Ahad Raza Mir is changing what it means to be a Pakistani actor
We’re all well aware of the fact that Ahad Raza Mir is one of the names that has risen to fame, not just because of his stupendous acting but also his incredible personality. Being the son of legendary veteran actor Asif Raza Mir, he is one of those who’ve proved themselves, in our local industry as well as internationally.
Starting his career from drama serial “Yakeen Ka Safar” that turned out to be a major hit, Ahad Raza Mir has been able to identify himself as a devoted and resilient Pakistani actor who’s here for the long run
He just revealed some intricate details about how he manages to breath life into his roles
Talking to Images, he stated, “You have to give this hero real human problems. It can’t be a basic thing like ‘oh, he has a rift with his mother’. It’s about adding layers and intricacies. Like, if you go back and watch Yakeen Ka Safar, every time Asfi hears his deceased brother Danyal’s name, I would make sure his head would bow down.”
His devotion towards his work is such that, for every character he is assigned, he’d create a relevant Spotify playlist of around seven songs to listen to while filming for a certain role. And on his last day on set, he explained how he feels a certain amount of distress since he has to kill off the character that he has so carefully created.
Subsequently, Ahad Raza Mir shared how as a Pakistani actor he’s been able to do justice to a number of characters in the drama industry
One of his most recent projects that has been released quite recently, is drama serial “Ehd e Wafa”, where he plays the character of an Army Cadet. The role is quite similar to that he played in “Parwaaz Hai Junoon”, where he played the role of a determined air force cadet.
So when asked if he’s inclining towards a certain genre when it comes to taking up roles, he said, “As a nation, we can be broken. We divide ourselves, we make subsections like ‘you’re this, I’m that’ but when it comes to patriotism, that’s when Pakistanis become united,” he explains.
Having played the role for Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Canadian theatre, he has also been able to bag the Betty Mitchell Award for his performance
Since he’s been going back and forth between Canada and Pakistan, Ahad clearly stated that he feels the pride while representing his country internationally. He said, “It’s weird. I feel more Pakistani now than I ever have. No matter where I go now, even if I’m going back to Canada, I’m seen as someone repping Pakistan. This is the good part of the whole fame thing.”
On the idea of having politically woke actors in the industry, in light of the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan, he stated, “Any conflict in the world is bad, it’s wrong. As an artist, I feel it’s my job to represent my country and to change negative concepts of Pakistan in people’s minds. I put value on showing people Pakistan by doing something like Hamlet.”
Somewhere around next September, Ahad will be returning to stage in Canada for another round of shows of Hamlet which will be taking place this time in Toronto.
Moreover, Ahad Raza Mir explained how as a Pakistani actor he’s been leaning towards the idea of breaking the stigmas around who or what a hero should look like
He seemed to be pleased by the way our industry is finally being able to let men portray themselves properly on-screen. “The idea of the hero is changing and needs to change. Not fast enough but it’s enough to be noticeable. Take Imran Ashraf’s role as Bhola. He was the lead actor but not a conventional hero,” he said.
Then he happened to have revealed a few insights about the role he is currently working on, he stated, “The role I’m doing right now, without giving too much away, this role isn’t a typical hero either. He’s a troubled guy. Not right in the head. We’re asking the question: what does severe childhood trauma do to a person?”
Ahad has also been more interested in watching a number of LGBTQ movies lately, like “Moonlight” and “Call Me By Your Name” for the way they cover the bold topics while lifting the taboos around certain beliefs, which he thinks that Pakistani industry is also finally being able to do.
Furthermore, Ahad as a person is one of the nicest people in our industry and he has been able to receive a certain amount of respect, not just on screen but also from his colleagues and fans. In person, he is much more grounded and down-to-earth than one might perceive from a distance.
He has proved through his vigilant and devoted work ethics that he’s capable of achieving much more than he already has. Despite of his roots, he has been able to make a mark in the industry based on his own personal achievements.
Wishing him all the luck for his upcoming projects.
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