Dolly bigmouth: Thumbs down for vulgartainment

Published: June 7, 2012

Last year,  Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), following the directions given by our government, blocked over 1,600 words on SMS that were unethical or against the wider interest of our nation. Later, PTA blocked Twitter over blasphemous tweets for one day.

PTA took such admirable action when it came to national interest, or shall we say our beloved government’s interest. Having said as much, I believe that the quality of programs aired on TV channels nowadays is far more poisonous than these banned words.

For the last couple of days whenever I switch my television on, I find myself looking at either a commercial or some talk show in which Dolly Bindra – an Indian actress – is liberally abusing Veena Malik without even a hint of hesitation. What is even more appalling is that our Pakistani hosts are amused by her disparaging commentary regarding the Pakistani actress. Not once have I seen the hosts demand proof about her allegations on Veena’s character or actions that Bindra so openly criticises.

A few days ago, a music channel broadcasted a commercial in which Dolly Bindra was heard saying,

 Lakh de lannat ho Veena pay.

(A thousand curses upon Veena)

Is this the quality of entertainment our channels are maintaining or has our taste deteriorated beyond repair?

In another show on A Plus, I was stunned to hear Dolly say,

Veena Malik was roaming here and there in the studio for three hours without clothes.

What further shocked me was the response Nargis – the hostess for the show – had to such a statement. These anchors who interview Dolly feel like they are doing an amazing job by hosting shows that encourage such slander. They should be appalled at such nonsensical entertainment.

Insulting Veena is nothing to be proud of; we are making complete fools of our nation by welcoming  people from across the border – people who are known for misdemeanor in their respective countries – to gladly come and humiliate Pakistanis.

Pakistan should have exclusive rights to condemn acts of our people and if necessary, take action against them. We most certainly should not allow others to degrade any Pakistani, not just Veena Malik.

The media is not a field full of pious people, agreed. Regardless of this fact, whenever someone tries to raise their voice against such slander, they are silenced under the banner of  “freedom of speech”. The fact is that these not-so-pious people have big, powerful names backing them up.

On May 3, 2012 I was once again in a state of shock when I saw the show “Raid” on Dawn News. This show was on an undercover prostitution house being run under the name of a newspaper Khuwahish. So why didn’t the media take a stand against the men behind such a filthy operation?

So are we assuming that the killings of women in Kohistan, because they were clapping in a wedding, are far less sensational than Dolly Bindra’s exclusive interview?

How many shows did the media do on Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for winning an Oscar?

How much attention was given to Shayan Anique Akhtar, or the students who made the largest painting in the world in seven hours?

Why is the philanthropic work of the people who are running the organisations for underprivileged children, women and families being neglected?

I’m not defending Veena Malik or any other person. My point simply is that if there is entertainment, it should not be transformed into ‘vulgartainment’ or ‘cheaptainment’. Whenever we watch the news bulletin, from the first to the second last, all the news is about murder, rape, robbery, government scandals or inflation. However, the last slot for entertainment news always belongs to countries other than Pakistan. It might be because we as a nation don’t have an industry that is producing pure and dignified entertainment any more, or that there is some suspected money involved in forcing the media towards portraying other countries in a better light than ourselves.

Pakistan is a country enriched with talented and creative minds, but the problem is nobody is trying to channelise the talented people in our country – there aren’t may avenues for these minds to be utilised, nobody is working on optimising their potential.

We are just too busy being influenced by the entertainment media of other countries, and I can see our entertainment industry sliding by the day.

This is the right time to get up and exhibit our patriotism and self respect by shunning such entertainment. By insulting our politicians and celebrities, or inviting other nationals to do so, we are insulting ourselves.

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Muhammad Arsalan Ashraff

The author is a researcher and trainer, doing MBA Marketing from Bahria University Islamabad. He tweets as @arsalanashraff

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • SAJ!

    Nice piece of writing, was pleasure reading this. I hope people will start behaving the way you mentioned in your article.

