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Urdu Producers unleash a campaign against the government

Posted by arshadamanullah on July 25, 2012

1. In a meet of Urdu Producers Association held on 4 July 2012 at in New Delhi, a number of television producers gathered to protest against Prasar Bharati that was said to be discriminating against DD Urdu channel.  In 2009 DD Urdu invited proposals in the ‘commissioned’ category for kinds of television programmes. Those television producers, who had responded to the call, were notified to make presentations in 2010 before the panels designated by the channel. Interestingly, they were asked to present again in the opening months of 2012.  Despite these two presentations, they are yet to hear from Prasar Bharati. Kala Iyer, Sanjiv Sood, Rajiv Khanpuri, Abhan Kaul, Shahid Waheed Khan and Vinod Zutshi were among those who spoke on the occasion.

2. The Association decided to soon organize a gathering in Aiwan-e Ghalib or Urdu Ghar, in which those academics, journalists and experts who were part of the evaluation panels, would be invited. They will express their views regarding this delay on the part of Prasar Bharati in commissioning programmes for DD Urdu. In addition, prominent names of the Urdu world like Dr. Khaleeq Anjum, Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Kidwai, Dr. Aslam Parwez, Dr. Anwar Pasha, Moeen Ejaz, Masoom Muradabadi, Prof. Naseer Ahmad Khan, Prof. Sohel Ahamd Faruqi, etc. will also be requested to grace the meet and help in transforming the protest meet into a movement. The reporter spoke to some of them and used their quotes in the report. They have expressed their solidarity with the Urdu producers.

3. The Association will soon approach Mulayam Singh Yadav and Imam Bukhari of Jama Masjid Delhi to bring to their notice the plight of the Urdu Producers and enlist their support for the cause.

[A summary of a news report that appeared in the Urdu daily Inquilab (Delhi) on 4 July 2012]

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5 Responses to “Urdu Producers unleash a campaign against the government”

  1. Ashfaq Marazi said

    We will stand like a wall and will stop prasar barathi from doing injustice to all free lance producers who worshiped doordarshan.

    • How Ashfaq? Would you like to elaborate on it? Are you part of this association? I would like to catch up a chat with you. Please let me know your contact number.

    • Maneesh said

      If any of you is interested then I have proof (audio recording and video recording) wherein it can be easily heard and seen how a first time producer is talking to an employee of DD and discussing the percentage of bribe to be given.
      I also have the details (call letters and shortlist of 580 programs) where it can be clearly seen that proposals of both husband and wife,under different banners but same addresses, are approved by Prasar Bharti Board even after taking an Affidavit that no other member of family/production house has applied under the current category of Urdu commissioning.
      I also know that the producer lives in Canada and some impersonator appeared before the screening committee as Producer, obviously with the help of insiders.
      All this has snatched away the opportunity from other deserving producers.
      If anybody wants to pursue the matter can contact me on my email – sattyavratt@gmail.com

  2. Teem said

    580 has been shortlisted and out of these only 160 were approved on 8th August 2012.

    Different version are coming out from DD and Prasar Bharti, some say phase is there and others say no. This is creating confiusion in producers. Please declare 580 shortlisted proposal with percentage as soon as possible.

    In 163 approved list 10% people are not producers however they are somehow connected to this field but are not producers. 10% people are close relatives of High DD Oficials. Even few first timers have got 2 projects. 50% of approved list producers are close to high DD Oficials and are seen in their office or outside.

    Anyway, it happens all the time in DD. declare the rest shortlisted proposal imediately.

    With Regards

    Producer who does not know if he is in 580

    Pls read Sahara urdu newspaper

  3. Maneesh said

    If any of you is interested then I have proof (audio recording and video recording) wherein it can be easily heard and seen how a first time producer is talking to an employee of DD and discussing the percentage of bribe to be given.
    I also have the details (call letters and shortlist of 580 programs) where it can be clearly seen that proposals of both husband and wife,under different banners but same addresses, are approved by Prasar Bharti Board even after taking an Affidavit that no other member of family/production house has applied under the current category of Urdu commissioning.
    I also know that the producer lives in Canada and some impersonator appeared before the screening committee as Producer, obviously with the help of insiders.
    All this has snatched away the opportunity from other deserving producers.
    If anybody wants to pursue the matter can contact me on my email – sattyavratt@gmail.com

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