Theatres misleading home department, promoting ‘vulgarity’

LAHORE: As the government lifts coronavirus restrictions on the hospitality and recreation sectors, the vulgarity in Pakistani stage dramas continued despite the government orders.

The vulgarity, explicit dialogues and tacky scripts have stopped families and kids from showing up at such productions. It has created a sense of distaste among the audience members.

Sources have revealed that almost every theater in Rawalpindi promotes obscenity and indecency. Other complaints included clashes between plays and the mismanagement within the theaters.  

The Home Department had also constituted a committee that monitors commercial theaters in Rawalpindi, however, no such actions have been taken to stop the vulgarity. Sources have informed that the constituted committee does not have powers to impose fines on the spot or stop the drama.

Meanwhile, sources in Home Department have informed that a zero-tolerance policy in regard to stage plays with vulgar content is said to be put in place, but no action has been taken yet in this regard.

Previously many female theatre performers including Nargis, Nida Choudhary, Raima Khan, Aafreen, Feroza, and others were warned by the government over provocative dances.

Earlier in February 2020, authorities initiated a crackdown against ‘vulgarity’ in Lahore’s commercial theatres and sealed Mahfil theatre over hosting unethical dances. Mahfil theatre is one of the city’s most prominent commercial theatres.

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