Leading actor Shaan Shahid, in a recent tweet, addressed Prime Minister Imran Khan and asked why he was importing drama when he had banned the import of many foreign items.
Shaan Shahid wrote in a tweet a few days ago that he knows that when we are not able to import foreign goods in the current economic crisis, then why is our state TV PTV showing foreign dramas?
"We must believe in our talent and strive to advance it," he added in his tweet.
In his tweet, Shaan Shahid mentioned to Prime Minister Imran Khan that the entertainment industry also needs his help.
Shaan Shahid did not mention Dirilis Ertugrul in his tweet but referred to the same drama, which has been airing on Pakistan television since the first of Ramadan on the orders of the Prime Minister.
Following Shaan Shahid's tweet, several people criticized him and reminded him that Dirilis Ertugrul is, in fact, an important drama based on Islamic history.
After public criticism, Shahid told that he was not against Ertugrul, but against running it on state TV.
Shaan Shahid said that even before Ertugrul, several Turkish dramas were translated into Urdu by private TV channels and they also gained a lot of popularity but this time the drama was aired on state TV abroad.
Shaan Shahid argued that PTV is run on people's taxes and money and instead of broadcasting foreign content, it should broadcast its own home-made content.
The first episode of Dirilis Ertugrul won the hearts of the people
Shaan said that a few years ago, Turkish dramas such as Ishq-e-Mamnoon and Meira Sultan were aired on private TV channels and gained popularity, but this time the work is being done on state TV and that the government is also doing it. I supporting the hopes of Pakistani artists.
According to the actor, the world is going through a difficult time, and professionals all over the world have little hope. Our country already has low foreign exchange reserves and high inflation and unemployment rates. There is more frustration
Continuing, Shahid said that at present many sectors are waiting for the help of the government, such sectors want the government to reduce the tax burden on them and provide them financial assistance and such sectors include showbiz and The tax department does, but it is not being helped.
Shaan Shahid complained that why the government never tweeted about a local drama and why not about a film? Even a small statement from the government can be encouraging.
Shaan Shahid said that instead of tweeting about local dramas and films, the government was choosing to show foreign content to the public.
The superstar actor said that on the one hand, the government says that imports should be reduced and on the other hand, the cultural imports themselves are continuing.
Ertugrul is also being broadcast on PTV at the request of the Prime Minister
Prior to Shahid's statement, there were reports that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted another popular Turkish drama, Yunus Emre, to be aired in Pakistan after Ertugrul.
Senator Faisal Javed had said a few days ago that Imran Khan had expressed the wish that Yunus Emre should also be aired in Pakistan.
The play "Yunus Emre" was produced by the Turkish state TV channel TRT One and the first season of the play was aired in 2015 while the second season was aired in 2016 and the drama had a total of 41 episodes.
The play Yunus Emre is based on the life of the 13th century Turkish Sufi poet Yunus Emre, who was born 200 years before the Ottoman Empire.
At the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan, PTV has started airing the well-known Turkish drama Dirilis Ertugrul in Urdu from the first of Ramadan and the said drama is being highly appreciated. Even the Prime Minister himself used to praise this drama.
The story of the play "Ertugrul" pre-dates the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century and revolves around a brave Muslim general named Ertugrul, also known as "Ertugrul Ghazi".
The play shows how in the 13th century the Turkish general Ertugrul bravely fought the Mongols, the Crusaders, and the oppressors and maintained his winning streak.