Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ali Zafar is not a patriot (also Ghulam Ali)

Ali Zafar is a traitor (so says Shaan) because he works in India/Bollywood. Indeed from the comments it appears that many Indians do not have a clue that Ali Zafar is actually from Pakistan. But that seems to be precisely the problem with other patriotic Pakistanis, the fear is that Ali himself will forget the proud ways of Pakistan-yat and get lost in a sea of Indian-ness. 

Who knows, perhaps one day Ali will even stoop so low as to marry a Hindu girl (like Sharukh Khan, Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan) and/or celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in his house (like Salman Khan). But not to worry, we just saw first-hand the formula for redemption as road-tested by Veena Malik. A few kicks to the groin when departing India (for good) and a visible conversion to a sterner version of Islam will help get out the red carpet regardless of past sins.

Shaan is a patriot (so says Shaan), as he is directing a sequel of Mahesh Bhatt's Arth in Pakistan.
Sunday’s ARY Film Awards will go down in history – not as a milestone where the industry’s major players turned out in their finest for a night dedicated solely to celebrating the best of Pakistani cinema, but as the night when two A-listers host, Shaan and AFA honoree, Ali Zafar had, for lack of (wanting to use) a less sensational term, a ‘catfight’ on stage.

For those that weren’t in attendance at the ceremony, and were spared melting in the sweltering heat of the outdoor event, Shaan used his opening monologue to address patriotism, and the lack thereof, in the Pakistani industry. Specifically calling out artists who accept work from across the Indian border, he labeled all those who choose to work outside Pakistan as unpatriotic ‘sell-outs.’

Shaan’s comment was seen as a thinly veiled dig at Ali Zafar, who was set to receive the International Icon Award of Pakistan later that night. Undoubtedly, our biggest export, as far as the entertainment industry in concerned, Ali chose to address the statement in his acceptance speech.

Calling it a disrespectful comment to make, he pointed out that artists the likes of Ghulam Ali, Zeba Bakhtiar, Nusrat and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam are a few of the illustrious names that have worked in the Indian industry.

Patriotism is indeed encouraging an ‘emotional transaction’ between the Pakistani and Indian film industries, like Shaan did when he bought the rights from Mahesh Bhatt to remake Arth in Pakistan. 

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