Asad Raza Khan, ac­tor, wear­ing Em­peror 1668

Friday - - Fashion -

Asad is an ac­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor based in Dubai. Away from his thes­pian life, Asad works as a busi­ness leader for Pres­tige Male Groom­ing, but act­ing is his pas­sion. Catch the sec­ond vol­ume of Shake­speare in the Sand, a screen­ing of films of the Bard’s plays, at The Junc­tion, from Dec 1-3 – his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lon­don’s Globe Theatre; Asad’s own play, Howzat, set in Dubai, is show­ing at The Junc­tion from Dec 15-17. When he’s not manag­ing two jobs, Asad likes to chill out in Dubai. We met him at one of the city’s gor­geous beaches for this shoot. How do you feel be­ing in the UAE has helped you build your busi­ness? The coun­try has a grow­ing scene that fo­cuses both on lo­cal grass­roots and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent, which is great for me as an artist. The peo­ple of the UAE are slowly em­brac­ing the arts and sup­port­ing it. This makes for more fes­ti­vals, mu­sic, theatre, art ex­hi­bi­tions, which have helped many ex­plore their true call­ing. It’s given us a voice. What do you love most about the UAE? The di­ver­sity. Where else can you find so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing to­gether in com­plete har­mony? I feel at home here and en­cour­aged to pur­sue my in­ter­ests. What does the fu­ture hold for you? I’d like to play a piv­otal role in el­e­vat­ing arts, en­ter­tain­ment and cin­ema both in Dubai and back home in Pak­istan.

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