Govt. taking notice! *finally*

Telefun, it seems, has finally crossed the fine line between patriotism and consumerism by linking popular bollywood icon Amitabh Bachan with Independence day. Huma posted on this recently, saying this move has her totally baffled.

The city govt. has finally taken notice of this atrocity and has ordered Telefun to take down the billboards featuring Amitabh Bachan.

Bachchan’s picture alongside the flag was an “objectionable act”, a Karachi official told the Reuters news agency.

A place alongside the flag “is reserved only for our own heroes,” Mirza Asif Baig told Reuters.

Telefun responded with…

Telefun’s marketing manager, Abdul Qadir, says it will comply with the ban.

“We have already started disassociating Bachchan’s picture from the national flag,” Mr Qadir told Reuters. “It was a mistake.”

Credit goes to two of our readers who simultaneously suggested this story: Ahmed Bhaila and Yo Yo.

In the news: BBC,

14 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    That’s good news.

  2. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    This is crap !!
    finally someone from the neighbouring country was being a part of our celebration and promoting paki-india friendship and we ban his pictures… morons…
    whats next… they’ll ban pics of aishwariya and i think its shahrukh khan in the adds of Tag..
    have an open mind..
    isnt it long enough already.. we’ve been being an ass about the whole kashmir issue for over 50 years and finally now when countries are interacting we definately wanna ban such things =D
    ofcourse we dont wanna be friends with hindus… that might help us in some way, and we definately dont wanna help ourselves.. yes we are the PROUD PAKISTANIS


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    Umar you are so much obsessed about Aishwariya,arn’t you?=)

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    I suspect that its not only the local govt pressure but could also have to do with Bacchan not authorising the use of this image

    It just seems to me that they hacked a copy of his picture and did a voice over on the TV ads, each time I look at the fleeting glimpse of the add, it seems more like a voice-over

    Whats the verdict on the fact that TELEFUN was also violating copyright laws with Bachaan

  5. Jamash (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    Their TVC is a voice over, No doubts about it.

  6. verysmart (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    dear Bachchan had no idea that he was celebrating our indidependence day with us, and neither he was interested.

    You can have an open mind when the other nation respect you equally, but in the case of india, they believe that they can walk all over us. And they saw that ad as a symbol of our pyschological defeat, and a indeed a psychological defeat it is!!

    I am absolutely happy to resort this ban as a victory of Pakistani Nationalism.

    If you do conflict my idea, please do read the comments I posted to Huma’s comments, when she first reported it. My Indian friends flatly rejected the idea of putting any Pakistani figure on any day of the year on a billboard, let alone the Independence day. They are really still laughing at us.

  7. yo yo (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

    Bollywood is present in Pakistani homes/lives 365 days of the year. Then why can we not celeberate 14 August with Amitabh. What really ticks me off is the ARMY/AIRFORCE/NAVY OFFICERS MESS TV rooms. They are running mostly indian music channels and Indian films. Young or old armed forces officers( who are tranined and paid to protect us from india mostly) love Bollywood.
    Our goverment which is effectively run by Army should clean its house first before teaching patriotism to the nation.

  8. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    This Telefun marketing manager Abdul Qadir should be ostracised by the marketing community, if not lynched by an angry mob.

    IMHO, it would have been a lesser sinif he had pissed on the Pakistani flag instead of what he has really done.

  9. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    This Telefun marketing manager Abdul Qadir should be ostracised by the marketing community, if not lynched by an angry mob.

    IMHO, it would have been a lesser sin if he had pissed on the Pakistani flag instead of what he has really done.

  10. unknown (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    @yo yo
    my friend few things are suppose to remain in veil even thoug we are all junky of their movies but we should not be that much ignorant that we start posting them publicaly so that whole world can see what is goin on in our country and in our minds

    we have left our contry for big bucks but at least we should show some patriotism at this point

  11. YO YO (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    UNKNOWN..I am a patriotic person…My comments are self critcism. But I donot agree with the veil…Too many things are TABOO in Pakistan. TABOOing something like this generates frustrations, rumours and hinders solution finding thought.

  12. Amitabh Bachaan (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 3:17 am

    They did not pay me the money I wanted and they stole my picture.. Thats bad so I scrwed them through your government..

  13. Saddened (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 4:00 am

    Dear friends, I must confess, as a Pakistani – and ALWAYS proud of it – I am rather saddened by this disucssion. The insecurity this discussion portrays is rather pathetic. On this, the eve of our Independence Day, are we really so insecure in our identity that we would consider our sovereignty threatened by a silly billboard from a silly company with a silly man who probably has no idea of all this silliness anyhow!

    Get a life folks. If each of us spent a quarter of the time we have done in fretting about this in actually doing something positive for Pakistan, maybe we would not have to worry about such billboards anyhow!

    I apologize for the harshness of my tone but when will the naaraz or our jiallaz cease.


  14. Amitabh Bachaan (unregistered) on August 13th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    hey my duplicate is using my name
    screw you!!! you fruad

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