When Pakistani actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about how item songs promote objectification of women’s bodies and are ‘against his religion and norms’, social media could not stop but respond. The responses varied from people blaming Pakistani film industry copying Bollywood to some talking about women empowerment, a few asked the actor not to drag the religion in the debate because then the entire existence of the showbiz industry can be questioned.

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a well-known theatre and film actor as well as a political/social activist took to Twitter and Facebook sharing his thoughts about how he finds the item songs used to promote/sell a movie to the audience completely ‘against women empowerment, women’s rights, religion and norms’. He also questioned the Pakistani Censor Board on allowing ‘such filth to run in cinemas’.

Here’s what he wrote in his Facebook post:

Its heart breaking and disappointing to see some brilliant Pakistani film makers still using ITEM NUMBERS to sell their films. How can the censor board allow such filth to run in cinemas and how can PEMRA allow this to be run on channels? Pakistani artists finally managed to get enough respect in the society that now young educated boys and girls from good families are coming into this field, please dont spoil this hard earned respect by putting on a flesh show and calling it glamour!!! Item songs degrade women and objectify them….which goes against the essence of Women’s Empowerment and Women’s Rights, our religion and our norms. (All those ignorant friends commenting about JPNA, please go to Google, type “Hamza Ali Abbasi JPNA” and you,ll get your answer)


While some showed support and stood with Hamza on the issue, some were quick to inform him that ‘it is not the item songs that degrade a woman’s position but the mentality of some people’ which is to blame. Some even dragged Bollywood into the debate and said that all this was because Pakistani film industry is trying to ape Bollywood while Bollywood is trying to ape Hollywood.


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Here are some reactions on Facebook:

Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi

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