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Smart and brilliant - Raeed Muhammad Alam

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By Asif Khan
Fri, 08, 22

I learned to closely observe people and understand their outlook on life....

Smart and brilliant - Raeed Muhammad Alam

US TALK

1- What does success mean to you?

To me, success is satisfaction and peace of mind I attain after giving my hundred percent.

2- Something you learned early in your career that helped you become a better actor?

I learned to closely observe people and understand their outlook on life.

3- What is the most challenging thing about this career?

I find it tricky to choose what serials to work in.

4- Did you get any formal training for this career? If not, how did you learn the craft of acting?

No, I didn’t get any formal training in acting. I learned acting from my seniors. I think they are the real institutions for budding artists. Through observing them perform diverse role, you can really perfect your craft.

5- Who are some of your role model actors/actresses, and what do you like about their work?

Farhan Akhtar has always remained a great source of inspiration for me. He doesn’t run after success; he does what he wants to do: he writes well, acts well and sings, too.

6- From all your roles so far, which role was the most meaningful to you, and why?

My role in the serial Bebaak was quite a challenging one as it had many shades and, with every episode, this character kept evolving in the story.

7- Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?

Good looks and being in good form and physique give you a great edge, but it’s only your talent that guarantees sustainability and survival in this profession.

8- How has social media changed things for you?

Social media has definitely changed our lives as artists. We can get quick access to all kinds of information including feedback from our fans. I’m not that active, but I totally understand its significant role in the current world.

9- How do you deal with self-doubt?

Shakespeare labeled ‘self-doubts’ as ‘our traitors’ that make us think we are going to lose so we are always scared of making an attempt. I never let fear of failure or falling short at something chase me. I believe in my strengths.

10- Three pieces of advice for aspiring actors.

Grow a thick skin, never be afraid and befriend professionals in the industry.

MY TEENAGE YEARS

Date of birth

Oct 31

The best thing about being a teenager was

Being carefree and hanging out with buddies

The worst thing about being a teenager was

You had to listen to everybody

I was always listening to…

Music depending on my mood

My favourite actors

Salman Khan and Sushmita Sen

My favourite singer

Atif Aslam

My favourite superhero

Superman

My favourite movie

I was into watching cartoons like Thunder Cats

My closet was full of

Sports shoes

My friends were

Always great fun

What used to hurt me the most was

Lies and betrayal

I wish I had known then

The reality of this world

Relations with family were

Always strong

My favourite subject was

Chemistry

My least favourite subject was

Urdu

I couldn’t stand

Betrayers and liars

My favourite food

Daal chawal

My favourite hangout

Usually the malls

My favourite sport was

Cricket, and I’m pretty good at it

5 Things I couldn’t live without

My family, friends, travelling, my car and my room

Photography by Khawar Riaz