Imran Ashraf has won a lot of hearts through the character of Bhola in ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’. Imran has recently played roles that have been really hard hitting, from ‘Dil Mom Ka Diya’ to ‘Alif Allah Aur Insaan’. Considering his body of work, and his recent success with ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’, he sat down with the famous Fifi Haroon for an interview.
In this interview, for the first time, he speaks candidly about the struggle of making it in the Pakistani Entertainment Industry.
Ashraf talks about he’s not a ‘Greek standards wala larka’, he’s not someone who’s plastered on billboards or someone who’s in TV commercials. He starts his interview with Fifi by talking about how he’s had to really hone his acting skills, especially considering superficial the Pakistani entertainment world is.
He talks about how he’s always wanted to be someone who was remembered for his acting, rather than his looks.
Imran Ashraf said that he’s seen actors not even make the effort of learning the lines, and in the process, kill a character or a dialogue. He laughed about how he would lose a night’s sleep after seeing a drama’s ‘hero’ be so reckless in his acting, thereby ruining the feel of the show. In his personal experience, one bad acting job lead to him not getting roles for quite a while. Clearly, the same standards do not apply to men who have got the ‘look’.
There was a time when Ashraf wasn’t getting any work, he describes this as a very difficult time for him personally. He revealed that he would watch TV dramas, and repeat dialogues he’d hear, this was his way of practicing his acting. His spell of poor luck finally broke and he started getting supporting roles or gunda walay roles. As he shone in those roles, he was eventually offered leading roles and the rest is history.
Talking about ‘Ranjha Ranjha Kardi’, the actor calls Bhola his son, his savior.
He gave his 100% to Bhola and it clearly shows. Even Fifi said during the interview that when Imran Ashraf acts, you don’t see him, you see his character in their full form. According to him, the asool of acting is to fully dwell into a character, their life, their problems and their pain. He adds that for him, acting is less about acting, it’s more about reacting.
Imran Ashraf talks about how he’s done a lot of roles in his time in the Pakistani drama world but is only now being appreciated and recognized for his work. He ends his interview with Fifi by saying that he’s happy that supporting actors are moving into lead roles, and hopes that this trend keeps up.
You can hear this entire interview here.
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