Recently, Fahad Mustafa ridiculed a girl named Farheen who showed him a sketch that she drew of him.
Fahad Mustafa held the sketch and showed it to the audience, asking if he really looks this bad. He also indirectly hinted to her ke dobara nahi banana. The girl seemed pretty excited when she held the sketch up. But after listening to what Fahad Mustafa had to say about it, she lost that thrill on her face.
If we take a moment to look at the sketch, it’s actually pretty cute. If you ask me, that sketch DOES look like Fahad Mustafa. The important question here is, why do celebrities think that it’s okay to shame people in any way? We’re aware of mental illnesses such as depression, but can we talk about the events that can lead to self-loathing? Itna mushkil kaam hai kya, to keep a child’s spirits high?
Pakistanis saw this and raised their voices. MangoBaaz, too, had the chance to have a conversation with Farheen and her mother.
Farheen’s mother has told us that Farheen is a 13-year-old girl who is known as the brilliant child in her family. She scores really well in her exams and is highly enthusiastic about her future. She loves making cards on special occasions for her friends and family. She’s a shy girl, but whenever she talks, she cracks jokes because she likes making people smile.
She has even been awarded time and again for her brilliance.
We asked Farheen how she felt when Fahad Mustafa made fun of her drawing. Here’s what she said:
“Thori si shameful feeling ayi thi. Laiken jab ghar gayi aur mujhe meri friends ne bola, tou mujhe zyada bura laga tha.”
Farheen didn’t really feel anything at the time. But when she came home and reflected back on what had happened, she felt humiliated. Her friends said things to her which made her feel insulted on national television.
However, Farheen’s mother claims that her daughter is a positive girl and will continue to draw.
“He is in power. He doesn’t consider the guests in his show as human beings. This is what happens when people get too much power,” said Farheen’s mother.
She also narrated an incident of when a man came up on the stage and Fahad said, “Tum apne aap ko larka samajhte ho? Naam kya hai tumhara? on being told the name “Shadmaan”, Fahad said, “Yeh kaisa naam hai?”
Farheen’s mother talked about the blatant fat-shaming, name calling and general demoralization carried out on the show.
She told us about when she went on Jeeto Pakistan before Ramazan. The mother left her youngest child to roam around on the stage but the management came up to her and asked her to pick her child up otherwise they will change her family’s seats. We were asked if it was fair that Fahad Mustafa’s kids are allowed to roam around freely on the stage, but our kids are not.
Farheen has been offered a scholarship from Ilma University, for which they have also filled in the forms. She has also been offered a fully-funded scholarship from IBA for a summer course of her choice and the same has been offered by LUMS as well.
“Mujhe acha lag raha hai kay mera talent recognize ho raha hai. Main LUMS jaungi most probably. Baba bhi yehi chahtay hain,” says Farheen.
Farheen has apparently also been asked by a company to draw a sketch for them and that they will pay her for it. Farheen’s mother was not able to recall the company’s name, unfortunately.
Farheen is excited about these amazing opportunities that she has been given. She is now thinking about which one to pursue.
When asked about whether she had a message for Fahad Mustafa, here’s what she said:
“Meri Fahad bhai se koi request toh nahi hai. Laiken woh agar meri drawing ko aisay bolein gay, toh main Doctor kese banoongi? Doctor banne k liye aapko thori history chahie hoti hai nah.”
Additionally, her mother says that even though people raised their voice against her daughter’s humiliation, Fahad Mustafa still doesn’t realize the damage he has caused.
He has not thought about the fact that people will make fun of her and recognize her as the “girl who made the drawing.”
“Fahad Mustafa should realize his mistakes and change his habits of ridiculing people that come to his show,” she says. “Him apologizing on national television is not a big deal, but Farheen will have to suffer the consequences of his words.”
Do you think Fahad Mustafa should apologize on national television? Let us know in the comments!