Author Sajid Hasan

Shunning Ignorance

Unfortunately, we in Pakistan lag far behind developed countries in the crucial area of innovations and discoveries

By: Sajid Hasan

The Quintessential Dramatist

Years ago when I started out as an actor, Anwar Maqsood was already a household name in the media industry. Never before had a writer been simultaneously as notorious or as revered as Anwar Bhai. Today, younger generations don’t know of the impact he has had on Pakistan’s creative arts and on changing creative paradigms. […]

By: Sajid Hasan

Films At Last?

When Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb unveiled a new plan for the film industry, one didn’t know whether to celebrate or mourn. Simply put, it is too little too late. Although it is evident that the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government is attempting to channel popular opinion in its favour by introducing such measures, […]

By: Sajid Hasan

Morning Sickness

A way from the reportage of politics, poverty, human rights violations and other crises that plague humanity is a world that is a universe unto itself; the realm of morning shows on Pakistani news and entertainment channels. It remains unclear what these shows are designed to achieve, other than perhaps escapism from admittedly difficult lives […]

By: Sajid Hasan

‘Imposing India’

Advertising pervades everything. It impacts all spheres of society – from individuals and organisations to arts and religion. Propaganda that fuels and incites wars, be it arms for peace or weapons of mass destruction, all begin with a message that first needs to be sold to its intended consumers. Therefore, to sell any idea you […]

By: Sajid Hasan

The Art of Saying Nothing

Pakistani airwaves were once ruled by Pakistan Television (PTV) dramas. Powerful serials by Pakistan’s top writers, producers and actors kept the entire nation glued to the television screen each night, all week long. News was served up at 9 pm with Khabarnama, a standard ode to the glory of the government. But the glory days […]

By: Sajid Hasan

Content Wars

Entertainment is all about choices and I, for one, am pro-choice. But the issues are far more complex than that. Growing up in Lahore, when very few households had access to television, we thought Indian movies and programmes were way ahead of us. At that time, it was all about our own stars. Pakistani superstars […]

By: Sajid Hasan