Hamza Ali Abbasi absolutely does not approve of item numbers and he wants us all to know that again.

In a recent interview with BBC Asian Network, Abbasi has said, “Item numbers have nothing to do with a film’s success.” Referring to the names of ongoing Pakistani latest films, Abbasi said that they all have performed extremely well in the box office without having any item songs in them.

He further said, “Tell me one single item number that has played a huge role in the success of a Pakistani film? There are none!” Abbasi further said that he doesn’t want to be a part of films that could negatively impact society. Instead, his latest flick was about the country’s air force pilots.

Talking about his new film, Parwaaz Hai Junoon, Abbasi has said, “Internationally, I hope it clears a lot of misconceptions about Pakistan. For example, one of the leads in this film is a female combat pilot. Many don’t know but Pakistan is the only Muslim Force who has female combat pilots.”

Answering a question if Parwaaz Hai Junoon a propaganda in some way, Abbasi said, “If you are only highlighting facts and truth, that not a propaganda. So, I’m extremely happy to say that even though it’s an air force film, but it’s not propaganda. We’re not making any outrageous claims; we’re just showing the truth.”

When asked why he left Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, he said, “I left Jawani Phir Nahi Ani because it’s not a genre that I would (do).” To this, BBC Asian Network host Haroon Rashid replied, “You called it vulgar.” Abbasi clarified, “No, just the two songs.”

Abbasi added that he doesn’t like to be a part of any film that sends out a negative message. “When you make films, when you put them on screen, it has a certain impact on the society.”

Furthermore the actor revealed: “What Bollywood or Hollywood does is in no way our business. But what we do, matters to us. Our youth looks up to our actors and actresses. They’re influenced by them. They idolise them,” he added.