There’s no denying that actors Maya Ali and Osman Khalid Butt have striking chemistry onscreen. From their first official project together as Cinderella and Mayer in Aik Nayee Cinderella to their last one as Farah and Wali in Diyar-e-Dil, the duo have time and again shared the silver screen as a couple. Apparently, their acting is so real that some fans were convinced that they were actually a “married couple with two children”.
Maya and Osman were invited onto a special ramazan show, Shaan-e-Suhoor where the host Nida Yasir, asked the Jo Bichar Gaye actor about the most interesting rumour she has heard about herself. Upon which Maya revealed that shortly after their second project together, Aunn Zara’s poster was released, she got a surprising call from her mother while she was out of town for work. “Did you get married? To that Osman guy? How could you? Why didn’t you tell me?” shared Maya as she laughed hysterically at the memory of it. The said poster showed the two in a bride and groom costume that started the rumour mills.
“Basically, a fan mischievously added onto a wikipedia page that we’re married with two children,” added Osman. Upon how serious the rumour went, Maya added that, “Once at an award show, we were sitting together and an aunty congratulated us and complimented the jodi we made. All of which was fine because we got those for the dramas we did together. But later, she also gave us blessings and wishes for our kids and that was when we realised people actually believe in that rumour.”
They eventually laughed it off together. Not only do they gel well as co-actors, Maya and Osman are also close friends in real life. The duo found the best mates within each other as they started their journeys in the showbiz industry together. Nida asked both of them about the qualities they liked in each other to which Osman jokingly said, “How much time do you have, Nida? Come on, Maya, start the list.”
Nida emphasised on the fact that you cannot befriend everyone you meet in the industry that quickly. She also pointed out how the Baaji actor is very selective about his friends circle and keeps it small but the friendships go a long way back. Agreeing with the host, Maya shared that she has repeatedly mentioned how grateful she is for Osman’s friendship and that she cannot describe his value in her life in a word.
But she went on to add a few qualities that she admires about her friend.
“He makes people comfortable easily.” She further said, “There’s no ego in him, even now. He guided me a lot while we worked on our second project [Aunn Zara] about acting, body language, script since he’s a writer as well. Sometimes I just stop and think about how we have such a talented person amongst us in this industry. You can never be bored in his company.”
Their appreciation for each other is mutual. Osman also shared what the friendship meant to him in his initial days in the industry as an introvert. “I always appreciated Maya from afar because she’s true to her words. Her actions and words matched each other. She’s headstrong and independent and these are some attractive qualities to have,” said Butt. “And when we became friends, our sense of humour matched a lot and that was the start of an ever-lasting friendship.”
The duo met after two years at this Ramazan show and took to their Instagram handles to document the memory with adorable notes for each other.
On the work front, Osman revealed that he desires to expand his art into screenwriting and direction as well. He is currently working on an original script idea. Maya has launched her own clothing line titled MAYA Pret-a-Porter and was last seen in the Haissam Hussain directorial Jo Bichar Gaye.
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