Team Pakistan 360 Degrees conducted an interview with Abbas Agha Ali recently. He is younger son of late Agha Sikander who was one of the top actors of his time. If Agha Ali has joined showbiz, it is a natural thing as most of the kids of actors’ and actresses from previous generation choose this profession. The sincerity to his profession has made Agha Ali one of the leading actors of his era. This talented actor made his debut in “Mein Hari Pyar” on Hum TV in 2012 and due to his good performance, he was nominated for “Hum Award for Best Soap Actor”. He isn’t just an actor, but also a model as well as a singer now. So, here is his interview.
- What do you like most/least about your Profession?
Agha Ali: The most I like is the love you get from people who are total strangers, people that you don’t know actually start loving you. The worst follows with it as you cannot have the life you had once anymore when you were an ordinary guy and not a star. Eating at public places and even shopping at times is difficult.
Famous writer of Pakistan Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born at Ghakkhatr. He was born in 1939 because of which he witnessed the great partition of the subcontinent and the happenings initiated by this partition. He observed these events keenly at Lahore. He was the son of Rehmat Khan Tarar. Rehmat Khan Tarar used to run a small seed business. His business turned out to be very profitable gradually and a time came when he was the best among his competitors.
Mustansar Hussain Tarar was educated at Lahore and London. His Alma matters at Lahore included Rang Mehal Mission High School, Muslim Model High School and Government College Lahore. His time spent broad was spent in trying his skills at the theatre, watching movies and indulging in literature.
He was part of the world Youth Festival organized at Moscow in 1957. Mustansar Hussain Tararwrote a book based on his experience at The World Youth Festival which was greatly admired by his fans. In 1971 he got his first book published. The book was titled “Nikley Teri Talash Main”. He dedicated this work to his youngest brother.
Travel and Writing
Mustansar Hussain Tarar is accredited to have been the pioneer of a new trend in Pakistani Literature. It is that of writing Travelogues. He has written forty of such travelogues. These were often composed in a novel or short story style. These works were also composed off in newspaper columns and television dramas. He has also put his acting skills to use. Mustansar Hussain Tarar has been hosting the live telecast of PTV’s morning show since 1988. The morning show was titled “Subuh Bakhair”.
Moin Akhtar was a great legend and an irreplaceable asset of Pakistan. He played a great role in television, stage and film. He was a great impersonator and had a great humor. Moin Akhtar has also been given several shows for hosting and he performed his job perfectly well.
Moin Akhtar was born in the year 1950 on 24th December. His parents migrated during the subcontinent partition from India to Pakistan. He was extremely versatile and flourished amazingly during his lifetime and career. Moin made his debut on television before stepping into other platforms of media. His first appearance was aired on PTV on 6th September. This occurred in 1966. The drama was in the memory of defense day of Pakistan. Moin Akhtar did many different plays after this debut plan.
Moin Akhtar made a great squad with Bushra Ansari and the very famous Anwar Maqsood. Moin Akhtar despite being in stage shows and in multiple humorous roles maintained the etiquette. He kept his performance very decent which made him loved by all ages and was considered suitable for a healthy and light family time. Moin Akhtar collaborated with Umer Sharif to do a play in India. This made his name rise up to new levels and made him even more popular.
Moin Akhtar is also one of the people who got honorary citizenship from Dallas as an award for his outstanding performances and achievements. Moin Akhtar passed away in 2011 due to a heart attack leaving thousands of people grieving. His funeral was led by Junaid Jamshed. Madam Tussauds contacted Moin’s family expressing their wish to make a wax statue of Moin as a reminder. This would be the first wax statue of a Pakistani citizen in the museum.
Madiha Gohar is a very famous female Pakistani drama and movie director. Madiha Gohar has worked tirelessly on all her projects to bring her home land pride. She dreamt of getting Pakistan internationally recognized for its rich heritage and great films and serials. Madiha Gohar is also the elder sister of the famous actress/writer, Faryal Gohar.
Madiha Gohar has done efforts ever since she stepped into the media industry. As little as she was, she learnt all the fall backs of the industry and realized that something had to be done. She took up projects that showed her individual personality and her desires. Madiha played several roles to enhance social fields and cultural fields.
Due to Madiha’s efforts and her attachment to the field she was nominated for Prince Claus Award. This award was a token of appreciation for her efforts by the Danish government to her. The award distribution was held in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
The award ceremony was attended by many prominent and leading personalities of Pakistan and of other countries. The Danish ambassador to Pakistan was also present at the occasion along with the Federal Minister of Culture of Pakistan since Madiha herself promotes and represents the culture of Pakistan in all her projects. Madiha Gohar is a very well known director who has gained recognition throughout the media industry. She has also worked in collaboration with Ajoka Theatre group for several theatres. Her theater work too was adored by all her fans.
