Senior actors and actresses describe how PTV ‘disgraced and insulted’ them
- Senior actors and actresses are very disappointed with the management of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
- Veteran actors believe that PTV does not respect artists.
- Many senior actors and actresses want to initiate a dialogue and debate to make sure that TV actors are respected for their work.
Simi Raheel, the esteemed Pakistani senior actress, recently took to Instagram to express her anger towards the management of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
PTV sent her a cheque for Rs. 1,400 only. Sharing the cheque’s picture, Simi said:
This is how artists are honored by the state! This is the acknowledgment of Pakistan Television. After four decades, this was truly appalling!
Simi’s Instagram post soon went viral and garnered mixed reactions:
- Fellow actors, fans, and members of the media industry extended their support to Simi and criticized PTV for their act.
- Others told the veteran actor to not make a big deal out of it.
Later, Simi took to social media to thank her supporters and explain why the actress voiced her concern. She said:
The post was not about money but was about social attitudes concerning art and artists.
Simi continued to state:
It’s quite visible what people think of artists. This dialogue and this debate were essential. It does not matter what the actual amount is or should have been; it’s about the respect and regard of an artist.
The actress replied to many comments under her post, further explaining her stance.
It is pertinent to mention that Simi Raheel is not the only actor who accused PTV of mistreating artists. Earlier this year, senior actor Rashid Mahmood also bashed PTV for sending him a cheque of Rs. 620 (of which Rs 500 is the Pride of Performance fees, leaving him with only Rs. 120).
The baffled actor took to Twitter to voice his confusion and distaste. He said:
What are the criteria for paying a Pride of Performance winner in this country/the actor who spent 50 years of [his] life on PTV?
Hi. I Received this Cheque from PTV
And i can't understand.
Total amount 620/-
Pride of Performance Fee. 500/-
Payment of my Work. 120/- only.
What are the criterias of paying a pride of performance winner in this country and who spend 50 years of life in PTV. #Ptv pic.twitter.com/Id1yPo1bGo
— RASHID MAHMOOD (@RashidMahmoodPK) September 13, 2020
Rashid later posted a video message to share how he was invited to recite a marsiya two years ago in Muharram. The veteran actor stated:
I hadn’t received any work opportunities from PTV in the past two years. During Muharram, Pakistan Television Lahore had commissioned me to recite Mir Anees’s marsiya. I recorded it, and it aired on the 9th and 10th Muharram multiple times. After two years, I received a cheque for only Rs 620.
He further expressed:
In this Naya Pakistan, will my mother institute insult me and give me this sort of attitude? People whose worth in the showbiz industry is questionable take Rs 1.5 to 2.5 million. Today I announce that I will never work for PTV.
Accepting the stance of MD PTV Aamer Manzoor that a check was mistakenly issued in his name, the Veteran actor Rashid Mahmood has thanked his viewers for their unconditional love. pic.twitter.com/rvlua8WzVr
— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) September 14, 2020
Following the video post, PTV management apologized to Mahmood and clarified:
The cheque was mistakenly issued in Rashid Mahmood’s name.
After Apologies Ptv Management, I Receive An other Cheque from Ptv, (Revised) Rs. 620/- in to Rs. 9600/-. I have do not Cash Both Cheque. But I Framed and Decorate in my Dringroom. And i am Not Work in Future With PTV. This is Final. #RashidMahmood #PTV @INFOEMPIRE_PK pic.twitter.com/z2umMOd8Ve
— RASHID MAHMOOD (@RashidMahmoodPK) September 15, 2020
Later, PTV issued a new cheque to the veteran actor, which was worth Rs 9600 only. Rashid Mahmood took to Twitter to post the picture of the new cheque and said:
”I will not work with PTV in the future and will not be cashing the cheques either”.
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