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11 May

Saboor Aly & Saheefa Jabbar draw criticism for viral ‘inside joke’

Saboor Aly

Actresses Saboor Aly and Saheefa Jabbar Khattak came under fire on Friday when they posted an Instagram story where the two were seen cracking jokes at a window cleaner on the sets of a shoot. The video went viral on social media with people calling them out for classism.

In the video uploaded on Saboor’s Instagram stories, Saheefa and Saboor can be seen laughing at a man who was wiping a windowpane clean. The actresses can then be heard saying “Kya Kya Khuwab leke is ki maa ne is ko ghar se bheja tha [His mother must have big dreams when she sent him to work]”. They also asked their co-actor Affan Waheed for comments but he only said that the man was working hard.



After strong backlash on social media, Saboor clarified in an Instagram post that the man is actually an assistant director on set of their upcoming drama project and that it was an inside joke between them.

“The said ‘window cleaner’ is actually the AD (Assistant Director) of our upcoming play with whom we have worked for months & being colleagues we share a lot of jokes and funny moments,” Saboor wrote on Instagram, adding one should at least give the other person a benefit of doubt if one isn’t aware of the whole scenario.

“No where have we called him a window cleaner or made fun of any specific profession. What was an inside joke with an individual, has been portrayed as an insult of the profession which was never the intention nor a fact even in the content that’s still on my social media. Frankly these are just not the values I have been brought up with,” she said.



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Addressing the people who were offended, Saboor said that the whole situation has been taken out of context.

“All I will humbly say in the end is – next time you point your finger on someone’s actions or words – especially when you are looking at them in isolation and not the whole picture – think and be responsible. Don’t just do it for the followers, likes, and engagement,” she wrote.

Saheefa on the other hand didn’t give any explanation as she thinks it’s a lost cause. “I’ll fail, I’ll miserably fail, but I won’t be able to clear the air and explain my side out,” she wrote on her Instagram story.


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