Yasir Mazher is an actor who has managed to find success despite the intensely competitive nature of the Pakistani television industry. Yasir has appeared in several famed television serials including the famed ‘Bashar Momin’. Ink had a candid conversation with the popular actor recently where he spoke to us about his professional as well as personal life:
I studied from Divisional Public School, Model Town, Lahore. There, I did my FSC Pre Engineering. Then I went to England to do my BBA (honors) from New Port University ( Newport ). My dad was a Manager in Marketing & Sales for PIA and my mom was a Housewife. I was born and brought up in Lahore which makes me as a ‘Pakka Lahori’ and I actually am one; quite lively and high on life. I’m married with 2 kids Alhumdulillah, I have a son aged 8, called Shamoil, and a turning 4 this May, a daughter called Fateeha.
2. What inspired you to become an actor?
Becoming an Actor was purely by coincidence. I was luckily offered a role in a serial by Fahim Burney. Before that, I used to do part-time ramp walks and fashion shoots as well as a job as Marketing Manager for a multi-national forex house.
3. What was the first acting project you ever did?
My first acting project which went on air was ‘Aik Shart Pyaar ki’ a telefilm directed by Sarmad Khoosat. This was probably the first drama genre Sarmad directed, as he used to do sitcoms back at that time.
4. Of all the roles you have played in the past, which is your favorite?
Aadil (Bashar Momin).
5. What character was the toughest for you to change into?
I played Aleem in a serial called ‘Saltanat e Dil’. The character of Aleem was of a man who was an amazing human being in front of his work people or the rest of the world, very down to earth, decent and sophisticated guy but with his wife, he would be a maniac, he’d torture her just because she rejected him in the beginning when he wanted to marry her. In other words, he had a personality disorder.
6. How do you prepare for a role?
I go through the script thoroughly, and I discuss it with my director as well before we go to the sets. This way we stay on the same page to see whether he/she sees that character with the same eye as mine.
7. Career wise, where do you hope to be ten years from now?
To be honest, I don’t plan things this way as for me it’s not a job with tiers; I just want to convince viewers that I bring reality to every character that I play.
8. What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an actor?
Feel the character that you are given to play. Think like them, walk like them, talk like them, just be them. Now that character could be anyone you know or someone that you have come across which helps you in placing yourself better in that specific character. Work smart please, since hard work is now old school.
9. Which projects are you working on currently?
Wo Aik Pal (HUM TV). It has Ayesha Khan, Feroze Khan and a newcomer Ramsha Khan. Director Furqan Khan.
Dilnasheen (GEO) It stars Iffat Umer, Anam Fayaaz. Director Abdullah Badini.
10. What’s the worst and best part about being an actor?
The love and blessings that we get from fans that are not even our blood relatives. Long working hours 🙁 we work from 10am to 10pm.
11. Who has been your favorite co-star so far and why?
Faysal Qureshi for sure, he is fun to work with though, I have done just one serial with him, but we have done a few episodes for ‘Kis Din Mera Viyaah Howay Ga’ and a lot of other shows. The energy he has and the way he guides you is amazing since he has an immense amount of art in him and he doesn’t hesitate to share it with anyone.
Sajid Hasan is great to work with as well since, I’ve worked on 4 serials with him. Both of these guys are awesome. In fact, we crack jokes and it becomes madness when I’m with them on a set.
12. Can you please list down ten of your all-time favorite movies and ones which you recommend for Ink readers?
3: Hang over ( part 1 )
4: The wolf of Wall street
5: Dead pool
6: The Shaw shank redemption
7: Shutter Island
8: The departed
13. How do you like to spend your days off?
With a lot of food and my folks 🙂
14. Can you please share some essential style tips for men with our readers?
Don’t button all 3 buttons of your suit’s jacket, it should be either the top or the middle one or the top and the middle one. Just leave the bottom one alone 🙂
Never sit down with your jacket buttoned up.
Always match the leather of your accessories, which would be your shoes, belt and watch’s strap. It should be of the same color if not exact then at least similar color shades.
15. What message would you like to send out for your fans?
Keep appreciating my work. You are allowed to criticize as well, but only to make me better as an actor. Please keep that love and blessings flowing my way. Much love 🙂
Photography by EKRA FAYZ