Practice what you preach. Sounds simple eh? Apparently it is not. Making tall claims, acting as moral police, commenting on everything that crosses your eye is terribly easy. It also indicates how big of a hypocrite the person is. Hamza Abbasi is one perfect example.
There is no denying that I was head over heels in love with him when I saw Pyare Afzal. It was during the serial was on air that his online presence grew as well. Nothing can make a fan girl’s day better than a Facebook update from her celeb crush. They were nothing but interactive posts that invited a lot of comments and discussion. Then Imran Khan came out on streets and Hamza’s updates started tilting from being entertaining to political. Even that was digestible, even though the number of likes and comments on his posts had gone down remarkably (yes I noticed that). The problem started when he joined PTI and started sounding more like a politician than an entertainer. Soon after he started trying to preach ‘Pakistani values’ as well, as if we don’t have enough of that from the moral police, who don’t even know which culture they are talking about. But that’s another matter.
If you’ve watched any of Hamza Abbasi’s interviews, no not the ones on news channels, but the ones on entertainment channels especially those in which he appeared with his friends of the showbiz industry, you’d see that he is not nearly as serious as he sounds on his page. Many times, his own friends implied, or said directly, that he is a flirt in front of him and he didn’t negate them. That is not the issue though. He can flirt around and be playful and jolly if he likes, no one would mind surely. The issue is his pretense of being a conservative person when he is clearly not.
Recently he resigned from his post as PTI’s culture secretary because all of a sudden he remembered that he ‘romanced women in bikinis’ in his upcoming film (Jawani Phir Nahi Aani). Despite all his condemnations of the rising trend of ‘item numbers’ and criticism on women (without naming them) for shedding their clothes to gain popularity, he didn’t hesitate in shooting a movie that seems all about young people spending their lives in dancing clubs and bars. And now, when the trailer has been released, he regrets it all of a sudden and resigns. Wow! People are definitely impressed by his ‘honesty’ but to me he reeks of double standards and lies. Then again, he is a part of PTI so…
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