‘Visaal’ is my current obsession these days. I’m already a tremendously big Zahid Ahmed fan, as time and time again he dips his toes in excellent roles that revitalize a trope of archaic, recycled characters and molds them into something quite unique with his rich skills as an actor. Zahid is undoubtedly one of the finest actors we have, and that is a fact. He’s essentially the antagonist (Akram) in the drama, but you can’t help root for him because he’s not really your average villain; he’s not a serial killer – he’s a con-artist and a remarkable one too.
….Also, I’m so attracted to him it’s not even funny. So let me tell you why. (FYI for full disclosure, I’m not romanticising a villain, this is purely for fun)
Akram’s a bad boy – think Aamir Khan from ‘Ghulam’ with dapples of Jax from ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ and a touch of Shah Rukh Khan from ‘Josh’ – but he’s ALWAYS chill, carefree and very calm, even in the direst of circumstances
So just a quick intro – he’s a recluse; he sticks to himself, living each day as it comes and is jobless – he’ll shift from the odd job now and then to make basic ends meet. And don’t even get me started on his leather jacket look, that is just a little too hot to handle tbh.
…And his cowboy boots MOTHER MAY I
He’s SO STREET SMART everything will ALWAYS be how he wants it to be – all because of his impeccable efficacy
Akram’s got hawk eyes, he’s fully aware of his surroundings, and he’s a predator with no clock out time. He’s kind of a gypsy, moving around Pakistan, and lands himself in Karachi, where he witnesses a ‘dhoodh pati wala’ pickpocket, and Akram instantly knows he needs him by his side to gain momentum in a new city. He’s always one step ahead.
Akram is SUCH a convincing player, he immediately gains the trust of the local masjid’s Muazzin, to gain his empathy and trust – all through his potency to mold into whatever role necessary to get what he wants
God bless Maulana Ghufran, who is so humble and far too naive to see beyond Akram, whose facade as an angelic Muslim is so believable, even I was like GOD DAYUMMMM, SON. He’s confident AF, looking at himself in the mirror and going ‘SubhanAllah,’ ‘MashAllah,’ and he absolutely has every right to do so (because, well his face).
He’s a shapeshifter and snake combined – shedding his skin to remold himself, by day being the most innocent man on earth, and by night back to his gloriously scheming ways as he gambles away
This shows his true mettle, and the way he switches back and forth is literally insane.
His entire life of perpetual run is seized to an immediate halt when he first sees Pari (Hania Aamir), with that particular scene being SO intense it literally sent shivers down my spine
This is the FIRST time we see Akram absolutely jolted. His eyes widen, he’s both terrified as we see the instant infatuation befalling his eyes; his life suddenly has new meaning. He’s in love, infatuated, besotted etc. etc. Everything is now about her.
As the show progresses, each time he sees Pari it’s honestly both hilarious and incredibly
charming hot the way Akram’s eyes pop out
It honestly makes me want to pass out, like legit. Also, there’s this cowboy-esque strumming that plays in the back each time he sees her, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen in any Pakistani drama before. It’s Akram’s thematic melody.
Oh, and he’s well versed in Ghalib’s poetry and classic puraane zamane songs that just swoon you to the point of no return
He’s often reciting it to himself and his new partner in crime, the Dhoodh Pati wala who btw he’s also living with (that’s how good he is at conspiring, ladies, and gents), with his favorite being, ‘Ishq par zor nahin hai yeh woh aatish, Ghalib, jo lagaya na lage aur bujhaya na bane…’
His dialogues might make you slightly hyperventilate, with beautifully stringed words about Pari like “hayeeee, tera toh aaj ustaad katal hogaya hai,” and “haar ya paar, aaj se haar lag ne laga hai….”
They’re honestly such turn-ons, and the way Zahid delivers them is just phenomenal.
And even though right now it might just be infatuation (or love, it’s such an ambiguous feeling), his entire motives swirl down to a kernel of marrying Pari – he even ends up opening a surkhi powder ki dhukaan with resources from his new bestie, Molvi saab JUST FOR HER
If that isn’t modern day romance/mad, MAD obsession folks, then I don’t know what is. In the words of the conartist, the poet, the bad boy we all secretly lust for; “zindagi mein pehli baar, tere ustaad ko ishq hogaya hai.”
What do you guys think? We’re right, aren’t we…
Yes. Yes, we are.
If you aren’t watching ‘Visaal,’ seriously guys. GO WATCH IT. IT’S AMAZING.