Hamza Ali Abbasi is no stranger to controversy. This time the actor / director shared opinion regarding â€œindulgence of item numbers in Pakistani films."
Hamza Ali Abbasi, a versatile actor has come under fire many times in the past for posting outrageously blatant comments on his facebook wall, Abbasi penchant for writing exactly what he feels on his Facebook account has caught up fire my time with lots of appreciations and at time criticisms, mostly because his words have been misunderstood.
Another such incident happened recently when Abbasi updated his status, congratulating Zhalay Sarhadi for not “taking her clothes off” in her item number for Jalaibee.
His status was blown out of proportion, with the media claiming that the director was making a poke at his friend, Ayesha Omar, whose item teaser for an upcoming film “Karachi se Lahore” was also released around the same time.
"Should I tell you something funny? I didn't even know that the preview for the item song had been released. It had nothing to do with Ayesha though! I personally wanted to show appreciation for Zhalay, who gracefully pulled off doing an item number while wearing decent clothes," shared by Abbasi.
After facing the backlash from the media, Abbasi updated his status on Facebook to clarify his stance.
"Item numbers don't define the success of a movie. Khuda Ke Liye, Bol and Waar revolutionized our cinema and none of those movies had an item number. Filmmakers have a responsibility to depict our society in a realistic manner. When you can't even go to the poshest areas in the country wearing the same clothes that the women in item numbers wear, that's not a fair picture you paint of our culture." He added.
Hamza further went on to say that we, as a nation, have become way too influenced by Indian culture. "We are so unique as an industry, as a country. I don't understand why we feel the need to borrow an identity from Bollywood. Wearing an ultra-mini skirt is not the norm here so what are we trying to portray while showing that in item numbers?"
In direct response to is fiend Ayesha Omar, the Pyare Afzal star says "Anyone who knows me, knows how blunt I am. If it was directed towards Ayesha, I would have specifically said Ayesha. I don't imply anything, I'm pretty straightforward."
Where do you draw the line? Talking about how he was dubbed a hypocrite, Hamza explains: "I, myself, am ashamed of the way my thinking has evolved. There was a time when a girl wearing a crop top in a movie made us lower our eyes. Now, physical intimacy is shown to be the norm. We sit and watch these movies with our parents without flinching."