Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha’s upcoming drama Idiot is an ode to misfits

Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha’s upcoming drama Idiot is an ode to misfits

The drama centres around a man who constantly questions and challenges the status quo, fighting for a more just world.
30 Mar, 2023

Ahmed Ali Akbar and Mansha Pasha’s upcoming drama Idiot is an ode to all the misfits out there who refuse to accept the world for what it is and seek to align it with the vision they have for it.

On Wednesday, Green Entertainment shared the trailer captioned, “To all the social misfits and rebels who question dysfunctional man-made norms of society, all the wanderers embarked on a journey of self-discovery, searching for the greater purpose of existence.”

The trailer starts off with a seemingly meditating Akbar while in the background the narrator reads, “Who are you? Those who don’t know themselves, spend their lives in perplexity.” The scene switches to a younger Akbar who runs to a man tending to goats and says, “Uncle, can I ask you a question? Do you offer goats as sacrifice for God or for people?” Next thing you know, he gets told off by his father for asking such questions from elders instead of “respecting” them. The camera is back on adult Akbar whose face is now covered with bruises.

After that, we see Pasha running towards an edge overlooking water while Akbar remarks aloud, “The courage needed for suicide outweighs the courage needed to solve life’s problems by far.” We get to learn more about his empathetic nature when he brings home a dog he found to care for and in another phase of life, steps in front of a tree to prevent some men from chopping it down.

Despite being a kind soul, he lives a difficult life. He constantly gets into conflicts when he raises his voice against something unjust. Even his love life experiences tremors when there’s discord in personal ideology — one example is him freeing birds from cages his significant other loves so much. He doesn’t have it easy professionally either -—he has been fired from 25 jobs.

Akbar’s character is a free soul who wishes to liberate any being he comes across that is suffering — be it humans, plants or animals. He is an outcast and he knows it — the world constantly reminds him. He is misunderstood by his parent figure, he is reprimanded by people around for being himself, kidnapped and threatened. They call him mentally unfit, they call him an idiot.

Directed by Anjum Shahzad, Idiot has been written by Kifayat Rodani and it will air on Green Entertainment which will run its test transmission next month.