What does success mean to you?
Being loved for your craft and being appreciated for what you do.
Something you learned early in your career?
There is no easy way out! You can’t really expect to become an overnight star. And even if you become one, you won’t last for long. You need to work hard and show your craft to the world; that’s how you succeed. And remember that hard work always pays off in the end.
Did you get any formal education for this career?
No, I didn’t get any formal education for acting. Basically when I was a kid, I loved watching wrestling shows; I was actually a huge wrestling fan. I would also make tribute videos of my favourite wrestlers.
Then, Windows Millennium came out in 1998 and introduced Windows Movie Maker. It was easy to use and I would make wrestling clips without any difficulty. Whenever I showed them to my friends, they would appreciate my work. There was a film festival coming up so my friends encouraged me to participate. I was hesitant because I didn’t know anything about film making. Anyway, I took part and failed miserably. That’s when I decided to explore further and learn this craft.
Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
I personally don’t believe that these two things should determine an artist’s success. But unfortunately, looks and connections matter in the industry; talent also counts, but it doesn’t get prioritized over looks and connections.
How has social media changed things for you?
Social media really helps celebrities connect with their fans. You get a quick feedback! You get to read comments from people sitting thousands of miles away from you.
But, sadly, there is this dark side of social media as well. I haven’t faced anything upsetting so far but I know so many actors and friends who get bullied all the time. Hateful comments and trolling really affects the individual.
The funniest thing or gossip you have heard about yourself
That I am a comedian, not an actor. Another one is I don’t know how to act and I just bribed people to get into the industry.
Advice for aspiring actors.
As an actor, I would say do theatre. Stage really trains you and moulds you into a skilled actor.
How do you deal with self doubt?
I just panic especially in moments when I’m not sure what to do. Later if I don’t have a good feeling about something, I don’t go for it. But, in the initial stage, I am freaking out.
Date of birth and star
July 27; Leo
The best thing about being a teenager was
I could play as much cricket as I wanted! There were no restrictions and I loved playing cricket.
And there were no stressors.
Also, eating anything and not gaining weight.
The worst thing about being a teenager was
So many restrictions by parents; a curfew would be set and I had to come home by 10 pm. All of that was pretty annoying.
I was always listening to
Metal and rock music
My favourite actor
Rahat Kazmi and Zia Mohyeddin
My favourite singer
Shamoon Ismail and Abdullah Qureshi
My favourite super hero
My favourite movie
The Godfather and Scarface
My favourite book
Superman: American Alien
My closet was full of
Clothes and supplements
My friends were
My first crush was
My class fellow, Marium, when I was in grade 4.
What hurt me the most was
When my grandfather died, I felt extremely sad.
My dream was to become
Relations with family were
My school was
I went to different schools and all of them were awesome places to learn.
My favourite subject was
My least favourite subject was
I couldn’t stand
The thought of dieting
My favourite food
All sorts of junk food: pizza, burger, nachos, etc.
My favourite hangout
Sitting in my room watching movies and eating
My favourite sport was
Things I couldn’t live without
My cricket jerseys, bicycle and in my later teenage years, my car which was in a very bad shape, and my room.
- Tooba Ghani