Bollywood is killing our Pakistani film industry says one of our actors; our film industry has been hijacked more appropriately. Many of the cinemas have been closed and Lahore only produces 20 films a year which are of extremely low budget where as Mumbai (Bollywood) produces about 1000 of the fraction with 1.3 billion dollar budget each year.
Our great and famous Pakistani actor Ghulam Mohiudin who has done about 400 hundred Lollywood films says that our films have been replaced by Indian high budget films because our public would not like to go for low budget when they have got a far better option to follow. The legendary Pakistani actors mark 1960’s as the golden era of lollyword when the streets of Lahore were filled with art deco cinemas and packed houses. In the 1980’s we were producing about hundred films each year which were reduced to 20 a few years ago. Although now I see the Pakistani cinema rising up with the release of one of the greatest Pakistani movie Khuda Key Liye directed by Shoaib Mansoor a story of a man who was imprisoned for being a suspect of the 9/11 incident and how his brother claims to be the right Muslim. Though some of our Pakistani directors like Syed Noor and Shoaib Mansoor have tried to build up something that can catch the attention of the public but more effort is required. Today the movie land is found dead with most of them have been made car parks and other shopping malls. In such circumstances no one in the producer’s group dares to bring up money to invest on a film which wouldn’t be watched.
Let’s just imagine if you are given a choice and you have to choose only one i.e. Hollywood greatest movie Avatar and Pakistani film Mein Eik Din Laut Key Ayoonga you will definitely like to go for Avatar just because it is more technical and doesn’t have typical movie idea at least different.
With the release of Pakistani movie Bol we have seen a lot of audience moving around in the cinemas, and the ideas that have been portrayed in the film are quite different far from being certain. With the upcoming cinestar cinemas all around Pakistan there is a vast range of audience seeing entering and spending money. Now with the advancing in the theatres our producers and directors are more likely to take notice on making movies that would captivate the audience. Pakistani movie Love Mein Ghum produced by Reema Khan, one of our finest Pakistani movie actress, this movie is considered to be of the highest budget this year or over the decade. The movie has been shot in Malaysia.
We have also seen our stars migrating to Bollywood and making films there rather then Lollywood just because they are not provided with the good casting team and good choice and budget. Ali Zafar has worked on a lot of projects abroad like Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother ki Dulhan. However the Pakistani small screen cinema has made a worth applaud progress over the years by introducing many channels. These channels hav entertained the Pakistani audience here in Pakistan and abroad with extremely good dramas like Alpha Bravo Charlie, Waris, Meri zaat zara e benishan have got the highest audience.
Pakistani Cinema has surely got a lot of potential and talent and it can be taken somewhere else like on the top but in a long time like 2 to 3 decades. However we can see the all the progress with the release of good films this year.
Farieha Altaf entered the world of fashion as a model in the mid 80s. At that time modeling was considered a taboo and girls faced a lot of hostility. Farieha was not bothered with this attitude and continued with her modeling though most of it was in print. She made a name for herself in the fashion world. Farieha later started acting in TV plays as well. She is remembered for her roles in the long play “Rosy” in which she worked opposite Moin Akhtar. She also appeared in a TV serial penned by Haseena Moin. Farieha distanced herself from the fashion world after her marriage but not for long.
She re-entered the glamour world but now as the owner of a production house “Catwalk”. Through Catwalk, Farieha has introduced many new faces on the modeling scene. She has not only introduced models like Vaneeza Ahmed, Amir Zeb Khan, Sonia Khan and many others. Designers Nomi Ansari and others were also introduced by her. Freiha’s contributions to the fashion world are numerous; as a matter of fact, fashion became an industry in Pakistan because of the efforts of people like Farieha.
Farieha has also given a complete makeover to some leading sports and showbiz personalities like actor Shan. Farieha also directed and produced the Lux Style Awards in 2007.
Mikaal Zulfiqar is a Pakistani model who emerged on the fashion scene in 2000. It has been almost 10 years and he has planted his feet firmly not only as a model but also as an actor. He is a very talented individual who has shown by now to the fans and critics alike that he is here to stay.
Mikaal has also acted in a couple of music videos. This multi talented man is a superb model in print and on the ramp as well. Like his peers, he is well versed in the art of modeling and has worked with several fashion designers.
As per the current trend among models, Mikaal also made a successful transition towards acting. Mikaal not only acted in TV dramas along with some leading actors and actresses but also acted in few movies. His serial Saiqa aired on Hum TV was a big hit. To date he has acted in three movies; two Pakistani and one Indian. In the Indian movie “Shoot on Sight”, he acted with senior actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri.
Mikaal is popular among the masses because of the hilarious Ufone TV commercials and is often called Ufone wala. Mikaal recently tied the knot with Sara Bhatti.