‘I couldn’t imagine life without cinema’


PAKISTANI ACTOR BILAL ASHRAF ON HIS NEW MOVIE SUPERSTAR, WORKING WITH MAHIRA KHAN AND DREAM ROLE by ASJAD NAZIR A sign that model-turned-actor Bilal Ashraf has had a remarkable rise since his 2016 debut film Janaan is that he is playing the lead opposite globally-famous actress Mahira Khan in this month’s big Eid release Superstar. The Pakistani heartthrob plays a famous star in the deeply-romantic film and spent a year preparing for the challenging role. Eastern Eye caught up with him on the international promotional trail of Superstar to discuss the movie, Pakistani cinema, working with A-list actress Mahira Khan and his Bond ambition. What first connected you to cinema? I guess, it would have to be my late sister because she was someone who wanted to make films, so for me, it has been just about carrying that dream forward. I did a couple of ads, then one thing led to another and the rest is history. How did you feel when your first film came out and when did you feel like a star? I felt very nervous, but even though there were nerves, I enjoyed watching it in the theatre. Somewhere I felt this would work and my gut feeling was right. I think, right after Janaan when I did this interview for BBC global, it hit me and I thought things have gone real. The kind of response I got back home was phenomenal. You say all aspects of Superstar – from the director and production house to the singers, story and fellow cast members – attracted you to it. Tell us about the film and the character you play? I play the character of Sameer Khan who is a superstar. Then life kind of happens to him after he becomes a superstar, including his whole romantic journey. It is about how that journey…

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