Senior Pakistani TV actor Firdous Jamal has stirred yet another controversy for his inconsiderate remarks on young actor Imran Ashraf Awan.
Jamal was in a discussion on the young talent in Pakistan’s entertainment industry in his latest interview. In which he derided junior actors asserting that they are void of talent, hence, he does not have any liking for them.
He added that actors of today are models and lacks articulation on the depth of the characters assigned them to play.
Veteran actor #FirdousJamal undermines the entire younger industry actors and actresses even running stellar actor #ImranAshraf under the bus, saying the role of #Bhola wasn't a spontaneous one. Sir, with due respect we beg to differ. His acting was anything but pretentious 🙏 pic.twitter.com/SYUx46CGBe
— Raheel Rao (@RahealRao) September 30, 2019
When asked who he thinks is a good performer and has a bright future in the industry, he replied, “There isn’t one.”
“The thing is all these new actors are models. They are all showpieces. They don’t know how to act; they don’t have the wisdom,” he added.
He compared the actors of today with dummies in departmental stores. “You know how the manager at the departmental stores some times changes their wigs or clothes or turns them into women? Unfortunately, our young actors are in the same boat,” asserted Jamal.
But again I don't agree with Firdous Jamal, the current Pakistani Industry has very diverse and fine actors,
youngsters se leke seniors tak, depends upon the directors how you utilize the potential. Its not fair by the seniors to pass comments like this. https://t.co/oFtzmjFzZX
— Taskeen Zafar 🌸 (@tas_873) October 1, 2019
The host then intervened and shared how Pakistan’s entertainment industry has produced some real talent in recent years, referred to Imran Ashraf Awan who seamlessly played a character of a mentally challenged adult in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. Awan’s exceptional performance had garnered him immense appreciation.
Firdous Jamal should review his own very recent performance in 'Juda na Hona' and lay low- it was terrible- such overacting and hamming.
— Chenab Chandel (@ChandelChenab) October 2, 2019
I don’t think anyone could’ve played Maulvi SubhanAllah the way FIrdous Jamal did. He’s talented. That being said, Imran Ashraf is an actor of a different caliber and I don’t understand where FJ gets this idea that he’s above this (more) talented crop of actors?
— SophiaQ (@SophiaAQ) October 1, 2019
As opposed to expectations, Jamal negated the host and called Imran’s performance as ‘Bhoola’ ‘pretentious’.
#ImranAshraf is the best thing that’s happened to our drama talent pool in recent times. There’s no role he can’t play to perfection. Plus he looks good doing it. #FirdousJamal was never any of that, poor thing.
— Humeira Ajaz Kazmi (@humeirakazmi) October 1, 2019
“The character Imran did wasn’t spontaneous though. It was all pretension,” Firdous responded. “How can I explain spontaneity in acting lingo? It is different from pretension and acting. Imran has acted. This role was previously done by a lot of other actors too. They just didn’t act it – they behaved it.”
He further asserted, “The sad bit of it all is how none of you have seen good performances.”
His comments on Imran Ashraf Awan and his remarks on his performance as Bhola incited an outburst from Awan’s fans on social media.
Social media weighed heavily on his remarks, as the score of netizens called his assertions irresponsible. Jamal suffered strong dissension on social media as people recalled his crass remarks against Mahira Khan earlier in an interview, calling him out for disparaging the young actors. This is Jamal’s second unwarranted criticism on young actors. Earlier his remarks for Mahira Khan of ‘being too old to play heroin’ caused a strong backlash on social media.
I am sorry but Firdous Jamal is ridiculously unfair and pathetic with his opinions. I don’t care he is old and has given years to the industry. Is this what ‘legends’ do? Brutally Bring down young actors from left right center? Media needs to stop interviewing him. Please ffs.
— Sheesh 🦋 (@ithesheeshkebab) October 1, 2019
Why does Firdous Jamal has a problem with every youngster?Sorry but now it's not just about "stating my opinion" now it's actually about disrespecting the actors.First Mahira now Imran.Who's next?And if we say something we are haters?Woah.
— Javs🌸 (@javeria_16) October 1, 2019
Meanwhile, Imran Ashraf Awan humbly responded to the distasteful remarks of Firdous Jamal, asked his fans to remain respectful towards the senior actor. He acknowledged Firdous Jamal’s vast experience in the entertainment industry and lauded his acting skills, asserting that Jamal would have performed better than him as Bhoola.