Ban Pashto Film Industry- Pashto Films depict wrong image of Pashtuns

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Pashtun culture is based on Islam and Pashtunwali, which is an ancient way of life. Pashtun culture is known for its conservative customs, traditions and lifestyle.

“Khandani Badmaash, Bewaqoof, Sharabi, Bad Amala, Nasha, Zwai da Sharabi Wehshi Badmaash, Ujrati, Mastay Jenakai, Gandagir!” 

No, I am not trying to abuse you. I have just mentioned the names of few Pashto films which are released/produced over the year.

The Pashtun culture is an amalgamation of different elements which include the family structure or joint family system, the melmastia or hospitality, the jirga or tribal council which makes all important decisions, ghairat or the concepts of honour and courage and the satar or area of the body that can be uncovered only in the presence of the spouse.

Pashtuns have their own language, Pashto. They have distinct dresses, colourful music and a form of group dance known as the Attan.

It is true that awareness and modernity is leading to immense progress and development in the Pashtun mindset, particularly in empowering women to be educated, active and become a productive part of society. Modernity has however had an unnatural impact on Pashtun cinema. Pashto dramas and movies now pose a challenge to cultural norms and values in a way that is not only unacceptable but they are shameful.

All the movies and some dramas are mostly against the cultural norms and values of Pashtuns. It shows a wrong image of Pashtun Society. When someone watch these movies they will start believing that Pashtuns favor fight not dialogues, Pashtuns shows no respect towards women. But it`s not the reality.

The dress selection is completely awkward and shameful. It is not a true and real representation of Pashtuns. Pashtun women feels shy even when they see such dresses. In real Pashtun Society Pashtun women wears a complete dress in which their whole body is covered.

While performing on songs, the acts and dance steps of both actor and actresses are not acceptable. The way they dance and love is complete violation of Pashtun culture.

Pashtun lifestyle does not accommodate such fantasy depictions .What is shown in these dramas and movies does not happen in real life, but watching such movies and some dramas leaves the audience spellbound and they begin to mistake fantasy for reality.

Youngsters are influenced the most, impacting their ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad. Inevitably, they develop bad habits such as smoking, drinking and frequenting dodgy places.

For one, these dramas and movies expose our youngsters to extreme violence, aggression and flamboyant use of weapons, leaving them confused about whether to despise them or want them.

Over time, these youngsters find a cure to all their troubles by using weapons rather than solving issues through peaceful negotiations. Exposure to the more violent elements of such content might even encourage terrorism, given how violence is idealized in the films.

However, what disturbs me the most is that such movies depict all women as mere objects, existing only for the pleasure of men. Women are shown as possessing low moral character and being promiscuous, putting the very idea of respecting women at stake.

The Pashto Movies depict wrong and unreal image of Pashtun Society. They do not represent the Pashtuns in a right way. They totally violates Pashtun cultural norms, values, customs and traditions.

It is about time we recognize and address this matter collectively, before this social disease becomes incurable.

These depictions are unacceptable in any decent society. We request the concerned authorities to take action and ban Pashto film Industry until the producers, actors, directors promises for the true and real representation of Pashtuns.

             Special Thanks to Yousra javaid.