Actors and Directors - By: Prof. Dr. Munir M. Hasan

Film and drama are the two categories of entertainment which everybody is aware of. There is hardly anybody who has not seen a film or a drama. The various scenes depict the roles of actors and actresses as loving, fighting, arguing, quarrelling, singing, and many other roles. After watching these, the people talk about the roles of the actors and actresses. Some are seen appreciating the role of a lover as a truly loving person, some appreciate the role of a fighter as a heroic man, some are seen appreciating the dialogues or singing of a song, and so on. However, the real fact is that all these are only actions of the actors which might not be true in real life. The love scenes shown in the films or dramas are not the real loves, the enmity shown may not be real enmity, the singer of a song may not sing a song in his real life. In fact almost all the scenes shown are just the performing actions and are not facts.

Usually, after watching these entertainments, only the roles of the actors and actresses are discussed. Hardly anybody is seen talking about the real players of the game. While making a film or a drama, there are many other persons who are not seen in the scenes as they work behind the scenes, but are the real makers of the film. Some important persons are:

Story writer

Song writer

Dialog writer

Film Director

Music Director


Playback singers

If someone likes the story of the film, the credit in fact goes to the story writer and the director of the film. If somebody likes the song, it is due to the collective effort and good performance of the song writer, music director and the playback singer. Similarly, any entertaining talk is the result of the dialog writer. All these important persons remain behind the scene and only a few people know about them.

Pakistani politics works in the same way. Whatever is seen happening before public is like the scenes of the films. Our politicians, bureaucrats and other prominent persons are only the actors and the actresses performing their roles in the political scenes. Story writers and directors of these political scenes, which in fact are the real rulers, remain invisible. These are the unseen powers which play the deciding roles in Pakistani politics. And general public are the spectators. As the spectators of the films cannot change the story of the film, the people of Pakistan cannot change the political scenes in Pakistan. Apparent general elections in the name of democracy are also the scenes which the story writer and the director decide.

As a matter of routine, the director of the film calls the actor and gives direction what to do and how to perform a scene. The actor has no option but to act accordingly. Similarly, in Pakistani politics the directors of the Pakistani politics, the real rulers of Pakistan, call the political actors and give the direction. In special circumstances, as in films, the scenes suddenly take a sharp turn and the story changes unexpectedly, similarly in Pakistani politics the things change unexpectedly. Sometimes a telephone call appears enough to make a turn in the story. Some other times an arranged or a surprised visit of a foreign guest or a letter from him changes the scene. I think some people may still remember a letter which Z A Bhutto showed to the public in a procession on Mall Road of Rawalpindi in his last days as Prime Minister.

There are many clear evidences of the presence of the unseen powers operating in Pakistan. For example, many constitutional provisions are being violated openly, but no authority takes any notice of this situation. Many politicians, in spite of their established corrupt roles, continue in power and complete their tenures of office. In the last general elections, all the known corrupt candidates were allowed to contest elections and nobody could do anything to stop it. Also, the people may vote for a candidate, but unexpectedly, the result may show the win of a different candidate. People have been heard saying that, in such situations, the angels vote for them. Law of necessity practiced in Pakistan a number of times, separation of former East Pakistan and judicial murder of Z A Bhutto are among other strong evidences. Some more similar scenes are likely to be shown to the spectators in near future.

As in the films, if the director of the film is not happy with an actor, he simply changes the story and shortens or eliminates the role of the actor as punishment. So, all the political actors in Pakistan remain careful not to disobey the director.

Many people know about the real rulers of Pakistan, but surprisingly, no political commentator likes to name them on TV or write about them in clear words in the newspapers. I think it is because of the reason that the commentators fear the punishment which was given to Z A Bhutto for revealing the name of the director and not accepting the instruction from the director given in the above-said letter.

Looking at the political scenes in Pakistan, I have devised a slogan for Pakistan, saying:

Whatever you see or are told, are not the facts;

And the facts behind the scenes are never made known to you.

Posted on Jan 12, 17 | 3:26 am