Begum Nawazish Ali – Under Hammer

Ali Saleem became a celebrity overnight thanks to the Late Night Show With Begum Nawazish Ali show which was one of its kind though many couldn’t digest a man in such a role. Those who oppose do so not because of his act but rather things apart from it. But is it fair to see him beyond the makeup?. Should we decide how he go about his artistic skills?. I call it a failure to understand the character which doesn’t care about the real man behind the mask. The dis likening was a proof that he was able to act well else the show would flop. It was not different to film villains being disliked in real life. One could see him just as an artist. All would be fine if it was only about this but incomes the hammer, this time from our Khaki men. This BBC video explains why there is a pressure on AAJ TV & production team of this show to wind up. So sad that our Army doesn’t have a stomach to digest slightest of humor on it. I have seen many episodes and his words don’t go beyond normal sarcastic touch. One is amazed at the intolerant attitude especially when talking about Enlightenment is a fashion these days.
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14 Comments so far

  1. zee (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

    MB… if you knew the reality, you wouldn’t really have been trying to save Ali’s ass like that. It’s sad that people here would believe in everything they see on CNN, FOX and BBC. Get your facts straight and THEN come support this DRAGQUEEN! I totally NOT agree with you!

  2. MB (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 9:05 pm

    I was expecting such comments but thats okay. I dont need to save his ass because he did it well himself. So you know “reality’ ?. Whats that? Are you saying RAW and MOSSAD pay Ali Saleem on this?. lol Your statement about BBC,CNN and FOX is just a generalization so i ignore it. I even don’t watch FOX.

    As i said pretty clearly Its not my business to know him. There is a character on TV that acts & i am concerned about the program and act not anything beyond this. Don’t you think he is above Wasi Zafar that we so graciously bore recently.

    I know its hard for people to resist mixing personal likes with professional judgment. I see the following logic in such criticism. Just because Osama is a terrorist so even though he does excellent calligraphy i wont appreciate it.

    I am awaiting form your side to enlighten us on his reality.

  3. kidal (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    I know homosexuality has always existed in Pakistan. But to bring it out in the open where it is no longer taboo can only mean disaster. Whether you admit it or not, social conformance is an important and legitimate motivating factor for those who are trying to lead a responsible life as Muslims and Pakistanis.

    Unless we are prepared to accept homosexuality as a social norm in the not-very-distant future, we must consider it taboo, and we must maintain the stigma that is attached to homosexual behavior.

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    We had a post that says it all: What does he/she want

  5. dannyq (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    Could you post just the links to the youtube videos so we can view them fullsize from the youtube site please? Thanks!

  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    I liked the show :|

  7. Neena (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 7:45 am

    Too bad for us that we can’t appreciate art and we wonder why our youths are frustrated. I guess it’s time for Ali to cross border to get recognition which he deserves.

  8. BoZz (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    I am all for diversity in all forms. Even if it does not appeal to my sensibilities. Incidentally not referring to this show. By accepting and tolerating, is one way to achieve nirvana.

    Lets us call a ‘jihad’ to save this show!

    Any takers?

  9. Imran (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 4:35 pm

    “Bozz” i support you, on this one.

    Thanks to the fanaticism of the 80’s, our religious zeal in Pakistan to (make) everyone the SAME … is creating a Zombie Nation! Us Pakistanis are living in a society that is IN-TOLERANT of differences. Hence a VIOLENT PAKISTAN for the World to see!

    IT IS GOOD TO BE DIFFERENT. That is what DIVERSITY is all about. If we can’t RESPECT each other then, the least we can do is to TOLERATE each other, and that can come only from LEARNING TO APPRECIATE WHAT IS DIFFERENT. Us Pakistanis have yet to learn to be tolerant of each other’s ethnic, religious, color, gender, racial backgrounds.

    There are sindhis and muhajirs and punjabis… there are tall and short people, fat and thin people, hindus and christians and muslims live together in our society, people of different orientations exist, there are rich and poor people as well. Diversity exists in all shapes, colours and forms in our society, just as it exists elsewhere.

    If the World can live in PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE, why can’t we Pakistan’s LEARN to do the same?


  10. MB (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 6:31 pm


    One way to do this is to DIGG it :-

    This is interesting :-


  11. BoZz (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    @MB – the online petition seems to have been hi-jacked by a spammer and basically useless. But thanks anyway.

  12. Straight Talker (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    The guy is talented. He is among the only few good entertainers of Pakistan who know what they are doing. Rest is trash.

  13. Hasan (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

    There are sindhis and muhajirs and punjabis… there are tall and short people, fat and thin people, hindus and christians and muslims live together in our society, people of different orientations exist, there are rich and poor people as well. Diversity exists in all shapes, colours and forms in our society, just as it exists elsewhere.

    You see Mr. Imran all these differences that you talk about are generally not differences of choice so do not suit your argument. We are (atleast most of us) are sindhis punjabis muslims christians tall short not because we opted for it but because we brought it along with us in the world.
    As far as choice of behaviour is concerned theres a more specific argument that needs to be pursued:
    Is it okay to let others do a thing which you know/regard to be wrong given that the act may inadverently affect you?
    Every society has some norms or ways which ppl regard as being the right way. And the society ofcourse clings to it and tries to pull back on any deviating member. Would you call it intolerence?

  14. Saad (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    What is wrong with our people man. What a person is shouldn’t be our concern. I can say for a fact, 99% of us aren’t perfect Muslims anyway, atleast those living in Pakistan. There’s corruption, bribery and lawlessness and we are a part of it. If you think otherwise, just rewind your memory and remember the last time you broke the law on the road.

    I have to say I really like the character. Consider gays as a minority and our law will protect them as such and yet we are always strangled between religion and culture.

    Wake up Pakistan!

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