President Arif Alvi tweeted his views on Jawani Phir Nai Ani and social media could not let it go.
I watched the movie
جوانی پھر نہیں آنی yesterday.
An excellent production. I am glad Pakistan cinema is catching up and creating good entertainment.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) September 27, 2018
From being called “wayla” to “farigh” and much more, people claimed that being President, he should not be watching movies.
Rather he should be concentrating on national issues. Who said the two are mutually exclusive though?
Strange that our worthy President doing such entertaining tweet while country is facing many crisis such as war threat from India, energy and inflation crisis
— Dr Sadia Khan (@ResearchCellPPK) September 27, 2018
We are watching load shedding,water crises,garbage,kidnapping,high prizes & you are watching movie…that is the difference elite class & poor….keep it up
— Sajid bin Zed (@ZedSajid) September 27, 2018
I am a #PTI supporter. This frivolous behaviour is not expected from the President of Pak at this critical juncture. You seem to be enjoying all the perks 2 whereas @ImranKhanPTI is toiling day n night for pulling the country from the brink of collapse. Pl be serious n help him
— Shereen (@SHEREEN_76) September 28, 2018
Some thought it was unIslamic of him to watch a film. Lol, what?
شرم کر بےغیرت ۔۔۔۔اسلامی ملک کا صدر ہے کسی میراثی کی اولاد ۔۔۔۔
— Help following labaik (@qalandrii) September 27, 2018
میں نے تو سنا تھا کہ ریاست مدینہ میں فلم دیکھنا گناہ ہے
اور آج ریاست مدینہ خود فلم کی تعریف پر اتر آیا ہے۔
— غدار غدار غدار (@WaziristanTige1) September 27, 2018
Shame on you …
Did PTI claim for riyasaat of madina …?
You are president of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. …. pic.twitter.com/QnyZfSDeOo
— صلاح الدین (@Ayubiiiiii) September 27, 2018
We’re pretty sure all of these people claiming films are unIslamic have watched much worse.
Some people said that the President also has a heart and wants to enjoy some good movies and should be allowed to do so.
President ka bhi dil hota hai movies daikhnay ka shukar karain pakistani daikhi 🤣😜
— Irum Khan🇵🇰 (@Irumkhan40) September 27, 2018
Bhai, woh bhi film deikh sakta hay ! Oda v Dil hay
— @k!f (@akif786) September 27, 2018
Others thought his tweet was cute:
You should be arrested for being the cutest President of Pakistan. This must be illegal, surely.
— Mariam’s Madness (@mariamsmadness) September 27, 2018
To be fair, his tweet was encouraging to producers and filmmakers all over the country. They replied their gratitude for his appreciation:
Thank you Sir! It’s an honour that you watched the movie . This gives us and other producers huge encouragement! Thank u again
— Salman Iqbal ARY (@Salman_ARY) September 27, 2018
Thank you for your support sir. Pakistan Zindabad #jpna2
— Ahmad Ali Butt (@ahmedaliB) September 28, 2018
Thank you Mr. President for the appreciation. We have come long way in rebuilding the Pakistani film industry and alot more still needs to be done.
— Jerjees Seja (JJ) (@Jerjees) September 28, 2018
His tweet is rather innocent and unaware. There is nothing really wrong with watching a movie and appreciating national cinema once in a while as long as he does not overdo it.
He is just an old man enjoying some good films in his free time. Give him a break.