Sunday, 19 November 2017

LONDON: Ahsan Khan to play the eternal romantic Ranjha

Ahsan Khan

LONDON: If there’s one Pakistani actor who is has piqued the interest of every TV and film director in town, it has to be Ahsan Khan. Although Khan has been around for more than a decade – during which he did some forgettable plays and films – this talented half-British-half-Pakistani actor is on a career high off late.

Perhaps his most challenging role to date was last year’s successful television drama Udaari, in which Khan played a paedophile. Khan pulled off this difficult role, coming up trumps in his villainous turn.

He has since been lapping up compliments and best actor trophies. Now, he’s got big production houses approaching him, not just from television and cinema, but for theatre as well. His latest venture is an international stage play, titled Ishq, which opens at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, in September.

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For any other actor at such an important point in his career, an experiment of this sort might be a no-no. Not for Khan who says: “I’ve always wanted to try unusual things. I like to diversify.”

Khan revealed the play is an English-language musical, based on the legend of the doomed lovers, Heer-Ranjha. Interestingly, Khan earlier portrayed the titular role of the flute-playing hero in a PTV serial as well. But he sees theatre as a “learning opportunity” and also a “break from the run-of-the-mill.”

Produced by Serendip, an Islamabad-based INGO, in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission in England, the play is “an attempt to present our soft image abroad. The best part is that I get to sing live and dance also,” he said, excitedly.

Khan said Ishq has afforded him a chance to slip into dancing shoes, something he loves doing. The actor is considered one of the best dancers among the present crop of male actors.

For the play, Khan is accompanied by actor Adnan Jaffer (who plays Qaidu) and indie pop singer Rachel Viccaji (as Seti). Rasheeda Ali is essaying the role of Heer.

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