The recent controversy related to the superstar of the industry Mahira Khan and veteran actor Firdous Jamal divided the fraternity and fans. Some celebrities openly spoke about Firdous Jamal’s comments being regressive and misogynist. While some called it freedom of speech and opinion only. As a result Momina Duraid announced that she and her production house will not work with Firdous Jamal Sahab any further.
SO, What started the pandemonium?
The controversy started when Firdous Jamal Sahab was Invited to a morning show, where he was asked by the host Faisal Qureshi to comment on various actors and actresses. When the legendary actor was shown the picture of the Mahira Khan, he said, No offense intended, but she is a mediocre model and a bad actress. It was ok till here, but he went on to add that she is “too old” to be heroin and she should be doing the character of a “mother” instead. Oops.
And the Ageist statement backfired badly:
Firdous Jamal, though respected by many celebrities still got a backlash. Even Faisal Qureshi said he doesn’t agree with his statement. Celebrities like Shan, Resham, Osman Khalid Butt, Bilal Lashari and others called the comments uncalled for, regressive and disgusting.
Mahira Never really reacted to the comment, instead, she posted a heartfelt letter on her Instagram:
Mahira did not comment on if what Firdous Jamal said was right or not. She penned down a simple letter for the fans and friends. She stated that she is proud of her journey and her success. And that she is so grateful for all the love and support she has received.
Mahira went on to say, let’s all be more tolerant towards each other and fight against the mindset that condescends successful women.
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We are the present. What we do and how we do it, is our future. Thank you to all those who have come out to support me- I did not ask for it and that makes it even more special. As an artist I am proud of my industry. I’m grateful to my senior artists for paving the way for people like me and so many others. I am also proud of myself. In this journey of mine, I can proudly say that I have done what I thought was right and never succumbed to what others thought was right for me. That – I will continue to do. InshAllah. In a world full of hate, let’s choose to love. Let’s be tolerant of other people’s opinions and let our fight be against the mindset -that a successful woman is a scary thought. No it isn’t. It’s a beautiful and empowering one. Let us stop picking on one another so that this industry and our country thrives like no other. I read somewhere that ‘Stardom’ in Latin means – thank you to the fans when it was lonely. Stardom it is then! Love and Gratitude, X
At this point, Momina Duraid entered the scene and things got messier:
Momina Duraid of MD productions announced that she and her production house will not work with Firdous Jamal Sahab any further. Which stirred quite a response from the fraternity and the fans.
While some actors supported Momina decision, As a protest Feroz Khan asked to be canceled too.
So, that’s the update, for now, let see how the story unfolds in the coming days. Meanwhile, share your two cents with us in the comments.