We caught up with the heartthrob of Pakistan’s Film Industry Ali Rehman Khan. Born and raised in Islamabad, Ali made his debut for TV in HUM TV’s Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Se, which gave him a lot of recognition and he recently won the Award for Best Supporting Actor for his serial Diyar E Dil. Read on to see what he shared exclusively with The Blush Works.
BW: What made you get into acting, is it something you always wanted to do?
I dont recall what it was that made me want to be an actor, nor do I remember when this became a passion . I just know that I have wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember.
BW: Who or What inspires you?
I get inspired by many things. My Dad, my Mom, my Grandparents. Could be something I read in a book, or a quote, a song, a film or just someone. History is full of inspiration if you take a closer look. Every journey towards progress starts with inspiration, and that on its own is quite inspiring.
BW: Upcoming projects for you?
I have two films coming out this year inshAllah. Janaan and Yalghaar. Both are very different films with completely opposite genres and that, for me, is quite exciting. Being given a chance to play to contradicting characters is really what any actor yearns for, and i feel very blessed to have got the opportunity to do so.
BW: What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
Being an actor, my advice is always about the craft itself. if you want to be noticed, you have to work for it. Start with something, anything. Theatre is a great way of learning the craft. If you are able, get enrolled in an acting school, do a formal degree, trust me, it will help and ignore all the naysayers. However, at the end of the day, no one else will do this for you, YOU have to make this happen. Work hard, be passionate and relentless, and always respect the craft. This is a very harsh industry and sometimes it takes years before you can be noticed. Dont let that get you down. Never give up.
BW: Best compliment you have ever received.
I dont think there is a best compliment, there are always unique things that are said which I am very honoured to receive by anyone. I think for me it was the amalgamation of different people telling me they cried their eyes off in my last episode in Diyar – e – Dil. For me, as an actor, it was the best compliment i could get. Making people cry, through a television drama, that doesnt happen too often. But everyone you come in contact with tells they had tears in their eyes, that there was it.
BW: How do you react to negative feedback?
I dont react, I learn from it. It helps me improve my craft and that is very important to me and I thank my close friends and family for giving me honest/brutal feedback. However, majority of our ‘critics’ are barely professional and dont really understand what it means to critically analyze a drama/film. So far, it has been very rare that I have read something and simultaneously learned from it.
BW: One fashion accessory you think everyone should have.
If everyone has it, then it loses its charm. To be unique, it has to look unique.
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