In parallel to his cinematic activities and through his well-known songs, he tried to represent Iranian people by picturing their pains and sorrows under the totalitarian Shah’s regime. In 1973, he was sentenced to jail for his social and political ideas. However after his release he would not remain silent and with his works (songs such as "Gonjishkak Ashi Mashi", "Childish (Kodakaneh)", "Nightly 2" or "Friday For Friday") he accompanied and supported people in the upcoming revolution.
Shortly after the revolution, he decided to leave Iran and go to a self-imposed exile which continues to this day. During the exile, his artistic activities were extremely limited however he still believes in change for his country and his people.