The most popular opinion about the word of glitz and glam is that no matter what age bracket an actor belongs to, he or she has to look a certain way and be slim and fit. The world of showbusiness is cut-throat and very competitive, this is the reason, almost all the actors work really hard to meet the certain standards set by the industry in order to stay in the game. As much as it is important to stay healthy and on track when it comes to fitness, it is also important for actors to be representative of different body shapes and sizes in Pakistani dramas.
Unfortunately, when it comes to actors who have a different and healthy body-type, they are cast in comedy dramas and become the butt of the joke for being curvy or chubby, but certain actors defied this mentality as well and they refused to be treated as a laughing stock because they chose to portray such substantial characters which made the viewers look past their weight and focused only on their brilliant acting skills.
In such an industry where all the actors watch their weight and work really hard to maintain it, there have been some actors who have shown that irrespective of their body type, they are going to prove their talent through their acting skills. This is the reason, all such actors stand out a lot more for their confidence and also for a fact that they have defied the beauty standards and norms, and worked on their own terms and conditions.
Although there are a lot of actors who have lost a lot of weight because of their own personal choices and preferences, they have shown that they succeeded in impressing the viewers even before they began their fitness journey. It is very important for an actor to prove their mettle when it comes to acting and there have been certain actors who can be easily classified as powerhouses when it comes to their craft and talent as a whole. This goes to show that at the end of the day, what actually matters is how talented you are and that is how you earn a place in the hearts of the viewers and fans.
Here are those Pakistani actors who did not let their weight define them and their talent:
Faiza Hassan has been a part of the Pakistani drama industry for a long time. She has had the opportunity to work in a lot of popular drama serials like Wujood e Laraib, Lahasil, and is currently seen in ARY Digital’s drama Nand. Faiza Hassan has always taken up challenging roles and has portrayed complex characters with utmost ease and effortlessness. She is one of those few actresses who have shown that being healthy is not going to get into the way if you are immensely talented.
Faiza Hassan chose not to become a part of comedy drama serials only because she wanted a different approach towards her acting career and this is the reason, most of the characters she chose for herself had a lot of substance and left an impression. It is always a pleasure to see Faiza Hassan’s acting because alongside being a gifted actor, she is also a representative of those women who does not let their weight define their worth or cause a dent on their self-esteem.
There is no denying the fact that Rehan Sheikh is one of the most talented and measured actors that the Pakistani drama industry has seen. He is a powerhouse when it comes to talent and he is one of those few actors who not only embrace his characters but breathes life into them. This is the reason it is always a treat to watch Rehan Sheikh perform in all the dramas that he is a part of.
Over the years, Rehan Sheikh has become quite selective and is hardly seen in dramas but every time the viewers get to see him perform, they are wowed by his talent and acting skills. Rehan Sheikh is one of the finest character actors of the Pakistani drama industry and the body of work that he has done goes to show the range he has as a performer and when it comes to his work, he has all that is enough to make a long-lasting impression.
It is unfortunate that the drama viewers do not get to see Sonia Rehman being a part of dramas anymore but during the time when she was active, she too became one of those actresses who did not let her weight define her worth as a performer. Sonia Rehman was always seen portraying serious and substantial characters and she got to work alongside famous male actors as their main lead.
As an actor, Sonia Rehman had that rawness which made her acting absolutely natural, which made the viewers find her characters relatable. It was always a pleasure to see Sonia Rehman being a representation of strong and confident women in her dramas. This goes to show that strong actors like Sonia Rehman can work on their own terms and conditions and do not really care much about the unnecessary standards set by the showbiz industry.
Imran Ashraf has lost a lot of weight and this is the reason, in his current drama serial Mushk, he seems fitter than ever before. However, when Imran Ashraf joined the industry, he was on the healthier side but in a short span of time, he became one of the strongest character actors of the Pakistani drama industry. This is the reason, in almost all the dramas that he was a part of, he stood out more or if not, then equally as his co-stars who played the main lead.
Right from the beginning, Imran Ashraf has had that quality in him which makes the viewers forget about any criterion and standards because they are mesmerized by his talent and acting skills. Imran Ashraf is now venturing into becoming a protagonist, therefore he has lost a lot of weight but seeing his earlier performances, he has proved it time and again that weight is just a number and does not matter when you are naturally talented and a born artist.
