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Why could ‘Selfie’ do it?

I believe the MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) officials’ deal with the ‘Selfie’ production team was as follows: “You can freely deal with any topic, as we have no taboos that would limit your creation. Show people how they really are without beautifying facts or misleading them.” Therefore, its result was the hit Ramadan TV show with the highest viewership rates. I think that none of the TV shows presented this year during Ramadan was better than Al-Harbi, Al- Qasabi and company’s ‘Selfie.’ This team of stars managed to produce a rich, real to life show in a rather nice and acceptable manner without the unnecessary lingered scenes, indecent lines nor exaggeration. They really touched on our real lives and discussed our public concerns, fears, problems and its corresponding reasons. They tackled real life situations very clearly in a way acceptable to all minds and eyes.

Well, why did ‘Selfie’ alone manage to do this? Many writers can choose to write about the same topic, especially since the plot chosen was not new. It is everyday life to us. Many of our actors, actresses and artists can perform the same roles. Most Ramadan shows have almost the same budgets, so why ‘Selfie’ alone? The only difference is the green light given to the production team. I believe the MBC officials’ deal with the ‘Selfie’ production team was as follows: “You can freely deal with any topic, as we have no taboos that would limit your creation.

Show people how they really are without beautifying facts or misleading them.” Therefore, its result was the biggest Ramadan TV show with the highest viewership rates. The result was absolutely remarkable as ‘Selfie’ dominated all diwaniyas (gatherings held in reception halls) and social media networks, which reflects how big viewership this work attracted. Other GCC (Gulf Cooperating Council) drama shows focus on the very usual topic of drugs, fraud and love between rich and poor people, prison and ungrateful children all because a miserable censorship is being practised on them all.

Our silly censor once changed a show’s title from ‘Manayer’s Luck’ to ‘Manayer’s Circumstances’ and changed another’s from ‘The Minister’s Besht’ to ‘The Manager’s Besht.’ It prevents mentioning Kim Kardashian’s name or referring to doctrines in any drama. It also refuses discussing security forces’ corruption or politics, with the result that all drama is being produced with very high budgets but with no result. Unleash artists. Give them freedom to reflect real life, because through TV screens, they get into our houses on a daily basis without even knocking. So, let us benefit from the topics they discuss so that their drama can all come out the way ‘Selfie’ did. —Translated by Kuwait Times

By Ali Khajah

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This article was published on 21/07/2015