The opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) failed to impress the audiences. Apart from the lukewarm performances, the one thing which the audiences hated was Ahmed Godil, the host of the ceremony. Following his act on stage, netizens took to social media to troll Godil. Memes on him were plenty and people left no stone unturned to bash him.
Following the immense backlash and hate, Ahmed while talking to a private news channel said,”Meri ghalti kya hai? I was doing my job. Meri maa behan ko to bakhsh do yaar. Main ne kya ghalti ki hai. (What is my mistake? I was just doing my job. At least leave my mother and sisters out of this).
Godil explained that all he did was try to warm up the crowd before the ceremony officially commenced.
“I was asked to go on stage to get the audience excited before the opening ceremony,” he said. “I was not even the host of the event. Fakhre Alam was always the host. I didn’t even know the broadcast had begun because I had the slot before the show itself.”
Godil further shared that he had not slept after the ceremony as people wouldn’t stop harassing him and his family. He added that his private number was leaked because of which he had to shut down his phone.
“Pichli do raton se main soya nahi hoon. Hum subah 5 bajay ghar aaty thay or phir 10 bajay hamain wapis report karna hota tha. Where did I go wrong? Kya main ne stage pe koi badtameezi ki? Kya main ne kisi ko gaali di? Ap log chahaty kya hain?
(I haven’t slept since the past two nights. We had to report at 10 am every morning and would work till 5 in the morning. Where did I go wrong? Did I misbehave on stage? Did I abuse anyone? What do you all want? I am so hurt”).
Ahmed then proceeded to show his phone to the audiences and said, “This phone is on flight mode since last night. Someone leaked my contact number on Facebook.”
“Aap ne kya expect kia tha mujhse. Main aik host hoon. Main yahan pe aa k kapray utar k nachoon ga. Main ganay gaoonga. Main America gaya or Atif Aslam or Sonu Nigam ke shows ko host kiya. I am the only Pakistani host jisne Indian artist ka show host kia hai. Aap koi host dikha dein mujhay utha k. There is no one. (“I am just a host. What was I supposed to do? Take off my clothes and dance? I’ve been a host for a long time. I’ve hosted shows for Atif Aslam in America. I’ve done this before, I didn’t just come out of nowhere. But what did I do so wrong?)” he said.
Godil shared that since the PSL ceremony he has replayed his performance multiple times to try to find out where he went wrong. He shared that he is under severe mental pressure and fears that his career could end because of the trolling.
Earlier, when the trolling had just begun, Godil had tweeted that people are jealous of him.
Godil is a host, VJ, RJ, actor and model. He did his Bachelor’s from Iqra University and Master’s from SZABIST. Before hosting PSL V, he also hosted the FebFest and Karachi Eat.