    Great Job!!Recommend

  • ashok

    Fantastic – as an Indian i applaud your sentiment. Dolly Bindra is a disgrace. What a shame.Recommend

  • Natasha

    Well-written, informative piece! Really love it! Recommend

  • ‘S’

    ohh… good article, i really liked well done Arsalan Recommend

  • Dee

    I agree with the writer but few points to be noted.
    Shayan Anique, Self Proclaimed World Record Holder, turned out to be a fraud … read more here:
    And there are people who are highlighting the good things happening in Pakistan. One examples is of Hai Yaqeen documentary series by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy being run on TV channels these days.
    However, we have to put an end to the content which spreads nothing but despondency in our society. Recommend

  • stinkyloveserum

    These people have no respect for themselves. That is why they cannot respect others. Love the article. Disgusted by Bindra. #dollybigmouthRecommend

  • galli ki larki

    Bindra and Veena sell cuz public buys it. media is business like any other business. They have to supply what is demanded. channels are not watched in venus or mars.

  • Confused

    Why do people think media is ethical? It’s a business you know, it will show anything regardless of the moral standing, as long as it gets ratings.
    You realize that your article will also interest loads of people to go look for Dolly and Veena and the Raid show?
    That’s not to dissuade you or anything, but I would recommend that if you feel strongly about Chinoy or the painters, write about them instead of just complaining like the hundreds of us :)Recommend

  • Sabir Hussain

    Thumbs down to self proclaimed media! Channels just in a run to claim ‘BREAKING NEWS’ first to others, No care to what is impacted to the nation or as a nation! A lot more could say but the blog is it self comprehensive!Recommend

  • Sabir Hussain


    Thumbs down to self proclaimed media! Channels just in a run to claim ‘BREAKING NEWS’ first to others, No care to what is impacted to the nation or as a nation! A lot more could say but the blog is it self comprehensive!Recommend

  • http://Karachi ashar

    Dear Arsalan,

    “Pakistan is a country enriched with talented and creative minds, but the problem is nobody is trying to channelise the talented people in our country” –

    You are one of the talented and creative minds needs to be channelized, however you are busy in changing the channels. How unfortunate.Recommend

  • Obaid

    IMO one way of controlling the garbage we see on the tele is by regulating the way cable television is priced in Pakistan. Consumers should have the option of choosing from different plans. The basic plan show be priced economically with only a few channels covering news, sports and weather etc. Additional channels should be made available based on a subscription fee. This way these third grade programs/channels would automatically be priced out of the media stream. Thoughts on this anyone ??????Recommend

  • J.K

    It was a pleasure reading this article. Honestly, I am literally disgusted watching these shows and such people who are given respect if they abuse somebody else. Bindra has no respect in her own nation, why popularise and respect her here in Pkistan. Is this the level the media and the Pakistanis have stooped to?
    To the writer; You have done an excellent job targetting this subject. Keep writing:)Recommend

  • Just a gall

    You nailed it! I was so worried about the state of media in our country and then finally I read this wonderful blog! Great piece.Waiting for more :)Recommend

  • Critical

    Dear Pakistanis,

    As an Indian,I would kindly ask you to keep Dolly Bindra in Pakistan…We,Indians, dont need her here…We would also like to send Rakhi Sawant,Poonam Pandey too…

    Please remember that the catfight between Dolly and Veena Malik is the fight between two attention craving women,please dont bring their nationality into pictureRecommend

  • Muzna


  • NO JOY

    Dolly Bindra is playing only her role as an actress,by spitting venom against Veena. She knows that such acts attract huge TRPs in Pakistan and she is definitely playing to the galleries.and Veena Malik being an actress is not allergic to such publicity, especially when she is in India. What i personally feel is that Dolly’s theatrics are being utilized by some people in Pakistan to grind their own axe. beware…..Recommend

  • NO JOY

    or that there is some suspected money involved in forcing the media towards portraying other countries in a better light than ourselves.
    please explainRecommend

  • Hira Shahid

    Trash TV apparently isn’t limited to US and UK channels.Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    Changing channels doesn’t mean losing self respect to gain rating and honour. Positivity always prevails when you step up for a change.Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    @galli ki larki:
    At least we must condemn such acts which are damaging our imageRecommend

