GLOSS Volume 2, Issue 7 - 2018 - Page 20

E X C L U S I V E Shaz Khan: Art reflects life. When you speak to young actors and filmmakers, there is so much inspiration in these kids, so much work is still in the pipeline. Now the question is who will bring these stories to light? I personally feel this change in Pakistan will support the youth in completing the stories that live in their minds, to bring them on the big and small screens. There is a lot of creative energy in the country at the moment which I think will be a big help for the industry to flourish. Ahad Raza Mir: I think Parwaaz Hai Junoon is a very important film for the young generation and every Pakistani in Pakistan and abroad as well should watch it. Our PR is from news channels, not from films, unlike India. Everyone across the world knows India through Bollywood and the face of Indian cinema, we are yet to get there. I think all the young people should watch Parwaaz Hai Junoon, so they can spread the message of the true face of Pakistan, which is lively, colourful and positive, not what the news media shows. Haseeb, TV stars are running the show in Pakistan for now, as a director, how can you differentiate between the two mediums? The international audience may not notice this, but Pakistanis watch both dramas and films, so perhaps the two mediums look alike to them. Our drama industry is cinematic, and we shoot our dramas like films. We shoot in real locations, not sets, the technology we utilize in dramas is one that is used in films, so it is a challenge to differentiate the two, but our point is to deliver entertaining stories and performances. How advanced are the CGI resources available in Pakistan? Haseeb Hassan: At the moment, we have limited availability of CGI technology in Pakistan, so some work of Parwaaz Hai Junoon was done in Pakistan and some in Thailand. Shaz, is there anything you would say the Pakistani industry has a stronger hold on compared to what you have experienced in the States? Pakistanis know how to get things done. Despite some disorganization in the manners of how things are processed sometimes, the energy of the people gets it done. It is very akin to indie cinema, it is this guerrilla affair where everything is done on the go, and creativity is born from this madness. It’s like when things are too organized, there is not a lot of risk, but when it’s not, a lot of creative choices come out of it. Ahad, you are debuting as a singer soon, is music your true calling? Music has been a part of my life since I was a teenager. My focus went on acting because acting is my passion, but music is something I have always done. I did my BFA from Canada with a lot of musical theatres, played a number of instruments like the guitar, the bass guitar, the drums, keyboards. Music has always been a huge part of me and it is something I wish I pursued further, but fortunately or unfortunately I have been very busy with my acting projects, so I am very lucky that I can finally explore music through a renowned platform now. Describe the movie in one word. Hamza Ali Abbas: Substance Hania Aamir: Hania Shaz Khan: Zabardast Ahad Raza Mir: Passionate 20