Ahad Raza Mir

Ahad Raza Mir (Urdu: آحد رضا میر;) is a Pakistani actor, producer, singer, and writer. Mir is known for his roles in Pakistani television serials and for his appearance in musical show Coke Studio 11.[1]

Ahad Raza Mir
Born (1993-09-29) 29 September 1993
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani, Canadian
EducationBachelor of Fine Arts
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Singer
Years active2010–present
Family
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Associated actsCoke Studio, Ali Hamza, Zohaib Kazi
Websitewww.ahadrazamir.com

A leading role in the romantic drama Yaqeen Ka Safar (2017) proved to be a breakthrough for Mir. Mir's performance won him the Lux Style Award for Best Actor and as well as the Hum Award for Best Actor.[2] In 2018, he made his film debut with Parwaaz Hay Junoon as a fighter-pilot and played the poet-politician character "Jameel" in the pre-partition period drama Aangan. In 2018, he debuted as a featured artist in the eleventh season of Coke Studio.

Early life

Ahad Raza Mir was born on September 29, 1993 in Karachi, Sindh. He is the son of Asif Raza Mir, a veteran actor and producer of the Pakistani film and television industry; his paternal grandfather, Raza Mir (d. 2002),[3] was a filmmaker who also served as cinematographer for the first ever Pakistani film, Teri Yaad (1948).[4] [5] Fellow actor and singer Haroon Shahid is his cousin.[6] Mir spent two years at a Performing Arts High School,[7] and graduated from the University of Calgary in Bachelor of Fine Arts.[8]

Career

Career beginnings and stage roles (2010–2016)

Mir started his career in 2010, playing a brief role in Hum TV's romantic-drama Khamosiyan.[9] In Canada he bagan his bachelors in BBA but later changed his major to BFA to pursue his career in acting, he explained, "for as long as I can remember, acting is the only career that I've wanted to pursue in my life, although I was enjoying BBA but I realized half way through that I wasn't internally happy. I discerned that when you have a plan A, there's no point of having a plan B. There should be one plan and it should be your only goal, that's when I decided to make the switch and changed from BBA to BFA in university of Calgary."[10] Mir started his career on stage, performing, directing and writing in several musicals and plays across Canada. Mir wanted to move to Toronto, but instead decided to go back to Pakistan to work in films and television,[11] "It was one fine morning when I got this wild idea of moving to Pakistan as I had not been back for over a decade. Ever since that decision, I've been quite lucky and very grateful to be accepted as an actor."[10]

Rise to prominence (2017–present)

In 2017, he started auditioning for Hum TV's production house MD Productions and was cast as a leading role in Yaqeen Ka Safar and a recurring role in Sammi, the latter went into production early but he gained a wider recognition and fame with the former where he played a grief-stricken brother as Dr. Asfand Yaar,[12][13] alongside Sajjal Ali.[14] His performance earned him Lux Style Award for Best Actor, and won three Hum Awards including Hum Award for Best Actor.[15] He attributes his success to producer and filmmaker Momina Duraid, Mir said in an interview, "Momina Duraid has followed my career closely for the longest time. I was in Canada when she called me to offer the part. The goal has been to do a film since I was very young, and so I knew that I had to pack my bags and come to Pakistan right away."[16]

Coming from an influential filmmaking family, Ahad was accused of nepotism to which his father said it is very "natural of people to made that comment" and acknowledged that "to some extent it was easier because there was a reference" but has also said "regardless of his family name, and he’s been able to overcome this, proving his mettle on his own."[17] Responding to such claims Mir said, "people kept telling me I was a star-kid, but I spent most of my time not knowing that. It was oblivious to me. I wanted people to take me, as an actor, very seriously. I'm not a social media celebrity, I'm not here to become famous; I’'m here to give Pakistan some good cinema and TV."[17] Talking about the difference in Canadian and Pakistani film exposure he said, "my vital years were spent in Canada and after moving here I feel I am very lucky that I got so much. But the adjustments I had to make were about life, like getting used to the weather, the way people worked and their punctuality here."[18] He further said, "here [In Pakistan] you need to have connections, your looks matter, how many followers you have etc. Talent, I feel, comes right at the end and sadly I feel Pakistan has more celebrities and less actors."[19]

Mir made his Coke Studio debut as a featured artist in its upcoming eleventh-season, the director and producer of the series Zohaib Kazi said, "we saw something akin to it on Instagram. Not exactly like it but we saw Ahad Raza Mir singing a little and playing the guitar on Instagram. When we saw that, we thought he had something. To be able to play right while singing is an art in itself. We decided we should talk to him."[20] In 2018, Mir made his film debut with Haseeb Hassan's military-drama Parwaaz Hay Junoon, co-starring Hamza Ali Abbasi and Hania Amir which was released on Eid al-Adha 2018.[21] Mir replaced Osman Khalid Butt in a role of Flight Lieutenant Saad,[22] who opted out due to his other commitments.[23]

