Pakistan’s film industry – past, present and possible future – was celebrated at a warm but very star-studded award ceremony in Karachi this weekend. The Film Awards, organized by a local TV channel, were a glitzy affair that brought together “immense star power,” commented show and celebrity stylist Nabila, who worked with Babra Sharif after ages.
With so many stars in the spotlight, some of them were bound to cross and indeed they did when Shaan took to stage and referred to Pakistani actors working in India as “cheap sell-outs”. He said that his work was not for sale and he would never sell himself short by working in India. When he revealed the first look for his upcoming film Arth 2 he explained how he was bringing India to Pakistan as opposed to going to India himself.
As Ali Zafar was seated in direct line of attack, this comment appeared to have been directed at him. And in his usual diplomatic politeness he replied: “In my humble opinion it was disrespectful of my respectable colleague to repeatedly name artistes who have worked in India as cheap sellouts because this list includes people like Ghulam Ali, Nusrat Fateh Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali, Mohsin Khan, Zeba Bakhtiar, Salma Agha and Shafqat Amanat Ali. These people have gone to India and have proven their worth with their work and have received tremendous appreciation. We should respect that.”
All we’ll add is that moments like these make for evening highlights, after all who can forget Shaan’s many digs at Shoaib Mansoor when he was receiving awards for Khuda Kay Liye at the Lux Style Awards. Which brings us to another controversy: have the LSAs wrapped up and retired or are they just on a very long sabbatical? PR