It was just last month when Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, has announced that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are working towards increasing cultural exchange and that Pakistani TV dramas will soon be exported to Saudi Arabia. It seems that his words are now proving right.
According to recent local media reports, Pakistan Television has picked two classic drama serials, Dhoop Kinare and Tanhaiyaan – which are both written by Haseena Moin, will be aired in Saudi Arabia from June, this year.
Talking to Arab News, Shahzia Sikander, the Director International Relations at Pakistan Television informed that “We have selected two very popular dramas, Dhoop Kinare (Sunlight’s Edge) and Tanhaiyaan (Loneliness), for Arabic subtitles. We will be able to send Dhoop Kinare to Saudi Arabia by June this year.”
She further went on to say that “The move would not only be a source of revenue for Pakistan but also bring recognition for local television series and actors and help Saudi nationals understand the culture of Pakistan.”
She added, “This is the first time that Pakistan Television is subtitling Pakistani drama into Arabic for Saudi viewers.”
The move is part of the programme which is initiated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in order to make that deeply conservative country a little bit modern with the broadcasting of some worth watching plays like these.