Sunday, March 23, 2008

The changing face

I was youtubing Nayyara Noor's songs and found this video from an old Pakistani movie. Sent me sentient at how the Pakistani movie industry has transformed over the years into something utterly hopeless, vulgar and bizarre of an institution rather than a liberating one which had a positive influence over its people. True the world wasn't a "Global Village" back in the 70s but we weren't living in an Iron Curtain either.

The slow demise of intellectual movies in Pakistan cannot be blamed on foreign media totally. Part of the problem can be blamed on the hatred sprouting in the late 70s and early 80s after which the people divided themselves into groups, communities and political parties aimed at getting what they wanted at the price of patriotism and ardor for country-men. Sending the intellects and great-thinkers of our nation into the background and letting opportunists and separatists take control of our lives.

But, I digress from the reason I'm writing this post. Our efforts to mimic and adopt the very opposite of our culture has led us to some place completely different. For one loses his/her own path blindly following the other's, such is the price of "globalization".

1 comment:

nader said...

salam, I read this post and had no idea what the video had to do with the song till I realized it was a nayyara noor song. you need to be more descriptive for your foreign readership.