Osman Khalid Butt has always been a favorite for many reasons. Be those his heart-stealing moves or rib-breaking wit, Osman Khalid Butt was a star even before he started working for television and film. However, my reasons for respecting Osman Khalid Butt are beyond these. I have been a huge fan of his stance on feminism; be it harassment or misogyny Osman Khalid Butt has always stood up for a cause. He does not hide his views behind diplomatic correctness.
Recently Osman Khalid Butt shared a trailer from his upcoming drama Surkh Chandni which is soon to be aired on ARY Digital. Written by Asma Nabeel and directed by Shahid Shafaat this play has a strong star cast which includes Sohai Ali Abro, Asad Siddiqui, Mansha Pasha, Hasan Ahmed, Lubna Aslam, Rashid Farooqui, and Huma Nawab. All these artists are known for their powerful and intense drama performances.
The post begins with a warning
‘Content warning: acid attack, graphic imagery’
Osman further states,
‘Surkh Chandni, perhaps the most emotionally devastating play I've done’
When you watch the trailer you realize that Osman was right. It appears to be one of the most soul-stirring plays in Pakistani drama. It is based on the concept of acid attacks and the lives of the victims after it. Sohai Ali Abro and Osman Khalid Butt seem to be the main characters of this play who are in love with each other. They promise to stand by each other through thick and thin. Soon the love culminates into a marriage. The beaming bride Sohai is seen dressing up in a beautiful red lehenga for her wedding in a salon. When she walks out of the salon in a taxi, there comes the moment which changes her life altogether. A man in black veil appears from nowhere and splashes acid over her face. She screams and wails but the damage has been done. The story of this play revolves around this devastating incident which is actually the story of many women.
Every year many women go through this pain and agony which is a life-altering experience. Acid attacks are one of the most shocking realities of the Indian sub-continent. These attacks are mostly done on the females. The motivation is usually fragile masculinity which cannot handle rejection. According to Human Rights Watch and the HRCP the number of acid attack victims in Pakistan is as high as 400–750 per year. Plays like ‘Surkh Chandni’ can help to raise awareness on the issue of acid assault which has ruined many lives.