Exclusive Interviews with Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa on their upcoming film Qaid e Azam Zindabad

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Exclusive Interviews with Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa on their upcoming film Qaid e Azam Zindabad
 

I had the privilege of interviewing the lead pair Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa  on their up- coming blockbuster Qaid- e Azam Zindabad . The film revolves around a cop Fahad Mustafa and his partner Javed Shaikh who have gotten their hands on counterfeit bills. They decide to test the money out to see if it is believable only to have Mahira Khan pop their bubble by pointing out a major blunder the notes do npy have Qaid e-Azams picture on them. We have a corrupt politician played by Nayyar Ijaz who makes things difficult for the pair. As well as the film having an emotional set back in the hero’s life that will turn things around.

Photo credit Tahah Asghar,Asad Aly and Basharat Hussain

Mahira Khan Q&A

Q: Congratulations on being the newest ambassador for British Asian Trust, your film Aik Hai Nigar winning awards recently. Tell us a bit about your character and how you prepared for the role and how you got ready for the action scenes in this filmi?

A.Thank you for the warm wishes on me being the new ambassador and my film winning awards. My character is a girl who is an empowered girl, who loves animals and her moral compass is say very very straight. She then meets a nan who moral compass is not very straight.

Q; What was it like working with our handsome hero Fahad in the film and the experience of working with Nabeel and Fizza Ali in this production?

A: It was amazing and I did not have any pre- conceived ideas in my head on Fahad and l felt right at home with here is a guy who makes me feel comfortable. We have synergy together and I really really enjoyed it. He is a very good actor and a lot of fun to work with. It felt easy working with Nabeel and Fizza.I hope we get to work with each other more often.

Q: Do you think there is any similarities between this film and other cop rom coms we may have seen in the past? and how does this film differ to what us the audience have seen before? Or is the film a total original idea that is very relevant to the issues Pakistan is facing now?

A: I really have not seen any of the cop films, but I see where you are coming from. The film is an original film.Yes we can definitely see a cop universe of Pakistani cops getting together with their international counter parts.If film does well we can have a sequel and a cop universe.

Q: How responsible do you feel as being a fab life enhancer and role model for the whole world and aspiring actors in Pakistan? At a time where our films are getting awards in Cannes and Marvel showing us positive representation in Ms Marvel

A:The biggest thing I can do is do my work well and set an example.I feel really really proud that we are being shown in the correct light, I watched first episode of Ms Marvel that was amazing. Our actors are working in amazing stuff abroad, our filns are winning awards at Cannes. What else can we ask for.

Q;This Eid we get Mahira Khan vs Mehwish Hyatt in their rom com and the mighty Thor in Love and Thunder ? A message to your fans in the UK and Eid?

A: It feels good and will be amazing that all films do well. To all my fans in the Uk do come out and watch my films and all the love right back.

Fahad Musstafa Q&A

Q: Tell us a bit about your character and how he differs from the other heros we have seen before? How do you prepare for your character in the film and what can audiences expect to see new from you as an actor in this film? And how was it working again with Javed Sheikh?

A: My character is that it is a cop movie and is the first of its kind in Pakistan. It is our own attempt at giving you this iconic character.It is our way of showing Pakistani cops  and there is a bit more to it , we are trying to tell a story that all Pakistanis will be able to relate to.Was amazing to have Javed sahab on board with me.

Q: Did you under go a martial arts regime for the action scenes?and how does it feel that you are up against both Thor and Hunyan Saeed at the box office this Eid? How was it working with our sohnee Mahira Khan? And would you say that you are a good luck mascot for Nabeel and Fizza?

A:The film is our way of showing this cop character and I wish was trained like Jackie Chan.Will be one of a kind cop. Working with Mahira is a adream come true, it is like working with Nicole Kidman. The roles are written for me and I have a good equation with both Nabeel and Fizza.

Q: How does it feel being the nations heart throb?  What is your message for your fans?

A:Actors are ambassadors for the country, we try to give good messages. Message to our fans do come and see our films.

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