KARACHI: Pakistani cricket star Shahid Afridi Wednesday demanded that the producers of a film about a boy emulating his rise to stardom cut an “obscene” scene which he fears could damage his image.

The big-hitting all-rounder had given his blessing to “Main Houn Shahid Afridi”(“I am Afridi”) but is now worried it may lead young viewers astray.

The $1 million Pakistan-made movie tells the story of a young man who dreams of becoming as great a player as Afridi, and the trials he faces as he tries to follow in his hero's footsteps.

Afridi, who hails from Pakistan's deeply conservative tribal district of Khyber on the Afghan border, was furious at a scene in which the hero hugs and kisses a girl in a nightclub.

The scene was shown in trailers for the film on various TV channels.

“I had given permission for the film with an aim to give kids some positive healthy entertainment, to divert their minds towards cricket and it should not have obscene things,” said Afridi, 33.

“I want to tell the people that the film is not related to my life.”

Afridi, who shot to stardom in 1996 aged 16 when he hit a world record one-day international hundred off 37 balls, said he wanted the producer to cut the scene.

“A lot of kids and families would go to watch the movie because of me and if they see things like that they will feel bad, so I hope they remove those scenes and run the film,” he said.

The movie had already suffered technical glitches which stopped it being released over the Eid holiday weekend.

Producer Humayun Saeed, a top actor in Pakistan, initially wanted Afridi to take the lead role, but the cricketer said it would not be in keeping with the traditions of his tribe.

Afridi said he was also concerned because the film's promotional material wrongly suggested he had acted in the film.

“I had declined the offer to act because my elders are against acting, nor did I charge a single penny from them,” he said.

The movie was expected to lift the sagging Pakistani film industry, which struggles to compete with glitzy, big-budget Bollywood in neighbouring India.

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August 14, 2013 7:47 pm

Instead of applying different directorial techniques and improve the overall screenwriting and cinematography in order to lift the flagging Pakistani cinema, the artists, drama producers and the filmmakers took a short-cut to increase the audiences and ratings by showing obscenity and vulgarity.

I wish they have followed Iranian and other Asian cinemas such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean instead of blindly following Bollywood.

August 14, 2013 8:03 pm

Since when hugging and kissing is an obcence thing to do. It is show of love and affection. What Mr. Afridi thinks about guns and violence. Is that not obscene?

August 14, 2013 8:53 pm

Sorry to say But sometimes i think people of NorthWest are too Full of themselves.

August 14, 2013 9:14 pm

just like his acting, Humayun Saeed again refused to improve for better...

August 14, 2013 9:23 pm

All media people such as hamyun etc should care about a common people of Pakistan. A common people, which are 70% or more of the country does not represent what is being should in Pakistani media, in terms of glamor. They possess simple and modest lives. Afridi is right, families and kids will come to watch the movies. The hugging and small dresses in movies will disturb the families and kids. Movie should be sports oriented, not glamor oriented.

Shahid Kinnare
August 14, 2013 9:28 pm

its shameful demand by Afridi, what is obscene for him could an art form for artist and its admire. It were exactly Jihadis come in they want every to like them. wrong wrong wrong.

August 14, 2013 9:31 pm

I pray for your more success. May God tak you to the new heights with dignity and piety.

Ali K
August 14, 2013 9:58 pm

Good on you, Afridi.

August 14, 2013 10:19 pm

Yes...please replace the scene with the hero kissing and biting the ball during a live cricket game. That will be more fitting for Shahid Afridi kind of a guy.

August 14, 2013 11:42 pm

Come on Affridi, we all love you, waiting to watch this movie. How is that an "obscene" scene? If we open up mind a bit, whole world looks beautiful. Pakistan badly needs of films home-made, and this could be a good start. Good luck to the team making this movie.

Gulbaz Mushtaq
August 15, 2013 12:06 am

Good Afridi. The scene should be cut.

August 15, 2013 12:39 am

I agree, Shahid is an outstanding actor in his own right. You only have to watch his 'flops' in batting to realise he is an actor in a world of his own

August 15, 2013 3:21 am

Afridi needs to chill out. It is just a movie scene and I am sure not as vulgar as he suggests.

