In an interview with Epk, veteran actor Firdous Jamal opened up about various aspects of his life. Among them, he also talked about the comments he made about Pakistan’s most sought-after actress Mahira Khan.

Firdous Jamal came under fire for his comments last year. Addressing the issue, the senior actor said, “I made a very technical comment. I have not even met Mahira Khan. I do not know her. Someone asked me about her and I said, she’s a star but shes not an actress. She is a good model though.

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See whenever you look at someone, you question which institution they come from? Where did they study?

Likewise performing arts has various departments. There is modelling, there is method acting or mechanical acting etc. There are different school of thoughts in acting.

So we look at that school or background. Now her background is modelling. Models tend to be very conscious about how they look. Because it is their job to look good in every frame. Because they are representing a product! They are not doing any character. They are a sales man or a sales woman and they need to be presentable for that.

Mahira’s background is of modelling, so what I said was that her performance shows that she uses techniques and methods which are used in modelling.

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Models worry about lighting, makeup, their hair and features etc whereas an actor wouldn’t do that. Acting is based on self negation while modelling is self projection. So when you bring in self projection into acting, you are negating its basic principle. If you are concerned with self projection then you move out of the realm of characterization. So in this regard, I said she is not a good actress.” He explained.

“Star worship is very common in Pakistan. People want to see the stars they love, exactly the way they are. When these stars do something else, people criticize them saying what are they doing? So stars tend to maintain their persona in every character they play which again negates the very basic principle of acting which is self-negation.” He added.

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Stay tuned for Firdous Jamal’s full interview and yet another riveting episode of EPk Podcast releasing soon!


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