Faysal Quraishi reveals why Pakistani actors don’t receive royalties

Speaking truth

For TV's biggest stars, key roles on successful shows mean huge paychecks – but the payoff doesn't stop there. When shows are syndicated, redistributed, released on DVD, purchased by a streaming service or otherwise used beyond what the actors were originally paid for, those actors get residual checks called royalties. But unfortunately, that’s not the case for Pakistani actors. They don’t get paid for reruns. The reason? Faysal Quraishi, in conversation with a publication, spoke about the issue of royalty payments that has been raised by many celebrities in the past few months. He said, “There was a clause about it in the contracts when I was a child artist during the PTV era. I used to get money when my dramas were aired again. Then, that clause was removed due to reasons unknown to me, but a lot of senior actors fought against the change at that time. However, many gave in and started working so it was normalised.” While talking about reasons behind lack of royalty payments he said, “I spoke to some channel (heads) on this issue and they complain that they don’t get as much returns as it should be.”