Noor Jehan's daughter feels Ali Azmat is using 'cheap theatrics to grapple with lost fame'

Designer Mina Hasan took a moment to disagree with utterances from a 'faded representative' of Pakistan’s music scene.


Entertainment Desk October 22, 2021

After Ali Azmat reduced Madam Noor Jehan to a ‘kofta’ singing on screen, the late legend’s daughter and designer Mina Hasan has penned an elaborate note, reducing Azmat to a has-been.

Naturally irked but not shocked by his unmodulated, unsolicited remarks, Hasan started off by reiterating the reasons behind Malika-e-Tarannum’s excessive fame and Azmat’s ‘fame lost’. “Madam Noor Jehan is a name synonymous with greatness,” she assured. “A woman that did more for her country and her art than most can dream of doing in a lifetime. She received every accolade known to mankind and while leaving us, she was also rewarded in death to depart for her Heavenly abode on the most blessed of days.”

Hasan claims that she was moved to share her thoughts on Azmat’s comments upon her followers’ requests. “To that I share one of my favourite quotes ‘What you say about me, says more about you.’ When someone expresses an opinion breaking boundaries of respect and decorum, they show you that they lack common decency, grace and humility.”

She reminded everyone that freedom of expression is a privilege that should not be exercised “as a means of indignation for another or others.” Hasan believes that our social fabric has “withered to the whims of egotistical expressions of nothingness, founded in a misplaced sense of self importance and privilege.”

She rebuked the fact that everyone suddenly feels they have the right to humiliate another person clamorously because “I am allowed to express what I feel”. Hasan reminded everyone that “with every privilege exercised, there is a greater need to observe propriety. [With] every privilege claimed, [there is] an overwhelming need to observe caution.”

She asked readers to take a moment to “disagree with disgraceful utterances from an interview conducted with a now faded representative of Pakistan’s music industry.” Referring to Azmat as “this person,” she urged everyone to take into account his “unregulated and greatly unjustified tenor, along with his evident lack of intellectual coherence.”

She shared that while explaining popular culture relevant to his generation, Azmat had effortlessly stooped to an abhorrent low. And because he was “evidently unable to express himself,” he did not shudder before discussing “an icon, a muse of all things valued and endeared, a mother.”

Taking a giant dig at the Sayonee singer, Hasan concluded, “Not all primates evolved to become better creatures. Some regressed to lower life forms, faded into irrelevance; invoked cheap theatrics to grapple with the fame lost and lived out their remaning days consumed by their insecurities.”

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