We need to strengthen the film business: Faysal Quraishi
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Faysal Quraishi’s journey is the one that will go down in the history of Pakistan’s entertainment industry. Since the inception of his stardom, he's been nothing but a humble man, handling success with the most impeccable and effortless persona.
Actor, producer and host, Faysal is a household name in Pakistan and has many prestigious awards under his belt. Since his childhood, he religiously used to visit drama and film sets.
Those acting hubs became his learning schools and trained him to hit the television screens with full thrust. In a brief encounter with 24NewsHD, he speaks about his career and success. Following are the excerpts:
At a time when you are enjoying the fruits of success, how do you look back at your early days of struggle?
With humility and gratitude.
How much can we get to know the real Faysal Quraishi from your social media handle?
Social media is a small window to the real Faysal Quraishi’s life.
You have played some intense characters and then, on the contrary, you have been seen in comic roles as well. What do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the craft of acting. Every role requires an equal amount of effort so it’s difficult to choose a type as an actor.
Has the focus on the commercial aspects of show business taken away from the quality and content of programming?
With various channels and digital output, I think, overall, we are ok, but when the output increases, while we objectively might have more quality content, it does get camouflaged with more fluff being produced too.
Industry people are speculating that film ‘Sorry’ would be a low-budget drama type of movie. What’s your take on it?
Whenever someone from the drama industry steps into the film industry that is always the first reaction everyone gives. As a producer, I would just like to say that we have a substantial budget and from the initial rushes the film would be larger than life.
Speaking of incompleteness, are you complete as an actor after so many years?
Actors are like insatiable sponges, we need to keep on absorbing and learning to be relevant.
Drama serials like ‘Ehd-e-Wafa’ and ‘Mere Pass Tum Ho’ are making good business in cinema houses. Do you think drama serials can fill the space of films and survive cinema houses?
It’s a short-term solution ... in the long run, only movies can help the cinema houses as a business. We need to strengthen the film business in Pakistan.
A Turkish film is being screened in the cinemas of Pakistan for the first time. Do you think it will be a blockbuster in the Pakistani market?
Their dramas are successful in Pakistan and I wish the producers all the best for the film and hope that it’s a hit.
Fans are praising your performance in drama serial ‘Muqaddar’. Would you like to tell us something about the serial?
Generally, the plays I take and the characters I do are based on people coming from different walks of life and so is Muqaddar.
Currently, the play is unfolding and I can’t reveal much about it all that I can say is that it’s a different story and will get interesting with time so keep watching
Enlighten your fans about your bike collection?
Street Glide 117 Harley Davidson.
Would you like to tell us about your upcoming projects?
There is an ARY serial and an Express TV serial. Other than that I’m reading lots of scripts that include a web series and an English film as well.