Hamza Ali Abbasi is a remarkable addition to the new born Pakistani cinema. In November 2011 his first short film as an actor “Glorious Resolve” had won Eserciti-e-Popoli award in the film festival held at Rome. He is busy these days promoting his first directorial venture “Mud House and the Golden Doll”, which has already created buzz in town as the answer to the “Children of heaven”. You will also see him in action in the highly anticipated, upcoming move, “Waar” expected to be release in this summer.
Interviewed by Moummar Bhatty
Welcome to OpenBeast. Tell us about yourself.
I am an actor who dreams not only for success but also to do something different and unique. I am an emerging film maker who loves to tell stories through lens eyes by putting my imagination into reality. What else do you want to know about me (smiles and winks)?
How did “’Mud House and the Golden Doll” happen?
“Mud House and the Golden Doll” was a dream project which is based on real life character that was based in Multan. There are different social issues that have been put in spotlight. Secondly we started this movie with no budget and it was an experimental project that was a learning process for me. I wanted something to produce like short reality based movies that is been projected in Iran and are even famous all over the world. So this was one of the reasons why I wanted to do this project.
Talk to us about your role as “Malang” and the atmosphere on the sets?
I have given so much for that role. I grew up long beard to make it more realistic. I left my social life for the role and most of the time when I was on streets; pedestrians would give me awkward glance. So it made me uncomfortable too but it was my commitment towards the role and the project that I overcame all of those hurdles and learnt a lot from them.
Tell us about your role in the movie “Waar”?
It’s a secret, you have to buy a ticket and watch it in your cinema (winks).
What do you think about Bilal Lashari as director’s prospective?
Bilal is amazing, he is one of those finest directors of Pakistan who can make Suzuki look like Corolla with the power of camera lens. He is so talented and determined who is ready to go to any positive extremes to get 100 percent.
Describe your future plans.
I am more into comedy stuff now as I believe that our nation has enough of the depression now and they are not buying tickets to see pessimism of our society. I am also doing a movie project based on cricket with Hamayoun Saeed but future will tell you more about it.
What are your leisure time activities?
I find pleasure in my work, so my leisure time includes my work passion as an artist and film maker.
If you could live anywhere where would you build your dream home?
By grace of God, I already have my dream home in Islamabad.
For more info visit Hamza Ali Abbasi’s publicist website www.encyclomediapr.com