Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has said that the government of Pakistan wants to set up a joint film and drama production company to produce and distribute cultural materials between the two countries.
Although Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historical diplomatic, political, social, and fraternal ties, a memorandum of understanding on the exchange of dramas and films was recently signed between the two countries. Under this memorandum, some popular dramas of Pakistan's past were dubbed in Urdu and sent to Saudi Arabia, while in 2018, the first Pakistani film was also released there.
And now the government of Pakistan wants to work together with the brotherly country on cultural relations and especially film and drama production. In this regard, Information Minister Shibli Faraz in an exclusive interview to Urdu News said that he wanted the two countries to set up a joint venture for drama and film production. He termed film and drama as the most powerful means of bringing two different countries and peoples closer to each other and said that Pakistan wanted the two countries to work together for the promotion of culture.
He said in response to a question that recently some Pakistani dramas were dubbed in Urdu and sent to Saudi Arabia, which was much appreciated. He claimed that the first Pakistani film to be released in Saudi Arabia in 2018 was also seen by members of the royal family there. He said the government wanted to set up an institution with Saudi Arabia through which the two countries could jointly produce dramas and films.
He described the culture of the two countries as somewhat similar and said that only through dramas and films would the people of the two countries be able to get closer to each other. Although he expressed interest in co-producing a drama and film production with Saudi Arabia, he did not say what steps the government has taken so far. However, he hoped that progress would soon be made in both countries with regard to joint production.