KARACHI: The budding Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir is successfully acknowledging his talent in the entertainment fraternity. As a matter of fact, he is at cloud 9 with a number of big projects ahead.
Deliberating about his future endeavors, the actor reveals that he is going to feature in Humsafar writer Farhat Ishtiaq’s yet to be titled venture. Moreover, he will be seen playing Hamlet in a Shakespeare play next year in Canada.
“I’ve already started memorizing it because it’s going to be a three-hour show. It’s terrifying!” said he.
Ahad went on to say, “I think we live in a time where sometimes, people say Shakespeare is now irrelevant. But I think we can learn a lot from Shakespeare. We can learn a lot about story-telling, how stories are composed, how characters are.”
“Shakespeare himself was so intelligent that he put clues in the write-up itself for the actors to tell them how to perform. Taking on the role of Hamlet is going to be big for me. It’ll be my return to the stage after almost a three-year gap.”
The Shakespeare Company based in Canada approached him some three years ago as to have him as a lead.
Asserting about his exposures, the actor further added, “I’ve always respected Canada for diversity. I’ve played roles of a white man in plays. I played Tony, a brown man playing a white man, which is unheard of.”
Not only this, for the first time, Ahad is all set to try his luck in the star-studded Parwaaz Hai Junoon, which is slated to hit the silver screen in Eid-ul-Azha. Well, it really seems as if the actor has got all the luck!
Besides, the multi-talented Ahad is all geared-up to croon in Coke Studio this season too.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar welcomed in Pk.
LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan today said the current visit of noted Indian poet Javed Akhtar along with his film star wife Shabana Azmi to Pakistan would open new doors of peace for Pak-India relationships.
In a meeting with Indian celebrity couple here on Friday, he said: “Pakistanis are the most peaceful and loving people and Pakistan, indeed, has fought on front-line in the war against terrorism”.
Chohan said that both neighboring countries should work together in the areas of art to promote harmony and peace in the region.
On this occasion, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar said that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome which had been given to them by the people of Pakistan.
“We will never forget the love and respect which we get during the visit”, they added.
IHC turns down plea seeking ban on Donkey King release!
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday dismissed the maintainability of a petition seeking a ban on the release of the film ‘The Donkey King’.
IHC judge Justice Aamer Farooq announced its judgment that was earlier reserved after an initial hearing on the petition.
The petitioner had sought a ban on the animated film and stated that it was ‘humiliating’ towards the Raja caste. At first, the IHC reserved its verdict on whether the petition is maintainable or not and then dismissed it.
American theatres: Villain ‘Venom’ is box office hero!
LOS ANGELES: Superhero blockbuster “Venom” saved the day at the North American box office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $80 million in ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
The film, the official launch of Sony’s Marvel Universe, stars Tom Hardy as a journalist who becomes the host for an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers.
The character is a villain in the “Spider-Man” comic book world. Despite being panned by critics, the movie comfortably broke the October opening weekend record by more than $20 million, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
In second place was another new release, musical romance “A Star Is Born,” which took in $41.25 million. The third remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it marks the directing debut of Bradley Cooper, who stars as a musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer played by pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Third place went to Warner Bros.’s “Smallfoot,” with earnings of $14.9 million in its second weekend. The comic family animation tells the story of a group of Yeti who come across a human, with voicing by Channing Tatum, LeBron James, and Danny DeVito.
Coming in fourth was last weekend’s champion, Universal’s “Night School,” whose earnings dropped nearly $16 million to $12.3 million this weekend.
The raucous comedy stars Kevin Hart as one student in a class of misfits working toward high school diplomas under the firm tutelage of Tiffany Haddish.
Fifth place went to Universal’s family-friendly offering “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” which slipped from third place last weekend with takings of $7.3 million.
Rounding out this weekend’s top 10 were:
“A Simple Favor” ($3.4 million)
“The Nun” ($2.6 million)
“Hell Fest” ($2.1 million)
“Crazy Rich Asians” ($2.1 million)
“The Predator” ($900,000)