Momina Duraid Bans Firdous Jamal on MD Productions and Faces Social Media Backlash
Momina Duraid, the Creative Head of Hum Television Network, decided to ban Firdous Jamal from all MD Productions projects due to his regressive remarks against Mahira Khan. It did not sit well with the social media.
Mahira Khan and Firdous Jamal’s controversy has been doing rounds of social media for quite some time now. The veteran actor Firdous Jamal had spoken against Mahira Khan’s acting skills claiming that she was not ‘heroine material.’ According to Firdous Jamal, Mahira Khan was ‘overage’ and should only play the roles of a mother. While many celebrities and common people came out in the support of Mahira Khan, many people also had a different opinion. They believed that Firdous Jamal was a senior actor and anything being said against his opinion is against the freedom of expression.
I am really appalled that senior and respectable persons like #Firdousjamal sahab still think that a woman has a heroine by date....till when will we continue on this repressive path and pull peers down. @TheMahiraKhan is a star in every sense of the word like her or hate her. pic.twitter.com/fZTEBUgJDj— FK (@faisalkapadia) July 26, 2019
Mahira Khan maintained her dignity amidst all this controversy
Mahira Khan, amidst all these controversies, kept focusing on promoting her upcoming film with the actor Bilal Ashraf. After this issue refused to settle down, Mahira Khan penned down a letter for her fans where she mentioned that she respected her seniors and was thankful for all the love that was showered on her by her fans. In a recent interview, Mahira Khan stated that it was important for people from the industry to respect one another. She said that she had played the role of a mother in ‘Humsafar’ and had no qualms about playing the role of a grandmother at some point in her life.
Mahira Khan’s perspective: “We as artists should respect each other”.pic.twitter.com/MI8cB4lUsv— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) August 1, 2019
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We are the present. What we do and how we do it, is our future. Thank you to all those who have come out to support me- I did not ask for it and that makes it even more special. As an artist I am proud of my industry. I’m grateful to my senior artists for paving the way for people like me and so many others. I am also proud of myself. In this journey of mine, I can proudly say that I have done what I thought was right and never succumbed to what others thought was right for me. That - I will continue to do. InshAllah. In a world full of hate, let’s choose to love. Let’s be tolerant of other people’s opinions and let our fight be against the mindset -that a successful woman is a scary thought. No it isn’t. It’s a beautiful and empowering one. Let us stop picking on one another so that this industry and our country thrives like no other. I read somewhere that ‘Stardom’ in Latin means - thank you to the fans when it was lonely. Stardom it is then! Love and Gratitude,
Momina Duraid decides to ban Firdous Jamal on all Momina Duraid Production projects
It seemed that the issue was starting to fizzle out a bit when Hum TV’s Momina Duraid announced to ban Firdous Jamal from all her projects. According to the producer, she greatly respected Mahira Khan for her integrity and self-control. According to Momina Duraid, Mahira Khan did not react to Firdous Jamal’s comments which showed her dignity. Momina Duraid clearly stated that she would ban Firdous Jamal from her projects because of his sexist and discriminatory attitude.
Momina Duraid heavily criticized for banning Firdous Jamal
Momina Duraid was heavily criticized for this decision because the dramas shown on her television are also considered regressive and sexist in the core. These dramas are criticized for showing only the weak side of women in Pakistani society. Her decision to ban Firdous Jamal from her productions was attributed more to her personal friendship with Mahira Khan and less to her views against misogyny and sexism. She was criticized for never standing up against Ali Zafar who allegedly harassed his co-worker Meesha Shafi.
Dear #Mominaduraid while we are on the subject of #misogyny could you & #AryDigital & #Geo we look through there schedules The amount of regressive Stories & dialogues is depressing & frightening Firdaus saheb , Faysal Qureshi et al r products of a system you perpetuate— Sadaf Says (@tomtomatoe) August 1, 2019
It's all about the cliques. Mahira is her friend, so this happened. If it was said about any other actress, she would've had no problem with it. Considering the regressive garbage she has produced over a period of time, we all know where she actually stands. https://t.co/D3tWrMAvGV— T a z e e n (@tazeen) August 1, 2019
While Mahira Khan maintained a dignified stance, everyone else is in war mode
As stated earlier, Mahira Khan has chosen to maintain a dignified silence over the recent controversy. At first, she stayed silent about Firdous Jamal’s comments and later spoke up with utmost respect. However, it has taken an almost unusual turn when it comes to other people’s reactions. While some people called it a publicity stunt for Firdous Jamal who had worked in the industry for 45 years, others also took this opportunity to spew hate against Mahira Khan. Momina Duraid’s reaction is being deemed harsh and unjust in all respects by even the social media users who had condemned the veteran actor’s remarks.