Shaan Shahid has had a long run in the Pakistan film and television industry and has had quite the fruitful career. He has most certainly created a niche for himself in the industry and has come a long way. He is also known for his continuous and constant support for Prime Minister Imran Khan and has also been vocal about the whole Ertugrul debate. He has also never shied away from talking about how the airing of foreign content will allow for the cutting back of local productions.
And now, in a recent interview with Arab News, the Waar actor shared how the employees at the state-run channel should really ‘wake up and do their jobs.’ According to the publication, Shaan’s comments come amid a ban by Pemra to censor the content of privately owned channels and social media apps. “These are private channels. You can’t control the content of private channels. They will make what they think is right,” the actor said. “But… you’ve got a channel that’s beyond satellite and that’s PTV,” he said.
The actor went on to further comment, “If PTV was producing what the Prime Minister thinks should be produced… I want to see that content. I don’t know who’s doing the programming in PTV, but whoever it needs to wake up and do his job.” Shaan has, on many occasions been critical of Pemra’s directives to private channel’s drama serials to air content that is ‘in line with Pakistan’s religious and cultural values.’
Just last month, the premier had shared that he was concerned about the ‘vulgarity and obscenity’ influencing Pakistani society and spread through mainstream and social media. Pemra then took the initiative to block TikTok to filter out “immoral and indecent” content, which irked Pakistani citizens and social media users. The ban was later lifted.
“Nobody can define what vulgarity is… but there should be a line that none should cross,” the Arth actor said. He then went on to clarify, “I am not from PTI or any other political party,” he said while at the same time sharing that Pakistanis should really give the current government a chance to really govern before passing on judgments. “The race is not yet finished,” Shaan said. “Give him (Imran Khan) enough time to prove himself. As a Pakistani, I feel that this (PTI government) is the last hope for democracy in the country.”
Do you agree with Shaan’s comments pertaining to foriegn content?