Industry veteran Firdous Jamal made some uncalled-for remarks towards Mahira Khan. While the Superstar actress didn’t respond, the rest of the entertainment industry did.
Here’s what he said on a TV show recently:
What a cheap shot from Firdous Jamal – least expected. @TheMahiraKhan is one of our finest actress. None of the description Firdous Jamal gave of Mahira is correct. Expected @faysalquraishi to defend her!! pic.twitter.com/5fwDNOgyq9
— Kalim Khan (@Kallerz37) July 26, 2019
Veteran actor Firdous Jamal made the controversial remarks on Faisal Qureshi’s morning show. In Firdous Jamal’s opinion, Mahira Khan isn’t that great an actress. When he suggested that Mahira Khan is too old to be playing lead roles, that really irked people.
“She’s not heroine material, she’s more of a mediocre sort of a model. She’s too old to be a heroine and ought to be doing motherly roles.”
Clapping Back at Firdous Jamal
Firdous Jamal’s comments about Mahira Khan really stirred a storm in the biz. Marwa Hocane was one of the first to voice her dismay.
Taking a dig at the biggest name of your country makes you as small as it gets. Disrespectful remarks in the garb of opinions need to STOP. Hope the two mins of fame were worth it. Mahira works extremely hard to be where she is. It’s not easy
So Proud of you my M❤️ @TheMahiraKhan
— MAWRA HUSSAIN (@MawraHocane) July 27, 2019
The Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 actress slammed Firdous Jamal’s comments as a publicity stunt.
While most people are irked by Firdous Jamal’s opinion of Mahira Khan’s acting, let’s not forget he’s entitled to an opinion. The ageist remark is what should be the center of the debate.
Osman Khalid Butt says
Dismissively claiming actresses have a shelf-life, that they should stop acting as leads and appear as mothers is not the same as 'mentioning their age', you bashi-bazouk.
I'll stay in my lane when you delete your account, and your existence. Acha tamasha lagaya hua hai. https://t.co/aUHs1rQEso
— Osman Khalid Butt 🇵🇸 (@aClockworkObi) July 27, 2019
Why are we still an industry where a woman’s career must end at 30, while men can play leads well into their 60s? That’s a question even Mahira Khan’s Bin Roye co-star Humayun Saeed is asking.
And it is her dedication and passion towards her work that has led her to this position. She is a heroine and a star in every sense of these words. As far as age is concerned, an actor and their talent is not bound by it.
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) July 27, 2019
Firdous Jamal did have nice things to say about Mehwish Hayat. He said that she’s the only ‘genuine film actress‘ right now.
“Currently the only genuine film actress,….She has all the qualities to be the perfect film actress.”