I would stay away from projects that objectify women: Ali Zafar

New Delhi: Amid allegations of sexual harassment, Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar has recently said that he would like to stay away from films or songs that involve objectification of women.

While Ali refused to comment on the ongoing legal battle with singer Meesha Shafi, who accused him of sexual harassment in April on social media, he shared his thoughts on the trend of item numbers in the entertainment industry.

“It (item numbers) depends on how it is done. Freedom of expression is something that we have. We should have the right to have that but how we use it, is very important. If it doesn’t demean a woman or objectify women and is done in an entertaining manner, I don’t see any harm in that,” Ali told IANS.

If done distastefully, “I would personally stay away from it,” said Ali who sang and featured in the video of the song titled ‘Item number’, released by Junglee Music.

Ali, who has starred in Indian films like Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, said that his song does not take a dig at Bollywood films, “No, it’s not that. There is this interesting debate going on … whether an item number needs to be there in a film for the film to work or not. There are some people who are more towards that kind of cinema which is more realistic. They say their films should not have an item number and there are others in the commercial world. They say there should be item numbers in films and there is nothing wrong with it. This (Item number) is our take on the whole conversation,” he added, reports IANS.

The song is part of his forthcoming film Teefa In Trouble — his debut film in Pakistani cinema which will hit the screens in about 25 countries, including Russia, on July 20.

Apart from acting and singing, Ali also co-produced and co-wrote the film. He has teamed up with Yash Raj Films for the international theatrical distribution of his home production.