Pakistani actor Ahsan Khan on Tuesday said that stories of sexual abuse and rape should be highlighted in TV serials for the correction and guidance for society and not for ratings, reported The Express Tribune.
His remarks came in response to a question about the challenging role of ‘Imtiaz’, a child molester, that he played in the drama serial ‘Udaari’.
Khan recently appeared in Udaari, a show that shifted his outlook on the world. Khan had put up a convincing performance of a villainous role of a child molester which rightly highlighted the dilemma of child abuse in society.
Famous Film and Drama actor, @Ahsankhanuk visited @cpwbpunjab to spend time with kids who have been victims of Child Abuse. He applauded @SarahAhmad_PTI’s efforts as a lead for this initiative after seeing the kids happy there and the efforts by the Child Protection Bureau. pic.twitter.com/X6KYgT4agZ
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“Udaari changed the way I looked at the world,” he said. “I think the drama played a key role in normalising the discourse around child abuse and that was quite fulfilling to see,” said Khan in his interview.
He, however, regretted the fact that stories around sexual abuse of children and women will remain relevant to society.
— Ahsan Khan (@Ahsankhanuk) September 10, 2020
“Rape, violence and all forms of abuse are grave issues which should find space in our scripts but the key is to address the problem without sensationalising it. Yes, we should convey the ghastliness of the crime but also realise that we are walking on a slippery slope,” Khan acclaimed.