If you thought that the Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar controversy would die down with the matter being settled in court (read our update on the legal notice sent by Ali Zafar), then you were wrong.
A video of the two has been leaked – that’s right! That same video in which Meesha claims that Ali molested her during a jam session in Lahore.
Here is the video of the two singing in front of an audience.
Meesha in a statement last week to India Today, she revealed how she had been sexually harassed by Ali on several occasions as well as during the aforementioned jam session.
“I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organizers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming,”
The video surfaced online and went viral in a short time after it was aired by Pakistani television network Samaa TV. It shows the two performing a duet song with the crowd cheering them on.
However, what we noticed was the distance at which Ali was from Meesha.
This video was shot on December 21, 2017, clearly shows Ali at a distance from Meesha and throughout the short clip, no such act of harassment can be seen.
However, sources told India Today that Ali had apparently tried to get close to Meesha during the event.
“This was in the presence of her manager, Ali’s manager, the event planner and 9 band members, India Today quoted a source as saying. Surprisingly, Meesha and Ali also performed at a concert together in Islamabad two days after the reported incident.”
And that’s not all! While there are those who claim that Ali had in fact tried to get close to Meesha, there are two women who claim that no such thing had happened and that Meesha is lying.
Aqsa Ali and Kanza Munir were among the few who attended this particular session.
On an Instagram post, Aqsa said, “I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong.”
So as the stories taking turn every minute regard Ali Zafar, MeeshaShafi &#metoo movement, I think as a musician and a woman I should talk about this issue as I was SHOCKED 😮 right now with this article of Meesha. She said that her conscious doesn’t allow her to say quiet so mine also doesn’t allow me. As I am the part of concert crew, I travel intl and locally with Ali Zafar, and I have seen girls throwing themselves at him and his gentlemanly response to that which is so rare of any rockstar. balkay we all travel like friends and we work in a very comfy environment. Today finally Meesha tells us what she says happened to her that Ali harassed her at a jam or did something wrong to her and I cannot stay quiet. I was at this jam session becoz I sing in Ali’s band and so was her manager and our entire band. I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong. We all have pictures, we were there and event manager was there and it was a gr8 jam session. I am a woman and I would never allow wrong to any woman. But come on , it's a serious matter and we should be really clear on everything rather then putting accusations on people and then saying sorry you cannot question any woman it’s wrong. Ali is a genuine person, who treats people around him nicely and has always been a support system for everyone; Accusing some1 is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. As a woman I felt sad with her rude behaviour towards everyone including the band but more I feel bad that she’s causing disrespect to this Intl movement of women and all of us female musicians and hard working women.
Kanza too seemed to be taking Ali’s side and was seen condemning Meesha for misusing the “Me Too” movement that went viral on social media.
“It would be great if this important movement isn’t taken for granted or misused for personal reasons stealing limelight from real causes,” Kanza wrote on Instagram according to India Today.
I have been working with Ali Zafar on and off since the past 3 years or so and up until now I’ve been quietly observing the current situation because I am no judge of personal character be it Meesha Shafi or Ali Zafar. However, I stand witness to this particular ‘Jam’ late last year that Meesha mentions in her interview with The News. The whole house band along with myself and another fellow female vocalist were present during this session and whatever interaction took place between the two was in front of at least 10 other people. All I can say is that this particular statement that she makes here is rather odd. I have toured with the Ali Zafar band a lot of times and all my trips have been really pleasant and professional and we’ve spent hours jamming together. It would be great if this important movement isn’t taken for granted or misused for personal reasons stealing limelight from real causes. Rest, time will tell!!
Well it seems that the case is getting deeper and more confusing with each day.
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