Ahmad Ali Butt slams Ali Azmat for belittling his late grandmother Noor Jehan
A number of showbiz celebrities expressed their outrage after singer Ali Azmat issued demeaning remarks about legendary Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan in an interview.
Among other celebrities, actor Ahmad Ali Butt, the grandson of Noor Jehan, took to his social media to slam Ali Azmat over his belittling remarks about the iconic singer’s appearance.
“My Late Grandmother Madam Noor Jehan “Is” the greatest artist of the subcontinent and that’s a fact. I have always respected Ali Azmat as an artist and as a friend. He is one of Pakistan’s biggest rock stars, his outspoken attitude has always been his trademark but his recent remarks over Noor Jehan were just in bad taste especially when that person is no longer alive. I’m sure he also knows how big of a legacy Noor Jehan has and 1000 rock bands can’t measure up to her 1 song,” wrote the comic actor.
He further added, “I don’t hold it against him because he is an artist also and very well knows that respect comes when you give respect, otherwise your just putting yourself in a position where people will disgrace your own legacy. As for The Melody Queen Noor Jehan… “gai ge duneya geet mayray”…Forever,” Butt said.
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In his insensitive remarks, the Rangeela singer shared how Pakistanis accepted the cultural change by MTV in his younger days.
“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 jewellery 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),” said Azmat in a recent viral interview.
However, the host then interrupted him and said Noor Jehan was a brilliant singer. “I’m telling you the story of days when I was younger and when we accepted the other culture, which later became a norm.”
Soon after the clip went viral, many took to social media and condemned Azmat’s comments.
“If this guy understood generation gaps he’d realise he is to us what Noor Jehan was to him in his ‘jawani’. Minus the enduring musical legacy,” a user wrote.
If this guy understood generation gaps he'd realise he is to us what Noor Jahan was to him in his 'jawani'. Minus the enduring musical legacy. https://t.co/h4qsuMfFqC
— OhChiefestAndGreatestOfCalamities (@mustyoumustard) October 20, 2021
“Noor Jahan is an icon!” said one more user. “Shocked to hear his disrespectful views.”
“By the way, Ali Azmat, that kofta looking woman was matchless. What do you have on your credit, a few songs? What she has, is timeless beautiful volumes of songs,” another user criticized Ali Azmat.
The Junoon rockstar Ali Azmat is yet to address his controversial comments.
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