Saima Khan
August 15, 2013 3:47 am

Afridi do not forget your crimes, we knew you very well. Please read about your actions, one thing common btw you and Imran Khan, done all naughty things in your life and now showing themself as a pious person. Stop this double standard non sense. Stop Hypocrisy


Pakistanis caught out THREE Pakistan players have discovered that women and hotel rooms do not mix. The all-rounder Shahid Afridi, batsman Hasan Raza and wicketkeeper Atiquz Zamanbeen have been fined and suspended for a tournament after apparently overstepping the social boundary during a training camp incident on Aug 15.

Saima Khan
August 15, 2013 3:50 am

Afridi do not forget your crimes, we know you very well. Please read about your actions, one thing common btw you and Imran Khan, done all naughty things in your life and now showing themselves as a pious person. Stop this double standard non sense. Stop Hypocrisy


Pakistanis caught out THREE Pakistan players have discovered that women and hotel rooms do not mix. The all-rounder Shahid Afridi, batsman Hasan Raza and wicketkeeper Atiquz Zamanbeen have been fined and suspended for a tournament after apparently overstepping the social boundary during a training camp incident on Aug 15.

August 15, 2013 5:21 am

I agree with Afridi. The person/s producing the film in Afridi's name had the moral obligation not to include any dirty obscene scene which have always been hated by Afridi and his entire family. I hope that the producer will remove the obscene part ASAP not to hurt Afridi, his family and his well wishers all over world..

Ajukis Rambler
August 15, 2013 6:43 am

There is nothing wrong in a movie scene like kissing acting by others. If a boy will not kiss the girl than who else will do. After all kissings are better than bullets and killings!

August 15, 2013 7:12 am

what is obscene in AFRIDIS opinion. Can he define obscenity which is universally acceptable

August 15, 2013 7:45 am

lala film mein jaan bhi daalni hai na!

August 15, 2013 8:20 am

Yes,Afridi should warn those people who wants to portray him as a vulgur and rough person.

August 15, 2013 8:21 am

Since when are hugging and kissing obscene?

August 15, 2013 8:48 am

Why would anyone want to be shahid afridi ? He bats recklessly, has no technique , will barely be selected in club levels outside pakistan, Pakistan has had some gems like wasim waqar inzi, imran, saeed anwar to name a few, why such fixation with a mediocre cricketer? abdul razzak or azhar mahmood had they been groomed properly would have been so much better than this guy! This guy is no dhoni or sachin , dont intend to start a war here but this is something to ponder

sardar Tayyab Haider
August 15, 2013 9:56 am

Afridi is a characterfull person. Boom Afridi Boom...

August 15, 2013 10:04 am

Shahid Afridi needs to relax and let the viewer watch the movie. It is a movie with some romance in it too so what's wrong with having some real human feelings in it. After all we are the leader of one of the highest birth rates in the World and that just does not happen without romance. It is the hypocrisy that he should be talking against not promoting it with fervor.

August 15, 2013 10:07 am

Shahid Afridi's job is play cricket and performing good on cricket stage. Leave the job of delivering sermons to people who are professional hypocrites. Shahid you are better than the mullahs so why stooping lower and become just another "Naseh"

August 15, 2013 11:43 am

Arre Shahid-bhai, it is OK yaar. Let them show. You be cool, man. You are one of the good guys in cricket. People like you and love man, especially in India. Jaane-dho bhai, koyi fark nahin padtha, khelthe raho, chakke lagathe raho. You are great, all will be fine. Insha_Allah!!!

Almighty God Bless your tribe and you. Salaam Aleikum!!!

August 15, 2013 12:25 pm

Yes the trailer of the movie that was telecast contains nudity & vulgar scene which is quite contrary to the culture in Pakistan. Why such vulgar dances & scene were included when the title clearly points towards the struggle & achievement of a world class cricket star. Afridi is absolutely right with his objections.

August 15, 2013 12:34 pm

Hats off to Lala...No one can doubt his integrity and his views on values of family, culture and tradition..!

Saad Durrani
August 15, 2013 1:02 pm

Correct if I am wrong but Mr Afridi was once grounded because of a sex scandal.

