Veteran actor, Firdous Jamal's ageist comments about Mahira Khan did not go down well with the entertainment industry.
On Saturday, a clip from Faysal Qureshi's show started doing the rounds on social media in which guest Jamal had an opinion about Khan that he just had to share: "I'm sorry to say if someone likes it or not, but Mahira is not heroine stuff. She's a mediocre sort of a model, she's not a good actress and is not a heroine."
She's quite aged as well and we don't have heroines at this age, they only play the characters of mothers", added the 65-year-old actor."
The fact that are our male actors not viewed with the same scrutiny is an argument we should not have to make in 2019 yet here we are. Thankfully, peers from within the fraternity stood up for Mahira:
Mawra Hocane says disrespectful remarks cannot be disguised as an opinion
Her Bin Roye co-star Humayun Saeed also spoke out defending her
Faysal Qureshi himself tweeted saying he was shocked (but then he should've defended her on air, just sayin')
Nadia Hussain is sick of the double standards
Asma Abbas says she thinks he owes Mahira an apology
Gohar Rasheed said he expected better from Jamal
Osman Khalid Butt feels like the public can't take the industry seriously until we keep our own chauvinism in check
Adnan Malik reminds us, when you point at someone, you've got three fingers pointing back at you
Meanwhile, Mahira Khan is unbothered. To quote the superstar herself: "Desi me rollin’, they hatin’"