Actress Ushna Shah slammed writer and director Khalilur Rehman Qamar’s recent controversial statements on Wednesday, demanding he apologise.
Speaking in programme Jashn-e-Cricket, Shah said Qamar “should apologise for his words” and that now “is the time to stand against wrongdoings” in our society.
The drama-writer should put aside his ego, acknowledge his mistake and apologise, the actress said. ‘He should realise that we do not enjoy being angry or demeaning him’
“After my comments, Qamar sahib will say that I will never make an offer to this ‘dou takkay ki aurat’ for a drama,” she said, making a quirky jibe at the playwright while referring to a popular dialogue from his recently-hit drama series.
The drama-writer should put aside his ego, acknowledge his mistake and apologise, the actress said. “He should realise that we do not enjoy being angry or demeaning him.
“This is an injustice … your ideology is wrong. Think about it, open up your mind,” she added.
Late Tuesday night, Qamar – who was both ridiculed and praised for his hit TV series earlier this year – appeared on a talk show alongside activist Marvi Sirmed to share his thoughts on Aurat March 2020.
Tempers, however, flared up soon after the two got into an argument about one of the slogans – “mera jism, meri marzi,” or my body, my choice – with Qamar saying it was “vile and filthy” and that he felt “hurt” that the LHC threw out a petition seeking to ban it.
As he spoke, journalist Marvi Sirmed interrupted to offer an explanation as to why the line of thought Khalilur Rehman Qamar was diving into was problematic. However, he lost his patience and hurled some highly inappropriate insults at her, adding to a clash between progressives and conservatives over the perceived objectives of the Aurat March 2020.