His demise has left behind a chasm in the Pakistani Entertainment industry that will be hard to fill. His prowess as a character actor is unsurpassable. Thus, there is little to no hope that any actor (current or upcoming) will ever be able to fill his shoes.
That being said, there are a few questions that have been bothering me for the past few days and I can’t put it to rest:
What Happened To Ethical Journalism?
Why did some media outlets think it was alright to spread rumors about his passing away just after news of his deteriorating health surfaced? What happened to ethical journalism and confirming the news source? Why does everyone feel the need to hop onto the #trending bandwagon?
Moreover, can you imagine how traumatic it must have been for his family & friends to get this news while he was still alive?! His daughter, Iman Ali, stated her displeasure by calling the act, “utterly disgusting and disturbing…the power of the written word is very strong and should be treated with respect.”
Was It Necessary To Air Family Matters Publically?
Then there was this Insta Story featuring Rahma Ali that made the rounds of the internet. It was a family matter and could’ve been handled with more tact. However, considering her emotional state, she’s not one to be blamed.
The ones who began to troll the family afterward were the real culprits. I mean really, are you going to say someone’s sorrow is illegitimate if they’re not bawling their eyes out? Please, educate yourself. Sorrow and pain can manifest in numerous ways.
Yes, she did post the story publically, but it doesn’t give you the right to scorn her or anyone else for that matter. It’s their family matter and you’re not supposed to be a part of it. Period.
Why Is It So Hard To Empathise With Others?
It was really upsetting to read the comments on various social platforms after Abid Ali passed away. They made jabs at his family (particularly his second wife, Rabia Noreen) and at what his daughters were wearing. (Really?!). Think before you use that insta finger, you’re only revealing an insensitive, base mentality that no one needs to know about!
Why do people forgot that these are real people with genuine sorrow? If you can’t be there for someone in pain, it’s better to keep your unsolicited opinions and moral policing to yourselves.
I hope we grow and learn as a nation. Personal matters aren’t something to be discussed online, and especially not by strangers who know nothing of the situation or the dynamics.
Why Didn’t The Big Names Of The Industry Show Up At His Funeral?
According to @apdpfilms no one “famous” from the showbiz industry bothered to attend Abid Ali’s funeral.
Buhet dukh se keh na per Raha hai ke Abid Ali Sahab ke janaza me siwae Fahad Mustafa ke air koi bara superstar bazar nhi Aaya. Haa albatta logo me Facebook aur Instagram pr unke sath tasweer aor videos to khoob upload ki lakin aakhri deedar ko koi bara actor nhi puhuncha.Mujhe laga tha k shayed hmare actor actresses aj k din showbiz posts nhi kre ge lakin dekh ker herani hui ke aek bara legend mar gaya phir bhi seb ne apni apni promotion ke lia posts ki showbiz related.Maana ke showbiz me charh te suraj ki pooja ki ja ti hai lakin itni ziada behisi.
Is this what we have become? Are we really going to use someone’s death for clout?
It wouldn’t have taken a lot for all those who posted their photos with him this week and wrote heartfelt posts, to come attend his funeral and lend a shoulder to his family to cry on.
Are we so caught up in the rat race of the entertainment industry and success that we’ve forgotten our own humanity? Maybe we should remember that and be more humble and considerate.
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