The new actor in town, Ahad Raza Mir, the son of renowned actor and producer Asif Raza Mir is winning the hearts already with his performance in Sammi. He has managed to impress everyone with his charm and realistic acting. He is now all set to work on two films with his father, a comedy and a love story.
Just recently, he gave an interview to Instep and shared a lot more about himself.
Did he always want to be an actor?
“Yes 100 per cent. There has never been any other thought in my mind,” Ahad said in an exclusive interview with Instep.
“I feel very proud to be accepted in the local industry,” Ahad shared. “I know there is ‘Raza Mir’ attached to my name, but I hope that people recognize me for my work, what I do and what I have to offer – that’s my goal, my first goal for this year. It’s true that I am an actor’s son and sometimes things are offered to you on a silver platter but for me this is not how it was. I love film and television and this has been a passion for me since I was very young. I have received training for six years and have worked professionally for two years outside Pakistan (Canada) and there it had nothing to do with my father. And the projects that I have taken up here, I have pushed for them myself. I love this country and I want to be a part of this industry. I have no plan to go back to Canada.”
After completing his graduation, he performed in 26 professional productions in Canada and also won the critics award for Best Actor in a Musical, just last year. “I was the first desi to win it. It was a proud moment for me, being a Pakistani,” Ahad expressed.
Ahad feels that in real life, he relates better to his character in the upcoming serial Wo Yaqeen Ka Naya Safar “He is famous as Dr Asfand Yar,” the actor revealed.
“He’s a fun, happy go lucky kind of a guy who jokes around a lot. But that’s one side of the character that people get to see at first. There’s another aspect to his character that the audience will eventually be introduced to in the play.”
Revealing more about his characters in upcoming projects, Ahad said, “People will get to see me in different colours since my role in all three projects is very different from each other – there’s a bit of variety.”
Ahad is receiving a positive response for his acting in Sammi but he feels intimidated at times. “It’s such a small and open industry where people welcome you with open arms but there’s an intimidation factor since I am new here. I am obviously panicking while doing a scene with Sania Saeed. But then I say to myself, ‘there’s a reason you are here’.”
Ahad also spoke about how different it is to be an actor today compared to the times his father Asif Raza Mir started off. “I believe it has become more challenging to create an impression on the audience now,” he noted. “Back then there was only one channel and there were few actors. People used to wait for that one TV play the entire week. Now there are so many channels and actors that they get overwhelmed with all of this and it becomes difficult for viewers to choose their pick. There’s a strong competition for actors these days; you have to act, sing, dance and look good – all at the same time to get considered. You can be replaced in a second if you don’t have anything that sets you apart from others.”
Speaking about the importance of social media to connect with fans in this day and age, he stated, “I’m struggling with it,” he admitted. “I have noticed that the Pakistani audience is different from the one I saw abroad. If they are your fans, they really want to be updated with what you’re up to and want to connect to you. And I feel they are the people who we are working for so they deserve to be informed.”
Sharing his first selfie experience with a fan, he said, “Recently someone came up to me for the first time and asked for a selfie. I got awkward. I’ve seen it my whole life with baba whenever we go somewhere but it happened to me and I didn’t know how to react to it.”