Pakistan’s renowned TV and film actor Hamza Ali Abbasi who creates a lot of social media buzz remarking on each and everything on his Facebook page recentlty opened up about his dislike for ‘item numbers’ in locally produced movies.
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In a recent interview with BBC, Abbasi elaborated upon his dislike for the trend which is considered a necessary part for the success of Bollywood and Lollywood movies.
During the interview, Abbasi compared such item numbers with the vulgar ‘Mujras’ in Punjabi theater by saying that in such numbers a scantily dressed woman dances on lyrics of a vulgar song. “There is no difference between such songs and the ‘mujras; of Punjabi theater”, remarked Abbasi. He, however clarified that he has nothing against actresses attempting such songs in movies while extending apologies to all who are hurt by his remarks.
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“One cannot point fingers on someone’s personal life but movies are a public thing and are supposed to represent the culture of country” said the ‘Pyare Afzal’ actor. Abbasi maintained that he is not running some sort of ‘Ghairat Brigade’ as such moral police interferes in people’s personal lives while movies are for general public and should be produced keeping in view our cultural values. “But I am not against songs, music is a part of our culture” The ‘War’ actor even rejected the notion that the Mehwish Hayat item song contributed in the huge success of local blockbuster ‘Na Maloom Afraad’.
Hamza was of the view that producers, directors, distributors along with censor board are responsible for the ‘mess’ as they pass such songs. When asked about the validity of his objection in case the actresses attempt such songs willingly, Abbasi repeated that none has the right to point fingers at someone’s personal life but film is a public affair.
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Abbasi who is famous for putting everything he feels on his Facebook page, in an update after the release of Pakistani movie ‘Jalaibee’ praised the actress Zhalay Sarhadi for not showing off her skin in the movie to get cheap word of mouth for the film. Hamza said “I am tremendously proud of Zahalay Sarhadi for not taking her clothes off in her performance in the film”