Khalilur Rehman Qamar reveals why he killed Hamza Ali Abbasi’s character in ‘Pyarey Afzal’
In an illuminating guest appearance on the show Gup Shup, hosted by Vasay Chaudhary, Khalilur Rehman Qamar openly discussed the unexpected and at times passionate public responses his projects have garnered.
The discussion primarily centred on the striking conclusions of Meray Paas Tum Ho and Pyarey Afzal, both of which managed to evoke strong emotions from the audience.
Recalling the fervent reception to the conclusion of Meray Paas Tum Ho, Qamar recounted, “I witnessed intense public reactions at the cinema at the screening of Meray Paas Tum Ho’s last episode. The ending infuriated some women to the point that they started bashing me forcing their husbands to intervene.”
Similarly, the culmination of Pyarey Afzal, a series starring Hamza Ali Abbasi and Ayeza Khan, also garnered a passionate response from the public. “I was once on a plane settling down when an elderly woman patted my back and asked, ‘Why did you kill Afzal?’” Qamar shared, illustrating the impact of his work.
Elaborating further, Qamar revealed an incident involving Pyarey Afzal that had the potential to escalate. The writer recollected, “Pyarey Afzal’s drama’s final episode was screened in a cinema, leaving two girls emotional. Hamza advised us to leave to avoid angry fans,” he recounted.
Delving into the rationale behind his creative choices, Qamar divulged, “I killed the character on Hamza’s request. He said, ‘Please kill me in the drama, I want to stay alive forever in the audience’s heart.’ I was moved by his enthusiasm and decided to kill the protagonist.”
The Pakistani writer and director has a string of blockbusters to his name, such as Sadqay Tumharey, Pyarey Afzal, and Meray Paas Tum Ho. His candid revelations offer a rare glimpse into the intricate dynamic between storytellers and their audience, reaffirming the enduring power of art to elicit profound emotions.