Our youth has been ruined by Indian films, especially those of Salman Khan: Rabi Pirzada

Published: March 1, 2017
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LAHORE: In a somewhat interesting turn of events, popular Pakistani actors Rabi Pirzada and Naseem Vicky have decided to collaborate on an Urdu film, shooting for which will reportedly begin soon. The duo made the announcement during a press conference at Lahore Press Club, adding that they are currently finalising the cast for the yet-to-be-titled film.

According to both Rabi and Naseem, the aim behind this latest venture is to revive the dwindling film industry of Lahore, which was once the hub of Pakistani entertainment. They are also hoping to stimulate viewership for local cinema in the country.

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Rabi claimed that Pakistan’s preference for Indian films has gradually been ruining its youth, who are completely forgetting their culture and traditions. “Every other film released in Bollywood happens to be about crime or some criminal activities, especially films of Salman Khan. My question is, what are Indian film-makers teaching the youth? It seems like they are just promoting crime,” she stated. “There was a time when Pakistani cinema was at its peak, making films with moral lessons and plots highlighting social ethics. We were educating the society through our films but Bollywood has changed all of that.”

The singer and actor explained that this is why she decided to join hands with Naseem. “We decided we will produce a story that carries a special lesson for Pakistani children,” Rabi said. “There is no shortage of talent in our country. Naseem is writing the script of this film himself and soon, the cast will be finalised as well.”

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Naseem echoed Rabi’s sentiments adding that Lollywood was once a great film industry that churned out some excellent films and actors. It suffered a slump over the last couple of decades but now that it has turned over a new leaf, the time is right to make a socially-aware film.

“The revival of our film industry has started and Rabi and I wish it to flourish here in Lahore once again. There is a dire need for us to produce films that attract viewers and that is what we will try our best to do with our joint venture. We will try to bring the audience back to cinema,” shared Naseem. “You see, while Lollywood might have come alive again, it is still yet to produce a feature film that sheds light on the Pakistani identity. I am hopeful that in the coming months, Lahore will become the hub of local film-making again,” he added.

Rabi also revealed her recently composed new song Rashk-e-Qamar at the press conference.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 1, 2017 - 2:27PM

    I will be most happy if the days of Nadeem / Shabnum or at least Shaan / Reema come back. Recommend

  • Bharat Jha
    Mar 1, 2017 - 2:39PM

    Seriously I don’t watch movies for learning social ethics but if you put it across with entertainment than it make sense..Simple ethics based movies are hard sell.Recommend

  • Abdul Awwal
    Mar 1, 2017 - 2:50PM

    “Jawani Phir Nahi anii” was a master peice Pakistani filmRecommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Mar 1, 2017 - 2:59PM

    Social ethics comes from your upbringing and the society NOT from movies.Recommend

  • kilo
    Mar 1, 2017 - 3:23PM

    Rabi ji, for you and your cohorts… by all means do not watch Indian films, especially films of Salman Khan but for god sake do not propose to ruin entertainment opportunities for the remaining youth. FYI, our mothers/fathers, grandmothers/grandfathers all watched Indian movies and… surprisingly did not forget their culture and traditions either!!. Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Mar 1, 2017 - 3:39PM

    Bla bla bla…our youth have been “ruined” by a whole lot worse than Salman Khan.Recommend

  • khayam zafar
    Mar 1, 2017 - 3:42PM

    It’s easy to blame someone else for your own mistakes. In the sixties and seventies our films were as good as indians. Than in the 80’s General Zia ul haq banned anything related to arts and suffocated the pakistani youth. The seeds we sowed in the 80’s we are paying the price now. Sports suffered, films suffered, Jihad was promoted officially by the government and look where Pakistan is now. No sports team is coming to Pakistan for obvious reasons. Everybody is blaming Pakistan for mistakes we even didn’t commit. Instead of blaming others for our problems we need to look honestly and correct ourself by not bashing others but improving ourself and get rid of this negative mind set. Develop arts academies sports grounds for youth and have inter school, colleges and universities competitions and you will see the results very soon. Pakistanis are very talented people they just need opportunities and right direction. Film is a very strong medium you guys are doing a good job but do it for the right reasons and not blaming others. Overseas Pakistanis would love to involve joint ventures with the right projects. Tap into that market and you will be amazed to see people to people contact will help Pakistan film industry big time. Good luck be positive and compete and not blame. Long live Pakistan. Recommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 1, 2017 - 9:30PM

    Lol.. I am a Pakistani and a proud one at that.. but I do watch Indian movies from time to time.. and Salman Khan’s movies are perhaps the ONLY movies which I can watch with the entire family without the fear of being embarrassed by a vulgur/intimate scene sitting next to my family members.. Not sure what Rabi is talking about when he says Salman Khan movies promote crimes? Sultan, Bajrani Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo were family movies without any “crime promotion” and his other movies were commercial pot boilers like Dabangg, Ready etc where he was bashing up the bad guys.. so not sure what Rabi is smoking..? If he is so worried about the youth having beein ruined, he should have mentioned the likes of Sunny Leone, Imran Hashmi, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar etc. who continuously depict vulgarity as a badge of honor in their films and often have the hero playing the life of robinhood while openly committing crimes and legitimizing them..

    I am all for reforming the pakistani youth and promoting our traditional culture but the analogy used by Rabi was completely stupid and made no sense. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 1, 2017 - 11:38PM

    If Salman Khan’s films can ruin our youth, it not the fault of Salman Khan or his films……that’s the easy and stupid explanation.Recommend

  • Sarifa patel
    Mar 2, 2017 - 3:45AM

    What a load of garbage, why is it that these jokers are looking for some stupid excuse. Most impressions and habits in our youth starts with the home. The parents are poor examples of what our youth should and should not behave in a society. They teach them hate and revenge instead of teaching them to respect those in authority. Indian people seem to look for everyone to blame except to lay blame at the source. The first seven years of a child life is important so what they learn in the home is cemented in their lives forever. The way the fathers treat the mothers, and vice versa and the parents own response to those who live around. so get off your stupid high horses and stop blaming Salman Khan and others. Recommend

  • bharat
    Mar 2, 2017 - 8:34AM

    Amazing logic. Blame India for everything including Pakistani youth seeing Indian films. Recommend

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