GLOSS Volume 1, Issue 6 - 2018 - Page 42

E X C L U S I V E HOLLYWOOD ACTOR Zuher Khan BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES Text By Hira Asif P akistanis are breaking the stereotypical image of the country by making their mark in the entertainment industry all over the world. From winning Oscars to making animated films, another talented individual has successfully left his imprint on Hollywood. Zuher Khan has been skillfully practising his craft as a producer in the entertainment industry. With his award-winning film and his company’s first production "3 Holes and A Smoking Gun," Zuher has successfully made waves in Hollywood. He has been struggling in the entertainment industry from the age of 16 and is now working on several interesting projects including a feature-length documentary about "Actors in the New Hollywood." Luckily, GLOSS landed an interview with the producer himself to know about his work and what he has in store for his audience in the future. boss, I make my content and work with the finest distributors in the world. How is Zuher Khan different from other producers and stars? I have a unique approach to my choice of films, I do not like to copy anyone and I do not emulate any other star although I have a great deal of respect for Tom Cruise and Shahrukh Khan. Tell us about Zuher Khan. What’s your criterion for a great film? An avid student of the craft of cinema, a gentleman who believes An entertaining film would be my criteria for a great film, you see that art defines influence and that defines culture. I do believe it’s all about the script that connects well with the audience, and that as a filmmaker, brother, son and husband its key to have some stars say they make films for themselves; I say make a home integrity and goodwill for the passion of cinema I recall my father video because it’s all about the audience. telling me that to be a good artist you first have to be a good human being and that’s what I strive for every day. “ I am my own boss. I make my content and work with the finest distributors in the world. ” If you have to choose between acting and producing what would you choose and why? Genuinely I love all aspects of filmmaking yet producing and acting are my core specialities, I really can't choose because I love producing as much as I love to act on screen, as an actor I strive for the best take and as a producer strives to create stories that are What are your future plans for Pakistani film industry? unique and wonderful. I could have said I like acting more than With the success that Aamir’s films have achieved in China, I do producing or producing more than acting but again I love both. believe that the Chinese audiences are now accepting south Asian content, Pakistan having an amazing brotherly friendship with What were the challenges you faced while producing and China I do feel that the film industry in Pakistan should monetize acting in films and how did you overcome them? their content in China it will lead to greater cultural ties. During I can’t complain. I have no challenges I work with the best stars the recent times, I have seen Pakistani cinema do well and I hope in the business, win awards and receive acclaim. I am grateful to it does better. Again if Pakistani films start releasing in China like the United States and to Hollywood for being tremendously kind, they do globally already it can have a greater domino effect and loving, accepting and beautiful. Yet I never forget my roots as I am a the Pakistani film industry will only grow stronger hopefully on proud Pakistani as well. As to overcoming challenges I am my own the same if not better level than Bollywood. 44