Hero turns villain: Here's why Ahsan Khan chose to play a child molester

Published: April 28, 2016
The Udaari actor calls it the "most difficult character to portray on-screen."

The Udaari actor calls it the "most difficult character to portray on-screen." PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Currently making waves on TV, Udaari is a one-of-a-kind serial.

If its intriguing story hasn’t grabbed your attention yet, the fourth episode definitely will. After unveiling lead actor Ahsan Khan’s villainous side as a child molester, the teaser has left us in a state of anticipation.

Episode three of Udaari saw Ahsan’s character Imtiaz Sheikh getting married to his late friend Parvez’s wife Sajida, played by Samiya Mumtaz.


The two seem to share a special bond but what happens next may change their lives for good.


In the upcoming episode, Imtiaz who regrets marrying an older woman, will finally show his true colours, as he tries to make advances towards their neighbour Sheedan’s (Bushra Ansari) daughter Meera (Urwa Hocane).

After the failed attempt, he approaches Sajida’s daughter from her first marriage, Zebo, who falls victim to his abuse.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune, Ahsan revealed why he chose to play a gut-wrenching child molester; something that may not be received well by his fans and audiences alike.

“Even while reading the script, I could not digest these scenes. It is definitely the most difficult character to portray on-screen,” said Ahsan.

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“I bet no actor who has an image of a hero in the society would opt to play such a dark character. The reason I have played this role is that I want people to take action against this evil (child abuse) in our society instead of overlooking it.”


Further elaborating on the evil that prevails in our society, Ahsan said, “Such abuse leaves the child traumatised forever. My maid’s child was suffering from it and that’s what made me realise that I need to spread awareness.”

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Kudos to Ahsan for always opting for such strong characters. We really hope he is able to bring about a positive change through his character in Udaari.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Thor
    Apr 28, 2016 - 5:30PM

    One thing, what impact this will have on child being filmed.?Recommend

  • Hala
    Apr 28, 2016 - 5:31PM

    I am glad our actors are choosing to do non-stereotypical work to raise awareness about such grave issues.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 28, 2016 - 6:22PM

    I believe it otherwise if heroes are playing this kind of character this evilness is taken lightly and more and more people try to do this…..

    Heroes should always show good image.

    My cousin strated smoking because he saw Shah Rukh Khan doing it and for him looks cool

    The guy in old lahore get caught when he jumped next house and was watching a girl taking bath. He was beaten severely. When asked he said he saw Salman Khan doing the same in the movie. Recommend

  • noorilhuda
    Apr 28, 2016 - 11:07PM

    He’s a very good actor and Udaari is an authentic (linguistic, location-wise) serial. It’s a good role.Recommend

  • jojo
    Apr 29, 2016 - 12:45PM

    @Thor..surely after this that child will get aware of the perverts in the real life if she faces one..Recommend

  • Hashmi
    May 16, 2016 - 10:35AM

    Do you know the cost of this “awareness”? is this the only way to have the society aware of such issues? at this mass level of communication? Isn’t there any other way to gain this so called awareness? aren’t we already aware of the presence of such shameful attempts in our fallen down society? yes we all do and we all condemn them strongly.
    Just tell me one thing Hala. Would you like to sit and watch such shameful piece of acting with your own child? and are able to discuss these scenes after viewing? I am sure your answer will be, “Not at All”.
    Then why do you expect others to choose this only dirty and unbearable mode of “Education” which happens to be very costly psychologically and have massive adverse effects on our society rather than the good ones.
    Please open up your minds. It is not a wise way to go on watching 13 or more episodes full of social crimes and injustice just to see all the bad characters receive their due only in the last 30 minutes of the ending episode!!! so as to satisfy your ego and grudge developed against those characters during the last few months of watching the show?!!
    It has a very high social cost !!!
    It generates many questions in the innocent minds of the childern about the sacred elderly relationships; institutionally, morally, ethically and most of all religiously established from times. Each one of us should curb such shows at public level and protest against it at every level.Recommend

  • mmmq
    Jun 4, 2016 - 12:28PM

    I’m sure the child actress is protected and is not made fully aware of the context behind her scenes. She probably comes in, films her lines, and then leaves. Children in horror films, for example, are kept far removed from what the entirety of the films are about.Recommend

  • Usman Toronto
    Jun 26, 2016 - 6:59PM

    You are people man when you raised issue. Typical hero has no future in coming world Recommend

  • mohsin
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:25PM

    first of all it`s not the way to address the problem. do watching crime prevent you to do that ? + punishment section should prolong then vulgarity. Recommend

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