  • hira

    well done.. i agreed with you. we should promote our talented people rather than to promote vulgarity for rating n all that stuff.. but the thing is not only the channels but we are also responsible for such things.. in our society its becoming a culture of leg pulling and not appreciating each other for good things. we as a viewer wanted to watch all that stuff.. we are the ones who gives the rating on such a show. so basically we have to change ourselves our daily routines to bring a BIG change… Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    I did not talk about nationality, its the matter of national channels. Kids and our sisters too watch same channels =)Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    I second you Hira =)Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    I never understand that such shows get rating on which basis. Dolly has no name in this industry but as she came from India, this thing automatically click in our media.Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    Brilliant idea, but in our country each field, industry and sector have mafia. Such as CNG mafia, media mafia etc. They will ban cable in areas where other operator or price hike on channels will implement. You know what I mean. pity on Us but a bitter reality. Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    @NO JOY:
    Yes you are right. In one tag you clearly seen that Dolly is spotlight-lover. she can do anything for this and Veena is soft target for anyone and She is also very critically examined in Pakistan so she took it as a tool to gain rating in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Faraz

    It’s not about entertainment anymore my friend. It’s selling whatever you can sell. It’s about business and money-making with whatever means we have.Recommend

  • Saad Hasnain

    Fantastic Read…Great Job Recommend

  • Freya

    @Confused: I guess he was simply making a point that we all forget at our convenience. As a nation, we got nothing else to do than slander Veena, Meera, anyone and everyone in the media as well as women outside the media. After that we slander indians, americans, israelis and the list goes on and on…..hate hate hate everywhere! Recommend

  • Uzma

    REally awsome!!Recommend

  • Critical

    @Muhammad Arsalan:
    Bhai,+I know you didnt talk about nationality….
    But in another paper which doesnt moderate comments…I saw a Pakistani writing that Dolly is showing “typical Indian mentality” along with various words which I’m censoring before writing this comment….

    Now,when did Dolly Bindra represent the whole of India??

    Werent Pakistanis writing expletives about Veena Malik just few months ago for her antics in Bigg Boss??

    You may hide it,but the reason why Dolly Bindra is watched by Pakistanis is because she’s an Indian and the same reason why Veena Malik is getting more chances in Bollywood compared to any other talented actress is because she’s Pakistani…..

    Media is just using the general feelings of the audienceRecommend

  • Anas Akber

    Good work Arsalan

    presently our media is quite immature, they don’t have high standards and better policies. There is a competition going on to gain more and more viewership, doesn’t matter they promote good or bad. They are somehow eliminating the element of patriotism from this nation. Recommend

  • Muhammad Aqib Khan

    I must say Mr. Arsalan Ahmed has pointed out some of the real facts within our media and does the media personnel have something to say over it?

    The game is all about Creating hypes, Ratings thats all. Nothing to do with Nationalism…

    Where do we stand? Shame on Paki Media.

    Hatts Off to u Arsalan… Truly Appreciated! (Y)Recommend

  • http://tribune, p r sharma

    Dolly Bindra is distasteful, and none in India listen to her.. she does not deserve any attention & should be ignored totally. she with foul mouth is a shame.Recommend

  • ad

    Nice Article bro keep it upp!!!!!Recommend

  • Ali

    great piece of writing.
    what an irony……!Recommend

  • Zaheer

    Sir Gee… bohat aalaa piece…

    media is selling… and people are watching… and they prefer to watch the verbal diarrhea since they are tired of watching the ususal depression dose

    Also… seems that there exists no professional and ethical code of conduct of the TV channels and likewise their team and that is the only reason for such happenings. there should exist some limits on “media key azaad awaaz”

    Also…One would have really bashed the “beyond economical repairs big mouth”… by showing clips of her performances in “sali aadhi ghar wali”… after listing what ever she had to comment for the other wanna be lady.

    Any way… nice articleRecommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    Sir, if you talking about comments containing hatred you can go to any you tube video and stuff contain material regarding India or Pakistan. it is not like Pakistanis only use abusive language, check Indians too they are also on same level of language. Its is because in our history books and materials we are taught to hate each other. Recommend

  • Abid P Khan


    Veena Malik was roaming here and there in the studio for three hours without clothes.
    Veena Malik must be proud of her body, compared to others who have nothing to show. Recommend

  • Rabia

    Thumbs up !! Amazingly written
    Hope things actually change for good
    for our betterment and future.Recommend

  • Muhammad Arsalan

    Hope is the only thing we left with =)Recommend

  • amer nadeem

    Good work for Veena, even she could not defend her case as Arslan did…Recommend