Pakistani Celebrities Slam Pakistan International Screen Awards 2020
The Pakistan International Screen Awards (PISA) 2020 is facing severe backlash from celebrities, nominees and jury for mismanagement and unprofessionalism in travel arrangements.
Taking to social media, Pakistani celebrities including Nabeel Zafar, Adnan Shah Tipu, Osman Khalid Butt, Muhib Mirza, and Nadia Afgan have lashed out at PISA management for unprofessionalism.
The Bulbulay actor Nabeel Zafar, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Comic role, shared the management of PISA used his name for promotion and then failed to make travel arrangements at the last minute.
Veteran actress Bushra Ansari called such awards “professional frauds”
Osman Khalid Butt shared on Twitter that he along with his Ehd e Wafa co-star Ahmed Ali Akbar and Baaji director Saqib Malik were also snubbed for the Pakistan International Screen Awards 2020 at the last minute.
Please add Saqib Malik, Ahmed Ali and me in the list of non-influencer (💔) nominees deprived of private jet pictures.
Seriously, though, the level of disrespect is astounding. None of us were gagging for a Dubai trip, all of us were kept in the dark and on standby till today.
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) February 7, 2020
Ahmed Ali Akbar added that they didn’t even have the decency to answer calls or call back.
Or had the decency to answer calls or call back
— Ahmed Ali (@AhmedAliAkbar) February 7, 2020
Nadia Afgan faced a similar issue and said it was “insulting” how the management wasted her time. The actress was nominated for Outstanding work as an actress in a comedy role for Suno Chanda.
Actor Adnan Shah Tipu shared that around 40 people including himself went through the same. He shared that certain actors were nominated but didn’t receive the tickets however, their names were used in promotions.
Ali Kazmi wrote:
Journalist and film critic Omair Alavi who is one of the jury for PISA 2020 also lashed out at its management
With everyone criticizing #PISA for their unprofessionalism, their haphazardness and their attitude towards nominees (and in my case, Jury), here is my take.
جب دبئی لےُ جا نہیں سکتے تو جیوری میں رکھتے کیوں ہو!!!!! pic.twitter.com/F1j2Ri7PpH
— Omair Alavi (@omair78) February 7, 2020
Irsa Ghazal shared:
Singer Jimmy Khan took a sarcastic dig and said that he was nominated for the song of the year but unfortunately he doesn’t have enough followers on Instagram to make it to PISA 2020.
Add me to the list. Nominated for the song of the year but I suppose dont have enough insta followers to make the cut. Haha! #jokeindeed
— Jimmy Khan (@itsjimmykhan) February 7, 2020
Muhib Mirza wrote:
Talking to the Express Tribune, Body Beat PR CEO Hasan Rizvi has apologized for the whole ordeal certain nominees had to face.
“There was a complete miscommitment on tickets to our respected guests and celebrities. We did not receive the tickets from the management for multiple reasons including flights being completely full. However as BBPR was responsible for contacting the guests please treat this as formal apology for the mismanagement of this. Our intention was never to disrespect any of our guests. We hold each and every of our guest with the highest regard.
We hope with time PISA will get bigger and bigger only to shine our country’s name.”
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