Fame vs. mentality! Or does it ?

In our national heroes we include our singers especially our pop icons like Junaid Jumshaid, Ali Zaffar, Strings, Ahmed Jahanzaib, Abrar-ul-haq and Jawad Ahmed. They all sing great and many people are inspired from their songs and interviews. Today I will tell you an inside story of their personality and behavior before any concert.

I heard once that there was a concert arranged by Marriot Islamabad in which Abrar-ul-haq was the entertainer. He was signed for, as far as I remember, 12 songs. 5 hours before the concert he refused to sing. He lay down some demands which included a suite in Marriot for his self and his family members with free launch and dinner, there was no such deal made between both the parties at the time of agreement.

Marriot was left with no other option, as no singer commits 5 hours before a concert. They had to agree upon his demands and after 5 hours he was singing and dancing on the stage.

Same story took place on the annual dinner of an IT company here in Islamabad on this Friday. Mr. Ahmed Jahanzaib was signed in for the performance. On Thursday night he refused to sing and put a condition that he will only sing if the assigning party gives him a two night stay in Serena Hotel. Company had to agree on his demand but later he put another condition that his helpers will also stay in Serena Hotel otherwise he would not sing. What else he could possibly do to show his true colors…

I came across only two such stories which I shared with you. We never know how many other stories have been told and seen. One should never agree upon such demands that are pure blackmail and cheep. They should be taught a lesson by canceling their agreement and tell the audience about their mentality and behavior. When they will be exposed may be then they feel ashamed of what they have been doing for so many years and correct their behavior for the future.

6 Comments so far

  1. WK (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    Ms.Ghalia Aymen,

    FYI, what ever you wrote, its totally incorrect, genereted by some one who have no knowledge about them.

    Read and See what he is doing for Poor people in Pk,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3224611.stm

    http://www.londonpakistani.com/artdetail.asp?id=4

    http://www.pbase.com/mnfamily/missohioinabrarshow

    With all due respect I would suggest that before writing these kind of stories about them please THINK.

    R/

    WK


  2. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    good links WK.


  3. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

    If it is true then not very ethical of them but;

    a) If everyone else is doing it one way or the other….? Abrar and Ahmed Jahanzaib are part of the same society.

    b) These companies are not exactly poor. Probably better to “steal” from rich than from poor…?


  4. Phil (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    I think you are taking this ‘hero’ definition in all the wrong contexts. These people are in no way national heroes. Some of them might become, but at the moment, artists like Ahmed Jahanzaib is not even as popular as the famous Nargis from Lahore.

    Having said that, it is true that people make demands, and as a customer of their services, you have to suck-up to that. After all, they are celebrities, which by no means grants them and exclusive rights amongst us, yes, but it does allow them to act like one. Dont ask what great bands like Poison and Blink 182 ask for…!

    There is a ways of dealing with these people who are actually just ‘showmen’ in a society devoid of any appreciation of any art form. They are too frustrated by the society they live in – no bodys perfect. And they certianly are no-body’s heroes.

    And I agree with a few of the above comments.


  5. suhail (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    Some of them are real cheapesters, dont include our beloved Junaid jamshed in this list please.


  6. WK (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    Suhail,

    Let them create lists or what so ever, the popularity and fame does not go down just because of these two persons…

    WK



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