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His quirky persona is known by everyone, but who said witty and weird couldn’t charm those all around? Osman Khalid B., the versatile artist of Pakistan’s media industry has broken all barriers when it comes to his achievements!
Here’s a challenge, can we state Osman’s achievements in one go? From his achievements in theatre, as a mime artist, choreographer, an actor for both film and television, producer, director, scriptwriter, YouTube vlogger, a model, editor and published writer!
Puff! You had to take a breath in between, didn’t you? Perhaps, in that case, we shouldn’t even try to count his performance awards! His latest project, Baaghi, is centralized around the taboo topic of honor killing in Pakistan which differs from the usual genres of drama, romance, and comedy where Osman is seen bewitching his audiences.
We could not hold-back feeding off the mind of Osman Khalid B., here are Hira Hyder’s 7Qs with Pakistan’s versatile artist!
Q1. A common ideology the younger generation adhere to is, being ‘indifferent’ is ‘cool’. Why is it essential to be emotionally intelligent?
Because an emotionally stunted person is ultimately self-destructive. We’re so concerned with what our ‘image’ is, how we’re ‘perceived’. We suppress what we think is ‘uncool’ in the eyes of, who, exactly? Who are we so desperate to please? Why conform, act ‘normal’ when there is no normal. A rich emotional vocabulary helps us navigate through life infinitely better prepared; affects our thoughts, our actions, our behavior in a positive manner. This is not opinion; this is fact. End rant.
Q2. Honor killing is commonly ‘validated’ by stating a woman’s ‘character’ is ill and she ‘had it coming’; how would you annual that statement?
So misogyny, sexism, a host of other -isms aside, now our women must act Stepford-made lest their actions bring shame upon others? Bull sh*t. Who put the burden of ‘honor’ on women? Who gave any man the right to act as a judge, jury, and executioner based on his myopic twisted ideology of what constitutes an ‘honorable’ woman? There is NO validation for murder. There is no ‘honor’ in cold-blooded murder.
Q3. How can a man’s role play in the society evolve the mentalities about respecting a woman regardless of her ‘reputation’?
You answered your own question there: RESPECT her. Empathize, don’t pass judgment. Empower her. Set an example. Memorize and PRACTICE everything on this list:
Q4. Writing is a powerful medium of media; as a writer yourself, what flourished your writing skills to impact your readers?
Reading. A lot. Getting into the skin of my characters; not just observing them from a distance. Finally: never intellectualizing emotions.
Q5. Decency is important, but ‘chichorpan‘ (quirkiness) is essential! How has that aided you in smooth-sailing through life’s intense phases?
It’s reminded me never to take myself too seriously; acting stupid at times is sweet therapy. Nothing cuts tension like an off-color joke.
Q6. Unshakable friendship is what births true love; though in today’s time when everyone’s reality is often masked, what can unveil unconditional friendship?
The complete and utter lack of expectation. The freedom to allow someone to be their unfiltered, uncensored selves.Honesty.
Q7. Spotted at Platform 9 3/4, you’ve exposed the Wizarding world! As a Harry Potter fan, write your favorite Harry Potter quote with your autograph and send a picture of it!
Osman, famous for his sarcastic humor, is definitely much more than his popular frivolous trait. Observing his choice of projects through the media literacy lens it is evident that Osman’s depth of personality is a trait that dominates his persona and it would do injustice to him to not bring it forth.