Amna Ilyas talks about discrimination against dark complexion in Pakistani entertainment industry

Noor Fatima 09:29 AM | 15 Mar, 2023
Amna Ilyas talks about discrimination against dark complexion in Pakistani entertainment industry
Source: Amna Ilyas (Instagram)

Pakistani model-turned-actress Amna Ilyas has always been vocal against the discriminatory approach of many people to dark complexion.

The 35-year-old star, whose dusky skin tone and sharp features rank her among one of the most beautiful faces of the Pakistani entertainment industry, has had her fair share of prejudice and sexism.  

The Saat Din Mohabbat In actress recently made an appearance on The Talk Talk Show where she criticised the casting producers who wouldn't pick actors with a darker or dusky skin complexion. The Baaji star discussed the difficulties she faced at the beginning of her career. Ilyas herself had been subjected to discrimination multiple times when her complexion did not match that of her co-star on screen. 

The Gardaab actress said "if we look at our entertainment industry, every other actor and actress will be fair and tall in their physical appearance". Ilyas explained the reason for this is the fraternity has set its own standards of beauty.

While the starlet has a successful career in the television and film industry, Ilyas found much more luck in films than dramas. Talking about item numbers, the Zinda Bhaag actress said, “I don't understand what this word ‘item’ actually means. We call it a dance performance when this word originates from our neighbouring entertainment industry where calling someone an item is somewhat a compliment."

"It is a musical performance for me," the actress emphasized.

"I don’t want to attach a negative connotation to the word. I agree that the performance is set in that zone where a girl entertains through dance, but still why would you have to call it an item number?" the model asked.

Talking further, Ilyas said, “I think all Hollywood musicals are entertaining and serve a purpose — in the film — and they are also doing dancing, but all hell breaks loose if we show it in our films."

If a film demands an item song, you shall produce one and if it doesn't —  like in Baaji and Zinda Bhaag — there is absolutely no need," Ilyas concluded.

On the work front, Ilyas will next be seen in Gardaab, Driven and Mastani.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 31, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 31, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 312.4 316.65
Euro EUR 331.5 334.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 382 385
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.9 85.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.7 83.5
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 758.7 766.7
Canadian Dollar CAD 228 230.2
China Yuan CNY 40.34 40.74
Danish Krone DKK 41.03 41.43
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.44 36.79
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.18 2.41
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 927.38 936.38
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.79 174.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 740.96 748.96
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.37 79.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 214 216
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.66
Swiss Franc CHF 315.7 318.2
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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