Hamza Ali Abbasi receives flak for degrading item numbers in Pakistani movies

Published: July 24, 2017
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Hamza Ali Abbasi. PHOTO: FILE

Hamza Ali Abbasi. PHOTO: FILE

Hamza Ali Abbasi is known to make sure that his voice is heard loud and clear.

While the activist surely does have an opinion on almost everything that stirs up controversy, this time around Abbasi gave his two cents on how the censor board is allowing movies with item numbers to be run on the channels.

The Mann Mayal star took to social media to voice his opinions. He wrote, “Its heart-breaking and disappointing to see some brilliant Pakistani film-makers still using ITEM NUMBERS to sell their films.”

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He went on to say, “How can the censor board allow such filth to run in cinemas and how can PEMRA allow this to be run on channels Pakistani artists finally managed to get enough respect in the society that now young educated boys and girls from good families are coming into this field, please don’t spoil this hard earned respect by putting on a flesh show and calling it glamour!”

Talking about women empowerment, religion and traditions, Hamza wrote, “Item songs degrade women and objectify them. Which goes against the essence of Women’s Empowerment and Women’s Rights, our religion and our norms.”

Soon after Abbasi’s tweet, Twitter was abuzz, calling out the actor for his role in one of the blockbusters of Pakistani cinema, Jawani Phir Nahi Aani.

Well, this user summed up the opinions of many pretty well.

We wonder what Abbasi might have to say to this.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • syed ahmed
    Jul 24, 2017 - 12:32PM

    Agreed Hamza ” Kawwa chala hanss ki chaal , Upni chaal bhool gayaa.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Jul 24, 2017 - 12:36PM

    Dear HA, man is valued if he make himself valuable. No wonder we would have had given a positive thought if you wouldnt have had the part of such activity in a film and you know it better. Anyway, keeping your criticism over the ITEM NUMBER has the serious concerns and we must support it the way you have taken this point. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 24, 2017 - 1:55PM

    We should replace Item Songs with Belly Dancing. Recommend

  • Bearer
    Jul 24, 2017 - 2:14PM

    Item Number” is deplorable, dehumanizing and degrading of women. It reduces women to an object on which you would lay your lusty eyes and then jack off! It literally puts the body of a woman on sale. It is not even about dressing well or sexy or elegant – it is an all-out show of body as an object, a material and an item, thereby reducing women to a tool for pleasure rather than an embodiment of an amazing composition of intellect, beauty and emotion!Recommend

  • Sultan Mirza
    Jul 24, 2017 - 4:09PM

    Hamza has admitted he was wrong to take part in JPNA and will not do such roles again. Hence he should not be held to account over this anymore. Recommend

  • sensible
    Jul 24, 2017 - 5:17PM

    Those who are criticizing him for JPNA should know that he regretted being part of the film, didn’t promote the film and he even opted out of JPNA 2. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jul 24, 2017 - 6:22PM

    What if one ‘wants’ to do an item number? If you stop here, you will be called misogynist, if you encourage here then you are objectifying women and if you let her be, then you are ignorant and if anything does go wrong then it’d be your fault.Recommend

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