Pakistani drama Dhoop Kinarey to be dubbed for Arab audiences
Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) has completed arabic dubbing of the 1987 hit drama Dhoop Kinare, which will be aired in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates under a cultural exchange initiative, former information minister Fawad Chaudhary said in a tweet.
Chaudhary said that “Pakistan dramas dubbing in Arabic resumes, to be shown in KSA. It follows former information minister Fawad Chaudhry’s visit to the Saudi capital last year wherein he had announced Islamabad’s plans to export its television series to the Kingdom soon.”
During his meeting with the Saudi counterpart, Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister Awwad bin Saled Al-Awwad vowed to increase cultural exchanges between the two brotherly muslim countries, added the former information minister.
In addition to Dhoop Kinare, the PTV will also dub two more shows, Tanhaiyan and Aahat, in Arabic at a later date due to budgetary constraints.
“Work has resumed on the project and [the finished product] will soon be given probably to Saudi Arabia and the UAE [to air on] their television channels,” current Information Minister Shibli Faraz also confirmed the news with an arab news publication.
The project was initiated three years ago but was delayed due to PTV’s budgetary constraints.
Dhoop Kinare’s storyline revolves around a team of doctors in Karachi and follows the ups and down of their personal lives. The series was immensely popular in the country and has remained one of the iconic shows to ever come out of the local drama industry.
The series was directed and written by Sahira Kazmi and Hassena Moin and stars Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan as the main protagonists.
On the flipside, Pakistan is not only exporting dramas but importing them as well. The country’s main broadcaster PTV recently bought rights to the famous Turkish series Ertugrul. The show has become a huge success in the country breaking all records after it was dubbed in Urdu and aired on PTV under the directions of PM Imran Khan.
Turkish dramas have found a large audience in Pakistan after shows like Ishq-e-Mamnoon, Hamari Kahani etc became household names.