Mir reunited with Sajal Aly and Mawra Hocane in Hum TV's Mohammed Ehteshamuddin directed[24] period drama Aangan (2018-2019), where he played a poet, Jameel. About the character, Mir said, "Jameel is the most confusing character I have ever played. He is a poet, he is a politician, he’s somebody who is on a journey of what love means, what family bonds mean, somebody who is actually quite relatable to everyone out there."He romances with Mawra Hocane and Sajal Aly in mega period drama serial Aangan[25]

The Shakespeare Company in a joint production with Vertigo Theatre in Canada had signed Mir to play Hamlet in their 2019 production.[26][27][28][29] He is the first South Asian actor to play the role professionally in Canada.[30] For his performance he won the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama.[31][32]

Upcoming projects

He has turned executive producer for the upcoming movie Kalasha, revolving around the culture of the Kalash people of the Chitral Valley.[33]

Filmography

Key
denotes film / drama that has not released yet
Denotes films / drama that are currently on cinema / on air

Films

Year Title Role Director Notes
2018 Parwaaz Hai Junoon Saad Haseeb Hassan Debut Pakistani film

Television

Year Title Role Director Notes
2017 Sammi Salaar Saife Hassan
2017 Yaqeen Ka Safar Dr. Asfandyar Ali Khan Shahzad Kashmiri
2018 Aangan Jameel Mohammed Ehteshamuddin
2019-present Ehd E Wafa Saad Saife Hassan
2019-present Yeh Dil Mera Amaan Ahson Talish

Stage

Opened Production Role Theater/Venue Notes
2014 West Side Story Tony U of C Operetta Company
A Picture with a Bull Ruben Common Ground Festival
The Tempest Caliban Theatre Calgary
Romeo and Juliet Tybalt The Shakespeare Company
Naughty But Nice N/A Forte Musical Theatre Guild
2015 Macbeth Lennox The Shakespeare Company
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo Musa Search Tower Company
2019 Hamlet Hamlet The Shakespeare Company

Other appearances

YearTitleNotesref
2018Mazaaq RaatSpecial appearance
Jago Pakistan JagoGuest
2018 Coke Studio Featured artist Ali Hamza, Zohaib Kazi

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2016 Calgary Theatre Critics' Awards Best Actor in a Musical Naughty But Nice Won
[34]
2018 Lux Style Awards Best Actor – Television Yaqeen Ka Safar Won
[35]
Hum Awards Best Actor Popular Won
[36]
Onscreen Couple Popular Won
Best Television Sensation male Won
2019 Betty Mitchell Award Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Hamlet Won [31][32]

References

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  2. Shabbir, Buraq (April 9, 2017). "Introducing the rising star". The News International. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. Raza Mir's IMDb profile
  4. "Teri Yaad – Film / Movie". Complete Index To World Film (CITWF). April 18, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
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  10. Arif, Azqua (August 8, 2017). ""I wish to show the public who 'Ahad' really is and be my own self"". HIP. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  11. Hyder, Hira (September 9, 2017). "Ahad Raza Mir: "I love both the East and the West for what they are."". HIP. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  12. Kari, Maria (December 26, 2017). "How Yakeen ka Safar's Asfandiyar is the leading man Pakistani dramas desperately needed". Dawn. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  13. Tahir, Mariam (November 1, 2017). "Ahad Raza Mir tells us the secret behind Dr Asfandyar's appeal". Something Haute. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  14. Haider, Sadaf (October 13, 2017). "There's more to Dr Asfi than the romantic element, says Ahad Raza Mir of Yakeen ka Safar". Dawn. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
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  21. Shabbir, Buraq (July 24, 2017). "Catching up with Ahad Raza Mir". The News International. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  22. "Ahad Raza Mir replaces Osman Khalid Butt in Parwaaz Hay Junoon". HIP. January 18, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  23. ul Haq, Irfan (19 January 2017). "Osman Khalid Butt is no longer part of Parwaaz Hay Junoon". Dawn Images. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  24. "Ahsan Khan and Mawra Hocane pair up for Ehteshamuddin's Aangan". The News International. October 20, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  25. Shabbir, Buraq (April 1, 2017). "All that Ahad Raza Mir really is". The News On Sunday. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
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  28. B. Hobson, Louis (June 10, 2018). "Rising star to return to Calgary to play Hamlet". Calgary Herald. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
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  30. Iman, Aiman (August 17, 2018). "Pakistani actor Ahad to play Hamlet in Canada! - News Pakistan". News Pakistan. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
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  32. "Ahad Raza Mir bags International nomination for hamlet". AAJ Tv. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
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  34. "The Calgary Theatre Critics' Awards Winners". Downtown Calgary Blog. July 9, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  35. "Winners of the Lux Style Awards". Pakistan Today. February 21, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  36. "The 2018 Hum Award Nominations Are Out And We're Surprised That They're Actually Deserving". MangoBaaz. May 27, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
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