August 15, 2013 1:05 pm

This movie is a copy of Indian movie 'Iqbal' made in 2005, why our film industry men do this,

Nadia Naeem
August 15, 2013 1:05 pm

Well protested!

August 15, 2013 1:42 pm

If a boy hugs a woman that is not obscene. We all do that when we are young. Only hypocrites deny it. A good cricketer does not automatically become a teacher on morality. IK is an example to prove my point.

August 15, 2013 2:56 pm

Ha ha ... really surprises me.... His tribe and elders allow him to act in ad films and not movies. ridiculous isnt it ???

August 15, 2013 3:17 pm

I agreed with Afridi. The cheap producers add those things which are not represent the personality. But remember these people are well trained lies with low moral character. Thanks

August 15, 2013 3:25 pm

A film is a film. Afridi should have not allowed to use his name to start with. As far as he has not acted in film, he should not worry about it. However, he has a concern which is a bit late.

August 15, 2013 4:43 pm

Thumbs up Afridi :D

Pakistan Zindabad
August 15, 2013 4:55 pm

@Ash ..............dumb indians will remain dumb, no matter where they live...be it slumps of mumbai or another slump of culcutta.

shafiq khan
August 15, 2013 5:27 pm

Who are you? If that bothered go to the courts. Or just go away. Shafiq

August 15, 2013 6:20 pm

@Ash: Ad films where only boys are allowed to accompany him. Girls are prohibited hence the films :)

August 15, 2013 6:22 pm

Probably he is afraid of extremistselements in society, tribal elders is just an excuse.

August 15, 2013 6:57 pm

@Ash: why you care ?

August 15, 2013 7:05 pm

@haris: you have no choice because the audience who pays the bill, love Bollywood. Like it or not, the only alternative to Bollywood is Hollywood. But most of your people cannot speak English.

August 15, 2013 7:16 pm

@Ash: Because 'Head & Shoulders' advertisement doesn't need a Kiss scene, that's why its allowed.

August 15, 2013 7:45 pm

@Khan: Yes bhai, a lot of success in biting balls and trampling the cricket pitch. Now, that is too obscene compared to this trivial thing. What a hypocrite this guy is!

August 15, 2013 7:55 pm

@Awan: I don't want to get into the argument about whether Afridi is right or wrong to have demanded this, for this is totally his personal matter. Having said that I don't think you should say something like that about anybody that happen to have a strong belief in their values and virtues. People in the North West are a little on the conservative side as compared to the rest of Pakistan, and I think we need to respect that.

August 15, 2013 8:02 pm

Another cheap publicity stunt by Afridi, he is not acting in the movie so why these comments. Producer spent 1 million so will try everything to recover cost. Mr Me drama continues…

August 15, 2013 8:07 pm

@Nad: Ever wondered what your kids watch on TV nowadays?

August 15, 2013 8:07 pm

I endorse Shahid Afridi's demand

Dr. Salim K. Khan
August 15, 2013 8:25 pm

so when did "hugging and kissing" become obscene? yet bombing and killing other is not obscene? no wonder this country is a mess.

August 15, 2013 9:02 pm

A kissing scene in a Pakistani movie? WTH?

August 15, 2013 9:29 pm

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: The country is not a mess, if look inside it is following the vision document of Jinnah, if you continue on true path, this country has great future.

August 15, 2013 9:38 pm

Shahid Afridi is right. The movie does not represent the values of the Pakistani masses. The trailer looks like the movie is vulgar style over substance. I was expecting a movie which would show passion for the game of cricket rather than propaganda by a bunch of demented westernized alcoholics.

Nighat Mehkeri
August 15, 2013 9:42 pm

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: Excellent point!

August 15, 2013 9:54 pm

Today two person have raised voice against Vulgarity and Obscenity that is spreading in our culture in our country. One person have tried to raised his voice with two guns in his hand in Islamabad and another person Shahid Afridi have risen against this issue with his tongue. Why we need a gun to spread good messages in our society. Why shouldn't we all use our tongue and pen to spread good in the society?

Moeen H
August 15, 2013 10:07 pm

@Ash: That's his reason .. why is it 'ha ha' to you?

