Why is Fawad Chaudhry Lobbying Against Ertugrul Ghazi?

This is deeply puzzling.

There have been plenty of people hating on Ertugrul Ghazi on Pakistan Television. And now, even the Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry himself, has also aired his grievances against Ertugrul now. People can’t help but wonder why.

Some Pakistani artists were irked by the success of the Turkish period drama and complained about how its a threat to the local industry, demanding support for local artists.


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Fawad Chaudhry tries to justify his stance

Fawad says obtaining rights for foreign dramas, dubbing them, and then airing them is cheaper than producing original dramas. He says that continuing with this trend can have a ‘devastating long term effect on our own programming‘.

The question now becomes – is Fawad Chaudhry lobbying for local artists? This move doesn’t make much sense when it is the Federal Minister’s own Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government that introduced the PG period drama as an alternative to typical soaps. In fact, it was Prime Minister Imran Khan himself who wanted people to watch this series.

That’s when netizens called out the Federal Minister on the lack of variety in local productions.

As for the threat of foreign content invading Pakistani TV, people pointed out how Ertugrul Ghazi breathed new life into PTV.

https://twitter.com/Chaudha16921397/status/1266962892169121792

Many viewers say that foreign content didn’t destroy the local industry in the past, then why would it now? Healthy competition is what we need to nudge local producers to do better.


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The part about Fawad lobbying against Ertugrul when it was Prime Minister Imran Khan who pushed for the move, has people in fits.

https://twitter.com/ChAmirZkhan/status/1266986789094424578

So what is Fawad Chaudhry really getting at here? We sure would like to know.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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  1. He is lobbying against Ertugral because he (Ertugral) had chopped his father’s (Kurdoglu) and Grand Father’s (Sadateen Kopek) heads..

  2. This drama is not dabbu production. Thanks to Imran Khan for familiarizing such wonderful Islamic historical dram. Who are critisizing must be shamed

  3. Hahaha what a funny joke kiya Indian dramas n movie impotkartsy waqt Pakistani industry ruin nahi hoti kum kum bhagya n kundli bhagya saas b kabhi baho thi ye sub zouk O shok se on air hotay hain or aik Islamic c history jis ki humara Nabi ne bisharat de wo bohat bad hai jis hum n new generation bohat ethics learn kar rahi wo ruin karay gi ?????what a dogla pun shame shame

  4. Only few people are against it. Why Dabbu was not against previous Turkish dramas which were broadcasted earlier? He is against this because all the characters in it are in full Islamic Dress and somehow it reflects Islamic History.

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