Italian-born former actor, director, and screenwriter Shamoon Abbasi with the aim of reviving Pakistan’s cinema industry joined Pakistan Teehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
In his recent conversation, he told that “I’ve joined PTI, not as a politician; I’ve joined the development department of the media industry. We’ve created and forwarded new policies that the government has accepted and started implementing. Thankfully, Prime Minister Imran Khan is supporting us.”
The former actor while highlighting the issues of the industry uttered, “Because there are no formal agreements, lots of issues arise in payments.”
“We will be making this a legal issue. A department is being created which will visit sets without notice and make sure things are functioning professionally. If a producer has employed someone without an agreement, he will be questioned and we will work things out accordingly.”
“The most common complaints were that payments were not being made on time or that actors had taken the money and left the producers hanging,” he told Images. “So these things have to be regulated first and foremost.”
“The biggest problem is that our industry has not been shaped properly, due to which actors are unable to get loans, cars, or open accounts,” he added.
The actor concluded by saying, “At the moment, we need to encourage OTT platforms and use the existing ones to promote local content. Most of our talented directors are being hired outside of Pakistan,” he said, giving the example of ZEE5. “And it’s a shame we haven’t given them space or empowered them through our local platforms.”