Singer was sharing his childhood experiences
Ali Azmat has upset many people by making demeaning remarks on Malika-e-Tarannum’s appearance albeit justifying them as an opinion of his younger self.
In an interview with The Current, Ali recalled the music scene from his early days and how MTV was all the rage, which he called a “cultural invasion”. The reason why many people embraced a foreign culture, according to Ali, was because his own society had nothing similar to offer, and all they had to watch was Noor Jehan, whom he referred to as a “mai” (elderly woman).
Ali remarked that he got annoyed when he would turn on the television and see Noor Jehan “singing wearing a full saari, big earrings and overdone makeup”. He didn’t shy away from comparing the legendary singer’s look to a “kofta” (meatball) and swinging his hands to punctuate his point.
When the host intervened by saying that Noor Jehan was a “great” singer, Ali argued that he was sharing views from his youth.
“I am telling you this from my childhood when we accepted a different culture and then it became a norm,” he said.
A number of people on social media, especially Noor Jehan’s fans, took offence at Ali’s comments. Some advised him to learn to respect legends and others commented that watching the interview was “painful” for them.
Being a Junoon fan, i am embarrassed… pic.twitter.com/qt36TzE7Ye
— فاطمہ عرفان (@fatimairrfan) October 19, 2021
People are awarded posthumous awards, but aliazmat has slurs to offer. https://t.co/N64zQVFUJo
— Faraz Saeed (@farazsaeed15) October 20, 2021
Actually I really appreciate how these bands /singer bought English music into limelight here in Pakistan but insulting Madam noir jehan is not allowed!!
— javeria (@jikhlaq52) October 20, 2021
@RealAliAzmat, what a shame! The least you could have learnt from your years of stardom in #Pakistan was how to respect your legendary predecessors! Embarassed and ashamed to the core! Making fun of #MadamNoorJahan is not cool! #Junoon #AliAzmat #NoorJahan https://t.co/boMq59ByTG
— Fatima Ali Khan (@fatimakhan) October 20, 2021
Utterly embarrassing!! https://t.co/S5PHohNGyP
— Khawar Azhar (@Khawar69) October 20, 2021
Is it time to cancel Ali Azmat?
— Banki Naar (@NotSoBankiNar) October 20, 2021