Ever since the ‘merey pass tum ho’ drama series started, it’s been making headlines for one reason or the other.
Whenever a new episode comes out, there’s an outrage of angry people condemning either the content or the script depicted in the episodes.
Things got worse after the writer Khalil Ur Rehman’s interview surfaced where he said that to achieve equality women should go out and gang rape men.
Many felt that someone with such problematic views shouldn’t be allowed to put his twisted way of thinking into a script and present a show to our masses.
Rehmat Ajmal, an emerging actress and model – who can be seen starring in the drama itself, had a few things on her mind that she wanted to clear out.
In a recent Instagram post she explained that she did not know the full storyline of the series, nor was she aware of Khalil ur Rehman’s problematic views when she first filmed the show a year ago.
“I absolutely DO NOT endorse the concepts and viewpoints of Mr.Khalil Ul Rehman”
She added that this was her first TV project and that she was still in the process of learning how to be more cautious and conscious of her creative choices.
This is big.
To separate yourself from the first acting gig you’ve ever had is a big deal. Especially considering that the show hasn’t aired its final episode yet. In an industry where we barely ever hear someone take responsibility for anything negative they’ve been a part of, Rehmat Ajmal’s statement comes as a breath of fresh air.
It also cautions other artists how important it is for them to know the full storyline of what they may be working on, even if their role is brief and to fully understand before signing a contract who they’re working for too.
We wonder if the female showrunners Ayeza Khan and Hira Mani share similar views and if we’d ever hear them take a stand like this too.
Moreover, as the weeks of the drama progressed, the writer’s comments got worse.
At the series wrap-up event he was heard saying-
“Aurat fitratan bewafa nai hoti, aur jo bewafa hoti hai woh fitratan Aurat nai hoti”
Which translates to “Woman aren’t inherently disloyal, and those who are disloyal aren’t real women”
I’d like to ask, what are they then? Inherently men?