There was an array of hilarious Eid memes based on Pakistani dramas such as Mann Mayal and the likes.
Actor Ahsan Khan also shared a meme of his ongoing drama Udaari which went viral. And not because it was funny.
A lot of fans found Ahsan’s post distasteful and in a matter of time, Ahsan was bombarded with tons of critical comments. Many took to Twitter and criticised the actor who has otherwise gained praise for not just his performance in the drama but also raising awareness on a very sensitive topic i.e child sexual abuse.
This is what Ahsan had to say:
“A lot of memes have been made in the past but I ignored them as I didn’t want to trivialise the issue and kill the message. I have been constantly making efforts to eliminate this evil through the platform of Udaari. And because of it, a lot of people are willing to share their stories with me. I am planning to make a documentary to further highlight this issue,” Ahsan told The Express Tribune when asked to comment on the criticism he has been facing.
“A lot of good actors were offered the role of Imtiaz but they rejected it. I couldn’t digest the scenes and was also bashed by friends and family for portraying it on the screen, but I didn’t back out.”
While many people failed to see the funny side of Ahsan’s post, he said it was his way of humour and he can’t please everybody.
“As a person, I have my own definition of humor. People derive different meanings out of things and you can’t please everyone.”
Ahsan further explained that 95 percent of his fans/followers took the post lightly which was the real intent behind it.
“For those who feel it was in bad taste, I wasn’t trying to be offensive or hurt anyone’s feeling. I am not that kind of a person who will offend someone with my personal choices or views.”
The Udaari actor also mentioned that:
“I didn’t have any negative intention while sharing that meme. For me, it was just a dialogue that people remembered. I wasn’t trying to endorse, celebrate or glorify my character.”
The actor was confident that his efforts in the drama will not be waisted and he he will continue to take steps to eliminate child abuse both within Pakistan and internationally.