Artists asking for security is a selfish act: Jami

Published: June 27, 2016
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‘Moor’ director shoots down demands put forward by Fakhr-e-Alam following Amjad Sabri murder.

‘Moor’ director shoots down demands put forward by Fakhr-e-Alam following Amjad Sabri murder.

KARACHI: In the wake of qawwal Amjad Sabri’s assassination, there were few in the country that did not come out and speak up on the dire security situation. Amid the condemnations, demands for justice and tributes, a group of artists has been having a field day at the expense of Sabri’s followers.

Led by Sindh censors boss Fakhr-e-Alam, the group that includes both small-timers and mainstream artists, has demanded security equal to that of government officials. Few others, who have not featured in the video, lent their support sharing it on their Facebook pages and taking a similar stance otherwise.

Apart from that, more than 50 members of the entertainment industry submitted an application at Defence police station on Friday night, requesting security for artists.

This did not go down well with Moor director Jami who criticised the fraternity for taking a rather selfish stance on the matter. Talking to The Express Tribune, the outspoken film-maker elaborated, shooting down the entire charter of demands.

“Artists should have [also] demanded security for the Hazara community in Quetta. No one cared about dead kids freezing on the roads,” Jami said.

“Why are we only demanding security for ourselves as if artists are a special breed? Why not for every Pakistani … be it a Hindu or a Christian.”

Jami is known as being vocal about human rights issues on social media and also getting flack for it. In this scenario, does Jami have a better way of responding to the crisis as an artist himself? “I think the artist community should have gone outside like true activists and asked their fans and followers to join hands,” he said.

Jami believes that artists should be equally concerned about the problems faced by minorities, in case they want to make things work for Pakistan. “They made it into a self-protection issue.

Fakhr-e-Alam’s demand for security of artists leaves entertainment industry divided

Every artist, and art at large, has the potential to bring about a revolution but we clearly missed the opportunity. Twenty artists getting together, demanding security is a very selfish act.”

Although the motive behind the killing of Sabri is still not clear, one cannot deny the fact that he was a very popular artist. The entertainment industry being considered about its security seems like a natural response. “They have the right to say whatever they like but they should have looked at the bigger picture,” said Jami.

The popular film-maker, whose music videos and feature films are drenched in patriotism, is of the opinion that local artists seem to have forgotten their role in the society. He thinks, only a handful of them can be counted as part of the civil society at large.

“I’ve been to almost all protests and I only saw a few of us there. I wish we had a huge concert organised in support of the issue of Hazara killings, an anti-Lashkar-e-Jhangvi performance or I could see artists highlighting evils of karo kari, underage marriages, the way they have highlighted their personal problem.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Aisha
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:50AM

    Thanks, Jami! It seemed that the artist community was trying to leverage a tragedy for their own benefit. Thank you for taking a stand,Recommend

  • Aisha
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:50AM

    Thanks, Jami! It seemed that the artist community was trying to leverage a tragedy for their own benefit. Thank you for taking a stand,Recommend

  • Dude
    Jun 28, 2016 - 8:06AM

    Dude get a life. Stop comparing apples and oranges. This is how Pakistan keeps going in circles. Ohh roads are so bad I can’t drive here. Nawaz sharif makes a road and then you cry saying Oh what about a hospital ? Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 28, 2016 - 10:19AM

    The demand by Fakhr-a-Alam was in fact a protest……he ridiculed the government for being unable to do its first and foremost duty of protecting the people. Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 28, 2016 - 7:09PM

    . I thought singing dancing and making images is not Islamic. What religion says about these so called artists. I have no problem with them but what Islamic point of view ?Recommend

  • Dr. Sadick
    Jun 28, 2016 - 11:54PM

    Seems this guy has an axe to grind with Fakhr e Alam.Recommend

  • Faisal Hamid
    Jun 29, 2016 - 11:18AM

    Providing security to the citizens of the country is all time government responsibility. Whereas, no one among the known people had made such statement before. On the other hand, Mr. Jami should set aside his personal matters with Mr. Fakhr, if there were any, and focus upon the punch line.Recommend

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