Did Shamoon Abbasi just take a dig at Sonya Hussyn?

Sonya Hussyn ignited controversy after she associated autism with schizophrenia, a mental condition she will be portraying in her upcoming play, Saraab

By Cutacut Editorial Team

KARACHI: Actors are often called out for lacking knowledge around sensitive subjects they tackle in their onscreen projects. This time it is Sonya Hussyn, who announced that she will be playing a schizophrenic in her next play, Saraab. Earlier this month, she posted a picture hinting at a connection between autism and schizophrenia. It stirred debate over Twitter. In response, she said that autism is one of the symptoms of schizophrenia and this made it worse.

Recently, Shamoon Abbasi took to social media and asserted that actors need to know about what they are portraying on screen.

“An actor’s job is to know their roles, know the background,” Shamoon Abbasi posted. “Read, gain knowledge about a certain illness if you are portraying it onscreen… But we are casting actors that have no idea what schizophrenia and autism is. And giving them such roles based on face value or follower count.”

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“At least spare this,” he added. “Don’t compile knowledge on schizophrenia after watching three Indian films. Have your own knowledge before doing anything like that. Actors are the representatives of our society.”

Prior to this post by Shamoon Abbasi, Sonya Hussyn did share her response to the criticism coming her way. She noted that people should focus on the bigger picture instead of criticizing her. Also, the outrage has convinced her to be more vocal about such issues. “Mental wellness and health are subjects I have spoken about before becoming an actor,” she asserted. “I have always encouraged others to feel comfortable when starting conversations about the same. “This is a subject close to me because of my first-hand experience with my Ammi who struggled with depression for 15 years.”

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The Mohabbat Tujhe Alvida actress informed that she will soon have a session with a mental health expert on social media. Any queries and questions are welcome.

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