When it comes to the local film industry, famous actor Fahad Mustafa seems to have done it all. Mustafa seems to have closed the chapter after starting his career as an actor in television dramas, with his concentration on films and hosting his famous game show called Jeeto Pakistan.
The Na Maloom Afraad star shared in a recent interview with BBC Urdu that, unlike other stars, he does not have the opportunity to find time to act in TV dramas when doing scripts, ads and maintaining his production house. “Thank God I’m doing a lot, producing TV dramas, hosting the game show Jeeto Pakistan, working in commercials and making films right before the Corona pandemic. Maybe I can’t do so much simultaneously so I’m not acting.in dramas,” he added.
The star, who began his film career with the Pakistani film Namaloom Afraad, added that it takes time to act in a drama that he doesn’t have. If I do dramas, so I’m not going to be around to do any of this. I’m a director right now and I think about everyone.
It has a different flavour, but everything else can be influenced if you are performing in a play. It’s not like I don’t have the heart to work on TV, maybe I don’t have the opportunity. When the time comes, I might do it, he said.
Speaking about the quality of television dramas nowadays, Mustafa emphasised that the main goal has always been entertainment, always secondary to a potential moral lesson. Not every play can educate viewers. “With every drama, we can’t teach people, but we try to do as much as we can, now TV is both a business and an entertainment, and we can’t always persuade people to do or not do specific things,” he added.
The Actor in Law has produced several hits as a director this year alone, including TV shows such as Bala, Cheekh, Nand and Jalan. The title of a TV drama has a lot to do with its success, according to Mustafa. Speaking of Nand, Mustafa said, “If the name of this drama had been something else, it probably wouldn’t have happened. We come directly so people know.”
In addition, he said, “It’s the age of social media, people are watching pocket films, so they have to come up with 26 to 30 episodes to stay connected.”
Mustafa argues that individuals should have some patience when learning about viewer criticism of the content of dramas. If the viewer needs to make a call, do so after the plot is done, not in the centre. Like it or not, people watch dramas and it is seen not just in Pakistan, but also abroad. Not only do these dramas go on trend, but they are also loved by people.
Isn’t it time for the ban to end?’ he added.
Among other items, Mustafa expressed his two cents on the regular prohibition on some forms of programmes by the authorities. “Our dramas ask people questions they probably don’t want to hear, and you always flinch or run around saying you’re wrong, Maybe that’s why our dramas are banned and removed. We also talk to PEMRA officials, they are good people, it is our job to keep them busy,” he said.