Despite prominent TV channels setting a precedent and refusing to work with Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, the scriptwriter continues to be invited on talk shows to speak about women. His recent insensitive remarks about Noor Mukadam have the public saying ‘enough!.’
However, will the industry follow suit?
Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar will remain the best litmus test for the showbiz industry's moral compass. If you don't call him out for his vile comments about #NoorMukadam you don't have the right to campaign for Noor or bandwagon on any other issue. The Sadafs are always an easy target https://t.co/jlinPtEiT6
— Rafay Mahmood (@Rafay_Mahmood) August 2, 2021
This time, the Landa Bazaar writer questioned the timing of Noor Mukadam’s violent murder and linked it to the ‘dwindling narrative of feminists‘. Yes, he implied a woman’s murder was part of some conspiracy to promote feminism.
While many celebrities do call him out, many more still jump at the chance to work with him. The Mere Paas Tum Ho has a fanbase that likes his mouthy dialogues regardless of the narrative he presents, and actors still want to be in dramas or films written by him.
Not everyone is Mahira Khan and Adnan Malik that refuse to work with him again. Or Sonya Hussyn who turned down the roles he offers.
— Iffat Omar Official (@OmarIffat) August 3, 2021
While almost everyone has expressed outrage over the brutal murder of Noor Mukadam, how many are willing to stop working with someone dubbing the tragedy as a ‘conspiracy’?
While journalists like Rafay Mahmood are calling out how a Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar boycott is necessary, television channels continue to invite him to speak on women and gender issues.
you are absolutely right!this is something very serious,ppl like #ZahirJaffer are the byproduct of this mindset,where he brutally murders a woman who accordingly to him was cheating on him..in my opinion media needs to stop providing a space to ppl like #khalilurrehmanqamar https://t.co/7CQLmQMonL
— Tehmina Khaled (@TehminaKhaled) August 2, 2021
Even the public can see through his facade of supporting the patriarchy for culture and then featuring items songs in his film Kaaf Kangana.
Before Pakistani conservatives make #SadafKanwal their new Ammi, have a look at her way of life. Please don't moral police her like Halima Baji, but know that she is not what you may be expecting. Btw #khalilurrehmanqamar also cashes on item songs. Yahan per Munafiqat Zindabad pic.twitter.com/rmadOWD7LP
— Abdul Basit (@AbdulBasit0419) July 31, 2021
Hmy b afsos hai Sir ! K ap jesy log abi tk hmary haan WRITER kehlaty hn.
Auraton ki tzleel k elawa aj tk ap ny kuch nae kia.
Our Female Artists are much more respectable then people like you who are just insulting them on all channels.#khalilurrehmanqamar #mahirakhan
— zikra Rehman (@zikra_rehman) July 31, 2021
Then there’s the argument that Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar dramas are guaranteed hits, so why would producers and networks step away? That’s why people are calling for producing quality television content to assert how the Pyarey Afzal writer is definitely replaceable.
🤷🏼♀️Why #cancellingculture never achieve the outcome ,
produce a script more powerful and strong than what is being cancelled & that will outrun it #khalilurrehmanqamar @aamnaisani #Mindset @hassanchoudary @TheMahiraKhan
— S (@Shiz65) August 3, 2021
Though we already do have writers like Farhat Ishtiaq with works like Humsafar, Rehaai, and Udaari. As well Bee Gul putting out blockbusters like Darr Si Jati Hai Sila and Raqeeb Se written from the female perspective.
Writers like Faiza Iftikhar that highlight actual problems in serials like Aun Zara, Baba Jani, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, etc.
So those who chose to work with Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar do have other options.
What do you think? What measures should the biz be taking to bring in more progressive writers?