Following Ali Azmat’s degrading remarks about Madam Noor Jehan, reducing her to a ‘kofta’ singing on screen, the late legend’s daughter and designer Mina Hasan strikes back at the singer.
Hasan, understandably infuriated by Azmat’s unsolicited remarks, began by restating the reasons behind Malika-e-Tarannum’s superabundant fame and Azmat’s ‘fame lost’.
“Madam Noor Jehan is a name synonymous with greatness,” she assured. “A woman that did more for her country and her art than most can dream of doing in a lifetime. She received every accolade known to mankind and while leaving us. She was also rewarded in death to depart for her Heavenly abode on the most blessed of days.”
Hasan claims she felt compelled to reply to Azmat’s comments upon her followers’ request. “To that, I share one of my favorite quotes ‘What you say about me, says more about you’. When someone expresses an opinion breaking boundaries of respect and decorum, they show you that they lack common decency, grace, and humility.”
Freedom of expression is a privilege. It should not be exercised “as a means of indignation for another or others,” she reminded everyone. Hasan believes that as a society, our social fabric has “withered to the whims of egotistical expressions of nothingness, founded in a misplaced sense of self-importance and privilege.”
Additionally, she reminded everyone that “with every privilege exercised, there is a greater need to observe propriety. [With] every privilege claimed, [there is] an overwhelming need to observe caution.”
Taking a dig at Ali Azmat
Hasan asked readers to take a moment to “disagree with disgraceful utterances from an interview conducted with a now-faded representative of Pakistan’s music industry”. Referring to Azmat as “this person,” she urged everyone to take into account his “unregulated and greatly unjustified tenor, along with his evident lack of intellectual coherence.”
In explaining popular culture relevant to his generation, Azmat had effortlessly stooped to an abhorrent low, said Hasan. As he was “evidently unable to express himself,” he did not shudder before discussing “an icon, a muse of all things valued and endeared, a mother”.
Taking a giant dig at the Sayonee singer, Hasan concluded, “Not all primates evolved to become better creatures. Some regressed to lower life forms, faded into irrelevance; invoked cheap theatrics to grapple with the fame lost and lived out their remaining days consumed by their insecurities.”
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