'Not funny' – Celebs come to Sami Khan's defense against insulting comments on talk show

04:09 PM | 4 Mar, 2023
'Not funny' – Celebs come to Sami Khan's defense against insulting comments on talk show
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During a talk show hosted by Fahad Mustafa, actor Sami Khan was subjected to a barrage of allegedly "funny" questions that questioned the success of his career.

Comedian Sheikh Qasim insinuated that Khan's films were unsuccessful, stating "You are so good-looking, there’s nothing wrong with you, but somehow your films don’t work out. Why?". Khan argued back, "No, sir, films are always a hit and miss. Salakhen and Wrong No. 2 were a hit. It’s a trial-and-error thing."

Qasim then countered, saying "But Wrong No. 2 wasn’t a bigger hit than Wrong No. 1." Khan defended himself by clarifying that the film was, indeed, a hit. Mustafa also supported Khan, telling Qasim, "It was a hit! Now, do you have a decent question?" Qasim persisted, asking, "Okay let’s see, Khalilur Rehman Qamar made a hit and in his next film, titled Kaaf Kanga, he cast you. That flopped. What would you say about that?"

Despite the uncomfortable and demoralizing situation, Khan handled the situation gracefully, dodging and laughing off the insinuations made against him.

A clip of the show soon went viral on social media, leading to several actors coming forward to defend Khan against the insensitive questioning. The incident sparked an important conversation about the need for respect and professionalism in the entertainment industry.

“This was so uncomfortable to watch. Sami Khan is a fabulous actor and one of the most respectful, committed professionals. Bravo to him for handling this with so much grace!” she added. “Degrading your guests or anyone else is not funny. If he wasn’t successful, he wouldn’t be a guest on [your] show,” pointed out Omar.

Former actor Aisha Uqbah Malik also noted that the questions were “not funny at all.” She added, “Sami Khan is an amazing actor, a thorough gentleman, an absolute joy to work with and a wonderful human being. These shows need to learn where to draw the line.”

Armeena Khan also expressed her dismay at the recent incident and stated that the questions were disrespectful and not amusing. She highlighted that Sami Khan is a skilled actor and a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, adding that he's one of her favourite co-stars. Despite the insults thrown at him, she noted that he remained composed and professional.

Other celebrities like Muneedb Butt and Sadia Khan condemned the act of Sheikh Qasim and expressed their support for Sami Khan. They acknowledged that Sami is a remarkable artist and a brilliant actor, and nobody has the right to disrespect him in such a manner and urged Sheikh Qasim to apologize for his behaviour.

Many others also voiced their criticism against the interview.

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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