Moeen H
August 15, 2013 10:09 pm

@AM: That's below the belt!

Moeen H
August 15, 2013 10:12 pm

@Awan: And where are you from?

August 15, 2013 10:49 pm

@Awan: What makes you say that? Need to stop smoking

Nadeem Mirza
August 15, 2013 11:16 pm

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: I apologize! BUT two worngs doesn't make one right! Dr. Saheb just because their is bombing and killing going on you want blank license for everything else that is bad. Hello?

August 15, 2013 11:45 pm

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: This is not about how one defines obscenity, its about damage to a person's reputation. It does not matter if everyone agrees to his views, he still has the right to demand this, especially when the movie is depicting his personality.

August 15, 2013 11:50 pm

@Shahid Kinnare: The movie is about HIM, he has all the right to demand this. No matter what you or everyone else think about it. It is his right to portray his character in what ever way he likes. The producers have an obligation to ask permission from him especially when they are not paying him anything. And please don't connect everything with jihadis.

kaka khel
August 16, 2013 12:50 am

“I want to tell the people that the film is not related to my life.”. It was a boy not a girl.......,in my real life.

August 16, 2013 3:06 am

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: i think u didnt get it...he is talking about himself...not u me...his character is being portrayed in the film so its his call i think

m. a
August 16, 2013 3:06 am

He is a great person and a cricket player. I have no knowledge that he ever misrepresented Pakistan. I trust him and want every body to give him respect and the courage. He is not a took took capitan of the team.

August 16, 2013 3:12 am

Mnnnn. Mixed up priorities

August 16, 2013 6:26 am

im sure hes mad mistakes in his life but he has a right to be angry considering wat the movie will b showing.. if young ppl are watching yea everyone does that stuff but as muslims the romance is suppose to be hidden not displayed so the whole world can see.. no more sharam or haya any more... everyones trying be like the none muslims and do everything in public..

August 16, 2013 7:47 am

Well what else can you expect from a morally bankrupt country afridi bro! Down with this pseudo-islamic country! And to those guys who consider kissing & hugging in movies as a normal part of entertainment-''sharam tum ko magar nahi aate!''

August 16, 2013 9:00 am

Islam prohibits us to disclose such things in public. Almost, everyone has something from the past, he or she would like to keep it secret. Nobody is perfect or angel. What is not forgivable is looting pubic property, using public office for huge personal financial gains. Allah forgives & replaces it with equal amount of hasanat, if one is penitent, remorseful, & repents, one on one with Allah, & means it.

August 16, 2013 9:08 am

@Dr. Salim K. Khan: The objection of Afridi's traditional elders would be that the hero's co-star is the wrong gender..

August 16, 2013 9:55 am

I really hope that the obscene part of this movie is cut immediately as it is against the ethics and morality.

August 16, 2013 10:55 am

“Success comes in cans; failure in can'ts”..........for this movie i only have a lot of cans....good luck to all who have worked hard in this movie.

A few good people can change the Nation for better, and a few good stars can make the sky shine.

August 16, 2013 12:41 pm

Abou Ben Afridi! May his tribe increase! LOLOLOL

August 16, 2013 12:43 pm

Marketing strategy??

August 16, 2013 12:55 pm

angry habib demands you don't watch the film... and next time don't get into a project your "elders" don't approve!

August 16, 2013 12:57 pm

@Nad: you'll be surprised!

August 16, 2013 3:35 pm

@Saima Khan: If a person has done a mistake it does not mean that he considers it moral for himself and everyone,it is a moral boosting demand by afridi,the movie uses his name and he is followed by many the bad scene will get great promotion and aspiring cricketers would think that oh its all okay.well done boom boom geo tou aisey insaano ki tarah.

August 17, 2013 1:28 am

Why are the Dawn's forum flooded with Indian up-down voters? Don't they have their own newspapers?

August 17, 2013 12:08 pm

@Farhan: Very right. It is HIS story. Will there be the ball chomping scene?

Paki Dil
August 17, 2013 6:05 pm

Pretty Sure most negative comments are from Indians below. They very well know that India is the epicenter of cricket corruption! Shame on all who are trying to dent Afridi's reputation.

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