Firdous Jamal Receives Backlash For Calling Mahira Khan ‘Mediocre’
Veteran Pakistani television and film actor Firdous Jamal is being criticized for his remarks about actor Mahira Khan. While speaking in a morning show hosted by Faysal Qureshi, Jamal said that Mahira is a ‘mediocre level model’.
“She is neither an actress nor a heroine”, the 65-year-old actor remarked, while referring to Mahira. He went on to call her ‘overage’ and added that actors her age usually play mothers, not the heroine.
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
Many took to Twitter criticising Jamal for putting a fellow actor down on grounds of her age.
Try watching Sheher e Zaat. She is extremely talented and she doesn’t get enough credit for it.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) July 27, 2019
Massive eyeroll at people taking potshots at Mahira Khan for airing their own toxic views. She never does this. Never attacks people this way. And yet she’s always in the line of fire, always attacked by people in the industry. What a shameful attitude by some stars. https://t.co/n5BGjKITo2
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) July 26, 2019
Sounds like a personal interaction might not have gone well. #MahiraKhan is fit. Many younger women aspire to look like her. Ignore one man. The rest of the Indian subcontinent can't help drooling over her. https://t.co/3yjYmmxd9v
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) July 27, 2019
Journalist turned philanthropist, Reham Khan took to twitter applauding Mahira for her work and her significance in the Indian subcontinent.
Though veterans like Firdous Jamaal have ample contribution to the Pakistani entertainment industry with Jamal alone having 300 dramas under his belt, such comments reek of ageism. It shows how the society is unable to digest the idea of a successful woman excelling at what she does.
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