Empathy, not pity; Asad Siddiqui hopes ‘Surkh Chandni’ will change how acid victims are perceived
The upcoming drama serial ‘Surkh Chandni’ aims to bring this ill practice to an end by encouraging the society to talk about it and put a stop to this horrific act. With a terrific cast comprising of Asad Siddiqui, Osman Khalid Butt, Sohai Ali Abro and Mansa Pasha, the serial intents to change the narrative by capturing the true horrors an acid victim has to go through.
Given the taboos attached and sensitivity of the topic, to capture its essence is nothing short of a challenge. So what made Asad Siddiqui opt for this project? Who better to answer this question than the actor himself.
It’s all very inspiring but are we, as a society, ready to openly address acid attacks? Are we empathetic and compassionate enough to understand their traumas and willing to accept them?
“The topic is, to this day, a taboo. I personally don’t understand why, but it is and remains a taboo. Are we ready to understand and empathize? Who is to say?,” Asad shared and added, “Is it absolutely necessary to deliver this message? Yes, the first step must be taken. It is always the hardest step, but someone has to make a start. The voice must be raised, the issue must be highlighted. Regardless of how ready we are.”
Though we agree with Asad wholeheartedly, there is a general trend of forcing the victims into isolation. How the drama is going to tackle the challenge of addressing the non-acceptance of acid victims? According to Asad:
Although the topic is challenging, there was a dire need to address it and change the current narrative. Victims should be encouraged to live a normal life, and not forced to live in shadows. We really hope that 'Surkh Chandani' changes this existing sketch in which attackers roam free while the victims live with so much burden.
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