Usman Mukhtar is a massive Pakistani celebrity with many memorable roles under his belt and today (in an Interview with Fuchsia Magazine) he gave his take on his experience playing Aswad in Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay. Usman Mukhtar says that when he first started reading the script for Aswad’s character in Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay he realized Aswad was way too toxic and he didn’t really want to do it.
“There were a few scenes in the drama which required Aswad to manhandle Mehreen (Mahira Khan), I said I’m not going to do it. I said we can tone it down. I don’t want audiences to watch it and think that if this hero can do it (manhandle someone) then we can do it too.”
However, after discussing the issues with the team, they came up with different ways to do scenes, by toning down areas where Aswad was getting too aggressive. This was also primarily done because they did not want to show the hero in a negative light.
When asked in the interview why Aswad is so gullible to Mashal’s scheming, Usman retorted
“He has no contact with Mehreen so he believes the person whom he meets, in this case, Mashal. We believe in so much unverified news on the Internet, so Aswad is, after all, her cousin and he doesn’t think Mashal is capable of lying.” “I was scared Altamash (from Anaa) might crossover into Aswad’s space. So I made Aswad more animated. Changed my voice a bit. A younger look and hence, more gullible.”
“Now we’re getting a massive response on Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay. People are loving the storyline and everything. Meanwhile, I’m also receiving threatening messages that what you are doing to Mehreen is totally wrong, you’ll be destroyed. I used to tell them that it’s just a character and drama.”