakistani Dramas whether Indians, Arabs or Turks. Remember Drama "Waris"? The Sikhs of Punjab used to stop work to watch this Pakistani Drama. And here we have Yasir Hussain talking nonsense.
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Taj Ahmad Feb 19, 2024 06:34pm
Pakistan TV drama is not as good as it was in the 1980-1990-2000 to 2010. We need to bring good writers-directors and actors and actresses and focus on family issues and values.
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A Feb 19, 2024 07:20pm
Well nobody in India is watching Pakistani 'dramas' as well. Believe you me. I don't know where that fallacy came from.
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Feroze Khan Feb 19, 2024 08:15pm
The shows are beyond hopeless. In a 42 minute episode probably 35 minutes are allocated to flashbacks and loud music. A drama that should last between 25 to 30 episodes stretches to 100+ episodes. Mother of all idiocies is “ma naheen saas”.
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Ehsan Feb 19, 2024 10:03pm
Green channel is revolutionizing Pakistani dramas
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Aamir Feb 19, 2024 10:30pm
Pakistani drama industry do produce some quality dramas. It’s just that they are low budget and the cinematography is not good as Turkish dramas so they do not do good in international market.
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Murthy Nori Feb 19, 2024 11:21pm
We watch pakistani series. They have good stories. Unfortunately they extend episodes by slow waking actors and constant back flashes. They languge is good. Indian series are worst. They are stupid dances and way too many celibrations . .
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Syed Hasni Feb 19, 2024 11:25pm
How did we produce Dramas like, Waaris, Ankahi, Alif Noon, Angan Tehra ? Zara Nam Ho To Ye Mitti Bari Zarkhez Hai Saqi
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Masood Haider Feb 20, 2024 02:21am
Absolutely right. 95% of the Pakistani dramas are bad including the ones in which he has acted. The worst culprit is HUM TV.
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Ayesha Feb 20, 2024 06:49am
I live in izmir and nobody here watches Turkish dramas. So if you watch Turkish dramas your standards must be too low
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Zoob Feb 20, 2024 07:05am
Pak dramas are terrible withskin bleached fake white actors and actresses who can't act. Those who are talented never get any viewers because of a quasi inferiority complex similar to Brazilian soaps. Stop racism plz and reflect the demographics of the country.
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Skhan Feb 20, 2024 10:43am
Watching Ishq Murshud these days. I am loving it. Question: after listening to this gents views wondering he and his wife are still in this business.
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M Feb 20, 2024 10:45am
Yes, the pakistani dramas are getting extremely boring l, they drag, don't have much of a plot. Acting is meh for most. No character development. Still entangled in SaaS bahu, doosri biwi bakwas. I literally fast forward and watch 30 minutes episodes in 5 minutes if I'm paying attention at all!
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Hasan Ali Feb 21, 2024 01:44pm
As a Pakistani living in Canada, I don't watch or suggest watching Pakistani television to anybody. Pakistani TV is clearly past it's glory days. I would rather encourage people to watch shows from Turkey or movies from iran.
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haris Feb 21, 2024 07:28pm
@Jamil Soomro - "Everyone loves Pakistani Dramas whether Indians, Arabs or Turks. Remember Drama "Waris" You're still living in the 80s. This is 2024 and to be honest Pakistani Dramas are not as good as they were during PTV era. Just spare some time and watch some Iranian Drama or movie.
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haris Feb 21, 2024 07:31pm
@Ayesha - "I live in izmir and nobody here watches Turkish dramas. So if you watch Turkish dramas your standards must be too low" Oh Really! Is Israel running the Turkish production houses? How are they earning money? Netflix is another platform full of Turkish series and movies. Go check it out!
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Irfan ali Feb 25, 2024 09:17pm
I am from Pakistan, our country darama , everyone watches whether Pakistan viewers are or indian.
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