Ali Gul Pir opens up about his and his parents’ divorce like never before.
Comedian and rapper Ali Gul Pir is no longer a stranger to a large chunk of the Pakistani audience. The man who shot to fame due to Waderay Ka Beta all the way back in 2012 has managed to not only maintain and grow his following in 2019, but has also given the audience new subject matter to ponder over, each time he works on a project.
Ali has previously been vocal about his parents’ divorce and the impact it had on him when he released, “Sorry.”
However, on comedian Shehzad Ghias Shaikh’s podcast, The Pakistani Experience, Ali opened up like never before and allowed himself to show a certain degree of vulnerability that we aren’t used to seeing.
Ali Gul Pir addresses many things during this two-hour podcast. He talks about dealing with anxiety and is vocal about going to therapy.
He also opens up about dealing with hate – where he and Shehzad dive into the reason behind why people can be negative on the internet.
The two comedians also talk about being vocal about certain issues, simply by virtue of them seeing what they have in a personal capacity.
However, undoubtedly, the part that hits the hardest is when he talks about dealing with his parents getting divorced.
Ali goes into detail about how heartbreaking that experience was for him, especially since he was only 10-years-old.
He talks about how people around you change completely when your parents go through a divorce, explaining how suddenly sides are formed, and you lose people who had previously been around.
Moreover, he also talks about how he internalized much of the trauma, firmly believing that he was at fault.
A lot of his misconceptions around divorce at that time tied in with the fact that society propagates the notion that a divorced family is somehow an odd one. However, Ali clarifies that sometimes, things don’t work out and that’s okay.
Towards the latter half of the podcast, Ali also talks about his own recent divorce.
Ali speaks candidly, talking about how it devastated him. However, he does so in a humorous way, admitting that humor is his coping mechanism for times like these.
Once again, he reiterates that sometimes, things don’t work out and that’s okay. You deal with it and move on.
Additionally, he talks about how you should deal with someone who’s going through a rough patch like this, stating that you reach out, ask how they’re doing and offer help, leaving it to the other person to decide whether or not they take it up.
The two-hour podcast is riveting, entertaining, insightful and refreshing. We’re used to seeing Ali Gul Pir in a different light, where he’s making jokes or satirizing issues as a way of carrying out his form of activism.
However, in this podcast, we see a different side of the comedian we’ve come to love and while he’s still making jokes, there’s an honest vulnerability that makes him more than just the funny man we see on-screen.
You can watch Ali Gul Pir talk candidly with Shehzad here:
The Pakistan Experience, which is six episodes in, has thus far tackled issues that are swept under the carpet, or have simply not garnered the necessary attention for a multitude of reasons. Shehzad and his guests have discussed therapy, mental health, legal cases that have been forgotten and now, divorce.
A lot of credit goes to Shehzad Ghias as well, for he provides his guests with not only a platform that they can utilize to speak their minds, but also a safe space where they feel comfortable enough to open up about deep-seated personal experiences.
It’s not easy to do so, sometimes even with your closest friends, as Shehzad and Ali highlight in the podcast. However, this honest and open takedown of toxic masculinity to give way to suppressed emotions is truly refreshing and vital.
The podcast itself is absolutely necessary, for it strikes up conversations that perhaps would go unheard, or be misinterpreted if tweeted out. Moreover, it’s also a great way to break away from the oft-repeated, done-to-death form of questioning, all while highlighting exceptional people tackling struggles that aren’t foreign to the rest of us, thereby opening up an avenue for discussion around not only the Pakistani, but the human experience.
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