Low quality of teleplays lamented

Television assocs worried

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 22,2019 | Updated: 00:06, May 22,2019


With Eid-ul-Fitr approaching, teleplay producers, directors, artistes and crews are passing busy time making teleplays and tele-serials to entertain viewers.
Different associations of producers, directors, playwrights and artistes, however, expressed their concern about the low quality of teleplays they are being forced to make. They fear that low quality productions will not be able to attract viewers.
While talking to New Age, industry insiders pointed out a number of loopholes like low budget, dominance of ad agencies, mediocre scripts and others which are making the scene worse day by day.
Makers are being forced to compromise with the quality of their productions due to lack of budget resulting in fall of quality of the programmes, said leaders of different associations.
Most teleplays are being made with low budget using common shooting locations and typical plots. Often TV channels force makers to work with same cast members in different productions. As a result the programmes aired on different TV channels feature similar cast members, plots and locations, they said.
To address the situation, the associations have taken different initiatives.
‘From the association of the television playwrights, we are organising regular workshops to attract the younger generation into writing plays. We instruct them on play writing and also choose the best scripts from their submissions which are then sent to different television channels to turn them into teleplays. We have received good response so far,’ said Masum Reza, president of the Association of Television Playwrights.
‘Television channels also should facilitate the coming of young and skilled playwrights, so that they can pursue the profession seriously,’ added Reza.
Directors’ Guild is also organising workshops on teleplay direction to better equip its registered members in the craft.
‘We are also going to organise a seminar on the problems and prospects of television programmes with other associations soon,’ shared SA Haque Aliq, general secretary of Directors’ Guild.
Producers association is also worried about the situation that is leading the industry to mediocrity. ‘Adequate budget is a must. If television channels do not allocate proper budget, productions will suffer,’ said Saju Muntasir, general secretary of Television Programmes Producers Association.

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