“I always love working with young lot of actors, because there’s always something to learn. It’s always exciting to see the next generation and how they approach things and what’s great about them and what’s not so great about them.” Due apologies with liberties taken with Helen Mirren’s quote, but these lines sum up all too perfectly the shot of reality this Pakistani lot of actors are putting up lately to place Pakistan on the cultural map of the world.
If you love Pakistani dramas, there is no way you don’t know who Ahad Raza Mir is. From the absolutely small but impactful role in Sammi who was tongue-in cheek, chillingly calm and expressive and often flamboyantly dressed as the boy next door; Ahad Raza Mir can safely be described as the new boy in town who’s here to stay. Bagging the critical acclaim for his role in Yaqeen Ka Safar, Mir seems to leave the success of his forthcoming feature film Parwaaz Hai Junoon to the viewers even if better at a parallel cinema considering his intense small screen prowess.
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.
With nepotism nipping the heels, not only in Bollywood but this part of the world as well. The young actor sits with Irfanistan this Eid and opens up more about his personal self.
Who are you? Where’s you’ve come from and where you’re heading to?
Ahad Raza Mir, born and raised in Karachi and spent quite some part of my life in Calgary – Canada. A simple person with not many interesting things about myself… I come from a legacy of actors and performers in Pakistan. My grandfather was part of the era when there was start of the film industry in Pakistan. My father is an actor, is a legend, a producer and I’m the third generation of performers. I’m humbled that this industry is accepting me with an appreciation of my work and I can only hope that I can keep people happy and pleased establishing myself as an actor.
Third generation of performer in this industry. Do you think you’re here because of the star background you have?
I take a lot of pride in this. I want to say that I’m not treated like I belong to a star background. I won’t say it a star background, I’ll call it a legacy, the family name I want to continue. You know you hear about it in India there are a lot of generations, the Kapoors and Bachans; in Pakistan, there’s nothing like
that. We do have the Sheikhs and Sabzwaris but they’re just two and the Mirs are following a legacy of three generations which is very rare in Pakistan. I’m here because I love acting. I first performed on stage when I was only 13. I’m trained professionally and my dad has nothing to do with it. He has never pushed me. I’m here because I want to be part of this new wave of performers in Pakistan.
So, you always wanted to be an actor since your childhood?
I have wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember to be honest with you. I’ve been acting for such a long time even professionally in Canada, that I cannot recall doing any amateur stuff.
Tell us about the challenges faced so far?
It has to be the blessing and curse of having Raza Mir attached to me. But the most I’ve done is to distant myself from the fact of nepotism and make sure that people know that whatever I’ve done has been my own doing. I came to Pakistan at my own decision. If I would’ve actually wanted to use my father’s name I would have had done AnB productions rather than anything else. I came to Pakistan, I auditioned and worked my a** off to make sure that my presence is felt on my own and now I hope people recognize me as Ahad Raza Mir and not as Ahad Raza Mir son of Asif Raza Mir, although I take a lot of pride in that title. Another challenge I faced was that I had done theatre back in the days, so a successful transition from theatre to drama and film has been quite helluva challenge to adjust for each of the genre, but I’m lucky at the same time that I got the opportunity to work with one of the finest directors of this industry.
Who is your inspiration?
This is going to sound very cliché; but my dad is my inspiration not just because he’s a legend but somebody who has given a lot to this industry for the previous 30 years.
Tell us something about Parwaaz Hai Junoon?
Not delving much into the film. As an epitome, people are going to see me in a very different light, look, get-up and character. We’ve seen a lot of films about armed forces but Parwaaz Hai Junoon is action but revolves around an honest story. The film is not about action but there’s a certain surprising element that people will definitely love.
It has to be Karachi. I also love Islamabad because of the peaceful environment and the serene surrounding – a place I can never get bored of.
Which Pakistani film you’re going to watch on this Eid ul Adha?
I am definitely going to watch Na Maloom Afraad 2 because I’m a huge fan of Nabeel Qureshi’s work. It’s actually not easy to send out a message across in such a subtle way which he’s a pro at. So yes!
Any message for the reader?
Keep the love pouring in because it’s your love and appreciation that pushes and drives me to do even better on the screen. Also Let’s celebrate this Eid together as a nation – spreading happiness and smile
nationwide. This Eid is about sacrifice, so it calls upon us to at least take a vow to sacrifice our anger, sense of revenge, showing contempt to anyone and stand together. Ahad Mir wishes each one of you a very happy, prosperous and wonderful Eid.
Interview Conducted by :Muhammad Asad Ullah