PEMRA has recently been taking stern actions against drama serials that do not comply with its standards. Drama serials such as Ishqiya and Pyar Kay Sadqay were banned as they were against the morals of the society. Now, they have banned another ARY Digitial show ‘Jalan‘ for the same reasons.
Jalan, starring Minal Khan, Emmad Irfani, Areeba Habib, and Fahad Shaikh, had been airing since 17th June 2020. Despite having some well-known celebrities, the show sparked an outrage amongst the general public.
People had been filing complaints through Pakistan Citizens Portal, PEMRA social media accounts, and PEMRA call centers. Everyone was taken aback by the storyline which mainly revolved around an extramarital affair between a man and his sister-in-law.
PEMRA’s statement read:
Viewers are registering their complaints in this regard on the citizens portal and to Pemra via the authority’s social media accounts and its call centre.
پیمرا کی اے آر وائی ڈیجیٹل کے ڈرامہ سیریل "جلن" پر پابندی عائد pic.twitter.com/97tA7q4okB
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) September 10, 2020
According to their statement, PEMRA had warned ARY Digitial multiple times to revise the content of drama serial Jalan, however, they failed to do so.
As there was no improvement in the script of the dramas by the channels, a final instruction was given to the channels on August 18 to produce the content of the dramas in accordance with the values of Pakistan.
@reportpemra please ban drama seriel JALAN of arytv part of @ARYNEWSOFFICIAL .. showing immoral scene and immoral relation between brother in law and sister in law . Please ban this drama#jalan #ARYDigital @AnsarAAbbasi @SaleemKhanSafi @asimnyazee @SaadMaqsood2 @javerias
— یوسف انصاری 🇵🇰 (@yousuda) July 28, 2020
In addition to this, PEMRA has also warned the stakeholders and ordered them to review the content of their drama serials. Under Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance, the telecast or retelecast of any show that promotes pornographic, obscene, vulgar, or offensive content will be banned.
Jalan was banned on Thursday, 10th September after broadcasting 13 episodes on ARY Digital. What do you think of this decision? Let us know in the comments section.