Social media riled up in anger after Ali Azmat passed some unpleasant remarks against the legendary singer, Madam Noor Jehan, in an interview.
Ali Azmat had passed these remarks in response to the cultural change in Pakistan. Azmat remarked, “Living in Lahore and playing street cricket in our shorts, we grew up where 11 kids would collect the money to buy a ball, it was obvious for us to completely embrace the cultural invasion by MTV.” He went on to add, “Our own society and culture weren’t really offering anything similar. You put on a show, you would see Noor Jehan draped in a saree, with heavy jewelry and over-the-top makeup. We would get irritated by mai (elderly woman). We would think why would they make us watch this kofta (meatball).”
Soon the clip of Ali Azmat went viral on social media that took social media by storm. Irked by his comments, daughter of Noor Jehan, designer Mina Hassan took to Instagram and penned down a note. “Madam Noor Jehan is a name synonymous with greatness,” she assured. “A woman that did more for her country and her art than most can dream of doing in a lifetime. She received every accolade known to mankind and while leaving us, she was also rewarded in death to depart for her Heavenly abode on the most blessed of days,” wrote Mina Hassan on Instagram.
Being a Junoon fan, i am embarrassed… pic.twitter.com/qt36TzE7Ye
— فاطمہ عرفان (@fatimairrfan) October 19, 2021
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She added that Ali Azmat is trying to gain ‘lost fame’ through unsolicited remarks on Noor Jehan.
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“I got thousands of you today sending messages of how much you love her & that you want me to say something about what someone had to say about her. To that, I share one of my favorite quotes. What you say about me, says more about you.” When someone expresses an opinion breaking boundaries of respect & decorum they show you that they lack common decency, grace & humility,” said Mina Hasan.
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“When explaining popular culture relevant to his generation, he effortlessly stooped to an abhorrent low. Evidently unable to express himself whilst visually pleased with this demeaning ‘quality’, he did not shudder for a month when discussing a legend, an icon, a muse of all things valued & endeared, a mother,” she concluded in the message.