I was offered every movie released this year, claims Hamza Ali Abbasi
In an interview to Dawn.com, actor cum social worker and politician, Hamza Ali Abbasi has claimed the he had been offered every movie released this year. Talking about his Facebook posts and arguments on different issues, Hamza says, “Even when I was young, I would constantly debate and argue upon issues that I felt strongly about. Now that I am well-known, people assume that I am speaking my mind just to gain attention. Fame has its perks, but it also brings in a great deal of responsibility.”
“It gives me the opportunity to get people talking on issues that are pertinent to my country and culture. People may slam me down and disagree with me, but I take satisfaction in having started off discussions,” added Hamza.
Answering a question regarding controversies he has been attached, Hamza said “I don’t mind, I am used to it. So many of my peers come up to me privately and tell me that they agree with a certain stance of mine. And yet, nobody else is brave enough to state their opinions out loud.”
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Hamza also denied to attaint his upcoming rom-com Jawani Phir Nahi Ani because of two songs. He requested filmmakers to remove those song, upon denial, Hamza backed out from the promotions. “I can’t be a part of JPNA’s promotions because that would make me a hypocrite,” he explained. “It is an amazing movie without any crass humor and we have all worked very hard on it. But there are two songs in this movie that were, in my opinion, unnecessary and that do not emulate our cultural values.”
Talking about item songs, he said “Item songs are just not necessary, I am personally very fond of every local actress who has done an item song but they don’t seem to realize that we have a promising industry that doesn’t need to sell its movies through lewd dances. It isn’t true to our values and although our so-called progressive liberals refuse to accept this, it ends up alienating a large sector of our society. They cease to respect us and furthermore, we manage to confuse our youth regarding what is intrinsically Pakistani and what is an imitation of Hollywood and Bollywood; what is right and what is wrong.”
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani is set to release on this Eid.