As we reported earlier, Rehmat Ajmal distanced herself from Mere Pass Tum Ho due to Khalil Ur Rehman’s problematic stance on all things female. She released the following statement through her Instagram account:
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I understand that we as artists have a social responsibility in terms of the content we produce and the messages we put forward – & that I take that responsibility with a lot of seriousness and dignity. I’ve been receiving a lot of concerned, hateful and confused messages since the past few months and as much as I want to address them individually, I think I’ll just give an overview of my perspective for now. I absolutely do not endorse the concepts and viewpoints of Mr. Khalil Ul Rehman. I watched Khalil ul Rehman’s interview and got to know about his problematic views on very many things WAY after the project was completed. I am not proud to be a part of something that is so compromising and ill-informed. However, I (like many others) was not aware of the entire story line or Mr. Khalil ul Rehman’s ideology at the time this project was shot – which was a year ago. My role in this project is limited so, I did not get a chance to see how it’ll come together or how it’ll eventually unroll on television and that is where I think I slipped a little. It was my first ever telecom project and I am learning – I have learnt to be cautious and more conscious with my creative choices. Please extend new, struggling artists some leeway as we are in the process of learning – we are also trying very hard to make our own mark solely based on our merit.
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Good for you, girl! But apparently, not everyone was commending her for standing up against sexist loons. The model/actor’s co star, Mussadiq, who plays Mehwish’s creepy but reformed neighbour, was not happy about Rehmat Ajmal’s stance on the whole situation:
When a fan defended Rehmat, creepy neighbour guy responded:
It’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black. Isn’t this anger and PUBLIC outrage towards Rehmat Ajmal’s personal choices also somewhat of a publicity stunt?
Rehmat Ajmal is one of the few stars who has taken responsibility for her actions. Being a public figure comes with a whole lot of scrutiny , and we are glad at least one celebrity has some sense of social responsibility.