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Cinema in our country has had mujras for ages - Mehwish Hayat
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Cinema in our country has had mujras for ages – Mehwish Hayat

The adding up of “item songs” in films to spice up things and attract eyeballs continues to find favour, and it’s no surprise that Pakistani producers are following this trend heavily from  Bollywood to fuel the revival of Pakistani cinema.

As much as Mehwish spins and twirls were admired in Na Maloom Afraad’s first installment, we asked her if her upcoming films includes an item song to which she said;

“Look at yesteryear cinema in our country, they even had mujras. It’s not that we’ve been inspired by India or we’ve started something new; it’s been a part of our cinema for ages. Then again, it shouldn’t be vulgar, it should appear sensual and appealing, but there’s a fine line between the two.”

“I do have to closely look into every project I decide to take up. Billi was a very bold step for me and I asked my family for permission before doing it and I have no regrets,” she added. “I could’ve done Dedh Ishquiya alongside Madhuri Dixit, which Huma Qureshi essayed, but I didn’t because there was this scene with Arshad Warsi that I knew I couldn’t do. Had I wanted to do it, I could have, so I know exactly what and what not to do.”

Item songs have always been a great source of entertainment for movie lovers because the audience loves to watch their favourite actors’ high energy performances.

These item songs garner maximum viewership and are played at every family function; so my question to you all is; why should an actor or film industry be subjected to vulgarism and obscenity?

When we can take the story depicted in the movies as fiction and not relate to them, then why is it a problem to accept the songs featured in them as pure entertainment?

On the work front Mewish is busy promoting Punjab Nahi Jaungi, which will hit cinemas this Eid.

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