Hina Dilpazeer is a powerhouse of talent. She too has worked really hard to be where she is and the range she has as an actor is unmatchable. Hina Dilpazeer is a perfect character actor in the Pakistani drama industry who has done justice to each and every character that she has taken up to portray. Hina Dilpazeer gets into the element of every character so effortlessly that it is hard to even see any other character that she has done in the past.
She is one of those few actors who even portrays the shades of every character phenomenally. Hina has always been healthy and she is a perfect example of how weight is just a number because it doesn’t stop you from being at your absolute best when it comes to talent and acting. Hina Dilpazeer is popularly remembered for her comic character Momo, but other than that, all the serious and substantial characters that she has played have left a long-lasting impression as well.
Uroosa Siddique is another talented actress who has now lost a lot of weight but even before she started her fitness journey, she was seen in a lot of dramas. Although Uroosa was mostly seen in comedy-dramas because of her perfect comic timing, she has also been a part of some serious dramas where she showed that acting came naturally to her and her talent wasn’t just restricted to comedy dramas and characters only.
Her performance in Kankar as a bitter woman who was keen to settle down remains memorable to date. Uroosa Siddique is another talented character actor in the Pakistani drama industry who has shown that being overweight did not really cause any hindrances in her career path because she proved her talent and craft.
Yasir Nawaz is not only an ace director but he is a very measured actor with a strong screen presence. Yasir Nawaz had taken a break from acting when he was pursuing his passion for direction. However, ever since he has made a comeback as an actor, Yasir Nawaz has wowed the viewers because he has taken up a variety of roles and continues to show that there is so much more he has in him to give as an actor.
Yasir Nawaz has started his fitness journey and also because his wife Nida Yasir is quite conscious when it comes to health and fitness, she has repeatedly mentioned how she persisted that Yasir too loses some weight but even before all of this happened, Yasir Nawaz made a comeback and showed his caliber as an actor. This is the reason, at this stage of his career, he still happens to be one of those actors who get the viewers excited because they know Yasir Nawaz’s drama is going to be promising and different.
Marina Khan has a special place in the hearts of Pakistani drama viewers and fans. People still remember her iconic dramas and characters such as Dhoop Kinare and Tanhaiyaan. Marina Khan has been a part of the Pakistani drama industry for a long time and she has taken many breaks and then made comebacks at different stages of her life.
Marina Khan has always been conscious of her weight and when she came back after a long time, she had gained some weight but it still didn’t change anything, neither for her fans nor her because they were still in awe of her acting and her graceful personality. Marina Khan is now persistent with her fitness journey and has lost a lot of weight but she too has proved that none of it matters if you have earned the love and respect of the viewers and it’s the beauty that shines on the screen.
Farah Shah is one of the strongest actors in the Pakistani drama industry. She too is one such actor who has a great screen presence and has it in her to make every character hers because of her strong personality and acting skills. Farah Shah has wowed the drama viewers with her extreme transformation when she decided to lose a lot of weight but even when she was on the heavier side, she did not let her weight change anything for her.
She was seen in dramas regularly and portrayed a range of characters with strong performances. Farah Shah has perfect timing and makes a tough job like the acting look so easy and effortless. She is another talented actor in the Pakistani drama industry who proved that the scale on the number has nothing to do with how talented you are.
Nadia Afghan has also started her fitness journey and is fit than ever before but for the longest time, Nadia Afghan was also on the heavier side but she proved that acting came naturally to her. Nadia Afghan is one of those measured character actors who can take almost any kind of role and breathe life into them. She has done comic roles as well as some serious characters too but each one of them has been performed convincingly by her. She was recently seen in both the seasons of Suno Chanda and earned a lot of appreciation because she is one of those actors who really know how to impress the fans and viewers with her brilliant acting.
Ahmed Ali Butt
Ahmed Ali Butt has always associated himself with light-hearted entertainment and genres which gravitate more towards comedies. Ahmed Ali Butt has a strong screen presence and the kind of timing which only a few gifted actors have. This is the reason, when he made a comeback in drama serial Jhooti, his character had nothing to do with comedy but he proved that he was capable of portraying serious characters to perfection too. Ahmed Ali Butt has always been on the heavier side when it comes to weight, but he has proved it time and again, that in this industry, all you need is talent and skills because eventually, that is what keeps you going.
This completes the list of all these fantastic actors who have not let their weight define them or their talent. Which one of these actors is your favorite? Feel free to share your opinion.