The drama surrounding Khalil-ur-Rehman’s on-screen verbal brawl in a live talk-show never seems to end. After the Meray Paas Tum Ho writer abused a female co-panelist a few days back, Geo Entertainment and 7th Sky Entertainment on Thursday announced that they would be suspending their contract with the writer unless he apologizes to the woman he launched his headline-grabbing tirade on.
In the strongly critical statement posted on Geo TV’s Instagram account, the channel stated that “Khalil-ur-Rehman not only used abusive language against a woman but also refused to accept his mistake and apologize for it.” The writer had reportedly signed a three drama and one film per year deal with the company which was non-exclusive in nature. Geo’s statement also mentioned that the contract would stand suspended until he apologized to the woman in question.
However, what was somewhat surprising in this particular instance was the turn events took following Geo’s statement publicly shaming the writer. Rather than working towards salvaging his lucrative contract or reaching some kind of understanding through negotiation, the writer instead chose to respond by doubling down and completely canceling his relationship with the media house.
In a message posted on his Twitter account, he said: “I am so fortunate to have this opportunity to sacrifice for my noble cause and submit myself to the will of Allah. I therefore immediately announce the cancellation of my contract with Geo….I’ll not work with this institution for my life to come.”
Sounds more unexpected than the many twists the writer has thrown into his popular television and film productions? Surreal as it sounds, it looks like Khalil-ur-Rehman is now penning his own screenplay and relishing every second of the attention that has come his way.
— Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar (@KrqOfficial) March 5, 2020
With the writer’s mercurial temperament, it is anyone’s guess where his outbursts and at times questionable statements would lead him and the Pakistani entertainment industry next. If anything, the entire episode and the manner in which has been received on social media sets a terrible precedent where lesser-known showbusiness personalities can acquire overnight cult status and mass fan-following by populist, ethically dubious antics.
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