A man for all sea­sons.

Gulf Times Community - - FRONT PAGE - By Muham­mad Asad Ul­lah

Ahad Raza Mir has gone through many roles since his premier en­ter­tain­ment chan­nel HUM TV’s Sammi (2017) days. From prov­ing ones act­ing prow­ess in Hum TV’s Yaqeen Ka Safar(2017) that earned him New Sen­sa­tion Male and Best Ac­tor tro­phy at re­cent HUM Awards 2018 to swing­ing and fly­ing in a fighter jet at over 50,000 feet in his sil­ver screen de­but, Par­waaz Hai Junoon (2018)

We’ve also seen him put his act­ing skills well to use and make au­di­ences sway with him as he per­formed the emo­tional fa­ther-son duo scenes in Yaqeen Ka Safar. Noth­ing seems to faze the young ac­tor. His on-screen at­ti­tude does not trans­late into his real life. He has not let suc­cess get to his head. The debonair pres­ence and mul­ti­fac­eted char­ac­ters he plays on screen is sur­pris­ingly dis­played in his per­son­al­ity too – by na­ture he is dif­fi­dent, meek and a hos­pitable per­son; virtues that make him the tow­er­ing per­son­al­ity that he is.

Ahad is vet­eran ac­tor Asif

Raza Mir’s son but that is not what Ahad re­lies on to be­come a suc­cess­ful ac­tor or what he wants to be his claim to fame. With his good looks and com­mand over the small screen, the ac­tor quickly gar­nered a whole lot of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from fans, es­pe­cially fe­males, and crit­ics alike. Heavy is the head that wears the crown – or, in this case, a pair of sun­glasses, black T shirt and a trucker cap. For Ahad, though, the weight that comes with a high pro­file life in Pak­istan en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is just the start of it. De­spite this, recog­ni­tion re­mains a life­lim­it­ing prob­lem for him, out­side, in the real world. In terms of lo­gis­tics, get­ting from A to B isn’t sim­ple.

From Waar(2013) to Maa­lik (2016) and Yal­ghaar(2017), there have been many Pak­istani films to come out as an ode to Pak­istan army specif­i­cally, but re­cently re­leased Par­waaz Hai Junoon is the first film to come out and cater the Pak­istan Air Force (PAF) crowd. The film painted the pic­ture of the PAF life – from the rugged train­ing to glo­ri­ous fly­ing life of fighter pi­lots. Talk­ing about how the film in­spired Pak­istani youth, Ahad says, “Not only it is the first film about the air-force, it is also the first film about the armed forces that took a step back from all the ac­tion and kind of looked at the real hu­man side of our armed forces. And it kind of shows that our sol­diers and pi­lots – as much as we try to make them seem like su­per­heroes, they’re hu­mans. And we touched upon that hu­man fac­tor, which was the best thing about the film. Hope­fully it did in­spire youth and make them feel that they want to join the air-force and be a part of armed forces in Pak­istan.”

The film fea­tured scenes shot in ex­treme cold weather, Ahad Raza Mir sit­ting in an igloo with just enough lay­er­ing to give a hint of warmth, lost in the snow-capped moun­tains. When I ask him how dif­fi­cult shoot­ing those scenes were, he says, “Phys­i­cally, it was a chal­lenge. When we were shoot­ing, it was ei­ther very cold or very hot. It was never mild or in be­tween. But I think the tough­est part of the shoot was stay­ing true to the char­ac­ters.”

First we watched him on the tele­vi­sion and then the big screen - reach­ing mega-star suc­cess in nearly no time. But that wasn’t enough. No, this movie star is turn­ing mu­si­cian now, want­ing to ex­press him­self with a mic and a gui­tar. Ahad Raza Mir is all stip­u­lated for his de­but at Coke Stu­dio Sea­son 11. “It’s an hon­our to be a part of Coke Studi. Mu­sic is some­thing I might look into soon. I can do some­thing my­self or maybe col­lab­o­rate with other peo­ple. But for now I like films but I also love dra­mas,” says Ahad

Draw­ing a par­al­lel be­tween Bol­ly­wood and fledg­ling Pak­istani film in­dus­try, Mir says, “I don’t think it’s even fair to com­pare Bol­ly­wood to Pak­istani cinema right now. But I think af­ter al­most thirty years break, I won’t say re­vival but yes we’re fi­nally in the revo­lu­tion­ary phase. At the point where we are right now, I think yes in few years we’ll be at par with them. I hope we can learn from them and they can learn from us.” He adds, “Some­thing we’re do­ing bet­ter here is that we are a frac­tion of the bud­get that In­dian cinema has and we’re still mak­ing good films. We’re good at fig­ur­ing it out. Imag­ine if we get our hands on big bud­gets.”

Fur­ther­more, Ahad Raza Mir is all set to fly back to Canada ear­lier next year to get back to the­atre, with Shake­speare’s Ham­let no less. “I am re­turn­ing to Canada. The show will be fea­tured at var­i­ous places in Canada. I’m go­ing back to play Ham­let for The Shake­speare Com­pany, one of the most rep­utable Shake­speare com­pa­nies in North Amer­ica. A place where I started my ca­reer from, pro­fes­sion­ally on stage. Pretty ner­vous but happy,” says Ahad.

DE­BUT: Ahad would be mak­ing his singing de­but with Coke Stu­dio Sea­son 11.

STAR­DOM: Ahad Raza Mir proved his act­ing prow­ess in Hum TV’s Yaqeen Ka Safar (2017) that earned him New Sen­sa­tion Male and Best Ac­tor tro­phy at re­cent HUM Awards 2018

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