Hamza Ali Abbassi calls the item song culture a filth
- It’s heartbreaking to see some brilliant Pakistani filmmakers still using ‘item numbers’ to sell their films.
- Shut up the flesh show, says Hamza Ali Abbassi.
- What item numbers do with the films is the addition of masala to a movie.
- An item song is filth and destroys the society, he said.
- I won’t be working in a movie that has a negative impact on society; Hamza Ali Abbassi.
An item song better known as an item number is, considerably, a part of the film. The item number might not have any relevance to the plot of the film and is usually comprised of provocative dance tactics. The term is most commonly practiced in India for its commercial importance as it increases the viewership.
What item numbers do with the films is the addition of masala to a movie. But the advent of item numbers like songs in the Pakistani cinema doesn’t sit well to many. CSP turned actor Hamza Ali Abbassi was seen questioning the importance and credibility of the item numbers in a movie back in 2017.
“It’s heartbreaking and disappointing to see some brilliant Pakistani filmmakers still using ‘item number’ to sell their films. How can the censor board allow such filth to run in cinemas and how can PEMRA allow this to be run on channels? Pakistani artists finally managed to get enough of the respect in the society that now young educated boys and girls from good families are coming into this field,” he said in a tweet.
He also asked to shut up the flesh show and stop portraying the item number in a movie as glamour. Hamza Ali Abbassi also mentioned that such songs degrade women, objectify them and goes against the essence of women empowerment. Things like item songs also antagonize our societal norms and religion.
A year later Abbasi said in his interview to BBC Asian Network, “Tell me one single item number that played a huge role in the success of a Pakistani film? None. ‘Punjab Nahi Jaongi’, ‘Waar’, even ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’ ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2’, ‘Load Wedding’. None of them have item numbers.” He said that he doesn’t like to be a part of the film that could negatively impact society.
Say no to item numbers and do films that positively impact society… that's what @iamhamzaabbasi tells @iharoonrashid. Plus why his film #ParwaazHaiJunoon isn't propoganda and how it's going to change the international perception of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/KdbDMZS8b6
— BBC Asian Network (@bbcasiannetwork) August 24, 2018
Currently, the actor is one of the judges on BOL Entertainment’s recently launched reality show, Pakistan Star. The show is on the terms of America Got Talent and Indian reality shows. The item number is also symbolic of Indian cinema and is one of the things that our cinema has adopted from the other side of the border.
Hamza apologized to a 16-year-old contestant who was showcasing her talent and danced on an item number song Billi Hamza criticized that our young generation of boys and girls don’t have good things in the industry to look up to.
Look what I found, Hamza Abbasi on ITEM SONG. 👇🏼pic.twitter.com/NYzgYPdmcI
— Sari Hashmi (@Sarihashmi1) June 18, 2019
The actor is of the opinion that songs like these destroy the society and even India is trying to get away with them. He doesn’t want young girls to dance on songs that objectify them.
Do you think that the elimination of item songs from Bollywood will stop what Hamza Ali Abbassi called the destruction of society?