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Shazia Marri regrets decline of Pakistani cinema

Karachi – Provincial Information Minister Shazia Marri Wednesday criticised decline of Pakistani cinema, saying films being produced here are depicting alien cultures instead of promoting local culture and values.

She said this while addressing at the Iranian Feature Film Show, on the occasion of 30th Anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran at Iranian Culture Center Karachi here.

In real life we never see rural women wearing sparse clothes and dancing in agriculture fields, but unfortunately, out Pakistani films show all this, claiming it is our culture, she regretted. Pakistani filmmaker should try to understand what are our realities and social issues, instead of showing wrong things. They should not try imposing the culture of neighboring country on us, the minister said.

She said the government is ready to support and assist local film industry.

Marri noted that Iranian films depict real human touch. There is a lot of depth in Iranian films, which also highlight their social issues. In this regard, she mentioned an Iranian film “Children of Heaven”.

She said in past, it was tradition in Pakistan to speak Persian but now this trend has declined. She said she wants her daughter to learn Persian language. She regretted that now people use more English words even while speaking Urdu.

Masoud Mohammad Zamani, Consul General of Iran and SH Taghizadeh, DG Culture Centre of Iran also spoke.

Source: The Nation

Date:1/29/2009