Watching this clip from an upcoming show by Veena Malik and reading the article that follows should not come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the use/misuse of religion in Pakistani media for all the wrong and unfortunate reasons. This year the holy month of Ramazan (aka Ramadan) is hosted by none other than Veena Malik, Maya Khan, Shahid Afridi and Aamir Liaquat on TV channels.
Following is the report by Shaheryar Popalzai in The Express Tribune:
As the arrival of holy month of Ramazan nears, promos for shows on different networks are out in strength as the ratings war intensifies. Brace yourselves – this year your TV screens will be taken over by celebrities, sportsmen, controversial anchors and talk show hosts during Iftar time!
First up is everyone’s favourite actor and model Veena Malik. The controversial actor will be appearing on the Hero TV show “Astaghfaar”.
A stern warning to “seek forgiveness for your sins” and visuals of hellfire are followed by a very emotional Veena, who in a sultry voice tells us that she will be seeking forgiveness for our and her sins throughout the holy month. A lone tear drop makes an appearance by the end of the promo. Very emotional.
Needless to say, we’re excited about seeing Veena on the show.
Remember Maya Khan? Yes the one who raided the public park and ran after couples asking them about their marital status. Good, because Maya will also be appearing for Iftar transmissions on ARY Digital alongside TV host Dr Shahid Masood on the show “Sheher-e-Ramadan”.
Hum banain gay sahara eik dosray ka, kyoon kay humay hay ehsaas apnoon kaa.
We know you care, Maya. Who knows what she has in store for the viewers this time.
The legend is back. Dr Aamir Liaquat of “Aalim Online” and Ghalib film fame is also back on Geo. His return to the network was celebrated in a song by the host himself and Mr Jeem, Geo’s mascot.
And then of course there is Lala. Everyone’s favourite cricketer Shahid Afridi will be on Express Entertainment this year, appearing on the show “Mehmaan ka Ramazan”.
Iftar time just got a little more interesting.
Original article appeared in the Express Tribune and can be found here.